I hope to do a post on this weekend. It was very eventful! However, I don’t have time now, maybe Tuesday I’ll have time to finish the rest of the pictures of this weekend and get a post up.
Anyway, I leave you with my pictures of the Blue Angels in SF on Saturday. And some additional info from wiki:
1.The United States Navy’s Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, popularly known as the Blue Angels, was formed in 1946 and is currently the oldest formal flying aerobatic team. The squadron’s six demonstration pilots currently fly the F/A-18 Hornet in more than 70 shows at 34 locations throughout the United States each year.
2. During its history, 26 Blue Angels pilots have been killed in air show or training accidents.Through the 2006 season there have been 262 pilots in the squadron’s history, giving the job a 10% fatality rate.
3. 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.
4. During the aerobatic demonstration, the Blue Angels operate six F/A-18 Hornet aircraft, split into the Diamond (Blue Angels 1 through 4) and the Lead and Opposing Solos (Blue Angels 5 and 6). Most of the show alternates between maneuvers performed by the Diamond and those performed by the Solos. The Diamond, in tight formation and usually at lower speeds, performs maneuvers such as formation loops, barrel rolls, and transitions from one formation to another.
5. The Blue Angels do not wear G-suits, because the air bladders inside them would repeatedly deflate and inflate, interfering with the control stick between the pilot’s legs.Instead, Blue Angel pilots tense their stomach muscles and legs to prevent blood from rushing from their heads and rendering them unconscious.