BREAKING: US Navy Blue Angels Pilot Suffers Landing Mishap In El Centro

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US Navy Blue Angels F-18 Hornet - AirshowStuff

An unnamed pilot of the US Navy Blue Angels was thankfully uninjured after a landing mishap at NAF El Centro today. The pilot was landing at the base when the aircraft’s main landing gear failed to extend properly. The pilot was able to make an emergency landing with the F-18 Hornet without injuring himself or anyone on the ground.

The incident is under investigation.

The Blue Angels are in the middle of their winter training period at El Centro. They use the base for their training flights every year because the remote location and good weather allow for excellent training conditions. Their airshow season is scheduled to start in March.

This incident should not impact the season, although they have struggled with aircraft availability in recent years after several major incidents grounded some of the jets assigned to the team. Depending on how severe the damage to the aircraft is, it may be grounded for some time.

The team will be transitioning to F/A-18E Super Hornets in the coming years, although no firm timetable for the change has been announced yet.

This is a breaking story with few details immediately available. We will bring you more information as it becomes known. You can join the discussion and look for more info in our forums.

Blue Angels Arrive In El Centro For 2017 Winter Training

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Blue Angels Prepare for Winter Training 2017

The US Navy Blue Angels have returned to Southern California to begin their winter training period! In a post on the team’s Facebook page Thursday afternoon, the Blues announced they had landed at Naval Air Facility (NAF) El Centro on a “beautiful day” and were ready to begin training.

The 10 week flight training period for the Blue Angels begins in January and continues through early March. During the team’s time in the Imperial Valley, they will conduct 120 required flights, flying several times during the day to hone their skills. Flights will initially be conducted off site in a nearby valley, and will then transition to over the base after several weeks. Fat Albert will also conduct training flights during this time period.

2017 marks the 50th year the Blue Angels will visit NAF El Centro for their winter training. Over the past 50 years, the usually calm weather of the Imperial Valley has proven itself excellent for flying, as opposed to Pensacola which can often see rain and storms in the winter months.

The team’s first performance of 2017 will be at the annual NAF El Centro, CA airshow on March 11th.

Solo Turk F-16 Demo Added To NAF El Centro Airshow Lineup

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Solo Turk F-16 Demonstration
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Update – 3/10/16:
Unfortunately the Solo Turk demo has been removed from the El Centro Airshow schedule in the past couple of days due to complications with their appearance. Although the show continues to try to work things out, the performance seems highly doubtful at this stage. The US Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet demonstration has also been removed from the show schedule as the Navy has yet to approve their 2016 schedule.

Original Post:
Airshow fans in Southern California have a big reason to get excited today as the Solo Turk F-16 demonstration has been added to the schedule for the NAF El Centro Airshow later this month. The demonstration is possible because a contingent of Turkish Air Force aircraft will be participating in the Red Flag exercise at Nellis AFB in Las Vegas. Six F-16 Fighting Falcons (including the specially-painted demonstration aircraft), two KC-135Rs, and one A-400 made the transatlantic journey. The demonstration usually uses “smokewinders” and flares, but it may need to be altered to comply with US airshow regulations. This marks a very rare opportunity to see a foreign demonstration on American soil, and we hope our fans will post some great shots of it to our Facebook page!

Here is video of a Solo Turk performance in Berlin in 2014: