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Blue Angel Three Tweets Selfie With Naval Academy Stadium — From The Air

May 22, 2014

On May 20, the Blue Angels were at the Naval Academy as part of Commissioning Week.

Prior to the event, the Navy released a statement:

The Blue Angels are the U.S. Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron and fly a team of six Navy F/A-18 Hornets and a C-130 Hercules, affectionately known as “Fat Albert.” The team will perform a variety of high-speed, aerobatic, precision-maneuvers during their approximately two-hour long, narrated air show at the Naval Academy.

This year, four Naval Academy graduates are part of the Blue Angels team.  Cmdr. Thomas Frosch, Class of 1992, in the No. 1 jet, is the team’s Commanding Officer; Lt. Cmdr. David Tickle, Class of 2002, in the No. 5 jet, is the lead solo pilot; Lt. Mark Tedrow, Class of 2004, in the No. 6 jet, is the opposing solo pilot; and LCDR Mark DeBuse, Class of 1996, is the team’s flight surgeon.

The Blue Angels flight demonstration exhibits the choreographed refinements of Navy-trained flying skills.  The show opens with the Blue Angels C-130 aircraft displaying the tactical flight characteristics of the aircraft.  Then the audience will see the graceful maneuvers of the four-jet Diamond formation, in concert with the fast-paced, high-performance maneuvers of the two Solo pilots.  The team concludes the demonstration with a performance of maneuvers together in the well-known Delta formation.