Naval Air Station Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi, Texas

F/A 18 Hornet BuNo163130

Photos of 163130 were taken and sent to us by Eric Renth.

F/A 18 Hornet BuNo163093 has been moved to National Museum of Naval Aviation Pensacola, Florida for storage.

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One of the older F/A-18s in the Blue Angel fleet taxies from the NASCC airstrip to a seaside hanger Dec. 18. The aircraft is being retired, will be demilitarized and will become a static display in front of the Chief of Naval Air Training headquarters.

Story & photo by Rod Hafemeister


Final Flight: Blue Angels' F/A-18 retires to NASCC


A Blue Angel came to earth Dec. 18 at NAS Corpus Christi - it's final resting place. The airframe is too old to use for aerobatics anymore, so it's being retired.

And the Chief of Naval Air Training was able to get it assigned here, where it will be demilitarized and become a static display in front of the CNATRA headquarters. Marine Corps Reserve Lt. Col Len Anderson flew the F/A-18 with the distinctive pattern and the # 1 markings to NASCC.

"I flew as solo with the Blue Angels from 2002 through 2004," Anderson said. "It was an honor to bring her on her final flight."

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Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas December 31, 2009