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Precision Aerial Maneuvers At 700 MPH

The Blue Angels roar into town for the Vero Beach Air Show in May.

Timing is crucial as pilots line up four F-18s to execute a tight vertical formation.

Timing is crucial as pilots line up four F-18s to execute a tight vertical formation.

Prepare to look skyward on the weekend of May 10 and 11. The Blue Angels, the Navy’s elite flight demonstration squadron, will be roaring into town to perform precision air maneuvers at the Vero Beach Air Show.

The Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, ordered the establishment of the squadron on April 24, 1946. Their mission then and now is “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.”

Flying at speeds of 700 mph, the Blue Angels perform aerial maneuvers that bring their wing tips within 18 inches of each other and shivers to the crowds watching them. Throughout the United States and the wider world, the Blue Angels have come to represent the power, prestige and professionalism of the U.S. military to millions of spectators who otherwise would have little contact with our armed forces.

Read the entire article in the April 2014 issue