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Nothing beats the precise art of America’s Blue Angels and Thunderbirds

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The pilots of America’s military demonstration teams, the US Navy Blue Angels and the US Air Force Thunderbirds, are the some of the world’s best, performing death-defying tricks in fighter jets.

While the individual skills of
each pilot is admirable, what sets the pilots of the Blue Angels and
Thunderbirds apart is their ability to work as a synchronized team.

Here are 25 of our favorite action shots showing this beautiful coordination.

The Thunderbirds Delta Formation flies over Daytona International Speedway during a practice flight for the Daytona 500.

The Blue Angels demonstrate choreographed flight skills during the annual Joint Service Open House.

Two US Air Force Thunderbird F-16 Fighting
Falcons execute a precision acrobat technique for a crowd at MacDill Air
Force Base, Florida.

The Blue Angels demonstrate choreographed flight skills during the annual Joint Service Open House.

The Thunderbirds perform the Five-Card Loop during Thunder Over Solano open house at Travis Air Force Base, California.

The Blue Angels fly in formation above Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans.

The Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team flies
in formation during an open house and air show at Joint Base
McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey.

The Blue Angels perform the Diamond Low Break
Cross maneuver at the Randolph Air Force Base Air Show during San
Antonio Navy Week.

The Thunderbirds perform a maneuver for the
audience attending the Team Andersen Air Show ’09 “Air Power over the
Marianas” on Andersen Air Force Base in Guam.

The Blue Angels, demonstrate choreographed flight skills during the annual Joint Service Open House.

Four US Air Force Thunderbird F-16 Fighting Falcons zoom by the visitors of the Lightning in the Desert Air Show March 16, 2014.

The Blue Angels lead the diamond in the Echelon
Parade during a performance at the Rhode Island National Guard Open
House Air Show.

F-16 Fighting Falcons with the U.S. Air Force
Aerial Demonstration Squadron Thunderbirds perform a 5-ship formation
after refueling from a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 92nd Air
Refueling Wing over Glacier National Park, Montana.

The Blue Angels, perform a flyover during a graduation and commissioning ceremony for the Naval Academy Class of 2015.

The Thunderbirds fly the Delta formation May 28, 2014, over Falcon Stadium during the US Air Force Academy graduation ceremony.

Cmdr. Dave Koss, flight leader of the US Navy
flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, calls for smoke before
take off at the Sun ‘N Fun Air Show as part of the 2011 show season.

The US Air Force Thunderbirds precision-flying
demonstration team flies in formation April 13, 2014, during the Thunder
and Lightning over Arizona event at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.

The US Air Force Thunderbirds precision-flying
demonstration team flies in formation April 13, 2014, during the Thunder
and Lightning over Arizona event at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.

F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft with the
Thunderbirds, the US Air Force aerial demonstration team, perform during
the 2011 Legacy of Liberty Air Show on Oct. 8, 2011, at Holloman Air
Force Base, N.M.

The Blue Angels perform a Diamond 360 at the Rhode Island National Guard Open House Air Show.

The Thunderbirds Delta formation flies by One World Trade Center during a photo chase mission in New York City May 22, 2015.

Pilots assigned to the US Navy flight
demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, join their F/A-18 Hornet strike
fighter over the Gulf of Mexico into the diamond formation while
approaching Naval Air Station Pensacola.

Maj. Jason Curtis, Thunderbird 5, and Capt. Nicholas Eberling, Thunderbird 6, fly back from Minden, Nev., Aug. 25, 2015.

The Blue Angels, perform a breakaway maneuver at
the Fargo AirSho during Fargo Navy Week, one of 21 Navy weeks across
America in 2011.

The Thunderbirds perform the ‘Delta Opener’ during the Wings and Waves Air Show Oct. 12, 2014, at Daytona Beach, Fla.

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