F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler: The US Navy's Primary Fighter/Attack Aircraft. Ken Neubeck. The Boeing F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet is an evolutionary redesign of the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 A/B Hornet. The Legacy F/A-18 Hornet first flew in 1980 and met the requirement for a multirole fighter to complement the larger and more expensive Grumman F-14 Tomcat, serving in fleet defense interceptor and air superiority roles. 9" x 9".