Blue Angels receives first F/A-18E Tremendous Hornet

The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, has obtained first Blue Angels F/A-18 Tremendous Hornet fighter plane.

On Tuesday, the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron press launch mentioned that the primary F/A-18E Tremendous Hornet for the US Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron (USNFDS) “Blue Angels” arrived at residence base NAS Pensacola (FL).

The Blue Angels are slated to transition to the F/A-18 Tremendous Hornet later this yr after utilizing the F/A-18 Hornet for 34 years.

The Blue Angels have operated Boeing F/A-18A, C, B, and D fashions for 30 years – far longer than they’ve flown another plane kind. The brand new F/A-18E/F Tremendous Hornet plane is 25 p.c bigger and has 40 p.c extra vary than the F/A-18C/D, making the plane considerably bigger than its predecessors.

The Tremendous Hornet comes within the single-seat F/A-18E and the tandem-seat F/A-18F.

The Tremendous Hornet has the aptitude, flexibility and efficiency essential to modernize the air or naval aviation forces of any nation. It is ready to carry out just about each mission within the tactical spectrum, together with air superiority, day/evening strike with precision-guided weapons, fighter escort, shut air help, suppression of enemy air defenses, maritime strike, reconnaissance, ahead air management and tanker missions.