Boeing To Retrofit Blue Angels Fleet

Boeing To Retrofit Blue Angels Fleet. Boeing received USD 17 million to convert nine F/A-18E aircraft and two F / A-18F aircraft into Blue Angel demonstration aircraft.

The Super Hornets replace the McDonnell Douglas F / A-18 Hornets of the squadron, which have been in use since 1986. The adaptation work will be carried out in St. Louis, Missouri and is expected to be completed by December 2021, According to the notice published online on August 13.

Boeing To Retrofit Blue Angels Fleet

Boeing To Retrofit Blue Angels Fleet, pic: Boeing F/A-18

The Super Hornet is 25% larger, has 40% more range and can carry more weapons than its predecessor.

The warning did not indicate how the aircraft would be modified, but previously the conversion of the F / A-18 into a Blue Angel aircraft meant having the nose tube removed, an oil tank installed and a spring installed in the control, which applies pressure for better training and inverted flight, according to the website of the demonstration squadron.

Normally, the squadron includes 11 jets piloted by naval aviators, not counting a Lockheed Martin C-130 called Fat Albert, which is manned by a team of the entire Marine Corps.

The C-130 cargo plane provides logistical support for the team and performs its own air demonstration, which often includes several low steps on the runway, a short-range landing and a high-performance take-off. The C-130 previously demonstrated jet-assisted takeoffs, but ceased in 2009 after the inventory of rockets from the naval era of the Navy was spent.

The F/A-18E is a single seat aircraft and the F/A-18F is a variant of a tandem seat. The two-seat Blue Angels are often used for backseat trips by members of the media and the "key influencers," which the USN considers unofficial recruiters.