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Blue Angels to headline Ft. Lauderdale Air Show with new Super Hornets

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels ground crew performs a check out of the F/A 18 after arriving at the Ft Lauderdale-Hollywood-International Airport for media day in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Thursday. Photo By Gary I Rothstein/UPI
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels ground crew performs a check out of the F/A 18 after arriving at the Ft Lauderdale-Hollywood-International Airport for media day in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Thursday. Photo By Gary I Rothstein/UPI | License Photo

May 6 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy Blue Angels are slated to headline the 2021 Fort Lauderdale Air Show in Florida Friday and Saturday.

The Navy's legacy Hornets, which were a staple of air shows for 34 years, were retired last fall in favor of new twin-engine F/A-18 Super Hornets that are faster, sleeker and pack 40% more power, Air Show president Bryan Lilley told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

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The show will mark the squadron's third performance of the 2021 season, which kicked off with the Sun N' Fun Aerospace Expo in Lakeland, Fla., in mid-April.

The Angels are expected to perform a precision formation flight with aircraft wingtips at two feet apart, inverted rolls, loops and 1,000-miles-per-hour supersonic maneuvers, according to Lilley.

Also scheduled to perform are the Air Force's F-16 Viper demo team, the C-17 Globemaster, the Red Bull Air Force and the Geico Skytypers, according to the performer lineup.

The U.S. Coast Guard is also scheduled to perform a Search and Rescue Demo at the event.

The show will begin at 11:15 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

Planes began rehearsing for the air show Thursday and were expected to do so again Friday, though rehearsal schedules are not released.

U.S. Navy's Blue Angels perform in Florida

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels perform at The Great Florida Air Show presented by Northrup Grumman in Melbourne, Fla., on Saturday. Photo by Joe Marino/UPI | License Photo

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