F/A-18A/C/D "Hornet"/CF-188A "Hornet"

USA

Surface attack

WingFuselageBellyFuselageWing
WingtipOutboardInboard   InboardOutboardWingtip
AIM-9MMk.20Fuel tankLST/SCAMMk.20AIM-7F/MFuel tankMk.20AIM-9M
 
WingFuselageBellyFuselageWing
WingtipOutboardInboard   InboardOutboardWingtip
AIM-9MMk.20Fuel tank Fuel tankAN/AAR-50 TINSFuel tankMk.20AIM-9M
 
WingFuselageBellyFuselageWing
WingtipOutboardInboard   InboardOutboardWingtip
AIM-9MMk.84 LDGPFuel tankAIM-7F/M AIM-7F/MFuel tankMk.84 LDGPAIM-9M
 
WingFuselageBellyFuselageWing
WingtipOutboardInboard   InboardOutboardWingtip
AIM-9MMk.82 LDGPFuel tankAN/AAR-50 TINSFuel tank Fuel tankMk.82 LDGPAIM-9M
 
WingFuselageBellyFuselageWing
WingtipOutboardInboard   InboardOutboardWingtip
AIM-9MMk.83 LDGPMk.83 LDGPAIM-7F/MFuel tankAIM-7F/MMk.83 LDGPMk.83 LDGPAIM-9M
 
WingFuselageBellyFuselageWing
WingtipOutboardInboard   InboardOutboardWingtip
AIM-9MMk.82 LDGPMk.82 LDGP Fuel tankAN/AAR-50 TINSMk.82 LDGPMk.82 LDGPAIM-9M
 
WingFuselageBellyFuselageWing
WingtipOutboardInboard   InboardOutboardWingtip
AIM-9MMk.84 LDGPMk.84 LDGPAIM-7F/MFuel tankAIM-7F/MMk.84 LDGPMk.84 LDGPAIM-9M
 
WingFuselageBellyFuselageWing
WingtipOutboardInboard   InboardOutboardWingtip
AIM-9MVERFuel tankAIM-7F/MFuel tankAIM-7F/MFuel tankVERAIM-9M
 Mk.83 LDGPMk.83 LDGP     Mk.83 LDGPMk.83 LDGP 
 
WingFuselageBellyFuselageWing
WingtipOutboardInboard   InboardOutboardWingtip
AIM-9MVERFuel tankAIM-7F/MFuel tankAIM-7F/MFuel tankVERAIM-9M
 Mk.82 LDGPMk.82 LDGP     Mk.82 LDGPMk.82 LDGP 
 
WingFuselageBellyFuselageWing
WingtipOutboardInboard   InboardOutboardWingtip
AIM-9MVERFuel tankAIM-7F/MMk.83 LDGPAIM-7F/MFuel tankVERAIM-9M
 Mk.83 LDGPMk.83 LDGP     Mk.83 LDGPMk.83 LDGP 
 
WingFuselageBellyFuselageWing
WingtipOutboardInboard   InboardOutboardWingtip
AIM-9MVERFuel tankAIM-7F/MMk. 82 LDGPAIM-7F/MFuel tankVERAIM-9M
 Mk.82 LDGPMk.82 LDGP     Mk.82 LDGPMk.82 LDGP 
 
WingFuselageBellyFuselageWing
WingtipOutboardInboard   InboardOutboardWingtip
AIM-9MMk.83 LDGPVERAIM-7F/MFuel tankAN/AAR-50 TINSVERMk.83 LDGPAIM-9M
  Mk.83 LDGPMk.83 LDGP   Mk.83 LDGPMk.83 LDGP  
 
WingFuselageBellyFuselageWing
WingtipOutboardInboard   InboardOutboardWingtip
AIM-9MMk.82 LDGPVERAIM-7F/MFuel tankAN/AAR-50 TINSVERMk.82 LDGPAIM-9M
  Mk.82 LDGPMk.82 LDGP   Mk.82 LDGPMk.82 LDGP  

