Blue Angel F / A-18 C / D Hornets – Photo: Unknown author
The Blue Angels flew the last flight yesterday with their six F / A-18 C / D Hornets (also known as Legacys). The flight took place over the city of Pensacola, Florida. In the city is the naval base, where the US Navy demonstration team is located.
The flight lasted approximately 30 minutes and overflights were carried out at various locations in the coastal city.
Today we made our last flight on the F / A-18 A / B / C / D “Legacy” Hornets, which marks the official transition from the Blue Angels to the F / A-18 E / F Super Hornet platform. #BlueAngels #USNavy #USMC pic.twitter.com/sSzfxRH4m1
– Blue Angels (@BlueAngels) November 5, 2020
The Blue Angles will perform an airplane transition between late 2020 and early 2021. The Blue Angels are leaving the F / A-18 C / D Hornet for the F / A-18E / F Super Hornet. The Super Hornet will debut with the team in April.
The American team icon has already received its first F-18 Super Hornet with the races that give the team its name.
Arrival of the Blue Angel F / A-18 Super Hornet (center) Photo: USN
However, this year the Blue Angels also received their latest “Fat Albert”, a C-130J Super Hercules, which will support the team logistically.
A total of 34 years of F-18 Hornets were on the demonstration team. The story began in 1986 with the introduction of the F / A-18 A / B. In 2010 it was time to introduce the C and D versions of the F-18 Hornet.
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The Blue Angels are the oldest military demonstration troops in the world. In the list of the oldest teams follows the French Patrouille de France and our smoke squadron.
The Blue Angels were founded in 1946 and several aircraft have passed the squadron since then, including the F-4J Phantom II and the A-4F Skyhawk II.
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