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The following sections describe standard operating procedures and recommendations that are valid only for F/A-18C.
- A fully fueled and heavily armed Hornet can have problems climbing to altitudes above 30000'.
- 25k' is often more than enough for a strike ingress.
- CAP racetracks are most comfortable at 26k' - 30k'.
- Use ATFLIR instead of Litening, as (IRL) the ATFLIR is carrier compatible and the Litening is not.
- Do not use AGM-65F (Infrared Maverick) and AGM-62 Walleye in modern missions as those were phased out in the 90's.
- Double ugly loadouts (carrying 1 centerline tank and 1 wing tank) are common. The wing tank should be on the right wing, in order to not obscure TPod (which sits on the left cheek station) line of sight.
- Max Flighttime (aka Max Endurance, or Max E) is generally flown around 250 kts IAS.
- In Max E, the Hornet burns around 1200 lbs of fuel every 15 minutes.
- Generally, pick one of four speeds:
- Max Endurance
- Max Range
- Contract (prebriefed speed for rejoins etc, often 300 kts)
- Tactical (what the situation requires)
Tactics and Techniques
- When anchoring near a target area scanning for targets with the Tpod, the following techniques are recommended:
- If the threat picture allows, orbit around the target, with a radius of approx 10 nm, as high as possible without losing sight.
- If situation requires to anchor away from the target, instead use a race track, so that you have the target on your 3-9-line during the straights. Bank slightly to the left when the target is to your right, to not mask yourself.
- Cut throttle to idle (do not use speedbrake).
- Pull around 1.5G-2G.
- In the break, immediately when speed goes below 250 kts IAS, lower landing gear and full flaps.
- Ideal lateral separation from the runway (and course line) is 1.5 nm.