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Uploaded on May 22, 2011
We took a trip to watch the airplanes doing all kinds of stunts in the air. At the airshow we saw F/A 18 Hornet Aircraft known as the Blue Angels. There were a few times where we thought the planes were going to crash into each other. We also went to East Side Speedway which was very close to the air show. We saw lots of action between the air show and the racing at the speedway. The weather was just perfect for the racetrack and for being a spectator at the airport where the air show was held.
Here is some more information on the Blue Angels we saw:
Top Speed Mach 1.8 (1334.8 mph) 2x General Electric F404-GE-402 turbofans 17,700 lbs thrust each
The McDonnell Douglas F/A18 Hornet is one of the cornerstones in the US Navy fleets. Designed to combine an effective aerial platform for both fleet defense and anti ground target work.
Powered with twin General Electric turbofans the aircraft has a performance in excess of mach 1.8 and can operate at altitudes above 50,000 ft.
First prototype flight of the Hornet was in November 1978, during the following year the aircraft underwent it's carrier trials. Operational status for the aircraft was reached in the later half of 1983.