Did you know that these pilots are considered to be some of the best in the world? They have an interesting history that goes back to World War II.
Keep reading to learn some cool facts about the Blue Angels - number 5 is insane. Make sure you watch the video at the end of footage from inside a cockpit!
1. They date back to the 1940's.
The Blue Angels are the 2nd oldest flying acrobatic team in the world. They performed their 1st demonstration in 1946, less than one year after WWII ended.
2. The French inspired the U.S. Navy to create the Blue Angels.
After the war was over, Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Chester Nimitz wanted to keep people interested in Naval aviation. He was inspired by the French Air Force's acrobatic team who performed daring flight demonstrations.
In an effort to boost Navy morale, show off Navy & Marine excellence, and get more funding from the government, the Blue Angels were born.
3. They weren't originally called the Blue Angels.
The Blue Angels original name was note quite as fun: Navy Flight Exhibition Team. The name "Blue Angels" was inspired by a pilot who was reading the New Yorker magazine and saw an article about a night club in New York City called "Blue Angel".
4. They are super fast.
Blue Angel jets are capable of flying at speeds of up to 1400 mph! During air shows they typically fly about 700 mph. To put that into perspective- the speed of sound is a little over 760 mph...now that is a serious need for speed!
5. Blue Angel pilots don't wear G-Suits.
G-Suits are flying suits worn by pilots and astronauts. They basically make sure that the individual does not black out from the high acceleration forces. Blue Angel pilots do not wear these suits; because, the inflation and deflation of the suit would get in the way of them controlling the planes. To make sure they don't black out, these highly trained pilots practice specific extreme muscle tension.
6. Blue Angels get ridiculously close.
Like death defyingly close. In fact, they get within 18 inches of each other at certain points during performances! Hence why they cannot afford even the slightest movement from G-Suits inflating and deflating. Now that's some real trust in your teammates...am I right?!
7. They haven't always been those colors.
This iconic blue and gold color scheme wasn't always the color scheme for the Blue Angels. Originally, they were dark navy blue and gold, but the blue was brightened to make them more eye catching.
Fun Fact: my grandfather, Lieutenant Commander Harold Fehrs, taught flying to a young naval officer who later became one of the very first Blue Angel pilots!
National Museum of the U.S. Navy & the U.S. Air National Guard via Flickr
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