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A pair of Blue Angel number 7's?

Singlecoil

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I saw the Blue Angels over Lake Washington in Seattle today and could swear there were two number 7's which seemed quite odd. I didn't have the clearest view as I was watching a pair of one-year-olds and a three-year-old at the time. I've watched them dozens of times as I'm sure most folks on here have. This was a "practice" for the shows on Saturday and Sunday but it was the full show. I found a picture of today's show that shows a passenger in one of the number 7's, which also seemed unusual.
Any thoughts?
http://www.seattlepi.com/photos/gal...e=8&GTitle=Blue Angels 2009&pubdate=7/30/2009
 

FNG24

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not unusual

They often give rides to media/celebs or fellow military bro's. They might also have two of the same jet number if one of there regular jets goes down for maintenance. hth fng
 

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Aha! Great work C425driver. I'm guessing they usually take the one of number 7's on the road ahead of the rest for media flights, but will use them in a show if they have to.
 

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I saw the Blue Angels over Lake Washington in Seattle today and could swear there were two number 7's which seemed quite odd. I didn't have the clearest view as I was watching a pair of one-year-olds and a three-year-old at the time. I've watched them dozens of times as I'm sure most folks on here have. This was a "practice" for the shows on Saturday and Sunday but it was the full show. I found a picture of today's show that shows a passenger in one of the number 7's, which also seemed unusual.
Any thoughts?
http://www.seattlepi.com/photos/gal...e=8&GTitle=Blue Angels 2009&pubdate=7/30/2009

The #2 Jet must have been maintenance down, and the #2 pilot took the 7 jet in its place. This sucks because the 7 jet is a pig. Much heavier and affects performance. it is better when #7 is in the slot position (#4). besides...no one was in the back of the jet in this pic.
 

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I don't know, I'm seeing a backseater in that pic. The pilot has the blue suit and the yellow helmet, but the person in the back has a regular olive drab flight suit and darker helmet.
 

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Last months Motor Trend (or was it Road & Track) had a Corvette vs. F-18 article featuring the Blue Angels. Also showed two different #7's, one single-seat and one two-seat. Would that be an A-, & B-model?
 

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As I understand it, and please tell me to STFU if I am wrong, but the actual number on the jet is irrelevant. It can be changed fairly quickly to whatever number they need. Same with the Thunderbirds. I thought I saw somewhere that the Thunderbirds squadron actually has 12 F-16s at any one time with simple decals that can be placed on or pulled off in a matter of minutes for the aircraft number.
 

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As I understand it, and please tell me to STFU if I am wrong, but the actual number on the jet is irrelevant. It can be changed fairly quickly to whatever number they need. Same with the Thunderbirds. I thought I saw somewhere that the Thunderbirds squadron actually has 12 F-16s at any one time with simple decals that can be placed on or pulled off in a matter of minutes for the aircraft number.

True statement. Jets rotate through all the time.

Whoever said the 7 jet is a pig... it's the same as the rest. Same jet, same motors, 800 #'s less internal gas for the back seat.
 

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Preference

A former Thunderbird pilot told me that the "slot" position uses the most fuel, so they prefer to have the jet with the "best" engine in that spot.
 

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Driving by the Blues ramp yesterday, total of 9 jets on the ramp and 2 more in the hangar
 
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