2014: The Return of the US Navy Blue Angels

With the relaxing of the budget, 2014 has seen a limited return to the US air show circuit of military jets including the US Navy Blue Angels display team who fly the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet. I am happy to say I got to see the Blues once again at the Sun ‘n Fun air show in Lakeland, Florida this year.

US Navy Blue Angels Lakeland FL Sun N Fun Air Show
The Blue Angels are ready to hit the skies

Naturally the display was kicked off by a spirited Fat Albert flyby. Fat Albert is a Lockheed C-130 Hercules flown by the US Marine Corps which acts as the support aircraft for the team and always puts on a special show of its own.

US Navy Blue Angels Sun n Fun Air Show Lakeland FL 2014 Fat Albert
Here comes Fat Albert
C-130 Fat Albert US Navy Blue Angels
Hey, hey, hey!

Filling the sky with jet noise, soaring far and wide then close and tight, the Blue Angels put on an impressive show! The team kept the crowd enthralled from the moment they took off. As always their display was one to remember!

US Navy Blue Angels Sun n fun air show 2014
So close
US Navy Blue Angels Sun n fun air show 2014
These guys are incredibly skilled and a formation like this shows it so well
US Navy Blue Angels Sun n fun air show 2014
Go Blues!
US Navy Blue Angels Sun n fun air show 2014
US Navy Blue Angels
US Navy Blue Angels Sun n Fun FL 2014
Precision flying
US Navy Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornet
The McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet is the steed of the Angels
US Navy Blue Angels inverted
Letting it all hang out (even whilst inverted)!
Landing gear and arrestor hook down US Navy Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornet
Landing gear and arrestor hook down
US Navy Blue Angels Sun n Fun Air Show 2014
The Blues fill the sky
US Navy Blue Angels Sun n Fun Air Show 2014
Break!
US Navy Blue Angels Sun n Fun Air Show 2014
The full team reach for the skies

US Navy Blue Angels 2014 FA-18 (5)

US Navy Blue Angels Sun n Fun Air Show 2014
Great display!
US Navy Blue Angels Lakeland FL Sun N Fun Air Show 2014
The Angels have landed

It’s hard to beat the noise and speed of the fast jets and the Blue Angels are one of the best teams you will see in the world. The 12 month hiatus wasn’t much fun for anyone (the team included) but what a blast it was to see them finally fly again!

US Navy Blue Angels Pilots
US Navy Blue Angels – Thankyou Gentleman
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