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The F:A-18 Super Hornet- Top Gun Maverick’s

Top Gun: Maverick proved to the world that Tom Cruise still has the star power and remains a leading Hollywood man. It was recently announced that the latest Top Gun movie made $1 billion at the worldwide box office, becoming “the first $1 billion film in Tom Cruise’s storied career.” according to Complex. While Cruise’s appeal is undeniable, many moviegoers went to the Blockbuster for the cars, fighter jets, sailboats and the awesome motorcycle on display with the pilots. Who could forget Penny’s 1973 Porsche 911 S or the Kawasaki Ninja H2 motorcycle that Pete “Maverick” Mitchell rides into the sunset?


Despite great toys for big boys, the coolest stuff in the Top Gun: Maverick movie remain the fighter jets. This time, the elite pilots are introduced to the F/A-18 Super Hornet, which replaced the two-seater Grumman F-14 Tomcat. It is worth noting that during its heyday, the Grumman F-14 Tomcat was widely regarded as the most advanced jet fighter with a top speed of 2.3 Mach during the Cold War.

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Having the Super Hornets in the Top Gun movie was a smart marketing move

Top Gun fans were quick to point out that “at least three one-seat F/A-18Es” will appear in the film. According to moviegoers, Maverick, Rooster and Hangman piloted the three fighter jets. The Boeing F/A-18 is undoubtedly the star of this super production. We predict that many countries will consider this fighter jet for their military fleet after seeing the film. At the same time, the U.S. Air Force is likely to receive another recruiting boost thanks to Tom Cruise’s achievements and how well he captured the experience and thrill of flying the F/A-18 Super Hornet.


Top Gun: Maverick may be fictional, but it can also give the Super Hornet a real marketing boost.” says Defense One† “Leased out by a U.S. Navy in hopes of a repeat of the recruiting wave of the original film, these two-seat F/A-18Fs allowed filmmakers to increase the realism of the sequel.”

Obviously everyone wins with the F/A-18 Super Hornet in Top Gun: Maverick. On the one hand, Boeing could get some international contracts to build Super Hornets and on the other hand, the US Air Force could gain new recruits.

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The F/A-18 Super Hornet

According to military.com“The F/A-18E/F Super Hornet is the primary attack and air superiority aircraft of the United States Navy.” The Super Hornet has a wingspan of 44ft 8.5in, a length of 60ft 3.5in and a height of 16 ft. Meanwhile, the wing area is 500ft2 and the curb weight of the Super Hornet is a whopping 30,500lb. More importantly, the Super Hornet Hornet is powered by two General Electric F414-GE-400 series turbofans. This provides up to 13,000 lbf of thrust per engine on dry and 22,000 lbf of thrust each engine with an afterburner engaged. Meanwhile, the maximum weapon load is 17,750 lb and the maximum takeoff weight is 66,000 lb.


As for the maximum speed achieved, the Super Hornet can accelerate to 1,190 mph. And the fighter jet has a rate of climb of 45,000 ft per minute and a combat radius of 760 miles.

The first combat action of this emblematic multi-purpose fighter aircraft took place in Iraq on November 6, 2002, although the first Super Hornets entered service with the US Navy as early as 1999. In 2006, the F-14 was withdrawn from the Navy. † so all of the Navy’s fighters were Hornet variants until the single-seat, single-engine Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II entered service.

How much does it cost to fly the F/A-18 Super Hornet?

If you belong to the ultra-high net worth (UHNWI) class like Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates or Elon Musk and you have eccentric hobbies, you can rent the Navy’s F/A-18 Super Hornet for a short ride. Bloomberg reports that the US Navy loaned Tom Cruise the plane for the filming of the Top Gun: Maverick film, but the studio had to pay no less than $11,374 an hour for this adventure. Despite the staggering price, Cruise was not allowed to touch the controls, according to Bloomberg. Considering the film cashed in over $1 billion at the worldwide box office, it’s safe to say the studio’s investment has paid off.


In the United States, citizens can purchase fighter jets, but they must be demilitarized. This means that all guns and weapons are removed before the aircraft is sold to a civilian. As for countries considering buying the F/A-18 Super Hornet for their national fleets, the price of $67.4 million (2021) per unit could be a big letdown.