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McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet Manual set to fly off bookshelves

New Haynes manual takes in-depth look at one of the US Navy’s most potent combat aircraft
20 February 2017
Steve Davies

February 2017: A new title from Haynes, the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet Owners’ Workshop Manual, has celebrated one of the most significant Fourth Generation fighters in the world.  Making aviation history as the first aircraft to have carbon fibre wings and the first tactical jet fighter to use digital fly-by-wire flight controls, the manual provides a thorough review of the F/A-18 and its derivative, the Super Hornet, exploring the aircrafts’ design, construction and operation.

The US-designed carrier-borne, multi-role fighter derived from the YF-17, the losing entrant to the US Air Force’s Light Weight Fighter competition in 1975, and saw its first flight in 1978, before entering US Navy service in 1983. The F/A-18 has been enforcing foreign policy since 1986 and went on to play a key role in enforcing United Nations and NATO policy in the Balkans region in the 1990s. The fleet defender has been in combat in the Middle East almost continuously since 1991.

Authored by aviation journalist and photographer Steve Davies, the manual includes a series of personal accounts by US Navy and Royal Canadian Air Force personnel, of flying and maintaining the Hornet and the Super Hornet, putting the reader in the pilot’s seat. The manual is illustrated throughout, including more than 270 photographs and technical illustrations in Haynes’s famous style.

Steve Davies said: "This supersonic, all-weather multi-role combat jet is truly a story of rags to riches. Once the losing entrant of an Air Force light weight fighter competition, the Hornet and Super Hornet have since earned their place in history as among the most capable all-round combat aircraft of all time.  

"I’ve experienced first-hand the legendary high angle-of-attack handling and the phenomenal flight control computers that make the Hornet a fearsome adversary in a close-in dogfight. And I’ve had the good fortune to fly the Super Hornet, witnessing for myself just how far the US Navy had taken the F/A-18 series in avionics development, true multi-role lethality, sensor fusion and battlespace management."

About the author

Steve Davies is a freelance aviation journalist and photographer. An authority on modern tactical aviation and warfare, he is the author of sixteen books including several titles on US combat aircraft for Haynes: Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird Manual (with Paul F. Crickmore), the Boeing B-52, McDonnell Douglas F-15 and General Dynamics F-16 Manuals. Steve lives in Cambridgeshire.

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