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Once a Blue Angel, always a Blue Angel

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Once a Blue Angel, always a Blue Angel

Post by Jason Grant » Tue Nov 03, 2020 7:32 pm

Tomorrow, the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron conducts its final flight in the Legacy Hornet, the aircraft it has been flying for the last 34 years. I have a bit of an obsession with the Blue Angels and the legacy hornet, which began for me in 2006 during their last brief visit to Europe. A show at Leeuwarden, in cloud, a demonstration that was delayed due to a tyre blowout on the number 5 jet during take-off, but seeing what the team offered, plans begun for a trip to the USA in 2008.

Cleveland air show 2008 was the first time I saw the Blue Angels in the USA, a show bathed in glorious weather and fabulous access, which was arranged ahead of the trip. Stood with the aircraft during the show and moving to the end of the runway for their demonstration, a low level takeoff over water, followed by a hard pull up to what looked like 90 degrees, the show still holds a special place. The next weekend, I was fortunate to see them again at the final NAS Brunswick show, again stunning weather, our own enclosure, including a night show with a JATO from Fat Albert in the dark, made for some great memories. The music really does add to the theatre. I have seen them many times since then, at various locations across the USA and some wonderful memories have been made, shared with friends. Below are a few images from various times and locations that I would like to share with you, as we say goodbye to the Legacy Hornet. Once a Blue Angel, always a Blue Angel. Thanks for the memories.

Cleveland
ImageThe Blue Angels by Jason Grant, on Flickr

ImageBlue Angel No.6 by Jason Grant, on Flickr

ImageBlue Angel No.6 by Jason Grant, on Flickr

ImageBlue Angels by Jason Grant, on Flickr

ImageBlue Angels by Jason Grant, on Flickr

ImageBlue Angel No.1 by Jason Grant, on Flickr

Other locations.
Image162437 No.6 F/A-18A Hornet "Sneak Pass" by Jason Grant, on Flickr

Image162826 5 F/A-18A Blue Angel by Jason Grant, on Flickr

ImageBlue Angels 2012 by Jason Grant, on Flickr

ImageBlue Angels 2012 by Jason Grant, on Flickr

ImageBlue Angels by Jason Grant, on Flickr

Image163768 4 Blue Angels by Jason Grant, on Flickr

ImageBlue Angels 2013 by Jason Grant, on Flickr

Image163464 7 F/A-18D Blue Angels by Jason Grant, on Flickr

ImageFA-18C Hornets Blue Angels by Jason Grant, on Flickr

Image163464 7 Blue Angel F/A-18D by Jason Grant, on Flickr

ImageBlue Angels 2019 by Jason Grant, on Flickr

Image162437 5 F/A-18C Hornet Blue Angels by Jason Grant, on Flickr

Image163498 6 F/A-18C Hornet Blue Angels by Jason Grant, on Flickr

ImageF/A-18C Hornets Blue Angels by Jason Grant, on Flickr

ImageF/A-18C Hornets Blue Angels by Jason Grant, on Flickr

ImageF/A-18C Hornets Blue Angels by Jason Grant, on Flickr

ImageF/A-18C Hornets Blue Angels by Jason Grant, on Flickr

ImageBlue Angels 2012 by Jason Grant, on Flickr

ImageBlue Angels by Jason Grant, on Flickr

ImageBlue Angels by Jason Grant, on Flickr

ImageWelcome back.. by Jason Grant, on Flickr

ImageBlue Angels by Jason Grant, on Flickr

Image163455 4 F/A-18C Blue Angels by Jason Grant, on Flickr

ImageF/A-18C Hornet Formation, Blue Angels by Jason Grant, on Flickr

Image163768 Blue Angels No.5 by Jason Grant, on Flickr

Image163705 Blue Angel 6 F/A-18C Hornet by Jason Grant, on Flickr

ImageBlue Angels by Jason Grant, on Flickr

ImageBlue Angels by Jason Grant, on Flickr

ImageBlue Angels by Jason Grant, on Flickr

ImageCapt Eric Doyle Blue Angels by Jason Grant, on Flickr
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Re: Once a Blue Angel, always a Blue Angel

Post by john » Tue Nov 03, 2020 7:40 pm

Stunning tribute to a stunning team and jet, I have fond memories of them too, some outstanding photos there, hope the next few years will be as good
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Re: Once a Blue Angel, always a Blue Angel

Post by Thunder » Tue Nov 03, 2020 7:40 pm

Fantastic set, with some brilliant memories for yourself. I've only seen them twice, both at shows and in both instances they didn't fly due to conditions.

