3. Blue Angels was created to help boost Naval morale, demonstrate Naval air power, and to spark interest in Naval aviation.
4. The Blue Angels recieved their name in 1946 while planning a show in New York. The pilots saw the city’s famous Blue Angel night club in the New Yorker Magazine, and the name stuck.
5. Their very first show was on June 5, 1946 at Craig Field in Jacksonville, Florida.
6. The team of 6 pilots performs an average of 70 shows a year in over 30 different locations.
7. The 6 jets fly incredibly close to each other at many points in the show. During a maneuver called “Diamond 360″, the jets fly 18” away from each other.
8. Their fastest and lowest formation is the “Sneak Pass”, which involves a solo pilot going 50 feet above the ground and going 700 mph!
9. That may seem pretty fast, but that’s nothing compared to the 1400 miles per hour the $21 million plane can go. That’s almost twice the speed of sound!
10. All of the Blue Angel jets are carrier capable, and can be combat ready in less than 72 hours.