The Blue Angels upgrade - The F/A18E/F

Boeing has received a $17 million contract for convert nine F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft for Blue Angels flight demonstration team, said in the statement of the U.S. Department of Defense on 13 August.

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has contracted Boeing for the retrofit documentation and kits to convert nine F/A-18E (single-seat) and two F/A-18F (tandem-seat) aircraft into a Blue Angel configuration in accordance with engineering change proposal 6480.
According to the DoD, work will be performed in St. Louis, Missouri, and is expected to be completed in December 2021.

The Blue Angels have operated Boeing F/A-18A, C, B, and D models for 30 years – far longer than they have flown any other aircraft type. The new F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft is 25 percent larger and has 40 percent more range than the F/A-18C/D, making the aircraft substantially larger than its predecessors.


What do you think they’ll do with the old planes? Put them in a museum? Or just scrap them?

They should auction them off haha.

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They will probably put one of each on some navy bases

Id imagine theyd be returned back to their homes in Florida. Back onto the base.

Yeah but after that maybe???

Retire them, demilitarize them and sell them

You mean take all systems out and engines as well

Possibly move them around to country wide museums.

Most end up in museums. NAS Pensacola will likely get at least one.

Love my Blues! Glad they’re getting this upgrade


Yeah or they might go to airshows

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My guess
Save 1 for the stand
And the rest go back into active service

Doubtful. The planes the Blues fly are at the end of their life. They’re some of the oldest planes in the fleet for their type.

For example, Matt Sunderhound was a Blue Angel (#2) in the last class, and while he was a member of the team they retired his jet.

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A few of them have been torn apart for training of enlisted personnel onboard NAS Pensacola. I imagine one of them are going to the Museum onboard the base.

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