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Blue Angels Super Hornets In 2008  
User currently offlineEBJ1248650 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1932 posts, RR: 1
Posted (7 years 1 month 15 hours ago) and read 4014 times:

A while back, there was a thread in which someone commented that the Blue Angels were supposed to transition to the F/A-18 Super Hornet (E?, F?) in 2008, or shortly there after. The team ought to be close to ending their show season for this year and beginning their training season, if they haven't begun already. Has anyone heard whether the team will transition now or will transition at the end of 2008? Is there any definite word whether they'll make that transition at all?


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User currently offlineEBJ1248650 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1932 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (7 years 1 month 15 hours ago) and read 4017 times:

Note: the most recent past thread on this subject was in 2006.


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User currently offlineKevinSmith From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 1 month 8 hours ago) and read 3924 times:

Quoting EBJ1248650 (Thread starter):
The team ought to be close to ending their show season for this year and beginning their training season, if they haven't begun already.

They got about a month and a half left in the show season. I've seen no signs of a transition for next year. In fact I've seen the opposite.


User currently offlineErj-145mech From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 306 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (7 years 1 month 7 hours ago) and read 3898 times:

The Navy does not have the funds to purchase the latest and greatest for a demonstration team. The Super Hornets are going to the fleet squadrons.

The Blues need the older and lighter versions to perform the maneuvers in the act.


User currently offlineEBJ1248650 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1932 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (7 years 1 month 6 hours ago) and read 3887 times:

Quoting KevinSmith (Reply 2):
I've seen no signs of a transition for next year. In fact I've seen the opposite.

Elaborate, please?



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User currently offlineKevinSmith From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 1 month ago) and read 3764 times:

Quoting EBJ1248650 (Reply 4):
Elaborate, please?

I saw them towing a jet that they were going to "convert" into a Blue Angel. It was a C model.

Quoting Erj-145mech (Reply 3):
The Blues need the older and lighter versions to perform the maneuvers in the act.

They should try and get some F/A-18A+ models


User currently offlineEBJ1248650 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1932 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (7 years 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3614 times:

Quoting KevinSmith (Reply 5):
I saw them towing a jet that they were going to "convert" into a Blue Angel. It was a C model.

Will the team be using C/D models for the next season? Last I'd heard they're still operating A/B models.



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User currently offlineDeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (7 years 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3593 times:

They'll get C/D models before they get Supers, that's a promise.

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User currently offlineEksath From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1315 posts, RR: 25
Reply 8, posted (7 years 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3571 times:
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Here is their latest addition (to replace the lost # 6 a few months ago). It is an "A" version.


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User currently offlineEBJ1248650 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1932 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (7 years 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3362 times:

Quoting KevinSmith (Reply 5):
They should try and get some F/A-18A+ models

How would these be an improvement over the standard A models the team is flying now? More powerful engines?



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User currently offlinePtrjong From Netherlands, joined Mar 2005, 3959 posts, RR: 18
Reply 10, posted (7 years 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3356 times:

How would any newer F/A-18 version be an improvement for the Blue Angels' job?

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User currently offlineKevinSmith From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (7 years 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 3320 times:

Quoting EBJ1248650 (Reply 6):
Will the team be using C/D models for the next season



Quoting EBJ1248650 (Reply 9):
How would these be an improvement over the standard A models the team is flying now? More powerful engines?

I was mistaking. I the A model I thought I saw was an C model. Either way it was definitely not an Super Hornet. I was under the impression that the team was flying C models. To answer your question, now that I know they are flying A models, A+ models really wouldn't do anything for them.


User currently offlineFlynavy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (7 years 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3289 times:

Quoting EBJ1248650 (Reply 9):
How would these be an improvement over the standard A models the team is flying now? More powerful engines?

The F/A-18A+ modifications are avionics-related and not related to the powerplants.


User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 13, posted (7 years 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3184 times:

The team is not going to Super Hornets anytime soon. The aircraft they fly are some of the oldest in the fleet and destine for retirement after their time with the team. We will see the Blues flying the Super Hornet in about 10/15 years...... keep in mind, the DoD is not going to pull brand new, multi million dollars jets out of the fleet for the Blue Angels when active Units are still waiting for theirs.

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User currently offlineEBJ1248650 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1932 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (7 years 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3131 times:

Quoting EMBQA (Reply 13):
keep in mind, the DoD is not going to pull brand new, multi million dollars jets out of the fleet for the Blue Angels when active Units are still waiting for theirs.

True enough but they could get pilot production airplanes; among the first Super Hornets off the production line. Wasn't that the case with the first Hornets the Blues got? And weren't the Blue Angels F-4Js from the first production batch, complete with the same J79s used in the F-4B instead of the more powerful version used in full production models?



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