They are currently using the F/A-18 Hornet, which had been in service with the US Navy, but had logged too many hours to continue as carrier-based aircraft.
Once handed over to the Blue Angels, several modifications are made to the aircraft, including the removal of the nose cannon. It is replaced with a smoke-fluid system. Changes are also made to the control system, to make it more suitable for precision flying.
The jets are also given their new blue paint scheme.
However, despite their modifications, they can return to duty on an aircraft carrier within 72 hours.
The job of piloting in the Blue Angels does not come without risk however, as throughout its 69-year history, 26 pilots have been killed in air show or training accidents.