10 things to know about the US Navy Blue Angels

Blue Angels
U.S. Navy flight demonstration team, The Blue Angels perform during the 2010 Air Show at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on Saturday, May 15, 2010. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels are the star attraction of the Dayton Vectren Air Show this weekend.

Six Boeing F/A-18 Hornets will perform aerial acrobatics as little as 18 inches apart. The commanding officer or ‘boss’ is Cdr. Thoms Frosch from Clinton Township, Michigan.

You already know how amazing they look in the sky, but did you know:

  • 16 officers volunteer with the Blue Angels
  • The boss must have 3,000 tactical jet flight hours
  • Jet pilots must have 1,250 tactical jet flight hours
  • Demonstration pilots serve a two year stint with the team
  • The Blue Angels accelerate to 170 mph in a Dirty Roll takeoff
  • The team have flown more than 10 different aircraft in the team’s 65 year history
  • The original “Diamond” formation was made up of four aircraft and later expanded to six
  • Lt. Cdr. John Hiltz is making his second homecoming. He is a native of Fort Mitchell, Kentucky
  • The ‘Fat Albert’ C-130 is an unsung hero of the fleet. It is the team’s support aircraft.
  • Fat Albert first flew in demonstrations in 1975

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