Skip to comments.U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels to receive newer and larger F/A-18E/F Super Hornet
Posted on 08/14/2018 12:52:28 PM PDT by PROCON
Photos by Petty Officer 2nd Class Timothy Schumaker
Boeing has received a $17 million contract for convert nine F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft for Blue Angels flight demonstration team, said in the statement of the U.S. Department of Defense on 13 August.
The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has contracted Boeing for the retrofit documentation and kits to convert nine F/A-18E (single-seat) and two F/A-18F (tandem-seat) aircraft into a Blue Angel configuration in accordance with engineering change proposal 6480.
According to the DoD, work will be performed in St. Louis, Missouri, and is expected to be completed in December 2021.
The Blue Angels have operated Boeing F/A-18A, C, B, and D models for 30 years far longer than they have flown any other aircraft type. The new F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft is 25 percent larger and has 40 percent more range than the F/A-18C/D, making the aircraft substantially larger than its predecessors.
The Super Hornet comes in the single-seat F/A-18E and the tandem-seat F/A-18F.
The Super Hornet has the capability, flexibility and performance necessary to modernize the air or naval aviation forces of any country. It is able to perform virtually every mission in the tactical spectrum, including air superiority, day/night strike with precision-guided weapons, fighter escort, close air support, suppression of enemy air defenses, maritime strike, reconnaissance, forward air control and tanker missions.
The Blue Angels are the Navy and Marine Corps elite flight demonstration squadron. With pilots drawn from active-duty Navy and Marine flight squadrons, the Blue Angels demonstrate the incredible skills of Americas Naval and Marine pilots. The F/A-18 Hornets they fly are combat-ready aircraft that are constantly updated to meet the latest demands on the battlefield.
The Marine Corps are so desperate for F/A-19C/Ds that they're taking them from the Blue Angels.
The added thrust should make them great to watch and hear.
Boeing has received a $17 million contract for convert nine F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft for Blue Angels flight demonstration team, said in the statement of the U.S. Department of Defense on 13 August
Sounds like the blog is outsourcing its writing to India.
Geez, isn’t this going to involve learning a whole new set of muscle memory?.
*The F/A-18 Hornets they fly are combat-ready aircraft that are constantly updated to meet the latest demands on the battlefield.*
Not what has been written elsewhere. Blue Angels demonstration aircraft are usually stripped of combat systems to make them lighter and therefore achieve better acceleration than their fleet counterparts.
It’s also been said that they get the leftovers.
The Blue Angels are flying the oldest F/A-18s in the fleet.
What the navy has been doing to the Marines for a long time.
Do your own DD...and BTW...Sempi fi and happy birthday..from an old Army Air Cav CE/DG..67-68-69
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