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Blue Angels rehearse over Annapolis

ANNAPOLIS, Md. —The weather Tuesday was perfect for the Blue Angels’ return to Annapolis.

The Navy’s elite Blue Angels flew practice runs ahead of one of the most anticipated and exhilarating traditions of Commissioning Week at the U.S. Naval Academy.

“It’s really outstanding to just be able to come out here and see it without the large crowds, have a good time and there’s perfect weather,” said Quincy Green, of Clinton.

“This is pretty amazing. They are pretty talented, so it’s awesome. I’m here for my cousin’s graduation. Eric is graduating from the Navy, so we’re very proud of him,” said Tonia Heidinger, of South Dakota.

The U.S. Navy’s flight demonstration squadron team, which consists of six F/A-18 Hornets, rehearsed over the Severn River for four hours.

“It’s great. It’s awesome. Good time,” said Abby Klinger, of South Dakota.

“You can, like, hear them, and you can’t really see them at first, but you can hear them,” said Tommy Kuzma, of Frederick.

Crowds were exhilarated by the ear-splitting, jaw-dropping, high-speed precision maneuvers.

“It’s amazing. It’s an adrenaline rush. You get to be really, really close to something that’s 100 times bigger than you are. So it’s an amazing show,” said Aja Green, of Clinton.

The Blue Angels’ official performance is scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday.