The name, Blue Angels was formed by members of the original flight team in 1946 from the famed Blue Angels Nightclub in New York. It was a sultry late morning in August when our family went to see them practice on the fields of the viewing area adjacent to The Museum of Naval Aviation at NAS Pensecola. Skilled naval aviators flew what was apparently the Boeing F/A-18 Hornet and the Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules in precision formation. We watched six "blue angels" fly their signature "diamond" formation as well as other formations. It was impressive, but loud. We stuffed tissues inside our girls' ears to dampen the noise. One of my girls who cared little for the show wilted as we tried to stay cool in the shade. The crowd of hundreds stood on the fields, thorny weeds and uncomfortable I might add, while the early birds sat on the sun-drenched, limited bleacher seats. My husband and son certainly harnessed their inner Maverick, Goose, and Iceman.
What an awesome time! We went to this morning's practice session for the Blue Angels and had so much fun. Get there early, bring a chair and your earplugs. They fly right over the top of you and you are sitting right on the flight line where they take off. There are lots of volunteers there that point in the direction of the Blues and tell you what is going on. My son got to listen to the pilot of #1 talk in the walkie talkie. How cool! At the end of the show they hand out flags to the kids to wave. There are bleachers but we just brought a blanket and sat right at the front. The kids were able to move around and weren't stuck in the bleachers. After the show, on Wed. the pilots sign autographs.