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Blue Angels OR Thunderbirds?

That's a difficult question. Both squadrons fly supersonic fighter planes piloted by combat-experienced pilots and are noted for their outstanding flying formations and maneuvers.


Both organizations offer aerial exhibitions and fly displays around the country and throughout the world. The two may appear to be identical but they are very different.


Many Americans' most vivid memories of the US military are of flight displays at air shows around the country. From sea to sea, the committed pilots, aircrews, and support personnel of the United States Air Force Thunderbirds and the United States Navy Blue Angels deliver the power, amazement, and sheer delight of airborne acrobats to men, women, and children.


The F-16 Fighting Falcon is flown by the Thunderbirds. These spiffy fighter airplanes are painted in typical American red, white, and blue and are difficult to miss.


The legendary F/A-18 Hornet is flown by the Blue Angels. The F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, a newer variant of the aircraft-carrier-based fighter jet, will be used by all Blue Angels by 2021. The Blue Angels are painted in a royal blue color scheme with golden highlights.


It's tough to choose favorites. We can all agree that both of them are absolutely amazing.

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