The Blue Angels marked their final scheduled flight Wednesday aboard the “legacy” F/A-18 A/B/C/D Hornets, which are being retired as the elite flight team transitions to the F/A-18 E/F Super Hornets.
The 2020 show season marked the end of the service life of the aircraft the team has flown for 34 years.
“We are incredibly honored to have the opportunity to salute those teams who have flown, maintained and supported this platform for over three decades of service,” said Cmdr. Brian Kesselring, U.S. Navy Blue Angels commanding officer and flight leader.
The 2021 show season will be the Blue Angels’ first year flying the Super Hornets as well as the 75th anniversary of the team.
“We deeply appreciate the expertise and operational knowledge Blue Angels past and present have brought to the team and we look forward to enhancing our operations as we fully transition to flying the Super Hornet,” said Kesselring.