YouTube – Blue Angels
The Blue Angels originated when Admiral Chester Nimitz proposed a service flight team to promote public interest in the U.S. Navy, and naval aviation. The team performed for the first time on June 14, 1946. The Blue Angels have been performing longer than any other team in the world, except for the Patrouille de France that first performed in 1931.
The Blue Angels, stationed out of Pensacola, Florida, fly six F-18 Hornet aircraft. They have been flying that model aircraft since 1986. They are expected to switch to Super Hornet aircraft for the 2021 air show season. You can find out more about the Hornet and Super Hornet aircraft here.
1949 – F9F-2 Panther
1954 – F9F-8 Cougar
1957 – F11F Tiger
1968 – F-4 Phantom
1974 – A-4 Skyhawk
1986 – F-18 Hornet
A typical season for the Blue Angels will find them performing in some sixty shows around the United States, viewed by a total of over 10 million fans. Performances usually take place from March through November of each year. Throughout the years the Blue Angels have had special performances in many nations around the world. It is estimated that since they first performed in 1946, over 500 million fans, worldwide, have seen their performances.
RC Blue Angel
The RC Blue Angel from Combat Models has a wingspan of 45″ and a length of 67″. It can use YS .45 or JETT 50 engines. All up weight is between 7 and 8 lbs.
Hobby King’s RC Blue Angel has a wingspan of 27″ and is 40 1/2″ long. It comes as an ARF including five servos, motor, controller, and 64 mm ducted fan. All up weight is about 22.5 oz.
The G&C Hobby RV Blue Angel is ready to fly with included radio, brushless motor turning a 70 mm fan unit, and flight battery. Wingspan is 28″ and length is 43″.
The RC Blue Angel from Hobby Zone’s wingspan is 47″, with a length of 61 1/2″. Retracts are included. It uses a propeller up front turned by from .61 to .91 two stroke or .91 to 1.20 four stroke engines. All up weight is about 8 1/2 lbs.
The Skymaster RC Blue Angel has a length of 85″ and a wingspan of 65″. Recommended is turbine power with thrust from 20 to 35 lbs. All up weight is around 23 lbs.
This Starmax RC Blue Angel has a wingspan of 31″ and length of 45 1/2″. It comes with a 70 mm DF unit and weighs about 30 oz. ready to fly. A 2836 motor is recommended for power.
Starmax makes a RC Blue Angel with a 24″ wingspan, a 33″ length, with a 64 mm EDF and motor.
Another RC Blue Angel from Starmax has a diminutive wingspan of only 18″ and length of 27″. Included is a motor turning a 55 mm EDF.
A RC Blue Angel by Starmax has a 31″ wingspan and 45 1/2″ length. It comes complete with radio, motor, controller, 70 mm EDF, flight battery and charger. Weight is about 30 oz.
The final RC Blue Angel we know of from Starmax has a 41″ wingspan. Its weight is about 23 oz. ready to fly. Included is a motor turning a 64 mm EDF.
The RC Blue Angel from Amax has a 27″ wingspan and is 38 1/2″ long with an all up weight of 20 oz. Included is a motor, radio, and flight battery.
The RC Blue Angel from Jet Legend is available as a kit. The wingspan is 63″ and length is 86″. Weight is about 24 lbs. It needs from 15 to 33 lbs. of turbine thrust for power.