The United States Navy Blue Angels are back in Seattle for Seafair 2014!
After having to miss last year for budget constraints, the Navy’s elite aerial acrobatic team returned to the annual maritime celebration. If you have never seen the Blue Angels before, they are amazing! Watch the video and enjoy!
“A total of 16 officers voluntarily serve with the Blue Angels. Each year the team typically selects three tactical (fighter or fighter/attack) jet pilots, two support officers and one Marine Corps C-130 pilot to relieve departing members.
The Chief of Naval Air Training selects the “Boss,” the Blue Angels Commanding Officer. Boss must have at least 3,000 tactical jet flight-hours and have commanded a tactical jet squadron. The Commanding Officer flies the Number 1 jet.
Career-oriented Navy and Marine Corps jet pilots with an aircraft carrier qualification and a minimum of 1,250 tactical jet flight-hours are eligible for positions flying jets Number 2 through 7. The Events Coordinator, Number 8, is a Naval Flight Officer (NFO) or a Weapons Systems Officer (WSO) who meets the same criteria as Numbers 2 through 7. The Marine Corps pilots flying the C-130T Hercules aircraft, affectionately known as “Fat Albert,” must be aircraft commander qualified with at least 1,200 flight hours.
Today, the squadron flies the Boeing F/A-18 Hornet and the Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules.” -courtesy U.S. Navy Blue Angels