Blue Angel FA-18 Walkaround

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Jerry Deren flew #3 and #4 positions with the Blue Angels after he had already had a successful career in the NAVY. Here Jerry gives us the most detailed Walkaround tour of the FA-18 Legacy Hornet. This exact aircraft was just recently received at the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas Love Field


  1. Andrew Tate
    Andrew Tate
    2 ай мурун

    Super video! I applauded for $5.00 👏👏

    1. Soren Seth
      Soren Seth
      Ай мурун

      @Bryce Kameron Trying it out now. Looks promising.

    2. ErikJohnston
      2 ай мурун

      Thanks so much!! I sure appreciate your support

  2. Chris Bowling
    Chris Bowling
    Күн мурун

    classified callsigns or just ones he doesnt wanna repeat?

  3. seminole rick
    seminole rick
    2 күн мурун

    What a well spoken gentleman, that obviously “knows his stuff” ! Not many can make the basics so interesting to listen to & learn… but he does !!

  4. thedarkknight803able
    2 күн мурун

    One thank you for your service! Thank you for the F/18 Briefing. 😎👍🏿

  5. maynard mccarthy
    maynard mccarthy
    6 күн мурун

    Awesome stuff really interesting History and experience enjoyed watching

  6. Artdrtr
    8 күн мурун

    1:01.43 did they take the repairs out of the guy's paycheck? ;D

  7. Bruce Campion-Smith
    Bruce Campion-Smith
    8 күн мурун

    Thanks for sharing. What a great mix of story-telling and detail about the aircraft. I could have watched that for another hour or two.

  8. hoah
    9 күн мурун

    what a monumental waste of money and life resources.

  9. Ivan Fisher
    Ivan Fisher
    9 күн мурун

    I'm surprised he didn't know what LEX stood for - leading edge extension . When the F18 first flew there was much discussion about it. I would have thought it was common knowledge, especially to a pilot

  10. Ivan Fisher
    Ivan Fisher
    9 күн мурун

    very informative and a grea narrator , learnt alot

  11. Ivan Fisher
    Ivan Fisher
    9 күн мурун

    what is the cost of folding wings in terms of lift and drag of the mechanism ? Doesn't seem to do airflow any favours ...

  12. Ivan Fisher
    Ivan Fisher
    9 күн мурун

    the 3 lights on the nose strut for AoA and replicated in the cockpit, the yellow light is the optimum glide slope , red and green and warnings, I would have thought it to be more logical the green is optimal and red, orange be warnings ? Why did they design a system where green is a warning and not normal ops ?

  13. Patrick Monks
    Patrick Monks
    10 күн мурун

    Thank you Sir I had a wonderful wonderful privilege as a beer tour guide to meet an officer who had dolphins above his wings. I also was fortunate to meet MC1 pilots/crew. My admiration for aviators. Well, I never passed physical. I so waited dolphins.

  14. Kowboy USA
    Kowboy USA
    10 күн мурун

    Outstanding walkaround. Incredible bird.

  15. Geoff Griffiths
    Geoff Griffiths
    12 күн мурун

    Nice chequer-board floor!

  16. Zach Manburg
    Zach Manburg
    13 күн мурун

    This was awesome.

  17. MrTallicadanny
    14 күн мурун

    I have the privilege to have The Blue’s fly overhead for two months out of the year in El Centro, Ca. Two to three times a day. It doesn’t get old. Awesome video. Great info. Can’t wait to see them again.

  18. Tom
    14 күн мурун

    What is wrong with the mic?

  19. falconeaterf15
    15 күн мурун

    Fun fact......the first pilot to successfully land a Hornet in mech mode was a Cf18 pilot in Canada.

  20. falconeaterf15
    15 күн мурун

    It’s a “G machine.” I like that. If I was a naval aviator, that would be my call sign. G machine. Hey G Machine, need a beer? Why yes I do ! Thanks Maverick.

    1. ErikJohnston
      15 күн мурун

      Haha! That’s awesome!

  21. Alicia Calia
    Alicia Calia
    15 күн мурун

    Awesome 👀 saw air show el Toro BEAUTIFUL

  22. alexugljesic
    15 күн мурун

    Great! Thank you for this story. I flew 4 plane formation, but in small, piston engine planes, so I have some perspective, bu, what you are doing is amazing...

  23. Howard Hammermann
    Howard Hammermann
    15 күн мурун

    Wow! Thank you, Lcdr Deren! What an absolutely fabulous tour and dissertation...

