United States Navy Blue Angels demonstration team

United States Navy Blue Angels demonstration team


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The Blue Angels is the United States Navy's flight demonstration squadron. It was formed in 1946, making it the second oldest formal flying aerobatic team (flying under the same name) in the world. The Blue Angels' six demonstration pilots fly the F/A-18 Hornet in more than 70 shows at 34 locations throughout the United States each year, where they still employ many of the same practices and techniques used in their aerial displays in 1946. An estimated 11 million spectators view the squadron during air shows each year. The Blue Angels also visit more than 50,000 people a show season (March through November) in schools and hospitals. Since 1946, the Blue Angels have flown for more than 260 million spectators.

The mission of the Blue Angels is to enhance Navy and Marine Corps recruiting, and credibly represent Navy and Marine Corps aviation to the United States and its Armed Forces to America and other countries.

The Blue Angels use a United States Marine Corps C-130T Hercules, nicknamed "Fat Albert", for their logistics, carrying spare parts, equipment, and to carry support personnel between shows. Beginning in 1975, "Bert" was used for Jet Assisted Take Off (JATO) and short aerial demonstrations just prior to the main event at selected venues. "Fat Albert Airlines" flies with an all-Marine crew of three officers and five enlisted personnel.


’Fat Albert’ Visits Yuma, Takes Marines On Flight ’Fat Albert’ Visits Yuma, Takes Marines On Flight
The Blue Angels, Marine Corps’ C-130 Hercules, affectionately known as “Fat Albert,” visits Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., and takes Marines on a...
Silent Drill Platoon & Blue Angels "Fat Albert" Silent Drill Platoon & Blue Angels "Fat Albert"
The Blue Angels, Marine Corps' C-130 Hercules, affectionately known as "Fat Albert," flies over the Silent Drill Platoon at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz.,...
Silent Drill Platoon teams up with Blue Angels "Fat Albert" Silent Drill Platoon teams up with Blue Angels "Fat...
The Blue Angels, Marine Corps' C-130 Hercules, affectionately known as "Fat Albert," flies over the Silent Drill Platoon at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz.,...
Silent Drill Platoon & Blue Angels "Fat Albert" Silent Drill Platoon & Blue Angels "Fat Albert"
The Blue Angels, Marine Corps' C-130 Hercules, affectionately known as "Fat Albert," flies over the Silent Drill Platoon at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz.,...
Silent Drill Platoon & Blue Angels "Fat Albert" Silent Drill Platoon & Blue Angels "Fat Albert"
The Blue Angels, Marine Corps' C-130 Hercules, affectionately known as "Fat Albert," flies over the Silent Drill Platoon at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz.,...
Silent Drill Platoon & Blue Angels "Fat Albert" Silent Drill Platoon & Blue Angels "Fat Albert"
The Blue Angels, Marine Corps' C-130 Hercules, affectionately known as "Fat Albert," flies over the Silent Drill Platoon at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz.,...
Silent Drill Platoon & Blue Angels "Fat Albert" Silent Drill Platoon & Blue Angels "Fat Albert"
The Blue Angels, Marine Corps' C-130 Hercules, affectionately known as "Fat Albert," flies over the Silent Drill Platoon at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz.,...
U.S. Navy Blue Angels visit MCAS Miramar U.S. Navy Blue Angels visit MCAS Miramar
U.S. Navy Blue Angel pilots flew to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Feb. 26. Col. John Farnam, MCAS Miramar commanding officer, and Sgt. Maj. Richard Charron,...
Miramar Announces 2014 Miramar Air Show in Espanol Miramar Announces 2014 Miramar Air Show in Espanol
Marine Corps Air Station Miramar announces dates for the 2014 Miramar Air Show and welcomes the community to the installation. For more information go to...
Miramar CO Announces 2014 Miramar Air Show Miramar CO Announces 2014 Miramar Air Show
Col. John Farnam, commanding officer, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, announces dates for the 2014 Miramar Air Show and welcomes the community aboard the...
Miramar CO Announces 2014 Miramar Air Show - PSA Miramar CO Announces 2014 Miramar Air Show - PSA
Col. John Farnam, commanding officer, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, announces dates for the 2014 Miramar Air Show and welcomes community to the installation. Also...
U.S. Navy Blue Angels #7 Lands at Selfridge ANGB, Mich. U.S. Navy Blue Angels #7 Lands at Selfridge ANGB, Mich.
U.S. Navy Blue Angels #7 Lt Ryan Chamberlain Lands at Selfridge ANGB, Mich. along with Blue Angel #8 Lcdr Michael Cheng to conduct a pre-season winter visit briefing...

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The U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, perform a flyover of the Auto Club 400 Speedway in Fontana, Calif. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass...
Naval Air Facility El Centro Air Show Naval Air Facility El Centro Air Show
U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, Diamond pilots perform the Double Farvel during the Naval Air Facility El Centro Airshow. The Blue Angels...
Blue Angels show Blue Angels show
U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, maintenance and support team members meet with fans before the Blue Angels performance at the Naval Air...
Blue Angels show Blue Angels show
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU-11), Detachment Fallon, detonates a wall of fire during the Naval Air Facility El Centro Air Show prior to the U.S....
Naval Air Facility El Centro Air Show Naval Air Facility El Centro Air Show
U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, Marine Corps C-130 Hercules, affectionately known as “Fat Albert,” performs a Parade Pass during the...
Naval Air Facility El Centro Air Show Naval Air Facility El Centro Air Show
U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, Diamond pilots perform the Left Echelon Roll during the Naval Air Facility El Centro Airshow. The Blue...
Naval Air Facility El Centro Air Show Naval Air Facility El Centro Air Show
U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, lead solo pilot Lt. Cmdr. Dave Tickle and opposing solo pilot Lt. Mark Tedrow perform the Section-High Alpha...
Naval Air Facility El Centro Air Show Naval Air Facility El Centro Air Show
U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, pilots render a salute after the team's first demonstration of 2014 at the Naval Air Facility El Centro Air...
Naval Air Facility El Centro Air Show Naval Air Facility El Centro Air Show
U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, perform the Low Break Cross maneuver during a practice demonstration. The Blue Angels are scheduled to kick...
Funny or Die crew visits Blue Angels Funny or Die crew visits Blue Angels
Comedian and Marine Lt. Col. Rob Riggle received a back-seat ride in a U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornet at Naval Air Facility El...
Blue Angels practice demonstration March 6, 2014 Blue Angels practice demonstration March 6, 2014
U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, lead solo pilot Lt. Cmdr. Dave Tickle takes off performing the dirty roll maneuver while opposing solo pilot...
Blue Angels practice demonstration March 6, 2014 Blue Angels practice demonstration March 6, 2014
U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, lead solo pilot Lt. Cmdr. Dave Tickle and opposing solo pilot Lt. Mark Tedrow perform the Fortus maneuver...

Fat Albert Turns Heads in Yuma Fat Albert Turns Heads in Yuma
The residents of Yuma are accustomed to planes from Marine Corps Air Station Yuma squadrons flying above. However, heads turned when the bright blue and yellow “Fat...
NC Guard aviators perform flyover at Army vs. Navy game NC Guard aviators perform flyover at Army vs. Navy game
North Carolina National Guard AH-64D Longbow Apache attack helicopter pilots battled severe snow fall and gusty wind conditions to perform a flyover as part of the...
Blue Angels announce 2014 team members Blue Angels announce 2014 team members
The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, announced the officers selected for the 2014 team July 12. The squadron selected an administrative...