F-35 Thunderbird

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Takes On Thunderbirds Colors

Just a doctored photo by the Lockmart team, but sorta cool:

F-35 Lightning II in Thunderbirds Colors

F-35 Lightning II in Thunderbirds Colors

So will we be seeing the Thunderbirds (currently in F-16s) and the Blue Angels (currently in F-18s) flying the same aircraft? If the Blue Angels do go F-35, would they take the C model? The A model will have better performance, but the C model should do better a low speeds, which might be good for airshow stunts.

Comments

  1. It also wouldn’t be the first time the Thunderbirds and the Angels flew the same jet. I think from 63 to 68 they both flew the Phantom.

    I’d guess that the Blues would go with the C, but wouldn’t it be cool if they used the B instead (since some of the Blue Angels are Marines)? Formation vertical takeoff, what?

  2. SwissFreek: Wow. I thought the Blue Angels had gone from F-11 to A-4. Don’t think I had any idea that they ever flew the F-4.

    But Wikipedia says they did 69-74. Wikipedia also says Thunderbirds were Phantom 69-73, so it was 69-73 that they both flew the same plane. Thunderbirds had been F-100 before the F-4.

  3. I’d like to see them in the B model. Vertical takeoff/landing and in-flight thrust vectoring maneuvers would be very cool.

  4. OK, let me play “Obama’s Advocate” here:

    What’s the point of having two teams if everything is “joint”?

    Seems like an easy way to save some hundreds of million dollars or so.

    We’ll just take a couple pilots from the Navy and a couple from the Air Force, throw them together, and call them ”The Blue Birds.”

    Just imagine all the extra teachers we could hire, mortgages we could fund, healths we could insure, yada, yada, yada….

  5. “Wow. I thought the Blue Angels had gone from F-11 to A-4. Don’t think I had any idea that they ever flew the F-4.”

    I saw the Blue Angels fly F-4 Phantoms at the Reading, Pensylvania air show in 1973. They were awesome, as usual.

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