Designing the replacement for the Super Hornet began around the time it was published. I felt that although it was a capable aircraft, it had several elements that made it somewhat outdated (it had--in fact--been designed months earlier). These parts were primarily portions of the empennage. To modernize the aircraft, I decided to redesign the aircraft significantly, placing the wing further back from the nose and replacing the tail assembly with a type similar to the marvelous Super Manx. With these new features, the prototype Strike Hornet excelled. The complexity and induced drag inherent on the Super Hornet were greatly reduced on the Strike Hornet. More features became available for addition to the Strike Hornet airframe and it became more adaptable than its predecessor.
The Strike Hornet is one of my best "drone-fighters" to date, no doubt. I am very proud of this airplane, and am quite sure many aviators to come will be satisfied with it too.
Like many of my airplanes before it, the Strike Hornet is very adaptable, and is suitable for use as a fighter-interceptor, stunt and/or research testbed airplane.
Some usages for educators could include studies of:
- Glide ratio
- Hangtime versus other aircraft
- Weight and balance
TAA USAF Designation: D205-1