The Blue Angels Are Changing Planes in 2021

Move over Hornet, welcome to the Super Hornet!

April 22, 2019

They look small and agile with a quickness and precision that both suggest massive speed and immense aircraft control, they're the Blue Angels and for years (except that one year where the federal budget was broken) they've been treating us to awesome aerial displays over Lake Washington during Seafair.

Since 1986, the Blue Angels have strapped into the cockpits of the F/A-18 A/B Hornet (with the C/D variation joining the squadron later). Enjoy them as they are now, in 2021 they'll be unveiling a new batch of blue painted badass jets to celebrate the 75th anniversary of this demo squad. The US Navy will upgrade the team with the larger and more powerful F/A-18E Super Hornet. It's beefy by comparison:

gettyimages / Rob Hoglund

The bigger wings, square-r air intake, and advanced computer brain should treat us to new summer spectacles and feats of insane g-forces in just a couple years. Can't wait to see them up close taking off and landing at Boeing Field! In the meantime - see an example of the current jet on display (the one at the top of the blog) by making a visit to the Museum of Flight! While you should totally pay to go in and see everything, this one is outside and free to drool over - it's so much bigger than I anticipated.

Photos of a craft that took humans to the moon... put up this sweet list of aircraft used by Blue Angels:

F6F Hellcat (1946)
F8F Bearcat (1946 - 1949)
F9F-2 Panther (1949 - 1950) -- First jet aircraft
F9F-5 Panther (1951 - 1955)
F9F-8 Cougar (1955 - 1957)
F11F-1 Tiger (1957 - 1968)
F-4J Phantom II (1969 - 1974)
A-4F Skyhawk II (1974 - 1986)F/A-18 Hornet A/B (1986 - Present)
F/A-18E Super Hornet (Planned for 2021)