The Marine Corps F/A-18Ds have replaced 108 OA-4M, RF-4B, and the A6-E aircraft. The F/A-18D functions not only as a strike fighter, but also as a Forward Air Controller (Airborne)/Tactical Air Controller (Airborne) (FAC(A)/TAC(A)) and tactical reconnaissance aircraft. In addition, the night attack suite allows the F/A-18D to conduct operations below weather at low altitude using night vision goggles and Foward Looking Infrared Radar (FLIR) systems. Using a variety of precision guided weapons, the F/A-18D provides a precision strike capability.

Operation Desert Storm in 1991 was the operational proving ground for the F/A-18D. Twelve F/A-18D aircraft deployed to SWA to participate in combat operations. Used solely in a Tactical Air Coordinator (Airborne)/Forward Air Control (Airborne) or "Fast FAC" role, the F/A-18D proved to be a superior TAC(A)/FAC(A) platform. The F/A-18D's flew into target areas, ahead of strike aircraft, to locate and identify high value targets for USMC, USAF, USN, and Kuwait Air Force TACAIR missions. By providing target location and identification, threat updates, and the overall battlefield situation, the F/A-18D proved very effective in controlling as many as 20 strike fighters in a single 30-minute period.

This page contains pictures of the F/A18 only. The seventh aircraft flown by Squadron-235. Snapshots featuring people rather than aircraft may be found on Snapshots.

The F/A18 - Hornet

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