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The Beautiful Blue Angels
Fly With The Blue Angels
Have you ever seen The Blue Angels? I have had the privilege of attending many of their airshows, as well as heard and felt them zoom over my work building and home.
This particular photo, which I call Flowering Over The Bay, was taken during a practice session while I was playing hooky from work. I took the work SLR camera, strolled down to the beach, and snapped some photos.
The boat you see is from the nearby Coast Guard station. I didn't realize it at the time, but I had friends on board that day getting an up close view.
This is another fun picture from a practice session. If I remember right some of the jets were peeling off to come around for a flying maneuver.
Who Are The Blue Angels?
Even though I've seen the Blue Angels fly at least 6 times in airshows, plus practice days, I never get tired of watching them. Until I was researching this page, I really didn't know a lot of facts about them. Here is what I found out.
According to the official Navy Blue Angels website:
"The mission of the Blue Angels is to enhance Navy recruiting, and credibly represent Navy and Marine Corps aviation to the United States and its Armed Forces to America and other countries as international ambassadors of good will."
A short list of fun facts from the Blue Angels website. Check out the website for more info!
- The Blue Angels began performing in 1946.
- All prospective Blue Angel candidates must be a Marine or Naval officer that has tactical jet flight training. They also must be carrier certified.
- Team members do not receive a special salary for being a member of the Blue Angels. The members gain prestige instead of money :)
- If you've seen the team fly you know it looks like they are flying really close - because they are! In the Diamond 360 maneuver they get as close as 18 inches. This is INCREDIBLE to watch!
- The FA 18 jets have some special bells and whistles added to make their airshow performances possible but each plane can be combat ready in 72 hours.
Blue Angels HD Video
Great Blue Angels video! If you cannot seem the in person any time soon, check out this video and see what you think!
Books about the Blue Angels
Do you want to learn more? Check out these books - two geared towards adults and one especially for kids.
Want to spark the interest of a kid in naval flight demonstrations? Help them learn more about this elite flying group.
In order to keep up interest in Navy fliers, the group was formed in 1945. Since then they are known all over the world. Learn more of their history in this great book.
Available for Kindle or hard cover. This is a great book of the group's history. The hard cover would be a great coffee table book for the living room or study.
View A Practice Or Visit An Airshow
If you are in the Pensacola, FL area, you can visit the Museum of Naval Aviation to view practice sessions, and possibly have the opportunity to meet one of the team. Here is the Blue Angels Practice Schedule.
If you would like to see if there is an airshow in your area for 2014, click on the Blue Angels Airshow Schedule.
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I love this picture of the squadron flying over a local hotel. I love the noise when they fly this close too.