MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. – The buzz of the F/A-18 Hornets overpower the loud cheers from spectators as the Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron performs jaw-dropping aerobatic maneuvers.
Eyes were glued and heads turned to follow the Navy Blue Angels soar through the sky during the 2012 Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Air Show, Oct. 12 through 14.
"We're really excited to be back at MCAS Miramar," said Capt. Benjamin Blanton, Blue Angels C-130 Hercules pilot. "This is one of our premiere military show sites throughout the year. It's great to be performing in front of Marines, the community and in front of their families."
The Blue Angels is comprised of 16 officers who serve voluntarily. With 65 years of aerobatic flying, the mission of the Blue Angels is to enhance Navy recruiting and credibly represent Navy and Marine Corps aviation.
Katie Actkinson, an air show attendee, said her favorite part of the air show is watching the Navy Blue Angels because of their precision and refined movement.
The Blue Angels also enjoy the show as much as the audience, they just experience a different perspective.
"The most rewarding part is to interact with people," said Blanton. "Through our interactions, we can see how excited they are, how proud they are to be American, and how proud they are in their service members."
The Blue Angels not only fly F/A-18s, but a C-130, known as “Fat Albert.” Fat Albert joined the team in 1970 and is made up of eight Marines who operate the aircraft.
"When it came to in 1970, it was right about the time when the Fat Albert cartoon was popular." said Blanton. "The Fat Albert name was because some of the kids thought the belly looked like the cartoon."
The Blue Angles performed their famous aerial demonstration during the air show, leaving spectators with an entertained.
"We demonstrate pride, professionalism and teamwork - the embodiment of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, and we take it to the American public," said Blanton.
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