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The Beautiful Blue Angels

Updated on July 1, 2014

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.

Blue Angels Photo Credit
Blue Angels Photo Credit
Blue Angels Spiral
Blue Angels Spiral

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!

  1. The Blue Angels began performing in 1946.
  2. All prospective Blue Angel candidates must be a Marine or Naval officer that has tactical jet flight training. They also must be carrier certified.
  3. Team members do not receive a special salary for being a member of the Blue Angels. The members gain prestige instead of money :)
  4. 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!
  5. 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.

Being a Blue Angel: Every Kid's Guide to the Blue Angels
Being a Blue Angel: Every Kid's Guide to the Blue Angels

Want to spark the interest of a kid in naval flight demonstrations? Help them learn more about this elite flying group.

First Blue: The Story of World War II Ace Butch Voris and the Creation of the Blue Angels
First Blue: The Story of World War II Ace Butch Voris and the Creation of the Blue Angels

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.

The Blue Angels: A Fly-By History
The Blue Angels: A Fly-By History

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.

Blue Angels Team
Blue Angels Team

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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Blue Angels Flying Over Town
Blue Angels Flying Over Town

I love this picture of the squadron flying over a local hotel. I love the noise when they fly this close too.


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      victoriuh 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Sounds great! Thanks for visiting my page.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Get to see them for the fourth time this weekend at Little Rock Air Force Base. Never get tired of seeing them. Great show.

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      angmatthews 5 years ago

      You have to admire the amount of discipline and training it must take to achieve that kind of precision!

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      gregorymbrooks 5 years ago

      Wow, they have such incredible skill!

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      Dusty2 LM 5 years ago

      I have always enjoyed watching these amazing Navy pilots perform their highly technical skilled maneuvers. Thanks for sharing.

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      Deb Kingsbury 5 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      The Blue Angels used to fly over my house when I was a kid. I'd see them at least once a year. They did an air show just a few miles away at the navy base. Amazing!

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      suzy-t 5 years ago

      They are spectacular. Great lens honoring these unbelievable pilots...

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      NightMagic 5 years ago

      Loved your lens. In Canada we have The Snow Birds. I've seen their show numerous times --- awesome. I'll have to come and see one of the shows The Blue Angels put on. I'm sure it would be just as awesome. For anyone who has never seen an air show, it's well worth your while to go.

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      Faye Rutledge 5 years ago from Concord VA

      I've seen the Blue Angels before and they're AWESOME! (and, loud!)

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Always amazing. Thanks for sharing! ;-)

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      violann lm 5 years ago

      I've seen the blue angels preform before. They are fascinating and thrilling to watch. I find it amazing how close they get to each other. I haven't seen them in years. I'm going to check the schedule to see if they are going to be in my area anytime this year.

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      DigbyAdams 5 years ago

      My husband and I went to the Oshkosh Fly-In in Wisconsin. It's the largest fly-in in the world with other 7,000 private pilots flying their planes there. It lasts 10 days and every day there is an air show. I thought I had seen some pretty impressive flying. But on the last day the Blue Angels performed. It was a thousand times more impressive than any of the other airshows.

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      KandDMarketing 5 years ago

      The Blue Angels are a fantastic site to see! I've had the privilege of seeing them several times over the years. They never cease to amaze.

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      WinWriter 5 years ago

      I'm a former Pensacola girl and have many fond memories of watching the Blue Angels perform. They are truly amazing!

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      WWurpleW 5 years ago

      The video was amazing. It's hard to imagine two planes flying 18 inches apart. I can't wait to see this in real life! Great job on the lens

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Insane in the membrane

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      nicks44 5 years ago

      Very nice :) God Bless the Navy!

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      I've never seen the Blue Angels, but have had the pleasure of seeing our Canadian equivalent (the RCAF's "Snowbirds") at a number of air shows. Those pilots' skills and courage take my breath away!

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      puppyprints 5 years ago

      I love watching the Blue Angels. Great intro picture!

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      MrMojo01 5 years ago

      I remember seeing the at our cities air show every summer when I was a kid. Absolutely amazing.

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      LisaDH 5 years ago

      I used to work in San Francisco and we loved it when the Blue Angels would come to town for Fleet Week. They practiced during work hours, so we would watch from the office windows. I love watching them fly!

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      Max Globe 5 years ago

      Incredible. Just incredible!

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      thememorybooksh1 5 years ago

      Amazing Lens, i saw the blue angels many times with help of my uncle. he was a navy fighter pilot.

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      victoriuh 5 years ago

      @JoshK47: I like watching, but riding escalators makes me a little nauseated so...

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      squid2hub 5 years ago

      great lens

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      victoriuh 5 years ago

      @MayaIxchel: I am so glad you visited today! God bless your father for serving his country.

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      MayaIxchel 5 years ago

      My father was a Navy fighter pilot and I saw the Blue Angels many times in my life growing up. Today is his birthday and these photos make me both smile and cry. Thank you!

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens - it really must be amazing to see, let alone fly like that.

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      ifansubs 5 years ago

      Like It

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      tamstone 5 years ago

      What an adrenaline rush that must be... can't even imagine!

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      jlshernandez 5 years ago

      I have seen the Blue Angels a couple of times and they really took my breath away. Thanks for sharing.

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      luxuryvillasandtravel 5 years ago

      I remember watching them as a child. Great stuff!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I have seen the Blue Angels perform many times. My husband loves flying and we travel to air shows often. This is a beautiful tribute to the Blue Angels. Well Done. Congratulations on this front page lens. Angel Blessings**

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      siobhanryan 5 years ago

      Beautiful photos-Angel Blessed

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      Fantastic Voyages 5 years ago from Texas

      I love air shows, and attend every chance I can. The Blue Angels are awesome, and so are your photos!

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      wedpittsburgh lm 5 years ago

      I love this group. They are so amazing to watch perform!

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      Gayle 5 years ago from McLaughlin

      I have seen the Blue Angels perform one or two times and was completely impressed!

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      victoriuh 5 years ago

      @IMKZRNU2: I hope you enjoyed the photos, thanks for visiting and commenting.

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      IMKZRNU2 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      The Blue Angels just performed at the Seattle Seafair. I saw them many years ago in California. They are incredible to watch.

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      victoriuh 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank Linda! All the photos are cropped and I have added borders, but I haven't edited them in any other way. Thanks for visiting and commenting :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I really like the intro module photo - did you edit it - those planes look cool the way they are spraying out..