With the U.S. Navy eyeing radar cross-section reducing conformal fuel tanks for the F/A-18E/F, Boeing is planning to brief reporters on the Advanced Super Hornet today in St. Louis. Here are some advance pics we've obtained showing the aircraft in flight with those fuel tanks. One Boeing official says the aircraft actually has less drag with the fuel tanks than with a clean base model without them.
Below is a video of the Super Hornet demonstration aircraft with CFTs and centerline enclosed weapons pod taxiing out for a flight at Lambert-St. Louis Intl. Airport Aug. 27.