MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. -- The U.S. Navy Blue Angels performed during the 2015 MCAS Miramar Air Show at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California, Oct. 2 to 4.
Sixteen pilots volunteer to fly in the formation of F/A-18 Hornets to show audiences around the world the capabilities of the armed forces’ aircraft.
“What’s wonderful about my job is I get to see every demographic, every inch of this country and it’s a great opportunity,” said Capt. Katie Higgins, a U.S. Navy Blue Angels’ pilot.
The Blue Angels' pilots fly the F/A-18 in more than 70 shows at 34 locations throughout the United States each year. They still employ many of the same practices and techniques used in their aerial displays back in 1946.
“The Blue Angels were my favorite act,” said Britney Finley, a spectator at the air show and a Phoenix native. “This was my air show. I never knew they could get that or do so many cool tricks. I was really amazed at the talent of the Blue Angels.”
Along with the F/A-18, the Blue Angels fly a C-130T Hercules, known as “Fat Albert.” Fat Albert is manned by an entirely Marine crew.
The Blue Angels left fans in awe they soared through the skies of MCAS Miramar.
“I get to travel around the country, we’re on the road 300 days out of the year, and I get thanked for my service but in reality the men and women who support us also play a vital role and it’s the least I can do to put on a show or give them a ride to be able to pay them back a little bit, it’s great and it’s an awesome feeling,” said Higgins.