  24. baswelove
    16 күн мурун


  25. Rodney Whitfield
    Rodney Whitfield
    16 күн мурун

    I had a parental unit that worked for McD’s I was privileged to be able to see the “factory “ sales tape of the F/A 18. The pilot stands the bird on her tail, and hops the bird around the field with all the ease of a 1970 Plymouth SuperBird with a 440 six pack screaming down a 1/4 strip. Awesomeness sheer awesomeness.

  26. S R
    S R
    16 күн мурун

    Great video!!

  27. Helibeaver
    17 күн мурун

    Lex is leading edge extention.

  28. Paul van Niekerk
    Paul van Niekerk
    17 күн мурун

    Smart guy and asset

  29. DirtMcGert29054
    17 күн мурун

    Fuck it , don't lash them down , defense contractors have bills to pay tooo , fuck it sink the carrier after 5 years .... infasteucter

  30. DirtMcGert29054
    17 күн мурун

    I bet that hold back device they throw overboard is over a grand a piece

  31. Ernest Komu
    Ernest Komu
    17 күн мурун

    It all starts becoming clearer when you let go of the Top Gun hype and a real Blue Angel gives you a sneak peak into the actual thing. That yellow screw part got me... the balls, professionalism, skill and team dynamic involved in allowing your jet so close to another one, that you head is two feet from their wing armpit. And all that at like 1500 feet going at maybe 600mph... truely fascinating!

  32. SATAN UFOs
    17 күн мурун


  33. ralph cratty
    ralph cratty
    17 күн мурун

    5 years ago coming from Falcon Field,,noisy hot dog was so slow,,the pilot @ I exchanged salute,,I thank you 😊 pilots for the memories!!!!

  34. ralph cratty
    ralph cratty
    17 күн мурун

    Formation,,what f18 is MARINE corps in formation?

  35. Nothing to see here
    Nothing to see here
    17 күн мурун

    Enjoying every second of this walk around.

  36. YukariWillKillYou
    18 күн мурун

    They did a low flyby over on a beach me and my dad were pompano fishing on, you’d be surprised how easily they can sneak up on you, if you’re not paying attention to em, they look like a flock of pelicans from afar.

  37. steve carter
    steve carter
    18 күн мурун

    What a great informative inside ops look at the FA18 walk around with icing on top

  38. Steve Reid
    Steve Reid
    18 күн мурун

    Fly by wire... As a pilot you're sort of a voting member. That made me laugh out loud.. so true. By far the best jet video I've seen!

  39. Chicago Mark
    Chicago Mark
    18 күн мурун

    Two questions not address: 1)why do you not wear air 02 mask ? 2) are your mic's "hot mic's" like the Canada Air Force "snow birds " jets are

  40. blastman8888
    19 күн мурун

    Best Blue angles show I ever saw was at NAWS Point Magu. They got a high show after the marine layer burned off just amazing get so close they were just off shore almost like being right under them. Most big shows so many people can't really get that close center show is too far away.

  41. Maciek
    19 күн мурун

    An hour long jet fighter walkaround? Let me just get some popcorn

  42. Kenny
    20 күн мурун

    Great video!

  43. mike fuller
    mike fuller
    20 күн мурун

    all those dogfighting skills made negligible with off boresight targeting.

  44. F16Grinch
    20 күн мурун

    JD!! Leading Edge Extension my brotha!!

  45. Richard Roddenberry
    Richard Roddenberry
    20 күн мурун

    First really good briefing about the Hornet and what a Blue Angel pilot has to know to perform at the highest level. Best pilot informational video ever. Thanks

  46. Colin Musschoot
    Colin Musschoot
    20 күн мурун

    What an awesome video! I love F18's and the Blue Angels, and Naval Aviation. Its always fun to poke around airplanes in a hangar, and having a knowledgeable tour guide is a bonus. I believe LEX stands for Leading Edge eXtension.

  47. USMC Richard & USMC Christopher’s Mom
    USMC Richard & USMC Christopher’s Mom
    21 күн мурун

    Fastest hour ever! Amazing tour of #4, along with the explanations of what each Aviator does when they fly in the different positions. I had a great laugh when he stated that the guys he spoke with regarding making of this video and their response was “don’t screw it up”!! Thank you for the wealth of knowledge shared with us!

