U.S. Navy Blue Angel F/A-18C Hornet
A U.S. Navy Blue Angel F/A-18C Hornet, piloted by Cmdr. Frank Weisser, arrives at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA, November 18, 2020. Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum is accessioning this aircraft into the collection. It was retired by the Navy at the end of the 2020 season as the demonstration team moves to the larger Super Hornet. This specific airplane flew with eight squadrons (including Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 86 during Operation Desert Storm, the First Gulf War, in 1991) before being turned over to the Blue Angels in 2015.