How many and what types of aircraft have the Blue Angels flown? Since 1946, there have been eight types of aircraft:
1. Grumman F6F Hellcat, June-August 1946
2. Grumman F8F Bearcat, August 1946-1949
3. Grumman F9F-2 Panther (first jet), 1949-June 1950 and Grumman F9F-5 Panther 1951-Winter 1954/55
4. Grumman F9F-8 Cougar, Winter 1954-55-mid-season 1957
5. Grumman F11F-1 Tiger (first supersonic jet), mid-season 1957-1969
6. McDonnell Douglas F-4J Phantom II, 1969-December 1974
7. McDonnell Douglas A-4F Skyhawk II, December 1974-November 1986
8. Boeing F/A-18 Hornet, November 1986-Present
Is it possible to schedule a tour of the Blues home base? Unfortunately no. Due to the hectic show and maintenance schedules, it is extremely difficult to schedule tours or photographic opportunities. People who desire to see the Blue Angels between shows are encouraged to view a practice demonstration at the National Museum of Naval Aviation at NAS Pensacola usually held most Tuesday and Wednesday mornings during the show season when the team is home. The practices weather permitting, and a tentative practice schedule may be viewed on the Blue Angels' website at www.blueangels.navy.mil.
How can fans obtain a VIP pass for a show? Blue Angel reserved seating at an air show is extremely limited and reserved strictly for family and friends of current team members. Some air show sites reserve alternate seating areas for a nominal fee. Interested individuals should contact the local air show coordinator for additional information.