Do you not know the difference between a regular Hornet (A/B/C/D)s and a Super-Hornet (E/F)? Because they are two very different aircraft. Other than the forward fuselage the Super Hornet is a completely new aircraft.
LISTENIN TO THE HOWLING ROAR
There's pretty much zero commonality with the original Hornet. The forward fuselage is mostly the same but aft of the cockpit it's all new from the engines to the larger airframe. The most noticeable visual differences are the square intakes, larger leading edge extensions, and an additional hard point under each wing.
As for the history of the aircraft, it was created as a low cost and, low risk program to replace the soon to be axed NATF and A-12 programs. The Navy needed new jets and realized that it would be easiest to get new jets if they were "based" on an existing design.
A fantasy spaceship should still look cooler than something that actually works because its not restricted by the rules of physics. Yet it looks like garbage and people still cream themselves over it when actual spaceships like the SR-71 exist
Obvious MiG-29 is obvious
From Rogue Squadron.
>The Y-Wing is the work horse of the rebel fleet. It's not quick or flashy but it gets the job done. The armor on this ship is extensive, and the shields will protect you from just about anything, which is good, because you won't be going anywhere *fast*.
But that's the Super Hornet at the bottom, a late 90's aircraft. You can tell at a glance by the angular intakes.
The Super Hornet is a completely new airframe, it's not a regular upgrade package. It's about 20% bigger and a much more modern design, while still looking very similar and serving the same role. Meanwhile, the Legacy Hornet fleets are falling apart.