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Blue Angels Flying F-18E Super Hornet's at Sun 'n Fun!

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    Blue Angels Flying F-18E Super Hornet's at Sun 'n Fun!

    As a sign that the world may be slowly getting back to normal, the Blue Angels will fly their new type - the F-18E Super Hornet - in their first airshow at Sun 'n Fun, Lakeland, FL! Shows will be on Saturday and Sunday, April 17th and 18th with arrival and practice beginning on Thursday April 15th.

    https://flysnf.org/aerospace-expo/us...-at-sun-n-fun/

    and

    https://youtu.be/i1odVh3f-ww

    I know I'm going...
    Patrick Bell, Sr. USA
    Home-built DFI LanPartyJr X58 MB, Intel i7-920 (OC'd to 3.8GHz), Triple-Channel Corsair 12 GB DDR3 3200 RAM, Samsung EVO 860 1TB SSD, nVidia GTX 1070 Founder's Edition, MS WIN 7 64-bit Ultimate.
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    #2
    I month or two ago I saw a youtube video interviewing the 2 fellows who were flight leads for the Blue Angles in the past, brought back and were now evaluating this new F-18E - apparently some of the dynamics are a little different and presented a few new challenges. I look forward to seeing them some day. Growing up on Air Force bases, I have attended a lot of air shows!

    One of my best memories was seeing a British Vulcan doing figure 8s over the runway at Barksdale AFB, Louisiana. Its engines made a very bad-ass screaming/howling noise!

    Mark Trainer

    Mark Trainer

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      #3
      Originally posted by mtrainer View Post
      I month or two ago I saw a youtube video interviewing the 2 fellows who were flight leads for the Blue Angles in the past, brought back and were now evaluating this new F-18E - apparently some of the dynamics are a little different and presented a few new challenges. I look forward to seeing them some day. Growing up on Air Force bases, I have attended a lot of air shows!

      One of my best memories was seeing a British Vulcan doing figure 8s over the runway at Barksdale AFB, Louisiana. Its engines made a very bad-ass screaming/howling noise!

      Mark Trainer
      I agree Mark, I saw a Vulcan strutting it's stuff at an air show at Offutt AFB in the early 80's. I'm old enough to remember Thunderbirds in F-4 Phantoms, lots of smoke and noise!
      Dan Downs KCRP
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        #4
        Last time I saw F-4s 'up-close' was opening day/'come see where your seat is' event at Joe Robbie Stadium in the Summer of 1987. I was just walking away from a beer stand on the 100 level concourse as 3 F-4's flew from West to East roughly 100 feet above the Sony Jumbotron at about 450 kts with burners lit. The Noise! - you could feel it - and in the blink of an eye they were gone, I only saw a blur. Honest to God I thought the world was coming to an end.
        It was very cool and quite unforgettable.
        Patrick Bell, Sr. USA
        Home-built DFI LanPartyJr X58 MB, Intel i7-920 (OC'd to 3.8GHz), Triple-Channel Corsair 12 GB DDR3 3200 RAM, Samsung EVO 860 1TB SSD, nVidia GTX 1070 Founder's Edition, MS WIN 7 64-bit Ultimate.
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          #5
          I bought my tickets a couple weeks ago. After losing the entire show season last year, I’ve got to make up for lost time! Looking forward to AirVenture in a few months as well.
          Sean Wood

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            #6
            Yeah I am old enough to remember the F-4 Phantom Thunderbirds - ditto on the noise factor!

            I'm now in the Chicago area and each year they have the Air and Water show - the only thing is, the CROWDS! You're shoulder to shoulder with folks. Hard to see. Back in the 70s/80s at BASF in Louisiana you could get a great spot and actually enjoy things.

            Since we're kind of story telling a bit here, I will mention highlights of growing up on Air Force bases.

            Being offered to go up in the control tower. Spent an hour there observing.

            Space shuttle on the back of a 747 coming in for gas on the way back to Florida. We got let out of high school early for that one.

