Blue Angels F/A-18


By Dario Leone
Dec 29 2016
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The sheer power of Blue Angels F-18 Hornets

Called Blue Angels – Ultimate Action Video 2014, the thrilling footage in this post features a lot of exciting flying sequences showing the F-18 Hornets belonging to the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron performing high-g turns, formation flying and very fast low-level passes.

What it makes this video even more spectacular is the original sound of the jets which gives you the chance to appreciate the sheer power of the team F-18 Hornets.

Noteworthy, as announced earlier this year, the Blue Angels are slated to upgrade to Super Hornet soon.

As the actual jets, the new aircraft will be modified into a configuration specific to the Blue Angels role that requires the installation of a smoke generator and the removal of the fighter’s gun and missile launchers.

Still, the Rhino (as the Super Hornet is dubbed by its aircrews) is something more than the Legacy Hornet younger brother. In fact when it is strictly compared to the F/A-18A/B/C/D, the F/A-18E/F is 25 percent larger and the two General Electric F414-GE-400 engines have increased the aircraft thrust of 35 percent over the older model. Moreover an enhanced fuel capacity boosts the Super Hornet mission range.

Nevertheless all these improvements have made the “Super” heavier than the “Legacy” Hornet and because of its extra weight making of the Rhino the new aircraft of the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron could be a difficult task.

Photo credit: Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel M. Young / U.S. Navy

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Dario Leone

Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.
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