Philippine Air Force and U.S. Marines Conduct F/A-18C Hornet Recovery

Published on February 14, 2016 by

An F/A-18C Hornet conduct an arrested landing at Clark Air Field, Pampanga, Republic of the Philippines. The arresting equipment is a mechanical system used to rapidly decelerate an aircraft as it lands.

The F/A-18 Hornet is a single or two-seat, twin-engine, multi-mission fighter/attack aircraft that can operate from aircraft carriers or land bases. The F/A-18 can be modified to use as air superiority, fighter escort, suppression of enemy air defenses, reconnaissance, forward air control, close and deep air support, and day and night strike missions.

The F/A-18 has a digital control-by-wire flight control system that provides excellent handling qualities and allows pilots to learn to fly the airplane with relative ease. Simultaneously, this system produces excellent maneuverability and allows the pilot to focus on operating the weapons system.

F/A-18Cs have synthetic aperture ground mapping radar with a doppler beam sharpening mode to generate ground maps. This aircraft ground mapping capability permits crews to locate and attack targets in unfriendly weather and poor visibility.

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