            Being asked into "Job Control" when dad had to take me to work because mom was working. They had a huge model of the runway and little planes representing the real-life location of the aircraft on the tarmac. Grease pencils with markings that glowed.

            Flying the Singer-Link full motion KC-10 Extender simulator, not once but TWICE! And getting to crash it into a KC-135 while being refueled!

            Laying on hay bales at the end of the south end of the runway (just off base BASF) and watching B-52s, A-10s, KC-10s,, and KC-135s doing touch and go.

            Was making Mac 'n Cheese when it sounded like someone kicked our front door as hard as they could. I was mad as hell as I was sure it was one of my prankster friends. Whent outside to deliver a severe tounge lashing and saw a fireball and smoke - a KC-10 returning from Florida blew up after parking. It's anniversary still makes the news down there my parents send me the newspaper clips.

            Hanging out at the officer's club...yeah we were young (19, 20 or so) but Louisiana you could drink at 18 back then....we were there routinely picking up my friend's mom, who was an Air Force officer divorcee who had a thing for officers. Loved talking to the pilots - "Yeah the weather's bad over Oklahoma so we're here for the night. Me: If you could fly any plane in the Air Force, what would it be? Pilot: "The SR-71".

            Mark Trainer
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            • DDowns
              DDowns commented
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              BASF: Barksdale AFB? The Mighty 8th Air Force!
              Last edited by DDowns; 18Mar2021, 15:56.

            • PopsBellNC
              PopsBellNC commented
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              Awesome! Love the recollections, Mark. Sadly, in my years Pres.Carter was at the helm, and all of the military suffered. I was forced to watch the Thunderbirds at Homestead AFB when they were flying T-38's. Not trying to dis T-38's, but hey simply do not compare to shows with F-4's or F-16's. Just sayin'.

            #7
            Originally posted by mtrainer View Post
            Yeah I am old enough to remember the F-4 Phantom Thunderbirds - ditto on the noise factor!

            I'm now in the Chicago area and each year they have the Air and Water show - the only thing is, the CROWDS! You're shoulder to shoulder with folks. Hard to see.

            Mark, I lived in the Chicago area for many years and know what you mean about the crowds. One year I found the solution. Find someone with a boat. Watch the show from the water. There is nothing like it. Never went back to trying to view it from land ever again.
            Michael Sill

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              #8
              BASF...May have that designation wrong Dan but yeah, Barksdale AFB- 8th Air Force Second Bomb Wing. The Mighty 8th! A beautiful base actually, one of the larger ones. Grew up on that base.

              Michael - sounds like a a great idea! Gotta hang with a richer crowd...

              Mark
              Mark Trainer

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              • DDowns
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                Yup... been there. Spent a day in the little museum filled with treasures. I spend four years with SAC as a base comm officer at Offutt working everyplace from flight line to underground command post. Got lots of stories.

              #9
              There's a YouTube channel that's posted great video (with comms audio) of basically every single practice flight they've done with the new planes at El Centro over the past couple months. It's really cool to see how the show develops over time. They gradually integrate more maneuvers, integrate the main diamond with the solo routine, etc. until it's a cohesive show.

              https://www.youtube.com/user/MKBLUES1

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              • PopsBellNC
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                Awesome channel, Tabs - thanks!

              #10
              Originally posted by Tabs View Post
              There's a YouTube channel that's posted great video (with comms audio) of basically every single practice flight they've done with the new planes at El Centro over the past couple months. It's really cool to see how the show develops over time. They gradually integrate more maneuvers, integrate the main diamond with the solo routine, etc. until it's a cohesive show.

              https://www.youtube.com/user/MKBLUES1
              Tabs: You're back??!? Is it Dr. Ryan now?
              Dan Downs KCRP
              i7-10700K 32GB 3600MHz 2080Ti

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              • cannonplug
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                Wow! Definitely a name that hasn't crossed my consciousness in a long time... Welcome back... if it is indeed the same Tabs.

              • PopsBellNC
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                You read my mind, Dan - My money is on that is indeed THE "Tabs"!
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