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When Did The Blue Angels Get F/A-18Cs?  
User currently offlineebj1248650 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1932 posts, RR: 1
Posted (4 years 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4713 times:

I was just looking through the collection of F/A-18C photos here at a.net and noticed at least three of them featured Blue Angels C model Hornets. I had heard the team was going to transition to this model but wasn't aware they had completed the change over. When did that happen?


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User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12150 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (4 years 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 4623 times:

The Blue Angles have been flying the F/A-18C/D models for at least 3 years now. Before going to the C/D models, they flew the F/A-18A/B models that were the pre-production aircraft. Each airframe was unique.

User currently offlinemechatnew From United States of America, joined May 2005, 101 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (4 years 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4534 times:

The Blue Angels got there first 'C' model late last year, but as far as I know did not fly a public show untill this year. They are flying a mix of A, B, C, and D models this season. Most of the prepoduction A, and B models were replaced by regular models later on.

User currently offlineebj1248650 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1932 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (4 years 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4367 times:

I was under the impression the Blue's first F/A-18s were "pilot production" models. Are they now being referred to as pre-production machines?


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User currently offlinemechatnew From United States of America, joined May 2005, 101 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (4 years 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 4340 times:

I thought they were called pre-production aircraft, but you could be correct.

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