You don’t have to be the president of the United States to watch the Blue Angels Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron fly. You don’t have to be a member of the winning Super Bowl team, or a famous actor. You don’t even have to buy a ticket or register for anything.
In fact, the requirements couldn’t be simpler.
You just have to show up at 8:30 a.m. sharp at the viewing area of the National Naval Aviation Museum (1750 Radford Blvd., Ste B, NAS Pensacola, FL 32508, phone 850-452-3604) on any Wednesday morning from March 26 to Nov. 8, 2014. That’s when these superstars will be practicing. And you can watch for free.
The teamwork required for the high speed, low-altitude formation flying takes hundreds of hours to develop, and each pilot must complete 120 training flights during winter training in order to perform a public demonstration safely.
The pilots fly F/A-18 A Hornets (which cost approximately $21 million apiece, without extras), and what they do in them is mind-boggling. The team flies as fast as 700 mph and as slow as 120 mph, and as close to each other as 18 inches during the Diamond 360 maneuver.
It gets better.
The team visits the museum to answer questions and sign autographs after Wednesday practices, so you can meet your heroes. Museum admission is also free.
The schedule is subject to change without notice and is weather permitting, for everyone's safety.
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