ebj1248650
Topic Author
Posts: 1517
Joined: Mon Jun 06, 2005 6:17 am

When Did The Blue Angels Get F/A-18Cs?

Mon Sep 06, 2010 2:50 am

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?
Dare to dream; dream big!
 
User avatar
kc135topboom
Posts: 11035
Joined: Sun Jan 30, 2005 2:26 am

RE: When Did The Blue Angels Get F/A-18Cs?

Mon Sep 06, 2010 12:44 pm

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.
 
mechatnew
Posts: 111
Joined: Wed May 25, 2005 5:59 am

RE: When Did The Blue Angels Get F/A-18Cs?

Mon Sep 06, 2010 5:14 pm

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.
 
ebj1248650
Topic Author
Posts: 1517
Joined: Mon Jun 06, 2005 6:17 am

RE: When Did The Blue Angels Get F/A-18Cs?

Tue Sep 07, 2010 12:13 am

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?
Dare to dream; dream big!
 
mechatnew
Posts: 111
Joined: Wed May 25, 2005 5:59 am

RE: When Did The Blue Angels Get F/A-18Cs?

Tue Sep 07, 2010 1:22 am

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

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: pusserchef and 1 guest

Popular Searches On Airliners.net

Top Photos of Last:   24 Hours  •  48 Hours  •  7 Days  •  30 Days  •  180 Days  •  365 Days  •  All Time

Military Aircraft Every type from fighters to helicopters from air forces around the globe

Classic Airliners Props and jets from the good old days

Flight Decks Views from inside the cockpit

Aircraft Cabins Passenger cabin shots showing seat arrangements as well as cargo aircraft interior

Cargo Aircraft Pictures of great freighter aircraft

Government Aircraft Aircraft flying government officials

Helicopters Our large helicopter section. Both military and civil versions

Blimps / Airships Everything from the Goodyear blimp to the Zeppelin

Night Photos Beautiful shots taken while the sun is below the horizon

Accidents Accident, incident and crash related photos

Air to Air Photos taken by airborne photographers of airborne aircraft

Special Paint Schemes Aircraft painted in beautiful and original liveries

Airport Overviews Airport overviews from the air or ground

Tails and Winglets Tail and Winglet closeups with beautiful airline logos