Hornet 2000

Last revised April 17, 2000

McDonnell Douglas is attempting to market an advanced version of the F/A-18 known as the Hornet 2000. It is expected to have a larger wing and horizontal tail, two fuselage plugs for more internal fuel, more powerful engines, and an improved cockpit.

In 1987, a Pentagon delegation went to Europe in an attempt to interest the French in codevelopment of the Hornet 2000. No solid customers appeared at that time, but work on the Hornet 2000 was used as the basis for the F/A-18E/F proposal.


  1. Vespidae Varius--Recent Variations in the Hornet Family, Paul Jackson, Air International, December 1993, p. 301