The Blue Angels were formed in 1946 “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.”
Top Navy and Marine pilots usually serve two-to-three years with the Blues. In addition to the Hornets, the team includes a C-130T Hercules aircraft, nicknamed "Fat Albert.” While Fat Albert is a cargo plane used to help move the team’s equipment from venue to venue, it also takes part in the shows and is a fan favorite.
Any Blues show is a treat to the aviation addict and novice alike, but if you’re lucky enough to catch a show or practice in Pensacola, you earn the right to call them “Our Blues,” too.
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