The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will return to Ocean City, Maryland on June 15-16, 2019 to headline the OC Air Show. The 12th annual event will once again kick off Ocean City’s summer season.
A Blue Angels performance exhibits the flying skills that all naval aviators possess. The team’s C-130, also known as Fat Albert, begins each demonstration. Fat Albert’s 10 minutes performance showcases the aircraft’s maximum-performance capabilities. Following Fat Albert’s performance the team’s six F/A-18 Hornet’s soar overhead. The Blue Angel delta formation enters from behind the crowd and announce themselves with the “sound of freedom!”
The Blue Angel performance showcases the graceful aerobatic maneuvers of the four-jet diamond formation together with the fast-paced, and high-performance maneuvers of two Solo pilots. Finally, the conclusion of the performance brings together all six F-18s when the solos join the diamond and perform in the six-jet Delta formation. The wing tips of the Blue Angel jets are less than 3 feet apart in the diamond and delta formations.
The Blue Angels are officially called the United States Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron. Their mission is to showcase the pride and professionalism of the United States Navy and Marine Corps. Their goal is to inspire a culture of excellence and service to country through their flight performances and community outreach.
The Blue Angels are based at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida. The Blue Angels spend January through March training at Naval Air Facility El Centro, California for their winter training preparing for the show season.