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originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: FredT
They've been working on transitioning since at least a couple years ago. They were talking about it after the Tennessee crash. They had some engineering issues.
Early-production F/A-18E/F Super Hornets have a new mission—help the Blue Angels inspire greatness and service in others—as the next flight demonstration aircraft for the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron.
In the next few years, the Blue Angels will transition from the F/A-18 Hornet to the Super Hornet as 18 low-rate initial production (LRIP) F/A-18E/F Super Hornets are modified and then painted in the iconic blue.
“While the team is preparing for a safe and dynamic Super Hornet show in 2021, execution depends on the material condition of the allotted aircraft and modifications remaining on schedule,” said Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA) Rear Adm. Gregory Harris. “Enterprise-wide effort will ensure fleet readiness priorities are met throughout the transition.”
In the meantime, the flight profile for the Super Hornet aerial demonstration is being developed by former Blue Angels pilots at the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division’s Manned Flight Simulator at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland.
originally posted by: FredT
So looking a the date on the slides, I was a baby and this was my first airshow at Moffett Field circa 1969 with the Blue Angels in their F-4's