PhatAlbert From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 111 posts, RR: 3 Posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 5432 times:
I was wondering if the F-18 was taken from the Blue Angels such as an aircraft change etc... what would probably runner up... JSF? I dont know if anything else would suit the Blue Angels beside JSF or the F-18? Any comments?
AirRyan From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2532 posts, RR: 6 Reply 1, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 5432 times:
I suspect that they will probably move up to Super Hornets here within the next few years; the Blue Angels use some of the eldest legacy Hornets that were used for testing and I think the Super Hornet program is far along enough to farm out the original test monkeys.
CF188A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 5406 times:
Ithink your going to be disappointed to hear that the blue angels plan to keep these until a vast amount of Super Hornets are piled in the desert. But quite frankly.... viewing them at the Joint Services Show this past weekend, I dont see a need for new planes. They were great...
PhatAlbert From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 111 posts, RR: 3 Reply 4, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 5277 times:
Thanks for sharing... i know they still perform OUTSTANDING.. seen them at Springfield Air Rendevous and one jet had promblems and still flew great.. and i agree there are alot of F-18 still to be used... but wouldnt yah think that bringing up new aircraft would display the ability of the Navy's aircraft?
HaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2081 posts, RR: 1 Reply 5, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 5274 times:
Quoting PhatAlbert (Reply 4): but wouldnt yah think that bringing up new aircraft would display the ability of the Navy's aircraft?
The Blues have never worried about using the best in their fleet for the demo, nor does their routine, as much as I like it, really display the aircrafts performance to their maximum. As much I like the Blues, and they are my favorite demo team of all, they stayed with the A-4 forever and will stay with the older F-18 forever and use basically the same routine they've used forever... the general public, who they are pandering to for recruitment, is duly impressed and that is, after all, their mission.
UnattendedBag From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 2280 posts, RR: 2 Reply 6, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 5268 times:
The Blue Angels are the Navy's demonstration team as you know. The f-18 is the most advanced aircraft the Navy flies. So, until they get a totally new aircraft, we will probably not see a new one for quite a while. Plus, there are enough parts in the desert and in the current fleet to keep them flying for the next century.
CF188A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 9, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 5055 times:
Given the debt already ... I CAN ASSURE YOU.... you are not going to see the Blue Angels with JSF or F22S, or any other aircraft until their are many to go around. If your lucky... as said they will get super hornets. But keep dreaming. BTW, when do you think the Thunderbirds will change out theirs? 30+ years maybe? If they got them brand new I can again ASSURE you they will also not be getting any new aircraft.