Best of the Best: Navy's Blue Angels at Lake Pontchartrain




2-year old Evie takes it all in as the Navy's Blue Angels practice their spectacular maneuvers over Lake Pontchartrain.  Perfect weather drew spectators out to the seawall for a preview.
Photos by: NOLAEast.com
April 21, 2012


F/A-18 Hornets in tight diamond formation maintaining 18-inch wing tip to canopy separation.


Although inclement weather cancelled the official air show performances by the Blue Angels, two days of practice runs brought thrills to those that were drawn in amazement to the lake by the roar and thunder of the Navy's F/A-18 Hornets. While rain and wind prevented staging of the air show, a host of activities were unscathed on the riverfront, all part of NOLA Navy Week.  Visitors are invited to tour any of the eight ships moored along the river front. From military assault vessels to historical tall ships, there is plenty to learn and appreciate about this collective. Over 3000 sailors accompanied the procession into New Orleans.  Commemorating the War of 1812, the bicentennial celebration continues through 2015 in other cities.  New Orleans was selected as the inaugural city for the celebration.  For more information on NOLA Week go to: NOLANavyWeek.com


3 1/2 year old Marley excitedly demonstrates one of the Blue Angles' flight maneuvers.

The Blue Angels is the United States Navy's flight demonstration squadron formed in 1946,[1] and is currently the second oldest formal flying aerobatic team in the world, after the French Patrouille de France formed in 1931. The squadron's six demonstration pilots currently fly the F/A-18 Hornet 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 year. The Blue Angels also visit more than 50,000 people a show season (March through November) in schools and hospitals.[2] Since 1946, the Blue Angels have flown for more than 260 million spectators. The mission of the Blue Angels is to enhance Navy and Marine Corps recruiting, and credibly represent Navy and Marine Corps aviation to the United States and its Armed Forces to America and other countries.


















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