Thrilling audiences for over 70 years, the iconic U.S. Navy Blue Angels fly six powerful F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets during their tightly choreographed, high-energy demonstration. The 110-member squadron is led by Blue Angel #1 Commander Eric “Boss” Doyle. 60 members of the team will travel to the Birthplace of Aviation from their home base at Naval Air Station (NAS), Pensacola, FL to stage the show in June. The generators of their aircraft are made by GE Aviation Systems in Vandalia, Ohio. The Blues last appeared in Dayton in 2014.
DID YOU KNOW?
- The Blue Angels fly as close as 18 inches apart!
- It only takes 72 hours for a Blue Angel jet to be made combat ready!
- Seven other types of aircraft have been used prior to the F/A-18. They are: the Grumman F6F Hellcat, Grumman F8F Bearcat, Grumman F9f-2 Panther (first jet), Grumman F9F-8 Cougar, Grumman F11F-1 Tiger, McDonnell Douglas F-4J Phantom II, and the McDonnell Douglas A-4F Skyhawk II.
- The fastest speed during the performance is about 700 MPH, just under Mach 1!
- The Blue Angels were named after a nightclub in New York by the original team in 1946!
- The Blue Angels first show was on June 15, 1946 in Jacksonville, FL!
F/A-18C Hornet FAST FACTS:
Engines: Two F404-GE-402 turbofan engines
Thrust: 17,700 pounds of thrust per engine
Wingspan: 40 feet, 5 inches
Length: 56 feet
Height: 15 feet, 4 inches
Speed: Mach 1.7+ (equivalent to approximately 1,300 MPH!)
Combat Range: 1,250 miles
Ceiling: 50,000 feet
Maximum Takeoff Weight: 51,900 pounds
Fuel Capacity: 11,000 pounds
Unit Cost: $29 million