US Navy F/A-18 Hornet Teams Fill In For Blue Angels, Honor Fallen Pilot

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US Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet

When the US Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet demonstration teams perform in place of the Blue Angels over the next two weekends, their performances will be dedicated to the memory of Capt. Jeff Kuss, the Blue Angel pilot who was killed in a crash last week.

The teams from VFA-106 and VFA-122 were tasked to fill in for the Blues when the team officially canceled its performances in Syracuse, NY and Dayton, OH over the next two weekends. The VFA-106 team will perform in Syracuse on June 11-12, and the VFA-122 team will perform in Dayton on June 18-19. The VFA-106 Super Hornet and Legacy Hornet aircraft, which was already scheduled to perform in Rhode Island this weekend, will even sport special ‘6’ decals to honor Capt Kuss, who flew as Blue Angel 6. Photos from the US Navy Tac Demo Facebook Page.

US Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet With Blue Angel 6 DecalUS Navy F/A-18C Hornet With Blue Angel 6 Decal

The addition of the Super Hornet demonstrations will help bolster the lineups of the shows and maintain the Navy’s presence at them. Each show has added other acts to their lineup since the cancellation as well. No announcements have been made as to future Blue Angel shows that may be impacted by their stand down, or possible appearances by the Hornet and Super Hornets to fill in for them.

2015 Dayton Airshow Dates

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2015 Dayton AirshowThe 41st edition of the Vectren Dayton Airshow will occur June 20-21st, 2015 at the Dayton International Airport. In an interview with WDTN, Michael Emoff, Chairman of the USATS Board of Trustees, the governing organization of the event, said the June date is “a little cooler and positions us well for scheduling by the popular U.S. military jet teams.”

Organizers hope to have the USAF Thunderbirds attend the show in 2015. In the past, the Vectren Dayton Airshow has featured the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, USAF Thunderbirds and the Brazilian Smoke Squadron along with countless civilian performers. The Thunderbirds will announce on December 9th at the ICAS convention which shows they will attend in 2015.