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.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> 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.


Blue Angels arrive for 2016 MCAS Cherry Point Air Show Blue Angels arrive for 2016 MCAS Cherry Point Air Show
The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, or Blue Angels, arrive at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., April 28 for the 2016 MCAS Cherry Point Air Show...
Capt. Katie Higgins talks about experience with Blue Angels Capt. Katie Higgins talks about experience with...
Marine Capt. Katie Higgins, the first female pilot with the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, or Blue Angels, talks about taking Marines and Sailors on a...
Minuteman Report: Smoky Mountain Air Show 2016 Minuteman Report: Smoky Mountain Air Show 2016
McGhee-Tyson Air National Guard Base hosts the Smoky Mountain Air Show 2016 in Knoxville, TN. Senior Airman Darby Arnold reports.
Blue Angels Visit East Tennessee Children's Hospital Blue Angels Visit East Tennessee Children's Hospital
As the sun rises of the 134th Air Refueling Wing and the Smokey mountain Air Show, members of the Blue Angels and F16 Viper Demo Team went to visit the East Tennessee...
Smoky Mountain Air Show 2016 Smoky Mountain Air Show 2016
2016 Smoky Mountain Air Show coverage.
Major Accident Response Exercise Major Accident Response Exercise
Members of the Nebraska National Guard and several emergency response teams collaborate in a Major Accident Response Exercise on April 13, 2016 in Lincoln, Nebraska....
All Hands Update: Headlines for March 23, 2016 All Hands Update: Headlines for March 23, 2016
Navy Personnel Command updated the collocation policy. The Blue Angels returned to Pensacola, Florida. Maritime leaders from U.S. 7th Fleet, Republic of Singapore,...
All Hands Update: Headlines for Tuesday, January 5, 2016 All Hands Update: Headlines for Tuesday, January 5,...
Arlington Provides Assistance to Disabled Vessel. GHWB Wins Retention Excellence. Blue Angels arrive in El Centro.
All Hands Update: U.S. Navy Flight Demostration Squadron Change of Command All Hands Update: U.S. Navy Flight Demostration...
Blue Angels hold a change of command ceremony at the National Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida.
All Hands Update: Meet the Blue Angels' Fat Albert All Hands Update: Meet the Blue Angels' Fat Albert
The Navy's Blue Angels showcase the C-130's capabilities at aerial shows around the country.
MCAS Miramar Air Show 2015 MCAS Miramar Air Show 2015
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels perform during the 2015 Miramar Air Show aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, San Diego, Calif. on Oct. 2-4, 2015. The air show is held...
All Hands Update: Headlines for October 7, 2015 All Hands Update: Headlines for October 7, 2015
San Francisco Fleet Week kicks off. USS Benfold departs San Diego for Yokosuka, Japan. CARAT Bangladesh closes.

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Two U.S. Navy Blue Angels perform at the Air Power Expo, April 23, at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas. During the expo, F/A-18 Hornets were...
BLUE ANGELS FAT ALBERT RIDE BLUE ANGELS FAT ALBERT RIDE
Members of the Blue Angels Fat Albert crew experience zero gravity while flying in the C-130 Hercules during the Smoky Mountain Air Show at the 134th Air Refueling...
Blue Angels Salute Crowd Blue Angels Salute Crowd
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Team salute after a successful flight at the Smoky Mountain Air Show. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt....
A-10 Static Display A-10 Static Display
Curious spectators inspect an A-10 Warthog aircraft up close at the Smoky Mountain Air Show at McGhee Tyson ANG Base, TN. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master...
U.S. Navy Blue Angels Interact with Crowd U.S. Navy Blue Angels Interact with Crowd
Mass Communications Specialist Daniel Young, Public Affairs for the U.S. Navy Blue Angels Demonstration Team signs autographs at the Smoky Mountain Air Show at McGhee...
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The U.S. Navy Blue Angels "Fat Albert" C-130 Hercules banks hard left over the crowd at the Smoky Mountain Air Show as crew chiefs for the F-18 Hornets wait for thier...
BLUE ANGELS FAT ALBERT BLUE ANGELS FAT ALBERT
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels "Fat Albert" C-130 Hercules lands after a successful demonstration at the Smoky Mountain Air Show at McGhee Tyson ANG Base, TN. (U.S. Air...
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Airmen from the 134th Air Refueling Wing share mixed feelings aboard "Fat Albert" the U.S. Navy Blue Angel's C-130 aircraft. Several members received incentive...
Blue Angels Formation Over Smoky Mountain Air Show Blue Angels Formation Over Smoky Mountain Air Show
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Team flies in formation over the crowd at the Smoky Mountain Air Show. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt....
Fat Albert Performs for Crowd at Smoky Mountain Air Show Fat Albert Performs for Crowd at Smoky Mountain Air...
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels "Fat Albert" C-130 Hercules lands after a successful demonstration at the Smoky Mountain Air Show at McGhee Tyson ANG Base, TN. (U.S. Air...
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160414-N-NI474-207 ALCOA, Tenn. (April 14, 2016) U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, Lead Solo pilot joins the Diamond pilots in the Line...
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160414-N-NI474-257 ALCOA, Tenn. (April 14, 2016) U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, Solo pilots perform the Opposing Knife Edge Pass at the...

Blue Angels Fat Albert Airlines - A Wild Ride in the Skies Blue Angels Fat Albert Airlines - A Wild Ride in...
Blue Angels Fat Albert Airlines - A Wild Ride in the Skies
Army ceremonial units bring pomp, precision to Super Bowl 50 Army ceremonial units bring pomp, precision to...
Soldiers from The Old Guard and Pershing’s Own participate in the opening ceremony of the National Football League’s 50th championship game
Jet engines buzz above Hawaii during 2015 Kaneohe Air Show Jet engines buzz above Hawaii during 2015 Kaneohe...
Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH) opened its gate to the public for the 2015 Kaneohe Bay Airshow Oct. 17-18.