Super Delta: Blue Angels and Air Force Thunderbirds Debut New Joint Flight Formation

March 3, 2021

For the first time ever, the Thunderbirds and Blue Angels flew a F-16 Fighting Falcon and F/A-18 Super Hornet flight formation known as the “Super Delta” during a joint training Tuesday afternoon over the Imperial Valley in California.

The formation grew out of a series of joint training opportunities held in 2020 and 2021, including joint training over Escambia County.

The Blue Angels and Thunderbirds will virtually debut a full flight this Memorial Day weekend during the nationwide broadcast of the National Memorial Day Parade: America Stands Tall that will air on ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC affiliate stations nationwide.

Photos top: SSgt Andrew Sarver, Thunderbirds. Photo below: MC2 Cody Hendrix, Blue Angels.


12 Responses to “Super Delta: Blue Angels and Air Force Thunderbirds Debut New Joint Flight Formation”

  1. ELW on March 4th, 2021 5:29 pm


  2. Tillmon on March 4th, 2021 9:17 am

    Getting chills just thinking about this and future opportunities. Looking forward to the Memorial Day Celebration!

  3. Dorothy Christopher on March 3rd, 2021 10:02 pm

    The Blue Angels and the Thunder Birds, are outstanding in their own right. Together they should have a spectacular show. I have seen each performing separately, and would love to see them performing together, but I’ll have to be satisfied watching them on television. No one should miss watching them perform, you’ll feel different, when it’s over. So proud.

  4. Sheila on March 3rd, 2021 9:51 pm

    Would love to have more Thunderbirds/Blue Angels air shows. They looks awesome.

  5. nod on March 3rd, 2021 6:59 pm

    wonderful, makes me proud also.

  6. Lou on March 3rd, 2021 12:35 pm


  7. Bill Farinas on March 3rd, 2021 12:22 pm

    Makes you proud to be an American!!!

  8. Cliff Wodzinski on March 3rd, 2021 11:08 am

    Outstanding! I was hoping they would perform a combined formation, specially after the joint salutes to our Covid-19 medical heroes. Beautiful cooperation !!

  9. jacob on March 3rd, 2021 10:34 am

    the super hornets are def bigger than the sleek legacy hornets. but still a great picture

  10. David Camp on March 3rd, 2021 10:14 am


  11. Byron Butler Sr on March 3rd, 2021 9:02 am


  12. Julie Booth-Moran on March 3rd, 2021 1:29 am

    Beautiful pictures! I would love to see the joint forces flight air show. I’m sure it will be awesome as they all are.

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