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"The immense feeling of pride I have shaking my pilots hand before they take off, the professionalism of my peers, and the constant pursuit of excellence at this command are all reasons that I'm truly glad to be here." AO2 Joshua Labbe, Rio Rancho, New Mexico. Joshua is an Aviation Ordnanceman assigned to the crew chiefs work center. The crew chief work center is composed of Navy and Marine Corps maintenance technicians in various aviation specialties. Two crew chiefs are assigned to each pilot, and they are responsible for performing engine turn-up operations and flight controls/instruments checks, as well as daily turn-around and preflight inspections of the aircraft. Each crew chief goes through extensive training to get a working knowledge of the aircraft and its systems.
Welcome to the 2020 Blue Angels season! Since 1946, we have been privileged to represent the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps to audiences throughout the U.S. and abroad as we showcase the excitement and power of naval aviation. Today, in our 74th year, we're confident that the culture of excellence underscoring every Blue Angels performance will motivate our fans to strive for greatness and follow their dreams!
Throughout naval aviation's rich 108-year history , countless aviators have written and rewritten the laws of our craft. Through their contributions to flight, these innovative men and women established the foundation upon which our flight demonstration exists today. With each performance, the Blue Angels strive to embody the commitment to excellence and passion our predecessors had for naval aviation. Our mission is forged around the same ideals embraced by those who have gone before us, and it is upon their shoulders that this team stands today.
Our team consists of 130 active-duty Sailors and Marines, each one bringing experience and expertise from their service in the Navy and Marine Corps fleets. They are a representative sample of more than 800,000 active-duty, reserve and civilian men and women who serve throughout the Navy and Marine Corps, and upon completing their Blue Angels tours they will return to the fleet to continue operational service. Every member understands and embraces the importance of teamwork and strives daily to ensure our flight demonstration exemplifies the pride, professionalism and precision found in every facet of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.
It is an honor to perform for you and humbling to represent our fellow service members. We sincerely hope that whether this is the first, second or 74th time you have seen us fly, the sight and sound of a Blue Angels performance delivers pride and exhilaration, an appreciation for teamwork and precision, and the inspiration to achieve excellence!
Ladies and gentlemen, it's my pleasure to present your 2020 Blue Angels!MEET THE TEAM
The team is stationed at Forrest Sherman Field, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, during the air show season. The squadron spends January through March training at Naval Air Facility El Centro, California.
Around the country, the team serves as ambassadors of goodwill by bringing naval aviation to men, women, and children across America.
The precision flight demonstrations showcase the professionalism, excellence and teamwork found in all Navy and Marine Corps units, as well as provide the thrill and magic of flight to people each year.
Since its inception, the team has flown for more than 450 million spectators worldwide.
One of the most rewarding aspects of being a Blue Angel is the opportunity to spend time visiting hospitals, schools, and community functions in each air show city.
At schools across the country, the team takes time to interact with students and discuss the benefits of military service and the excitement of naval aviation across the country, hoping to inspire others to pursue their own dreams.
The hope is that tomorrow's leaders will be encouraged and motivated by what they see in the performance, and all the men and women that make up the Blue Angels.
The mission of the Blue Angels is to showcase the teamwork and professionalism of the United States Navy and Marine Corps through flight demonstrations and community outreach while inspiring a culture of excellence and service to country.SHOW SCHEDULE
The Blue Angels proudly represent all the Sailors and Marines who proudly serve this great nation across the globe.