Let us just momentarily revel in the New Yorkishness of this sweet video clip, wherein a couple of construction workers watch the Blue Angels do a flyby over the George Washington Bridge, linking New York and New Jersey over the Hudson. “Look at that shit, huh?” one guy eloquently admires.
Last week, U.S. Navy Blue Angels pilot Jeff Kuss tragically died when his F/A-18 Hornet crashed in Smyrna, Tennessee. Now there’s new footage from an onlooker that appears to show what led up to the crash.
A United States Navy F/A-18 jet belonging to the Blue Angels demonstration team reportedly went down in Smyrna, Tennessee this afternoon. The incident does not initially appear to be tied to an earlier crash of a U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds demonstration team jet. The pilot reportedly died in the incident.
Lady Gaga’s rendition of the National Anthem sung last Sunday at the start of Super Bowl 50 has been widely reviewed as one of the best ever. During the crescendo, the Blue Angels added a little backup noise as they screamed over Levi Stadium in their iconic diamond formation. Now we can see what this emotional moment…
The Blue Angels’ F/A-18A/B/CD Hornets are some of the oldest and used-up fighters in the Navy and Marine Corps inventory. Recently, the Angels have had control surfaces break off in mid-flight, and their serviceability is not improving. As a result, the Navy has asked Boeing to come up with plans to convert Super…
There is literally no room for error, or air for that matter, between the Hornets shown in this cockpit video. It was shot from the slot position flying in the Blue Angles’ four-ship diamond formation. The left and right aircraft wing rails almost touch and the slot pilot’s canopy seems within an arms reach of them.
Our good friends over at Sierrahotel.net put together an awesome video showing the lineage of the Blue Angel’s jet age mounts set to the Bach’s booming Toccata and Fugue in D Minor. It is a glorious blend of aviation history, classical music and the high-energy aerobatics the Blues are so well known for.
There are a few places where the Blue Angels regularly perform that put their aircraft in fairly close proximity to large structures, but Chicago may be the closest of them all. The shot above, released on the Blue’s Facebook page gives a thrilling perspective of the formation over the Windy City, but the Instagram…
A beloved part of any Blue Angel’s demonstration is #5’s sneak pass at near supersonic speeds. Because Blue Angel #6 is distracting you, you don’t see it coming, and you definitely don’t hear it... Until it’s too late!
It’s no secret that the Navy and U.S. Marine Corps’ fleet of ‘legacy’ Hornets have literally had their wings flown off them. Many of the aircraft are far beyond their design life, and depots can’t work fast enough at refurbishing them in hopes of getting more use out of them.
In what has to be one of the best graduation ceremony shots of all time, the Blue Angels are caught above the speaker’s podium, where Vice President Joe Biden and the Navy and Marine Corps Brass welcome the U.S. Naval Academy’s graduating class of 2015. Seconds later the stadium is filled with thunder:
The Navy's Flight Demonstration Team, the Blue Angels, performed their iconic "Delta Breakout" maneuver over Disney World's equally iconic Cinderella Castle today on their way to their next air show in Melbourne, Florida, wowing Spring Breakers by the tens of thousands. It doesn't get much more magical than that…
They are one of the most iconic performance groups in existence, amazing millions yearly. Their shows feature seemingly super-human levels of precision. Now, one of them is going to tell you what it's like to don the blue flight suit as part of the elite of the elite, as a member of the US Navy Flight Demonstration…
As a team effort, the Blue Angels can't be beat in terms formation precision. Maybe I gravitate to things that are new and shiny like a fish chasing a flashy lure I've been hooked. The F/A-18s are sure looking long in the tooth compared to the dynamic flight demo displayed by the F-22 Raptor.
Blue Angel #7, one of the team's two seat jets that carries out logistical and fill-in duties as a mechanical spare for the demo team, had a little incident while landing in Brunswick today. The jet hit a patch of ice and did a beautiful pirouette into the grass near the end of runway.
Flown for just five years by the Blue Angels, from 1969 to 1974, the F-4J, with its ominous size and smoke billowing General Electric J79 engines, was the baddest machine the team ever flew. The Phantom was also flown by the USAF Thunderbirds during this same period of time.
The US Navy Flight Demonstration Team, aka the Blue Angels, has returned triumphantly to America's air show scene and Foxtrot Alpha was there. Here are some shots they took of their return show.
The US Navy Flight Demonstration Team, aka the Blue Angels, has returned triumphantly to America's air show scene. Here are some shots I took of their return show.
This is "Fat Albert," the Blue Angels' rocket-assisted C-130T support vehicle. It is supremely badass. Surely, though, you know an even better support vehicle land, air, or sea.