Missouri’s workforce makes hundreds of impressive products, including the Boeing F/A-18’s that are flown by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels. We had the exciting opportunity to hear from the pilots to find out what they have to say about the Missouri-made aircraft.
“It’s a great airplane. We’ve been using it for the past 33 years, so it must be a great airplane to continue to hold around,” says Sergeant Charles Bosler. “The Navy is still using it. The Marine Corps is still using it. It’s great. It’s one of the best airplanes that the Navy and Marine Corps has had the pleasure of using.”
The one of a kind F/A-18 fighter jet is manufactured by Boeing at its Defense, Space, and Security facility in St. Louis, Missouri. The world-famous U.S. Navy Blue Angels have flown it in their air shows for more than 30 years.
“They’re great air show airplanes, but they keep all of us safe out there when we deploy, both in the Navy and the Marine Corps, so they’re very near and dear to our hearts,” says Captain Eric Doyle. “There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t get in that airplane and just be thankful that I get to do what I get to do.”
Check out our video to see these planes in action and to hear more from the U.S. Navy Blue Angels!
With Boeing’s significant presence in our state, and more than 100 aerospace manufacturers statewide, Missouri is a prime location for aviation companies to expand. Hop on a plane and visit our state to see for yourself!