Surface attack - USMC

WingFuselageBellyFuselageWing
WingtipOutboardInboard   InboardOutboardWingtip
AIM-9MVERFuel tankLST/SCAMMk.83 LDGPAIM-7F/MFuel tankAGM-65EAIM-9M
 Mk.7Mk.7       
 
WingFuselageBellyFuselageWing
WingtipOutboardInboard   InboardOutboardWingtip
AIM-9MVERFuel tankLST/SCAMMk.83 LDGPAIM-7F/MFuel tankAGM-65EAIM-9M
 Mk.83 LDGPMk.83 LDGP       

SEAD/SuCAP missions

WingFuselageBellyFuselageWing
WingtipOutboardInboard   InboardOutboardWingtip
AIM-9MAGM-88Fuel tankAIM-7F/M AIM-7F/MFuel tankAGM-88AIM-9M
 
WingFuselageBellyFuselageWing
WingtipOutboardInboard   InboardOutboardWingtip
AIM-9MAGM-88AGM-88AIM-7F/MFuel tankAIM-7F/MAGM-88AGM-88AIM-9M
 
WingFuselageBellyFuselageWing
WingtipOutboardInboard   InboardOutboardWingtip
AIM-9MAGM-88Fuel tankAIM-7F/MFuel tankAIM-7F/MAGM-88AGM-88AIM-9M
 
WingFuselageBellyFuselageWing
WingtipOutboardInboard   InboardOutboardWingtip
AIM-9MAGM-88Fuel tankAIM-7F/MFuel tankAIM-7F/MFuel tankMk.7AIM-9M
 
WingFuselageBellyFuselageWing
WingtipOutboardInboard   InboardOutboardWingtip
AIM-9MAGM-88Fuel tankAIM-7F/MFuel tankAIM-7F/MFuel tankAGM-88AIM-9M
 
WingFuselageBellyFuselageWing
WingtipOutboardInboard   InboardOutboardWingtip
AIM-9MAGM-88Mk.84 LDGPAIM-7F/MFuel tankAIM-7F/MMk.84 LDGPAGM-88AIM-9M
 
WingFuselageBellyFuselageWing
WingtipOutboardInboard   InboardOutboardWingtip
AIM-9MAGM-65EFuel tankAIM-7F/MMk.83 LDGPAN/AAR-38 FLIRFuel tankAGM-88AIM-9M

PGM missions

WingFuselageBellyFuselageWing
WingtipOutboardInboard   InboardOutboardWingtip
AIM-9MAGM-62 Walleye IFuel tank AN/AWW-9A datalinkAN/AAS-38 FLIRFuel tankAGM-62AIM-9M

F/A-18D "Fast FAC" loadout - VMFA(AW)-121

WingFuselageBellyFuselageWing
WingtipOutboardInboard   InboardOutboardWingtip
AIM-9MVERFuel tankAN/AAR-50 TINSFuel tankAIM-7F/MFuel tankVERAIM-9M
 LAU-10           LAU-10 
 
WingFuselageBellyFuselageWing
WingtipOutboardInboard   InboardOutboardWingtip
AIM-9MVERVERAN/AAR-50 TINSFuel tankAIM-7F/MVERVERAIM-9M
 LAU-10   Mk.82 LDGP         Mk.82 LDGP   LAU-10 

F/A-18D "Fast FAC" loadout - VMFA(AW)-121 - later in the war without air threat

WingFuselageBellyFuselageWing
WingtipOutboardInboard   InboardOutboardWingtip
 VERFuel tankAN/AAR-50 TINSFuel tankAIM-7F/MFuel tankVER 
 LAU-10           LAU-10 
 
WingFuselageBellyFuselageWing
WingtipOutboardInboard   InboardOutboardWingtip
 VERVERAN/AAR-50 TINSFuel tankAIM-7F/MVERVER 
 LAU-10   Mk.82 LDGPMk.82 LDGP   Mk.82 LDGPMk.82 LDGP   LAU-10 

