The Blue Angels

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Every year, more than 11 million people attend air shows that feature the Blue Angels, who call Pensacola, Florida, their home. The Navy's Flight Demonstration Team, with its six gleaming blue-and-gold F/A-18 Hornets, never fails to thrill the crowds. Flying from heights of over 15,000 feet and dropping as low as 50 feet, the shows are nonstop, high-energy, heart-stopping excitement. The Blue Angels were established in 1946 by Adm. Chester W. Nimitz to "showcase the pride and professionalism of the United States Navy and Marine Corps by inspiring a culture of excellence and service to country through flight demonstrations and community outreach." The Blue Angels pilots and flight crew visit 50,000 people a year in schools, hospitals, and other community events, in addition to performing for those who attend their air shows.
ISBN: 9781467117470
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Florida
Series: Images of Modern America
Images: 162
Pages: 96
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Maureen Smith Keillor earned a bachelor of arts in history in 2011. This is her second book for Arcadia Publishing. Evelyn L. Wheeler has been a volunteer with the National Parks System at Fort Pickens, Pensacola, since 1987 and has been cataloging Civil War veterans' headstones at Fort Barrancas National Cemetery. Images have been drawn from a variety of sources, primarily from the Emil Buehler Library at the National Naval Aviation Museum.
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