EBJ1248650 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1932 posts, RR: 1 Posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 4570 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?
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.
EMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 13, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3740 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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EBJ1248650 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1932 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3687 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?