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.


Selfridge Open House and Air Show Selfridge Open House and Air Show
Selfridge Air National Guard Base held an Open House and Air Show on September 6 - 7, 2014. The theme was women in aviation and the main act was the U.S. Navy Blue...
Interview with David tickle Interview with David tickle
David Tickle, United States Navy Blue Angel Pilot, speaks at the Rotary Club of Seattle luncheon during Marine Week Seattle, July 30, 2014. Marine Week Seattle...
Blue Angels Head to Wisconsin Blue Angels Head to Wisconsin
℠2014 - The Navy's Blue Angels will usher in the La Crosse, WI this weekend.
’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 & 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 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.,...
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...

Baltimore Star Spangled Spectacular airshow Baltimore Star Spangled Spectacular airshow
Lt. Cmdr. John Hiltz, assigned to the U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, signs the shirt of a young fan during an autograph session after the...
Baltimore Star-Spangled Spectacular airshow Baltimore Star-Spangled Spectacular airshow
Lt. Mark Tedrow, assigned to the U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, signs the shirt of a young fan during an autograph session after the...
Baltimore Star-Spangled Spectacular airshow Baltimore Star-Spangled Spectacular airshow
The U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, flies over Martin State Airport during the Baltimore Star-Spangled Spectacular airshow. The...
Baltimore Star-Spangled Spectacular airshow Baltimore Star-Spangled Spectacular airshow
The U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, flies over Martin State Airport during the Baltimore Star-Spangled Spectacular airshow. The...
Baltimore Star-Spangled Spectacular airshow Baltimore Star-Spangled Spectacular airshow
The U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, flies over Martin State Airport during the Baltimore Star-Spangled Spectacular airshow. The...
Baltimore Star-Spangled Spectacular airshow Baltimore Star-Spangled Spectacular airshow
The U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, flies over Martin State Airport during the Baltimore Star-Spangled Spectacular airshow. The...
Baltimore Star-Spangled Spectacular airshow Baltimore Star-Spangled Spectacular airshow
The U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, flies over Martin State Airport during the Baltimore Star-Spangled Spectacular airshow. The...
US Navy's Blue Angels perform at Baltimore's Star-Spangled Spectacular US Navy's Blue Angels perform at Baltimore's...
The U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, perform above Fort McHenry during Baltimore’s Star-Spangled Spectacular, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014....
US Navy's Blue Angels perform at Baltimore's Star-Spangled Spectacular US Navy's Blue Angels perform at Baltimore's...
The U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, perform above Fort McHenry during Baltimore’s Star-Spangled Spectacular, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014....
Star-Spangled Spectacular Star-Spangled Spectacular
Spectators wait in the rain for the start of The Star-Spangled Spectacular Air Show at Martin State Airport, featuring the U.S. Navy‘s flight demonstration...
Star-Spangled Spectacular Star-Spangled Spectacular
Spectators wait in the rain for the start of The Star-Spangled Spectacular Air Show at Martin State Airport, featuring the U.S. Navy‘s flight demonstration...
Blue Angels show Blue Angels show
Delta Pilots from the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, fly over Michigan State University en route to the Selfridge Open House and Air Show,...

Cleveland National Air Show Cleveland National Air Show
The Cleveland National Air Show hosted the United States Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron “Blue Angels” at the Burke Lakefront Airport from Aug. 30 to Sept. 1,...
The Blue Angels perform in the Cleveland Air Show The Blue Angels perform in the Cleveland Air Show
The United States Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron “Blue Angels” took to the air above Cleveland during their National Air Show held at the Burke Lakefront...
Pursuing a dream: Fightertown pilot to fly with Blue Angels Pursuing a dream: Fightertown pilot to fly with...
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