The Blue Angels, the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, will again be performing in shows in 2014. Throughout 2013, due to government cutbacks, these highly anticipated performances were cancelled.
Now that you have a chance to see a performance or practice, you definitely should. Because to say the Blue Angels are 'amazing' is an epic understatement.
The F/A-18 jets can reach speeds just under Mach 2, which is almost twice the speed of sound – a whopping 1,400 mph. They can climb as fast as 30,000 feet per minute.
The Squadron performs all kinds of aerobatics, including loops, spin and rolls, and they are aces at flying in formation, as close to each other as a mere 18 inches. That’s less than the length of my arm, and I am not a big person.
In Pensacola, where the Angels are based, you can watch them practice, meet some of the pilots, take photos with them and even ask for their autographs. For the ultimate experience watch them perform at the Pensacola Beach Air Show in July.
Now that’s news guaranteed to tickle your rudders.