  48. profil4e
    21 күн мурун

    First of all WOW! This was an incredible video to watch! I'll be writing a long comment here which probably no one will read through, but I feel the need to put it out there. Erik Johnston is making content that I can describe as (with my limited vocabulary) Engaging, Outstanding and just pure Aviation geek out! An hour went by like 15 minutes watching this. Every single video in this channel is absolute GOLD for every aviation enthusiast in my opinion. From all the aerobatics teams I've seen so far in my life , not that I've seen them all, (Frecce Tricolori, Turkish Stars, Patrouille de France, Thunder Birds) I'd say that the Blue Angles are the most electrifying, and "on the edge of disaster", pulling off formation flying that just seems like this is peak piloting skill, and the solo flyers pulling off incredible maneuvers. The pilot here is not only incredibly well trained and skilled , but also a marvelous story teller! I really hope that sooner or later I'll be able to support this channel, as gratitude for bringing us up close and personal with the machines and the people who fly them with something more than a comment or a like.... =] Truly an incredible channel and content Kudos!

    1. ErikJohnston
      20 күн мурун

      Sure happy that you like the video and channel! I really have a great time making these Walkaround videos. They are my favorite ones to make

  49. Jake Southward
    Jake Southward
    21 күн мурун

    Wow, judging by the length of this video, this guy must walk, like, really slowly.

  50. Maerdoch
    21 күн мурун

    23:26 Did he just say that they routinely dump 1000lbs of jet fuel into the ocean?

    1. seminole rick
      seminole rick
      2 күн мурун

      Yea…thats about 125 gal, if my math is not failing me… thats ONLY if they need to shed weight.

  51. Ed Tur
    Ed Tur
    21 күн мурун

    I can fly with that jet everyday without money

  52. Patrick Mollohan
    Patrick Mollohan
    22 күн мурун

    Best aviation video I've ever seen....hands down!! Thank you!!

  53. Richard Francis
    Richard Francis
    23 күн мурун

    Really awesome video...thank you...never knew all that stuff about the F-18 and I have watched carrier documentaries...always love seeing the Blue Angels....I hope they do the airfest next May at MacDill

  54. Daver's Travels
    Daver's Travels
    24 күн мурун

    "The Aussies don't have all the bells and whistles we have..." Yeah well, sounds like they have a canopy switch guard that is grimes light proof. Haha! Great story!

  55. Drew
    24 күн мурун

    Great video!

  56. Steve S.
    Steve S.
    24 күн мурун

    Lex ( leading edge extension ) I was stationed at strike aircraft test directorate in the 80's. We did some of the first lex fence mods on the hornet man what a job we removed the entire lex and sent it out to be modified then had to reinstall and rewire. all hands effort. We also tested the night attack version of the c and i think d models. green plastic taped on top of white instrument lighting so the pilot didnt get blinded using nvg 50k a pair back then. I remember a story about the blues having a 3 roll limit their first season because the hornet was departing flight and tumbling end over end maybe LCDR could confirm. I was told a Canadian airshow pilot found a fix using opposite rudder input. 54 years old now and i still miss it the hornet was my first love :-). AE2 Schaefer

    1. Steve S.
      Steve S.
      24 күн мурун

      almost forgot they found cracks on the vertical stabs the lex fence was designed to prevent that. works something like those little vortex generators at the 6 o/c position inside the intakes. the ones that would slice your nuts if you slide to fast inside to check the fan blades :-).

  57. ward schuler
    ward schuler
    24 күн мурун

    Thank You Jerry Deren for your U.S. Service & this Blue Angel education video !

  58. Visibility Unlimited Media
    Visibility Unlimited Media
    24 күн мурун

    What a great peek inside a world that so many of us with the aviation bug have dreamed being a part of. Jerry is a standout representative of the Blues and Naval aviation.

    1. KC Brutality
      KC Brutality
      21 күн мурун

      DCS world will give you a peek also......y not pilot your own legacy Hornet !!!

  59. Austin Lafield
    Austin Lafield
    24 күн мурун

    48:06 my guy talkn about piccolo drills... He mean like the Makankōsappō..... AKA THE SpesshalBeanCanyon 😅🤣🤘☮️

  60. DirtyHarry G
    DirtyHarry G
    25 күн мурун

    For those not in the know, an "E ticket ride" is a reference to Disneyland and the way they used to sell tickets way back pre-80's. You paid your admission price and they'd give you a ticket book with A-B-C-D and E tickets and of course, the E ticket gave you access to the roller coasters (Matahorn, Space Mt) but you only got 2 E tickets, so if you wanted to go on the roller coasters more often, you had to buy additional E tickets at kiosks located throughout the park. I'm sure they made tons of money off those sales. At least that was my experience.

    1. Patrick Mollohan
      Patrick Mollohan
      22 күн мурун

      Was gonna say..Space Mtn was an E ticket ride! I knew what he meant. It was a great analogy for what he was decribing.

