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NAS Pensacola celebrating 100th anniversary

NAS Pensacola is celebrating it's 100th anniversary
Today-the FA-18 at the front gate was revealed.
The next time you drive on NAS Pensacola you'll be greeted with a brand-new site. A fully restored FA 18 Blue Angel Jet.

What it looked like just 5 months ago.   It was retired back in 2005 and has been in the boneyard ever since.

It was pretty haggard, very rustic looking, all the rust on it, some missing panels, you name it what could go wrong with it, went wrong...

Petty Officer First Class Brandon Dodd is on the Blue Angels Maintenance Team.   He volunteered to  bring this beauty back to life

We took a whole lot of time, more than a month sanding it down, then I went into priming it, and then we sanded it down again. To keep it smooth, then I put on all the blue paint, and then masked it with the yellow...

He didn't miss one detail.   It now looks good as new.   The Hornet even has a #1 on it  for current Blues boss.  Commander Thomas Frosch.

NAS Pensacola Commanding Officer, Keith Hoskins says it's the perfect way to welcome visitors  coming on to base.

We have been training Naval Aviators since 1914, so they will walk away with a little bit of the past as well as the present..

The F11 that was here for more than 50 years is now at a museum in Tennessee.