Boeing’s St. Louis plant—once the home of McDonnell Douglas—where aircraft like the F-15, the F-4 and the Mercury and Gemini capsules were born, has been churning out Super Hornets for almost two decades now. And man, do they have the process down.
Each Super Hornet costs about $52 million dollars, with the E/A-18G Growler costing a additional $9 million each. The line’s future has been in limbo for years as the Navy impatiently waits for F-35C to become operational, and as foreign orders beyond Australia’s buy have not materialized. But this may be starting to change now, with orders from Kuwait, Denmark, Canada and others up for grabs.