  61. George Christian
    George Christian
    25 күн мурун


  62. Crumpooz
    25 күн мурун

    First thing all the DCS guys here are doing is heading straight to the hornet and pull up the maintenance page. :P

  63. Ghosted Youtuber
    Ghosted Youtuber
    25 күн мурун

    AIM-7 is a sparrow not a sidewinder.

  64. The Dolt
    The Dolt
    25 күн мурун

    Absolutely outstanding presentation!

  65. robert payton
    robert payton
    26 күн мурун

    Thanks, I really, really enjoyed this.

  66. Ike Fork
    Ike Fork
    26 күн мурун

    Incredible walk-around of the Super Hornet! It doesn't get any better than this...I'm really blown away with the outstanding flying abilities and guts of these incredible Super Hornet jocks. Jerry Deren's mention of Lcdr Pat Walsh @ 41:41........I'd like to add that my good friend growing up in Alexandria, VA in the mid-late 1960s was future USN Admiral Bill Gortney ("Shortney"), who followed a similar career path as Admiral Walsh, although Bill did not do a tour with the Blue Angels. To enlighten those reading this, the one thing I recall most about the adolescent Bill Gortney was this "fire in the belly" attitude, guts, and raw determination.... DESPITE being the shortest kid in school. As kids growing up in the 1960s, Bill and I were very passionate about military airplanes from WWII, Korea, and Viet Nam. We religiously followed the U.S. Space Program which culminated with the Apollo 11 landing in July '69. We regularly bought & assembled the ubiquitous WWII plastic model airplane kits sold by Aurora in all the stores. IMO his gutsy dad Capt. Gortney, USN Retired, a Korean War era Naval aviator, instilled much of the drive and determination I witnessed in Bill every day. To the Blue Angels and all the other F/A 18 pilots out have my undying respect and admiration. p.s. Bill if you read this give me a shout on FaceBook. Thanks. Tom R.

  67. Pat Haskell
    Pat Haskell
    27 күн мурун

    “There is no flare.”

  68. Michael Costner
    Michael Costner
    28 күн мурун

    I know there's a huge difference without all of the extra weight on the Blue jets but was just curious how much less drag there is on the jets with the paint and wax.

    1. Michael Engle
      Michael Engle
      27 күн мурун

      good question...I don't know the numbers but having the weapon pylons off helps the drag coefficient quite a bit. hopefully Erik or Jerry will see your question and chime in

  69. Tommy Leanza
    Tommy Leanza
    29 күн мурун

    Really enjoyed that.. I used to see the Blue Angels yearly as a child and always wondered what it was like to be able to fly like that.

  70. John M
    John M
    Ай мурун

    Having been a 22 years Navy Vet, I can truly appreciate the LCDR's comments of having the best friends ever from the military. The camaraderie experience is second to none. LCDR Deren obviously enjoyed his service time and was a professional in every respect. I have the greatest respect for him and all those folks who keep this legacy alive and well in America.

  71. Jay Daniels
    Jay Daniels
    Ай мурун

    Thank you for your tour. And for your SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY!!!!!😎❤🇺🇸

  72. Michael Allen
    Michael Allen
    Ай мурун

    I saw this plane fly 4 or 5 times at El Toro.

  73. TheDers
    Ай мурун

    32.50 eh? Does this work in DCS??

  74. Trey
    Ай мурун

    Fun fact F-16 and F22 also have tail hooks

  75. calska140
    Ай мурун

    Blue Angels burning up the military linseed oil budget. What are the marines supposed to massage into the wood stocks of M14s now?

  76. Kunga Music
    Kunga Music
    Ай мурун

    Kick ass. Amazing video. Great camera work great audio. Great presentation.

  77. RyanKC
    Ай мурун

    Hands down, the best and most informative Blue Angels/F-18 video I've ever seen.

  78. Demon Man123
    Demon Man123
    Ай мурун

    The F/A-18's slowest speed is pretty much the A-10's fastest..

  79. Andy
    Ай мурун

    I get such an "iceman" vibe of this guy!

  80. Kevo Biggy
    Kevo Biggy
    Ай мурун

    Fantastic video

  81. Jason O'Toole
    Jason O'Toole
    Ай мурун

    As a lifelong Hornet fan this was such an amazing video to watch. LCDR Deren's walkaround brief was excellent and a real joy to listen to. A huge thank you to all involved in making this video. I'll be heading in to see this particular jet at the Frontiers of Flight Museum very soon and now with a lot more knowledge about it.