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Re: Once a Blue Angel, always a Blue Angel

Post by reaper493 » Tue Nov 03, 2020 7:45 pm

Absolutely superb.

Only ever seen them stationary, from a far at RAF Finingley in 92.

They need to do more European visits than twice in almost 30 years.

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Re: Once a Blue Angel, always a Blue Angel

Post by DanBeeden » Tue Nov 03, 2020 10:33 pm

Superb shots from some photogenic locations - great work.

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Re: Once a Blue Angel, always a Blue Angel

Post by conelrad » Wed Nov 04, 2020 12:05 am

Wonderful shots, thanks for sharing!

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Post by Sparts99 » Wed Nov 04, 2020 9:35 am

Superb shots. The Blue Angels scheme is fantastic, looks good on all the aircraft they've used, but I think this and the Tiger II are my favourites.
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Post by Blackcat1 » Wed Nov 04, 2020 9:54 am

Stunning !
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Re: Once a Blue Angel, always a Blue Angel

Post by MR TERRY GREEN » Wed Nov 04, 2020 7:35 pm

I remember their show at RAF Finingley #1 Team and colour scheme.

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Re: Once a Blue Angel, always a Blue Angel

Post by loadmaster100 » Thu Nov 05, 2020 9:31 pm

Stunning set, thanks for sharing. Sadly I have never see the Angels, hopefully one day 😊

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Re: Once a Blue Angel, always a Blue Angel

Post by wolfie138 » Fri Nov 06, 2020 9:00 am

incredible, thanks for sharing.

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Re: Once a Blue Angel, always a Blue Angel

Post by matt e » Fri Nov 06, 2020 10:46 am

superb set

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Post by falconfighting » Tue Nov 10, 2020 11:17 am

Great set, those trousers are too tight though!
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Re: Once a Blue Angel, always a Blue Angel

Post by raptor9 » Tue Nov 10, 2020 1:56 pm

Jason. I agree with everything you say. Have seen them on about a dozen occasions in the States, [once here]. I am not a photographer, but you're pictures are superb, and they show what precision that the Team achieves. For me, it was all about their superb flying. Some people always try to compare their ability with The Red Arrows. It is a mistake to do this. The two teams fly in a completely different manner. Accuracy is everything with the Blue Angels, perhaps not so important in a fully aerobatic team. I was always annoyed, when videoing the formation approaching from the right, slowly, and ALWAYS missed the near sonic pass from the right at crowd centre. 12 times!!!!!. My travelling companion always failed to remind me it was coming!!!. Doh!!!. Regards, John. Enjoyed these. :)

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Re: Once a Blue Angel, always a Blue Angel

Post by Hunter49 » Wed Nov 11, 2020 1:41 pm

Saw the angels at finningley the paractise day friday it took quite a while for the groundcrew to position vans to exact position that the leader was happy with, but the practise was fantastic , talk about low incredible . We where on the far side of the airfield on the dump accsess road great location , met Terry Ford a great guy , Rob

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Re: Once a Blue Angel, always a Blue Angel

Post by Proteus » Wed Nov 11, 2020 5:47 pm

Probably the best set I have ever seen, the light is everything, fantastic, thank you.

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Re: Once a Blue Angel, always a Blue Angel

Post by TommyC » Mon Nov 16, 2020 10:13 pm

Fantastic collection of pictures, thank you for sharing!

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Post by roger_d » Sun Nov 22, 2020 8:51 am

Great set of photographs. Thanks for sharing.

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