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Blue Angels Hornets Make Final Flight
AVweb ^ | November 4, 2020 | Kate O'Connor

Posted on 11/06/2020 1:53:23 PM PST by AF_Blue

The U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels flight demonstration squadron conducted the last flight using its F/A-18 A/B/C/D Hornets on Wednesday. The aircraft, which the Blue Angels have flown for 34 years, will be replaced with F/A-18 E/F Super Hornets beginning with the team’s 2021 show season. The Hornets departed Florida’s Naval Air Station Pensacola at around 4 p.m. local time for a 30-minute flyover ranging from the Pensacola area to Alabama’s Fort Morgan.

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KEYWORDS: aviation; blueangels; hornets; military
Military aviation interest
1 posted on 11/06/2020 1:53:24 PM PST by AF_Blue
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To: AF_Blue

Wow, I remember the first time I saw the Blue Angels flying those planes at an air show at the Naval Academy. The planes were almost brand new, then. I was 7 years old.


2 posted on 11/06/2020 1:56:52 PM PST by The Pack Knight
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To: Army Air Corps; Drew68

For your interest.


3 posted on 11/06/2020 2:00:05 PM PST by KC_Lion
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To: AF_Blue

Beautiful little fighters. I thought of them almost as sports cars.


4 posted on 11/06/2020 2:04:45 PM PST by old-ager (anti-new-ager)
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To: AF_Blue

Have been fortunate to see several BA shows.

Additionally, I worked with a fellow for a few years who’s brother was the Captain (Squadron Leader, Lead Pilot?) of the BA’s so we had numerous overflights of our smallish town that year as he was born and raised here. It was cool!


5 posted on 11/06/2020 2:14:13 PM PST by BBB333 (The Power Of Trump Compels You!)
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To: The Pack Knight

34 Years, if I have it right? I think they got legacy Hornets in ‘86 or ‘87 when the Skyhawks went to the boneyard? That has to be a record for type longevity.


6 posted on 11/06/2020 2:17:01 PM PST by Tallguy (Facts be d@mned! The narrative must be protected at all costs!)
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To: The Pack Knight

You young whippersnapper. When I was 7 they were flying F11s. Your generation totally missed out on seeing them wind up the rubber bands before take-off.


7 posted on 11/06/2020 2:18:55 PM PST by Flash Bazbeaux
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To: AF_Blue

Under Harris such things will be canceled and the planes sold to the highest Chinese bidder


8 posted on 11/06/2020 2:24:26 PM PST by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now its your turn)
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To: AF_Blue

I & my family were on the beach at Gulf Shores to watch the flyby, amazed at how many were there since we learned of the flyby around noon.
BTW I used to fuel the Blues when they flew A4’s at NASP.


9 posted on 11/06/2020 2:27:14 PM PST by orlop9
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To: AF_Blue

I remember working with the Hornets B/C Models when I was in the NAVY. The Old Salts use to call them “Flying Lawn Darts” “Non Mud Movers” and finally “ Drink, Blow and S**k) this was because the amount of fuel they drank up just waiting to be launched of the Carrier! I remember when the F-14s and A-6s were forced into a safety stand down off Bosnia in 1996 and the Hornets were the only choice, we would fill the up and tow them to the Cats. When needed the pilots got in started the engines and we would launch them every 45 seconds just to save fuel. The Supers are better on fuel mileage by 45%, but still.


10 posted on 11/06/2020 2:59:50 PM PST by Trueblackman (Impeachment? Game on B*tches time add my engine to the Trump Train.)
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To: Tallguy

Talking about longevity, I saw a NASA T-38 over my office in downtown Houston yesterday. Those have been flying for 59 years.


11 posted on 11/06/2020 3:10:32 PM PST by The Pack Knight
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To: The Pack Knight

The T-38 is one of my favorites ;)
(I always called them turbo mosquitoes) :D


12 posted on 11/06/2020 3:19:08 PM PST by Bikkuri (Joe Biden: "Abraham Lincoln is the most racist president ever.")
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To: orlop9

In 1968 I was training in San Diego for Interior Communication Electrician. I remember trying to volunteer to cross train as a Blue Angel pilot.
Im still waiting, they havnt gotten back to me yet.


13 posted on 11/06/2020 3:31:56 PM PST by ExSafecracker (Hey media. . . thats President Trump to you.)
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To: Bikkuri

T-38 is a great looking little machine. Also like the F-5 variant that we exported all around the world.


14 posted on 11/06/2020 3:41:09 PM PST by Yardstick
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To: AF_Blue

The first time I saw them, they were flying the Grumman F11F-1 Tiger.


15 posted on 11/06/2020 3:44:36 PM PST by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: orlop9

Blue Angels A-4’s? Flying to Van Halen?

Here you go:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=d5PqVeex4QU


16 posted on 11/06/2020 4:14:36 PM PST by GreenLanternCorps (Hi! I'm the Dread Pirate Roberts! (TM) Atsk about franchise opportunities in your area.)
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To: AF_Blue

Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Aircraft

F6F Hellcat 1946
F8F Bearcat 1946 - 1949
F9F-2 Panther 1949 - 1950
F9F-5 Panther 1951 - 1955
F9F-8 Cougar 1955 - 1957
F11F-1 Tiger 1957 - 1968
F-4J Phantom II 1969 - 1974
A-4F Skyhawk II 1974 - 1986
F/A-18 Hornet A/B 1986 - 2010
F/A-18 Hornet C/D IN TRANSITION

https://www.blueangels.navy.mil/history/


17 posted on 11/06/2020 5:23:37 PM PST by DFG
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To: Flash Bazbeaux

F11s when I was a kid, Naval Air Station Dallas - then I was an air traffic controller with the Marine Corps Reserve there 20 years later.


18 posted on 11/06/2020 6:32:20 PM PST by Jolla
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To: AF_Blue

man, i bet they are happy to be getting the newer upgraded models.


19 posted on 12/04/2020 3:18:28 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not Averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: AF_Blue

Well that MODEL of F-18.

To the untrained eye, the replacements will look pretty much the same.


20 posted on 01/08/2021 9:16:12 AM PST by freedumb2003 (No matter what, resist and stop the agenda of biteme and the whore)
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