McDonnell Douglas F/A-18B Hornet

Last revised April 17, 2000


The F/A-18B is the two-seat combat trainer version of the F/A-18A. Two full-scale development two-seaters (BuNos 160781 and 160784) were followed by 39 production F/A-18Bs in Blocks 4 to 21. Initially designated TF/A-18As, they were essentially intended as trainers, but retained full combat capability. To make room for the second seat, internal fuel capacity was reduced by about 6 percent.

Serials of F/A-18B:

160781			McDonnell Douglas F/A-18B-2-MC Hornet
				160781 to NASA as 845 in July 1986
160784			McDonnell Douglas F/A-18B-3-MC Hornet
161217			McDonnell Douglas F/A-18B-4-MC Hornet
161249			McDonnell Douglas F/A-18B-4-MC Hornet
161354/161357		McDonnell Douglas F/A-18B-5-MC Hornet
161360			McDonnell Douglas F/A-18B-6-MC Hornet
161704			McDonnell Douglas F/A-18B-8-MC Hornet
161707			McDonnell Douglas F/A-18B-8-MC Hornet
161711			McDonnell Douglas F/A-18B-8-MC Hornet
161714			McDonnell Douglas F/A-18B-8-MC Hornet
161719			McDonnell Douglas F/A-18B-9-MC Hornet
161723			McDonnell Douglas F/A-18B-9-MC Hornet
161727			McDonnell Douglas F/A-18B-9-MC Hornet
161733			McDonnell Douglas F/A-18B-9-MC Hornet
161740			McDonnell Douglas F/A-18B-10-MC Hornet 
161746			McDonnell Douglas F/A-18B-10-MC Hornet 
161924			McDonnell Douglas F/A-18B-10-MC Hornet 
161932			McDonnell Douglas F/A-18B-11-MC Hornet 
161938			McDonnell Douglas F/A-18B-11-MC Hornet 
161943			McDonnell Douglas F/A-18B-11-MC Hornet 
161947			McDonnell Douglas F/A-18B-12-MC Hornet 
162402			McDonnell Douglas F/A-18B-14-MC Hornet
162408			McDonnell Douglas F/A-18B-14-MC Hornet
162413			McDonnell Douglas F/A-18B-14-MC Hornet
162419			McDonnell Douglas F/A-18B-15-MC Hornet
162427			McDonnell Douglas F/A-18B-15-MC Hornet
162836		        McDonnell Douglas F/A-18B-17-MC Hornet
162842		        McDonnell Douglas F/A-18B-17-MC Hornet
162850		        McDonnell Douglas F/A-18B-17-MC Hornet
162857		        McDonnell Douglas F/A-18B-18-MC Hornet
162864		        McDonnell Douglas F/A-18B-18-MC Hornet
162870		        McDonnell Douglas F/A-18B-18-MC Hornet
162876		        McDonnell Douglas F/A-18B-18-MC Hornet
162885	                McDonnell Douglas F/A-18B-19-MC Hornet
163104			McDonnell Douglas F/A-18B-20-MC Hornet
163110			McDonnell Douglas F/A-18B-20-MC Hornet
163115			McDonnell Douglas F/A-18B-20-MC Hornet
163123			McDonnell Douglas F/A-18B-21-MC Hornet

Sources:


  1. Hornet, Robert F. Dorr, World Air Power Journal, Spring 1990, p. 38.

  2. McDonnell Douglas Aircraft Since 1920: Volume II, Rene J. Francillon, Naval Institute Press, 1990.

  3. The American Fighter, Enzo Angelucci and Peter Bowers, Orion, 1987.

  4. F/A-18 Hornet, Lindsay Peacock, Osprey Combat Aircraft Series, Osprey, 1986.