Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet flies with CFTs and weapons pod

Boeing has released this photo of a US Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet in the air equipped with conformal fuel tanks and a weapons pod near Saint Louis, Missouri. The hardware is not functional, but is designed to test the aerodynamic qualities of the tanks and pod.  Some advanced low-observables treatments are also expected to be tested on the jet which is being leased by the company for the trials. MSF13-0082

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6 Responses to Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet flies with CFTs and weapons pod

  1. sferrin 10 August, 2013 at 3:05 pm #

    The proverbial “lipstick on a pig”.

    • FirstImpulse 10 August, 2013 at 5:46 pm #

      Wouldn’t it be lipstick on a Rhino?

    • DensityDuck 14 August, 2013 at 3:47 pm #

      But it’s cheaper than an F-35 and “cheaper equals better than” right?

  2. Mike 10 August, 2013 at 3:23 pm #

    More Pictures without the weapons pod:

    http://aeroexperience.blogspot.com/2013/08/boeing-ultra-hornet-takes-off-on-maiden.html

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