  82. 808 G8GT
    808 G8GT
    Ай мурун

    There is a #4 Blue Angel on display here in Hawaii at the Pearl Harbor Aviation museum. It just arrived here about a month ago. Bad a$$!!

  83. timothy barker
    timothy barker
    Ай мурун

    I remember this guy. I was a parachute rigger in VFA-83 1994-1998. He was one of my favorite pilots. Even though I was enlisted he never treated you like he was so much better than you like a lot of the other ones did.

    1. ErikJohnston
      Ай мурун

      I can see that! Jerry was such a great guy to work with for this video. It was important for him for us to get it as accurate as possible

  84. Sammy the Ditch Doctor
    Sammy the Ditch Doctor
    Ай мурун

    This by far and away the best FA-18 walk through/Blue Angels commentary video I’ve ever seen. I was so mesmerized I had to watch it twice. I love watching the Blue Angels practice in Pensacola. And flying a Fa-18 in VR in the DCS simulator with Blue Angels livery is probably as close as you can get without being a actual Navy Pilot. Thank you so much for posting this. Truly enjoyed it!!!!

  85. jim jab
    jim jab
    Ай мурун

    This guy is incredible, not a huge aviation fan but great Info and learner a lot.

  86. Douglas Linnell
    Douglas Linnell
    Ай мурун

    Thanks A Bunch For Sharing Thank You For Your Service Very Much Appreciated 💙😇❤✌❤😇 ❤Kathy

  87. Yimmeistar Yimmeistar
    Yimmeistar Yimmeistar
    Ай мурун

    top job i really enjoyed THAT presentation

  88. Greg Vettel
    Greg Vettel
    Ай мурун

    This episode was like gold to military aviation fans. LCDR Deren had lots of unique perspective on the aircraft, the Navy, naval aviation, and the Blue Angels. I sat through the whole 1hr 6min, and if it were 2 hours long, I'd still be riveted to my chair! I recall from the "Day in the Life of the Blue Angels" documentary about 2006 or so, LCDR Deren was in the Blue Angels...and he did something unusual...he did a tour and a half with the Blues. That is a great documentary if you haven't seen it. Great video, Erik!😁👍

  89. Jonathan Clarke
    Jonathan Clarke
    Ай мурун

    Never really considered that they had to dump fuel into the sea. Grim

  90. william killingsworth
    william killingsworth
    Ай мурун

    next time I play basket ball. I am playing hornet not horse.

  91. Cowboylifesaver
    Ай мурун

    A VFA-113 Hornet had a whole lot more missing than that and made it to landing in 1997.

  92. Hugh Campbell
    Hugh Campbell
    Ай мурун

    Our museum, Hickory Aviation Museum, Hickory, NC, recently got #5 and this is providing me with some excellent information to pass along to our visitors. Thanks.

  93. Chris Gunter
    Chris Gunter
    Ай мурун

    Thank you for you service. Your narration of the Blues was fantastic.🇺🇸👍💯

  94. Wes Smith
    Wes Smith
    Ай мурун

    Great video! Is there any information available about the wing skin damage at the 16:35 mark? I was under the impression that these were in service until the turn over into the Super Hornet, was the damage caused in transit, or in re-assembly?

  95. Scott Brownlie
    Scott Brownlie
    Ай мурун

    ex APG65 and 73 tech here working the CASS stations.

  96. Scott Brownlie
    Scott Brownlie
    Ай мурун

    We have a blue jet over here in Australia at RAAF Williamtown. Was a battle damage repair training frame.

  97. Dave Culver
    Dave Culver
    Ай мурун

    Excellent video, thx..

  98. Keith Stephens
    Keith Stephens
    Ай мурун

    Outstanding! Thank you for the video and your service. People like you are the cream of the crop. Nothing but admiration.

  99. Buck Buchanan
    Buck Buchanan
    Ай мурун

    I could listen to that guy forever! What an all around great guy, sharp, and superb speaker

    1. Bob Smith
      Bob Smith
      8 күн мурун

      I would love to be as articulate as him. Btw when he said, I don’t remember what that button does, my guess is more like he was not allowed to tell us. Very humble great man!

    2. MorganO
      17 күн мурун

      Zakariah LaFreniere where do I find this podcast

    3. Zakariah LaFreniere
      Zakariah LaFreniere
      Ай мурун

      check out fighter pilot pod cast

  100. Greg Bishop
    Greg Bishop
    Ай мурун

    Awesome video!!! I'm a automotive technician by trade and very fascinated by fighter jets!!! I work close to an airport so sometimes a fighter jet will fly around and listening to that power is awesome. Thanks for the video.