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Thunderbirds and Blue Angels through the years. Not pictured are the Angels’ F6F and F8F props.
Thunderbirds and Blue Angels through the years. Not pictured are the Angels’ F6F and F8F props.
Photo: Dan Hamilton (Fair Use)

Unusually for one of my posts, those aren’t real planes. They’re 1/72 scale models, and they’re by the insanely talented Dan Hamilton. Go check out his posts on his Thunderbird and Blue Angels history collections.

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Blue Angels F8F-1 Bearcats, flown from 1946 - 1950
Blue Angels F8F-1 Bearcats, flown from 1946 - 1950
Photo: US Navy
A retired F9F-5, painted as Blue Angel #1
A retired F9F-5, painted as Blue Angel #1
Photo: formulanone (Fair Use)
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Blue Angels pilots astride their Cougars
Blue Angels pilots astride their Cougars
Photo: Unknown
U.S. Navy Grumman F11F-1 Tiger fighters from the “Blue Angels” aerobatics team, flying over the Niagara Falls, New York (USA). The “Blue Angels” originally flew the F11F “short nose” version.
U.S. Navy Grumman F11F-1 Tiger fighters from the “Blue Angels” aerobatics team, flying over the Niagara Falls, New York (USA). The “Blue Angels” originally flew the F11F “short nose” version.
Photo: US Navy (Fair Use)
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The Angels transitioned to the F-4J in 1968
The Angels transitioned to the F-4J in 1968
Photo: US Navy
A-4F Skyhawks were part of the act from 1974-1986
A-4F Skyhawks were part of the act from 1974-1986
Photo: US Navy (Fair Use)
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The Blue Angels have flown F/A-18A, C and two-seat D models since 1986, and will be transitioning to F/A-18E Super Hornets in 2021
The Blue Angels have flown F/A-18A, C and two-seat D models since 1986, and will be transitioning to F/A-18E Super Hornets in 2021
Photo: Brocken Inaglory (Other)
The Blue Angels at Oceana NAS
The Blue Angels at Oceana NAS
Photo: Justin Gibb
One of the signature routines of a Blue Angel’s show was their transport, a C-130 nicknamed “Fat Albert”, executing a JATO. The Navy expended the last JATO bottle at an airshow in 2009, and the practice was discontinued.
The previous “Fat Albert”, a C-130T, was retired last year after 25 years. A replacement C-130J was acquired from the RAF and modified and repainted.
The Thunderbirds flew the Republic F-84G Thunderjet from 1953-1955
The Thunderbirds flew the Republic F-84G Thunderjet from 1953-1955
Photo: USAF
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The team switched to the Republic F-84F Thunderstreak in 1955
The team switched to the Republic F-84F Thunderstreak in 1955
Photo: USAF
The NAA F-100 Super Sabre was flown from 1956 to 1968
The NAA F-100 Super Sabre was flown from 1956 to 1968
Photo: USAF
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The Thunderbirds flew the F-4 Phantom from 1968-1973
The Thunderbirds flew the F-4 Phantom from 1968-1973
Photo: USAF
In 1974, at the height of the oil crisis, the team switched to the T-38 Talon trainer
In 1974, at the height of the oil crisis, the team switched to the T-38 Talon trainer
Photo: USAF
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In 1982, the General Dynamics F-16A/B was selected as the Thunderbirds new mount.
In 1982, the General Dynamics F-16A/B was selected as the Thunderbirds new mount.
Photo: USAF
In 1992, the Thunderbirds upgraded to the F-16C/D
In 1992, the Thunderbirds upgraded to the F-16C/D
Photo: Justin Gibb
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The Future?
The Future?
Photo: Lockheed Martin
The Future?
The Future?
Illustration: Unknown

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