The McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet is a twin-engine supersonic, all-weather carrier-capable multirole combat jet, designed as both a fighter and attack aircraft. The Hornet is used by the United States Navy and Marine Corps.
During the War of 1996, the F/A-18 was used by the VMFA-314 "Black Knights" during their assault on a City Destroyer in Los Angeles. The Black Knights were severely defeated in a one-sided dogfight by the aliens' attacker ships in which nearly all the Hornets, along with their pilots, are destroyed.
Behind the ScenesEdit
- All the F/A-18s depicted in the film were either models, digital creations or full-scale wooden mockups.
- Steven Hiller's F/A-18 is shown to have a deployable braking parachute. In reality, the F/A-18, being a carrier based aircraft, does not actually possess a braking parachute, relying on its arrestor hook to slow it down when landing on carriers. Neither does it maneuver through a canyon, as depicted in the film.
- F/A-18s are depicted with the IAF Stars of David in the "Iraqi Desert" scene. In real life, the Israeli Air Force does not operate F/A-18's. The F-16 Fighting Falcon or F-15 Eagle would have been a more accurate choice.
- In one scene set in Area 51, a Hornet is seen with 'AIR FORCE' on its side; the U.S. Air Force does not operate F/A-18s, and actual U.S.A.F. fighter aircraft do not have these words written on the side of the aircraft.
- The missile-firing shots from the Hornets are miniature missiles that were attached to the F/A-18 models and launched using Estes model rocket engines. Other shots were achieved in-camera with large-scale fighter wing models shot on a smoke-blown stage. Wider shots then incorporated digital smoke trails.