Boeing Sends Super Hornet Test Jet to Blue Angels

The company makes major modifications for the squadron.

The first Super Hornet for the U.S. Navy's Blue Angel flight demonstration squadron sits on the flight ramp at Boeing's Cecil Field facility in Jacksonville, Florida. The validation and verification aircraft will not be painted in the familiar blue and yellow paint scheme until flight testing is complete.
The first Super Hornet for the U.S. Navy's Blue Angel flight demonstration squadron sits on the flight ramp at Boeing's Cecil Field facility in Jacksonville, Florida. The validation and verification aircraft will not be painted in the familiar blue and yellow paint scheme until flight testing is complete.
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Boeing delivered the first Super Hornet test aircraft for the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angel flight demonstration squadron. The unpainted aircraft now enters the flight test and evaluation phase at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland.

Boeing expects to deliver a total of 11 aircraft for the squadron in 2020.

The flight demonstration squadron has flown Boeing or Boeing-heritage aircraft for more than 50 years, starting with the F-4J Phantom II in 1969, and then moving to the A-4F Skyhawk. The team currently operates the F/A-18A-D Hornet.

Boeing converts F/A-18 Hornets and Super Hornets into Blue Angels at the company’s Cecil Field facility in Jacksonville, Fla.

Major modifications include the addition of an oil tank for the smoke-generation system, fuel systems that enable the aircraft to fly inverted for extended periods of time, civilian-compatible navigation equipment, cameras, and adjustments for the aircraft’s center of gravity.

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