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Most of us wouldn't dare tailgate 18 inches off the car up front, even at a crawl in heavy traffic. But how about at 500 mph, upside down, in a synchronized loop with five other drivers?

The Blue Angels pride themselves on precision, not pretension. Their formations are real, sophisticated and dangerous. Their powerful F/A-18 Hornets nearly touch as they scream by, creating the sensation of a death-defying stunt.

"But it's important to understand that what we do aren't stunts," says Lt. Commander Garrett Casper, a spokesman for the Blue Angels at Naval Air Station Pensacola. "We are not showboating. We do actual maneuvers taught to all naval aviators."

"The only day we aren't flying a demo is Monday," Casper says. "Too much time off isn't a good thing because you lose muscle memory."

That comes in handy when attempting tight aerial choreography, such as the four-plane Diamond Formation or the six-jet Delta Formation. To fly in flawless synchronization, the team lines up each plane's paint schemes, and listens to the leader, or "boss."

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"They follow certain commands and cadences, and the inflection in his voice can mean a stiff pull up or a soft one," Casper says. "It's a skill set they all have to develop. As they do it day after day and month after month, they get very tight."

To stay tight, the Blue Angels study their shows on film. After Saturday's event, for instance, the team will look at every turn and loop of their routine.

"We fly, debrief, and watch tape for two hours," says Casper. "They will sit there and go over each maneuver in minute detail, even a mismatched smoke trail."


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When the Blue Angels begin a show, each Hornet takes off with a full load of fuel, about 9,000 pounds. They will burn most of it, but stop well short of "bingo" - jargon for an immediate landing. As they drink fuel, the planes also become slicker and lighter against the unchanging engine thrust. This affects handling, and attention to detail becomes critical. Any unexpected turbulence must be countered as a group.

"If somebody over-reacts or under-reacts, there can be an issue," Casper says. "So you power through as a team, recognizing that what's happening to each pilot is happening to everyone else. You just work through the maneuver."

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Any maneuver involves an element of risk, but the intense training keeps it low. Still, the unexpected is part of what keeps the team so focused - and eager to fly over and over again.

"It's still a rush for these guys," Casper says. "It never gets old. They get butterflies even in practice. When it starts becoming the same, that's when you should be nervous. You always want to be ahead of the plane."

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I also have some unedited video my pops took so go easy on him...lol
He didn't do too bad for an old man , those F18's were screaming by. The video and pictures really don't do these guys any justice (You really can't see the precision). If you get the chance you should really see these guys live. This was my sixth consecutive year that I have seen them.

This is just some raw footage. The stuff in the beginning is kinda weak but it gets better.


[google]http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3532849277157725237[/google]

And here is something a little better

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I think it was the Thunderbirds I saw at the air show at Fairchild AFB last summer, their show looked very similar to that one. Cool stuff.
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Here is a little something else you probably haven't seen at an air show yet.

[google]http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6777392770222848705[/google]

They wouldn't let us near the Raptor... My Dad told my Nephew he was going to get arrested..lol
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nonexistentusmc
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I've seen the F22 in the air. It was in the Atlantic City airshow last summer. Blue Angels and Thunderbirds were also there. The BA will have my vote as a US demo team only because they do their formations tighter. I can see huge gaps when the 16's of the Tbirds flyby. The F16 happens to be my fav jet. There are a couple of good manuevers that the Tbirds do which are better than the BA. I'm seeing the Tbirds again this year in Jones Beach, NY and in Atlantic City, NJ.
Smitty5613
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i saw the Thunderbirds (the Air Force version of the Flying Angels) when i was little, and i thought it was awsome.... i would LOVE to go see them again
acEofspadEs6313
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It's lame. This year the Blue Angels aren't gonna be at the Mirimar Airshow in San Diego. However, the Thunderbirds are coming instead.
Kmar
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nonexistentusmc wrote:

I've seen the F22 in the air. It was in the Atlantic City airshow last summer. Blue Angels and Thunderbirds were also there. The BA will have my vote as a US demo team only because they do their formations tighter. I can see huge gaps when the 16's of the Tbirds flyby. The F16 happens to be my fav jet. There are a couple of good manuevers that the Tbirds do which are better than the BA. I'm seeing the Tbirds again this year in Jones Beach, NY and in Atlantic City, NJ.
Years back Macdill used to host the thunderbirds at their show. I think they have had the Blue angels for quite some time now. Your right though, the BA seems to be tighter. They are both impressive though.

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BTW, Offtopic, but someone karma'd me because I'm from Queens, and it's the 3rd time, yet I don't know who it is... can someone please tell me who it is? Thanks anyway, and yes... Queens owns!
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I'd like for some of us try to fly formations like that in a round of BF2 maybe on Oman
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Im_Dooomed wrote:

I'd like for some of us try to fly formations like that in a round of BF2 maybe on Oman
Good luck with that.
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give me my mom's money back you stupid blue angels
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I've only seen the Blue Angels once, the Thunderbirds many times.  I love it when the single jet does his flyover across the crowd.  You can feel the raw power rumble in your chest and the jet is only at a fraction of military power.  Sweeeeet.
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Im_Dooomed wrote:

I'd like for some of us try to fly formations like that in a round of BF2 maybe on Oman
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Extra Manuver at the T-bird show
https://img148.imageshack.us/img148/1967/saimage0610031mjy3.jpg

Close formation
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Low Flyin'
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I took my older daughter to her first air show last year here in San Antonio, she got to see the T-Birds do their thing.  I hope we will eventually get to see the BA here, but since this is USAF central I sort of doubt it.  Oddly, she was more impressed with a stunt pilot (I think he was called Bulldog), he did way better stunts than the T-Birds did, I mean coming accross the field upside down, then pulling back on the stick and going straight into a vertical climb is impressive.  But of course his plane probably isn't paid for by millions of tax payer dollars!
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A few more

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Ryan
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What's the name of those British pilots? I saw them on TV, they fly those red planes...
I forget.
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The Red Arrows
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why did u tell yer kid they would arrest him
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Why did he say that they would arrest him? Knowing the guys guarding it, they may.  It's called Duty. 

I've seen guys at the EAA airshow in Oshkosh that have been detained for crossing the barrier line to "get a better pic" of certain highly sensative areas of newly released aircraft over the years.  On three different occasions.  The first showing of the B1B, the B2 Stealth, and the F117 Nighthawk.  All were sesative technology at the time, and some dumbasses decided to jump the rope for a closer shot of the planes, others just wanted to feel the skin of the steath.
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howler_27 wrote:




Why did he say that they would arrest him? Knowing the guys guarding it, they may.  It's called Duty. 

I've seen guys at the EAA airshow in Oshkosh that have been detained for crossing the barrier line to "get a better pic" of certain highly sensative areas of newly released aircraft over the years.  On three different occasions.  The first showing of the B1B, the B2 Stealth, and the F117 Nighthawk.  All were sesative technology at the time, and some dumbasses decided to jump the rope for a closer shot of the planes, others just wanted to feel the skin of the steath.
He was joking with him, I cut the laughter off. My Dad knows a little something about Duty. He retired Master Chief after 25 years of service. The Blackbird was another aircraft we were not allowed to get close to. He is always messing with his grandchildren.. 

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I've heard storys about the black bird and it's thin skin.  Pretty odd that the fuel tanks seal when it gains  enough friction across the top of the wings, lol.  That's only what I've heard.  I've also heard that the outer wingtips are quite flexible to the touch. Supposidly, you can actually flex them with your hands and some arm pressure.

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