CAP missions

WingFuselageBellyFuselageWing
WingtipOutboardInboard   InboardOutboardWingtip
AIM-9M Fuel tankAIM-7F/MFuel tankAIM-7F/MFuel tankAIM-7F/MAIM-9M
 
WingFuselageBellyFuselageWing
WingtipOutboardInboard   InboardOutboardWingtip
AIM-9MAIM-7F/MFuel tankAIM-7F/MFuel tankAIM-7F/MFuel tankAIM-7F/MAIM-9M

AN/AAR-50 Nav FLIR
- more formally called the Thermal Imaging Navigation System (TINS--which, interestingly also means "This is no s***" when a Navy fighter pilot is telling you a war story! :) - is a wide field of view FLIR that has is imagery displayed on one of the multi-function displays to aid the pilot when flying low level at night, much like the much larger pod used by the A-7E did. It is mounted only on the right fuselage cheek station (6). It is rarely seen and seldom used as low level flying has largely fallen from favor and night vision goggles (NVG) have become the primary "seeing around" tool for night flying. Flight testing began in April 1990 and some were reportedly used during Desert Storm by USMC F/A-18Ds in lieu of AN/AAS-38 pods, although a permanent clearance wasn't granted until October 1992.

AN/AAS-38 Targeting FLIR
- called "Nite Hawk" by its maker, Raytheon, contains a narrow field of view FLIR and is only mounted on the left cheek station (4). Again, limited numbers were available for use during Desert Storm and were seen on Navy as well as Marine aircraft. However, it wasn't until after Desert Storm that a laser designator was incorporated and even later that a Laser Detector/Tracker (think PAVE Penny) capability was provided. Until the LDT capability was added, if the pilot needed to locate a laser designation of a target by someone else (e.g., ground based designator) he had to carry a third pod, the AN/ASQ-173 on station 6 that had a PAVE Penny-like sensor in its nose and a 35mm film strike camera in its tail. More widely used than the TINS, the Nite Hawk had a very poor FLIR.

Canada

CAP missions

WingFuselageBellyFuselageWing
WingtipOutboardInboard   InboardOutboardWingtip
AIM-9MAIM-7F/MFuel tankAIM-7F/MFuelt tankAIM-7F/MFuel tankDRAAIM-9M
       AIM-9MAIM-9M 
 
WingFuselageBellyFuselageWing
WingtipOutboardInboard   InboardOutboardWingtip
AIM-9MDRAFuel tankAIM-7F/MFuelt tankAIM-7F/MFuel tankAIM-7F/MAIM-9M
 AIM-9MAIM-9M       
 
WingFuselageBellyFuselageWing
WingtipOutboardInboard   InboardOutboardWingtip
AIM-9MAIM-7F/MFuel tankAIM-7F/MFuel tankAIM-7F/MFuel tankAIM-7F/MAIM-9M

Air to Ground missions

WingFuselageBellyFuselageWing
WingtipOutboardInboard   InboardOutboardWingtip
AIM-9MVERVERAIM-7F/MFuel tankAIM-7F/MVERVERAIM-9M
 Mk.82 LDGPMk.82 LDGPMk.82 LDGPMk.82 LDGP   Mk.82 LDGPMk.82 LDGPMk.82 LDGPMk.82 LDGP 
 
WingFuselageBellyFuselageWing
WingtipOutboardInboard   InboardOutboardWingtip
AIM-9MVERVERAIM-7F/MFuel tankAIM-7F/MVERVERAIM-9M
 CRV-7CRV-7CRV-7CRV-7   CRV-7CRV-7CRV-7CRV-7 


NOTE: Canadian CF-188As carried so called "fat pylon" on Station 2 or 8. The pylon was thicker as it carried additional ECM gear. You can see the pylon HERE