Sunday, September 25, 2011

NAF, El Centro, CA

The Naval Aviation Facility located at El Centro, CA is the winter home of the U.S. Navy flight demonstration team. Before the Blue Angles adopted the base for their winter operations the base was known as the National Parachute Test Range.

Here are some pictures of various aircraft used by the team from the smallest to the largest. These are on display at the base’s main gate.

Clicking on the pictures will enlarge them.

The F/A-18 Hornet.

The Grumman F-11. It had a wet tail - fuel cells in the vertical fin.

The big cumbersome F4 Phantom II.

This was the smallest aircraft the team ever used. It's an A4 light attack aircraft and not supersonic. Aboard ship it was called the "Scooter".

When the pictures were taken at the gate we were staying at the RV park and the team had arrived for their winter practice. This is a picture of the flight line.


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