The Blue Angels our the home town heroes in these parts. Old Blue Angel A-4 Phantoms greet visitors at a rest area just outside of town and at the airport. Pensacola has a minor league baseball team with a beautiful stadium, they have a minor league hockey team, and they have a major league fly team sporting the Blue and Gold!
Yes I compared them to pro athletes. The hours they craft their skills in the aircraft and the physical training they undertake in my opinion rivals that of a pro athlete. They do their mission with Pride. What is their mission?
"The mission of the United States Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron is to showcase the pride and professionalism of the United States Navy and Marine Corps by inspiring a culture of excellence and service to country through flight demonstrations and community outreach." That is from their site.
I might be a bit biased. I see them when I'm fishing..
I've seen them flyover my house and fly around when I am driving to work. I've seen them post about a far away show and see them return hours later.
I'll stand beside them..
The Navy, the Marines, the community, and the fans mourn the lost. The Marines fly one of the planes it is tradition. Fitting they fly one. "The few, the proud, The Marines." Sadly he flew my daughters favorite plane, the number 6 plane. I think the article I link talks about the pilot the world lost. Not saying anything on my blog about the name due to respect. Farewell Number 6! That pilot lived the mission to the end.