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Blue Angels Super Hornets In 2008

Mon Sep 24, 2007 2:28 pm

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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RE: Blue Angels Super Hornets In 2008

Mon Sep 24, 2007 2:29 pm

Note: the most recent past thread on this subject was in 2006.
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RE: Blue Angels Super Hornets In 2008

Mon Sep 24, 2007 9:34 pm

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.
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RE: Blue Angels Super Hornets In 2008

Mon Sep 24, 2007 10:41 pm

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.
 
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RE: Blue Angels Super Hornets In 2008

Mon Sep 24, 2007 11:18 pm

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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RE: Blue Angels Super Hornets In 2008

Tue Sep 25, 2007 6:02 am

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
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RE: Blue Angels Super Hornets In 2008

Wed Sep 26, 2007 1:10 am

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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RE: Blue Angels Super Hornets In 2008

Wed Sep 26, 2007 2:31 am

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

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RE: Blue Angels Super Hornets In 2008

Wed Sep 26, 2007 3:14 am

Here is their latest addition (to replace the lost # 6 a few months ago). It is an "A" version.


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RE: Blue Angels Super Hornets In 2008

Fri Sep 28, 2007 2:53 am

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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RE: Blue Angels Super Hornets In 2008

Fri Sep 28, 2007 3:08 am

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

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RE: Blue Angels Super Hornets In 2008

Fri Sep 28, 2007 5:30 am

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.
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RE: Blue Angels Super Hornets In 2008

Fri Sep 28, 2007 8:45 am

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.
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RE: Blue Angels Super Hornets In 2008

Sat Sep 29, 2007 9:18 pm

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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RE: Blue Angels Super Hornets In 2008

Sun Sep 30, 2007 7:30 am

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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