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Here are 10 amazing photos of the US Navy Blue Angels

The U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, diamond pilots fly in a tight formation during the 2019 Naval Air Station (NAS) Lemoore Central Valley Air Show, Sept. 22, 2019.The team is scheduled to conduct 61 flight demonstrations at 32 locations across the United States and Canada in 2019. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jasmine Suarez)
June 03, 2020

In 1946, the United States Navy formed the Blue Angels flight demonstration squadron. The squadron is the world’s second-oldest formal aerobatic team behind the French Patrouille de France formed in 1931. The Blue Angels squadron is made up of six F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets piloted by five Navy demonstration pilots and one Marine Corps demonstration pilot. A total of 16 officers serve on the team at one time, and each year, six new pilots are chosen to replace departing pilots.

Below are ten amazing photos of the Blue Angels in action:

While conducting spring training for the 2020 show season, Cmdr. Brian Kesselring flies inverted over Naval Air Station Pensacola. Kesselring is the commanding officer and flight leader of the Blue Angels.

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Cody Hendrix)

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In this photo, the Blue Angels are approaching the center point during a training flight at Naval Air Station Pensacola.

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Cody Hendrix)

Maj. Frank Zastoupil performs the Diamond 360 maneuver at Naval Air Station Pensacola. Zastoupil is left-wing for the Blue Angels.

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Cody Hendrix)

Maj.  Zastoupil is seen again performing a different maneuver while on his training flight at Naval Air Station Pensacola.

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Cody Hendrix/Released)

In July 2015, Blue Angels pilots flew their F/A-18 Hornets in the Delta formation over Mt. St. Helens, Washington, for a scheduled team photoshoot.

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Michael Lindsey/Released)

At the Lemoore Central Valley Air Show, on Sept. 22, 2019, the Blue Angels diamond pilots flew in a tight diamond formation, maintaining an incredible 18-inch wing tip to canopy separation.

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jasmine Suarez)

Back in 2012, near Altus Air Force Base, Okla., the Blue Angels conducted an aerial refueling evolution with a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 97th Air Mobility Wing.

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Andrew Johnson)

The Blue Angels perform the echelon parade maneuver during a training flight at Naval Air Station Pensacola.

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Cody Hendrix/Released)

At Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth in April 2014, Diamond pilots assigned to the Blue Angels, performed the barrel role break maneuver during the Fort Worth Air Power Expo.

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jonathan Vargas/Released)

Lt. Cmdr. Brandon Hempler and Lt. Cmdr. Cary Rickoff, assigned to the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, performed the “knife edge pass” maneuver during a practice demonstration at Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola.

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Cody Hendrix)