By: John Knicely
SEATTLE — Your ears might still be ringing from a week of the Blue Angels roaring across the Seattle sky for Seafair, and soon you’ll get a chance to see one up close in person.
The Museum of Flight is preparing to display one of the Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornets when the Navy upgrades the fleet to the F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet.
For Seafair week, the Blue Angels flew in and out of Boeing Field, and that’s exactly where one of the jets will soon have long-term parking at the Museum of Flight. Senior Public Relations Manager Ted Huetter told KIRO 7 they are 99 percent sure they are getting one of the Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornets.
This all has to do with the Navy and Boeing upgrading the Blue Angels fleet. In the 1960s, the Douglas Skyhawk became the Blue Angels jet. In 1986, they upgraded to the F/A-18 Hornet, which is the one you’ve seen fly over Seafair for years now. And in the next year, the Navy plans to upgrade to the F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet.
A Blue Angels Skyhawk is already on display at the Museum of Flight. Huetter told KIRO 7 the F/A-18 Hornet will likely be on display next to it in the Aviation Pavilion.
Huetter says they hope to work out details on how they’ll get the jet in house by the end of August, but the Navy hasn’t determined its timeline. The Hornet will be on loan from the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida.
KIRO 7 will let you know when it arrives in Seattle so you can get an up close look at the jet that has wowed us at Seafair for decades.