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A Short History of US Navy Blue Angels Display Aircraft

  • Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat: 1946
  • Grumman F8F-1 Bearcat: 1946 - 1949
  • Grumman F9F-2 Panther: 1949 - 1950
  • Grumman F9F-5 Panther: 1951 - 1955
  • Vought F7U Cutlass: 1953 (side demonstration only)
  • Grumman F9F-8 Cougar: 1955 - 1957
  • Grumman F-11F-1 Tiger: 1957 - 1969
  • McDonnell Douglas F-4J Phantom II: 1969 - 1974
  • Douglas A-4F Skyhawk: 1974 - 1986
  • McDonnell Douglas F/A-18A/B Hornet: 1986 - 1992
  • McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C/D Hornet: 1992 - 2014
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Brazil has signed a $5.4 billion agreement with SAAB for 28 single-seat Gripen E and eight twin-seat Gripen F aircraft.

Deliveries are to begin in 2019, with up to 120 additional, locally-built Gripens being built during the 2020’s. The new aircraft will fill the gap left by retired Mirage IIIs and Mirage 2000s, as well as replacing the current F-5 Tiger II light fighter and AMX A-1 fighter-bomber in Brazilian service. Additionally, the Brazilian Navy is looking into the Sea Gripen as a replacement for it’s A-4 Skyhawk carrier jets.

The Gripen NG beat the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, Dassault Rafale, Eurofighter Typhoon, and Sukhoi SU-35 Flanker for the Brazilian contract.

via War Is Boring

An F-5 Tiger II attached to the Saints of Fighter Squadron Composite (VFC) 13 sits on the flight line at Naval Air Station Fallon. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Joseph R. Vincent/Released)

An F-5 Tiger II attached to the Saints of Fighter Squadron Composite (VFC) 13 lands on Naval Air Station (NAS) Fallon. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Joseph R. Vincent/Released)