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The Navy Blue Angels fly in formation during the 2014 Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Air Show, Oct. 3. The Blue Angels is comprised of 16 officers who serve voluntarily.

Photo by Cpl. Raquel Barraza

Triumphant return of Blue Angels to Miramar Air Show

6 Oct 2014 | Cpl. Raquel Barraza The Official United States Marine Corps Public Website

A Blue Angels’ formation of F/A-18 Hornets buzzes through the air as they make their return to the world’s largest military air show. 

The Blue Angels, with their precise aerodynamic maneuvers, captivated fans at the 2014 Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Air Show, Oct. 3-5. 

“It’s absolutely fantastic to be back,” said 1st Lt. Amber Lynn Daniel, Blue Angels public affairs representative. “The San Diego community has just embraced us they love us here and are very supportive of their entire military community.” 

Sixteen pilots volunteer to fly these birds to show audiences around the world the grandeur of Navy and Marine Corps aviation. 

“We are thrilled to be performing, but what matters to us is that we represent the fleet,” said Daniel. “We are representing the men and women that are serving 24/7 right now and we are thrilled to be here as representatives.” 

With more than 65 years of high-flying performances, the Blue Angels prove to be one of the air show’s most popular acts. 

“The Blues Angels are always awesome,” said Nancy Lemieux, air show spectator and Washington, D.C., native. “They weren’t flying last year, so it’s great to see them back flying again. We love the Angels.”

Along with the hornets, the Blue Angels fly a C-130, known as “Fat Albert,” which joined the team in 1970. Fat Albert is used for logistical purposes and is manned by an entire Marine crew. 

The Blue Angels left fans in awe as they soared seamlessly through the air and hope to leave a lasting memory for air show attendees.