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F/A-18 Hornet

F/A-18 Hornet

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F/A-18 Hornet

Breathing new life into a pair of decommissioned Legacy F/A-18 Hornet wings, TransportTags has embarked on an innovative recycling journey creating custom crafted tags that we are pleased to present to aviation enthusiasts and collectors alike.

We were thrilled to acquire these Legacy Hornet wings in the spring of 2023, and while they were unfortunately not in suitable condition to use in any type of restoration process, there was enough material to be able to produce our Hornet TransportTags. We have very carefully deconstructed the wings and thoroughly cleaned and prepared the material, making sure that it’s original surface is preserved, so that it can be cut, shaped, polished, and then engraved to make the final product - a beautiful F/A-18 Hornet TransportTag.

Each tag shows the distinct markings, weathering, etc., from the area on the wing from which it originated. This makes each tag unique in appearance and feel. As with all of our TransportTags, it can be used in a practical way, as a luggage or key tag, or displayed as part of a collection. We are proud to offer different variants of tags (taken from different areas of the wings) that showcase the unique construction of the F/A-18 Hornet. From thick carbon composite tags taken from the main structure of the wings, to thin composite and aluminum from flaps as well as honeycombed aluminum, riveted titanium portions, and trigger lock sections from an underwing LAU. We have been able to showcase many aspects of the Hornets design.

Production of each of our TransportTags serves a dual purpose: being able to share a part of transportation history, and also to raise funds to restore other historic aircraft - and save them from being lost forever.

Constructors set contains the following variants: Gray Exterior Metal, Gray Honeycomb, Gray Exterior Carbon. Full Package set includes all of the variants: Gray Exterior Metal, Gray Honeycomb, Gray Exterior Carbon, Rivet, and Top Secret.

Vehicle History

In the 1970’s, the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps were in search of a multirole aircraft to replace their existing fleet of F-4 Phantoms and A-7 Corsair IIs. Hence, the F/A-18 Hornet (Fighter/Attack), which became renowned as one of the most versatile and successful combat aircraft in military aviation history, was born.

Initially, Northrop developed the YF-17 Cobra to compete with the General Dynamics YF-16 in the Lightweight Fighter program. While the YF-16 was selected by the US Air Force, this wasn't the end for the YF-17 design. The US Navy took an interest in the aircraft and this lead to the evolution of the F/A-18 Hornet. McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) and Northrop took up the aircraft's production, with the F/A-18 Hornet first taking to the skies in November 1978.

The Hornet underwent significant redesigns from the YF-17 Cobra to be carrier-compatible, including the addition of a tailhook, a slightly larger and reinforced airframe, folding wings, and catapult attachments. The F/A-18's design was heavily influenced by the need for a plane adept in both air-to-air and air-to-ground missions. It was among the pioneering tactical aircraft specifically designed to carry out both roles - boasting agility in air combat and precision in striking ground targets. By incorporating digital avionics, it facilitated easier pilot control and more effective mission performance.

The Hornet's combat history is as impressive as its design. Its first action was during the U.S. bombing of Libya in 1986, where it showcased its precision strike capabilities. The aircraft has since been deployed in numerous conflicts, including the Gulf War, the Iraq War, and the War in Afghanistan. Its multirole capability has proven invaluable in these theaters, capable of rapidly transitioning between air superiority and ground-attacks.

The F/A-18 Hornet has found a solid place in many air forces worldwide, with countries like Australia, Canada, Finland, Kuwait, Malaysia, Spain, and Switzerland operating the Legacy Hornet. The US, Australia, and Kuwait have also gone on to operate the F/A-18 E/F Super Hornets.

Throughout its service life, the F/A-18 Hornet has undergone continuous upgrades, most notably evolving into the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. The Super Hornet, approximately 30% larger, boasts greater fuel capacity and increased range, and carries a wider variety of weapons than its predecessor. It also features improved avionics and radar systems - making it even more formidable.

The Super Hornet made its combat debut in 2002 during Operation Southern Watch in Iraq. It has been extensively used in the War on Terror, demonstrating its effectiveness in both air-to-air combat and precision ground-attack missions.

Product Specifics

One rivet tag will come with the rivet variation, rivet tags can come in carbon or metal. ALL tags are made from exterior skin.

Vehicle Stats


2 × General Electric F404-GE-402 afterburning turbofans
Top Speed 
1,190 MPH/1.915 KMH/Mach 1.8 at 40,000ft/12,000m
50,000ft /15,000m
Length 56' 1'/17.1m
Wingspan 40' 4"/12.3m
Max Payload 13,700 lbs/6,215 kg
Kills 2 as of February 20th 2024
1 x 20mm M61A1 Vulcan Rotary Cannon

9 x Hardpoint(s) for Ordnance:

  • Air to Air Missiles: AIM-9 Sidewinder, AIM-120 AMRAAMS
  • Air to Ground Missiles: AGM-65 Maverick, AGM-88 HARM, AGM-84 Harpoon, Taurus KEPD 350
  • Bombs: Paveway, JDAM, MK 80 Series, MK77 Incendiary, B83 Nuclear, B61 Nuclear, CBU-78 Gator, CBU-87 Combined Effects Munition, CBU-97 Sensor Fuzed, MK 20 Rockeye II


Product Dimensions

Card Dimensions

Length: 5 1/2"

Width: 3 1/2"

Tag Dimensions

Length: 3"

Width: 1.75"

Thickness: 1mm - 22mm


TransportTags are unique, handcrafted pieces made from genuine vehicle skin. Features like scratches, blemishes, or minor discolorations testify to their unique vintage appeal and authenticity. By purchasing, you accept the product may differ slightly from website images. Transport Tags LLC uses authentic material from transportation vehicles, potential containing hazardous substances. Not intended for ingestion, inhalation, or use by small children. Transport Tags LLC is an independent company, not affiliated with, sponsored or endorsed by any entities. We use branded names and insignia for identification under the provisions of the Lanham Act, without implying any association or endorsement. For more information, read our detailed product safety and legal information here.

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