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fox
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For those followers of the Blue Angels.
Posted by fox on Thursday, May 24, 2018 9:13 PM

Saw something in a magazine today that I thought you might like to hear about.

A friend just dropped off a copy of the May issue of "Flying" magazine. On page 82 is a pic taken slightly before March 24 from above an F-35 Lightning II making a pass over the runway of NAS Kingsville, Texas with the Blue Angels parked on the runway preparing to practice for the coming show on March 24-25.

Point of interest in the article was that the Blue Angels are preparing to switch to an all Super Hornet squadron soon. The Navy gets its F-35s next year. There's no word on when the team might upgrade to the Lightning II.

Seeing the Blue Angels in Super Hornets sounds great but in F-35s sounds fantastic. Hope I'm still around to see that.

Jim  Captain

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Posted by modelcrazy on Thursday, May 24, 2018 10:11 PM

F-35 Angels would look fantastic! I'm not into 35's enough to build a model of one but they would look great in blue and yellow, and I'll bet the Angels could up their game when it comes to maneuverability.

Steve

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Posted by mississippivol on Thursday, May 24, 2018 10:13 PM
I miss the Scooters!
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Posted by tempestjohnny on Friday, May 25, 2018 5:59 AM
They are up for a replacement. They are still flying A model Hornets. A lot of the C models are getting up there in airframe hours. Converting to Super Bugs makes sense

 

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Posted by stikpusher on Friday, May 25, 2018 12:14 PM

Seeing how the A & B F-35s are just entering operational squadrons and seeing their first overseas deployments now, and that the C is not quite there yet, I think that is safe to say that we have another decade to go before the Blues get the F-35. If ever. After all, the Blues never flew the Tomcat. It would have to be after the 35 is in fleetwide service, or approaching that mark.

On a side note, it appears that Israel has already taken their F-35s on combat sorties over Syria. Just like with the F-15 and F-16 when those were brand new, their baptism of fire has happened in IDF colors in the skies of the Middle East.

 

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Posted by Tojo72 on Friday, May 25, 2018 12:35 PM
It was really cool to see the F-35 decked out in Isreali colors.Blue Angel colors would be outstanding. I wonder how that Meng kit will be,would love to see Tamiya or Avantgarde do one

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Posted by hogfanfs on Friday, May 25, 2018 12:48 PM

To me, my first thought when I hear Blue Angels is an F-4. I remember being on my parents boat and watching the Selfridge air show from the water. Good times. 

I do like the F/A-18 in the Blue Angels colors, and I think the F-35 would look fantastic in those colors too. Just my humble opinion.

 Bruce

 

 

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Posted by goldhammer on Friday, May 25, 2018 12:50 PM

Funny how the demo team gets the cast-offs and worn out airframes to promote the service.

Would be nice to see a set of BA decals for the -35 to do a what if bird, or see if a set of -18 decals woud work.

 

On a side note, saw a business card in the pizza joint last night....instead of "recuiter", the Navy now calls them "talent aquission specialist". About dropped the box with my dinner, laughing.

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Posted by stikpusher on Friday, May 25, 2018 4:29 PM

goldhammer

Funny how the demo team gets the cast-offs and worn out airframes to promote the service.

 

Not necessarily. Both the Thunderbirds and the Blue Angels respectively got their F-16s and F-18s as those types were becoming mainstream with each service in the 80’s. But that shows how long each service has been using those two types now, for four decades: 80’s, 90’s, 00’s, ‘teens...

That would be akin to using early WWII fighter designs, designed in the mid to late 30’s up thru the 70’s.

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

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Posted by fotofrank on Friday, May 25, 2018 6:33 PM

mississippivol
I miss the Scooters!
 

 

Me too...

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Posted by stikpusher on Friday, May 25, 2018 6:36 PM

fotofrank

 

 
mississippivol
I miss the Scooters!
 

 

 

 

Me too...

 

Thats three of us... 

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

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Posted by hogfanfs on Friday, May 25, 2018 8:24 PM

These are from the Travers City Air Show in 2014:

And still my favorite Blue Angel:

 

 Bruce

 

 

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Posted by Devil Dawg on Saturday, June 02, 2018 6:40 PM

fotofrank

 

 
mississippivol
I miss the Scooters!
 

 

 

 

Me too...

 

They're all hanging in the main entrance of the Naval Aviation Mueum in Pensacola now.

Devil Dawg

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Posted by modelcrazy on Saturday, June 02, 2018 8:09 PM

stikpusher
Not necessarily. Both the Thunderbirds and the Blue Angels respectively got their F-16s and F-18s as those types were becoming mainstream with each service in the 80’s. But that shows how long each service has been using those two types now, for four decades: 80’s, 90’s, 00’s, ‘teens... That would be akin to using early WWII fighter designs, designed in the mid to late 30’s up thru the 70’s.

Dang! your right. I never thought of it that way before.

Steve

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Saturday, June 02, 2018 8:33 PM

I just can’t see F-35s being Blue Angels, let alone Thunderbirds if that ever came to an idea. Never did like the looks of the F-35s anyway. I’d rather take the Super Hornets instead. At least they look meaner and sexier than the F-35s.

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Posted by mississippivol on Saturday, June 02, 2018 10:16 PM

They refurbished a Tiger in Blues markings up in Millington 

http://wreg.com/2018/06/01/refinished-blue-angels-aircraft-to-soar-in-millington-again/

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Posted by fotofrank on Sunday, June 03, 2018 7:16 AM

Devil Dawg

 

 
fotofrank

 

 
mississippivol
I miss the Scooters!
 

 

 

 

Me too...

 

 

 

They're all hanging in the main entrance of the Naval Aviation Mueum in Pensacola now.

 

 

I like how you can get up and see them at eye-level. We've been to the museum many times.


OK. On the bench:

Way too much to build in one lifetime...

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Posted by rangerj on Tuesday, June 05, 2018 9:55 AM

The A-4 and the Blues have a special place in my heart. The team was flying A-4s when they let me and a dozen Civil Air Patrol Cadets sit in on their breifing before that days airshow. They  (the Blues) were magnanamous. The cadets got a tour of Fat Albert.  Fond memories.  

Note one of those cadets got a Navy ROTC scholarship and stayed in for 30 years. We had two cadets get appointments to U.S. Military Acadamies, 1 USAF and 1 USCG.  CAP is a good program if you know any youngsters interested in aviation and/or military service in general.

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Posted by Chemteacher on Tuesday, June 05, 2018 6:11 PM
Yep, I saw one of the last shows in the A-4’s at New Orleans NAS when I was a kid. Awesome. But, I love the ‘18’s as well.

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