Boeing, with Northrop Grumman as a major subcontractor, produces the F/A-18. The F/A-18A/B/C/D models are powered by two GE F404-GE-400/402 turbofans (approximately 16,000-17,600 lb. thrust each), while the new F/A-18E/F has two GE F414-GE-400 turbofans (about 22,000 lb. thrust each). The first flight of an F/A-18 prototype occurred in 1978. The current model is the E/F, which features a larger fuselage, more powerful engines and additional hardpoints compared to the earlier models. An ...

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