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Is the Growler the only Super Hornet that has the wing fences (in pic below) or do all of the Super Hornets now have them?

See 2 fences in pics below...




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Hard to prove a negative, but from surveying an image search for different super hornets, I haven't come across any others that have the fences.

Additionally, and perhaps more conclusively:

From: http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2008/07/08/225072/ea-18g-growler-new-platform-and-capabilities-set-to-un-level-the-sead-playing.html

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Externally, there are numerous change that are Growler-unique, some more subtle than others. Most noticeable are changes to outer portions of the Growler's wing, put in place partially because of "the buffet onset at high-g manoeuvres" experienced with Super Hornets, says Boeing.

As part of a Super Hornet transonic flying qualities programme launched before the advent of the Growler, four design changes were developed by engineers at Boeing. When the navy decided to launch the Growler, Boeing offered to include the improvements, in part to minimise motion of the wingtip pods to better locate threats. "We wanted to make the manoeuvres smoother for the [Growler]," says Tony Bargeon, Boeing's EA-18G configuration manager. "We wanted to make the wingtips quieter too."

Leading edge fairings now form a smooth "saw tooth" transition from the outer wing (the outer section that folds up and over for carrier operations) to the inner wing, replacing "snag" edge between the two on the Super Hornet. A 12.5cm (5in)-high by 150cm-long wing fence has been placed on the top surface of each wing about midway along the span, and there are now aileron "tripper strips" just ahead of the aileron hinge line. The two-strip arrangement forms a triangle rough 0.95cm high, eliminating the "aileron buzz" experienced by Super Hornet pilots during the same high-g manoeuvres. Engineers also replaced the perforated hinge fairing between outer and inner wing with a solid hinge fairing to help with the buffeting.

Boeing EA-18G chief engineer Kevin Fogarty says Boeing offered to make the same changes on the Super Hornet production line, but the navy declined.


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PostSun Jan 2 13:37:27 2011
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Exellent data Duke! Exactly what I was looking for... So these changes will be implemented only on the EA-18Gs and not on the E/Fs...

Thus it will go along with making changes to better represent the wingtip pods as well...

A good side effect to come out of this is to make the existing C/Ds more realeastic as well as they have similiar fences on the LERX's just behind the cockpits...
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