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

The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, has received first Blue Angels F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter aircraft.

On Tuesday, the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron press release said that the first F/A-18E Super Hornet for the US Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron (USNFDS) “Blue Angels” arrived at home base NAS Pensacola (FL).

The Blue Angels are slated to transition to the F/A-18 Super Hornet later this year after using the F/A-18 Hornet for 34 years.

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‘She is out there somewhere’: Why it’s hard to find a female Blue Angels pilot

While women have consistently broken barriers in military and commercial aviation in recent years, a woman has yet to fly in formation with the elite U.S. Navy Blue Angels. And it won’t happen for at least another year and half.

When the Naval Air Station Pensacola-based team announced officer selections for the 2020 season earlier this week, a female pilot wasn’t on the list. The news means that the soonest a female pilot might be selected to join the elite fighter jet demonstration team would be for the 75th anniversary season in 2021. Experts say there are good reasons a woman hasn’t been chosen for the exclusive group of Navy and Marine Corps aviators. But when it finally happens, they say, it will be history making.

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Blue Angels To Get 18 Early Production Super Hornets And Revised Routine For 2021 Season

The Navy is hard at work preparing the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, aka The Blue Angels, to transition from legacy F/A-18 Hornets to Super Hornets. With a new mount comes a lot of work and planning, as well as some significant changes to the Blue Angels iconic routine and to the ‘new’ aircraft themselves. The transition, which will occur between the end of a shortened 2020 season and the beginning of a shortened 2021 season, will include providing the team with a whopping 18 Super Hornets.

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Blue Angels flight surgeon doubles as team’s unofficial photographer

For the last two years, Dr.?Juan Guerra has tended?to the?medical needs of a special group of patients: the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.

Thousands of Twitter and Instagram followers have joined Lt. Cmdr. Guerra on his amazing journey, which will end Saturday after the annual Homecoming Air Show at Naval Air Station Pensacola.?

Guerra, an Ocala native, became interested in photography as child and continued the hobby through medical school. When he was selected as flight surgeon for the Blue Angels, he asked the public affairs staff if he could share photographs from his travels with the elite flight demonstration squadron.

“It is something that has sort of evolved,” he said of the fan following developed through his hundreds of posts.?

PNJ.com