Every year, more than 11 million
people attend air shows that feature the Blue Angels, who call
Pensacola, Florida, their home. The Navy s Flight Demonstration Team,
with its six gleaming blue-and-gold F/A-18 Hornets, never fails to
thrill the crowds. Flying from heights of over 15,000 feet and dropping
as low as 50 feet, the shows are nonstop, high-energy, heart-stopping
excitement. The Blue Angels were established in 1946 by Adm. Chester W.
Nimitz to showcase the pride and professionalism of the United States
Navy and Marine Corps by inspiring a culture of excellence and service
to country through flight demonstrations and community outreach. The
Blue Angels pilots and flight crew visit 50,000 people a year in
schools, hospitals, and other community events, in addition to
performing for those who attend their air shows."