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 except for captain Steven hiller.
F/A-18's later participated in the more successful July 4th counterattack during a battle over Area 51 where they were able to damage the city destroyed but ran out of missiles so Russell case made his sacrifice by crashing his fighter into the city destroyers primary weapon thus saving innocents from the aliens.
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.