making it the second oldest formal flying aerobatic team (under the same name) in the world, after the French Patrouille de France formed in 1931. The Blue Angels' six demonstration pilots fly the F/A-18 Hornet, typically in more than 70 shows at 34 locations throughout the United States each year, where they still employ many of the same practices and techniques used in their aerial displays in 1946. An estimated 11 million spectators view the squadron during air shows each full year. The Blue Angels also visit more than 50,000 people in a standard show season (March through November) in schools and hospitals. Since 1946, the Blue Angels have flown for more than 260 million spectators.
The airshow started by the flying of "Fat Albert" the team C130, the plane used to do JATO takeoff's I remember one at Dobbins in the early 80's but they quit because the supply of rockets were dwindling. It was impressive to see the C130 do flyby and other things then the "combat landing"
Here are pics that I took of the planes....my phone takes better pics than I thought it would.
Cuban Eights then cross in the center of the performance area.
The planes then parked for autographs and pictures
trainer aircraft derived from the Beechcraft Model 35 Bonanza. The earlier versions of the T-34, dating from around the late 1940s to the 1950s, were piston-engined. These were eventually succeeded by the upgraded T-34C Turbo-Mentor, powered by a turboprop engine. The T-34 remains in service more than six decades after it was first designed.
And they also had a P63
United States fighter aircraft developed by Bell in World War II from the Bell P-39 Airacobra in an attempt to correct that aircraft's deficiencies. Although the aircraft was not accepted for combat use by the United States Army Air Forces, it was successfully adopted by the Soviet Air Force.
I will attend the airshow next year, it most likely will not be as big for the Great Georgia Airshow to get the Blue Angels was unusual for the event.