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
United States Navy's flight demonstration squadron formed in
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.
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.