F/A-18 Hornet Blue Angels over Grand Junction CO — U.S. Navy photo by Mass Comm Spec 2nd Class Andrew Johnson
I have seen the Blue Angels twice this year, and I was amazed at their precision flying. They enhance any air show!
I recall the first air show I was taken to and it was at Corpus Christie Naval Air Station, the Blues were the premier event, they were flying Grumman F-11 Tigers (formerly F11F). It was also the days before so much reticence so there was a solo pass at just above Mach — what an experience to see the jet pass by and hear the sound a bit later 🙂 The Blue and Gold is just so photogenic, as well!
I don’t know if they still do it, but they used to do an echelon roll. That, my friends, is an impossible freaking maneuver that makes my skin crawl just thinking about it. IIRC, the Navy forbids any other flights from trying it. The Blues have a special dispensation for it.
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