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Nausea-inducing video shows what it’s like to fly upside down in supersonic combat jet

The U.S. Navy posted this video to its Facebook page on May 7, 2019 encouraging people to find out when the Blue Angels would be in their town.

The U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels posted a video this week recorded from inside one of the team’s $21 million combat jets, and it’s realistic enough many viewers are complaining of nausea and dizziness.

“Ever wonder what flying for the U.S. Navy Blue Angels would feel like? Well here you go!” wrote the Navy on Facebook.

In the one-minute clip, a Blue Angel pilot, who was not identified, starts right side up, pivots upside down, then spins as the rest of the Blue Angles glide around him, some just 18 inches away.

It was filmed recently over Fort Lauderdale Beach, Florida, with a 360-degree camera mounted in the cockpit of an F/A-18 Super Hornet, according to the Angels, which serve as the Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron. The team is based at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida.

More than 1.5 million people have watched the video since it was posted May 7 and nearly 3,000 have commented, many claiming they got dizzy and even air sick.

“I almost puked and I was watching this short clip while laying on the couch! Awesome!” wrote Dan Wernery on the Blue Angels Facebook page.

“Wow….almost lost my lunch just watching,” posted John Stark.

“Now I can feel air sick and sea sick at the same time!” wrote Phylis Williams.

“Gives me the chills,” wrote Dennis Blakeley.

“I think I just peed myself. Yup, I did,” posted John C. Barnhardt.

“That was ABSOLUTLY mind blowing,” said James H. Miller Jr.

“I got dizzy just watching the video!” wrote Ron and Judy Leschewski.

For details on the Blue Angels and their demonstration schedule, visit www.BlueAngels.Navy.mil.

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Video Shows How Tight a Blue Angels Formation Is




video shows how tight a Blue Angels formation is Terrifying video footage uploaded to Facebook shows up-close just how tight a Blue Angels formation is.



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A look at our favorite photos, video of the Blue Angels’ Fat Albert over the years

The Blue Angels announced Wednesday that, after 17 years and 30,000 flight hours, Fat Albert is officially retiring.

“We tried to give our audiences a few more demonstrations this season,” Gardner said.

The decision was made to send the aircraft to Fort Worth, Texas, for use in ground-based training after it accumulated more than 30,000 flight hours.

Replacement: Fat Albert program will continue with replacement plane, likely not in time for beach show

Gardner said the team worked closely with engineers to safely squeeze as many flight hours out of the aging aircraft as possible.

Below is a look back at the best moments the News Journal captured throughout the years.

PHOTOS


Fat Albert and a single Blue Angel jet fly over Palafox. Brandon Girod


Video: Fat Albert takes flight at Blue Angels Homecoming show Pensacola News Journal


The signature Fat Albert banks between some homes on Pensacola Beach to kick off the Blue Angels portion of the show. Mike Tylavsky/Submitted

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Blue Angels Dreams 50th Anniversary Video




http://bit.ly/2V0Mf5a Blue Angel Video of both Cockpit and Maneuver sequences of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels…with music of Van Halen “Dreams”



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VIDEO: Ready Break! View From Lead Blue Angel

CHERRY POINT, N.C. (May 6, 2018) The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, performs at the Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point Air Show 2018. The Blue Angels are scheduled to perform more than 60 demonstrations at more than 30 locations across the U.S. and Canada in 2018. (U.S. Navy video by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Daniel M. Young/Released) 180506-N-NI474-2001

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Video Shows Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornet Spewing Fire After Bird Strike

The pilot was able to make an emergency landing, but the mishap could easily have been far worse.

Maintenance crews from the Blue Angels are still assessing the damage to one of the U.S. Navy aerial demonstration team’s F/A-18 Hornets after a bird got sucked through one of its engines during a recent show. With the unit’s lead solo #5 jet flying low, a spectator at the Vero Beach Air Show was able to capture the dramatic moment at which the mishap occurred, which resulted in flames streaking out behind the aircraft.

The incident occurred on April 21, 2018 at the Vero Beach Air Show in Florida. Catherine Caddell, the show’s director of marketing, initially told local reports that the accident had caused an estimated $1 million in damage, which would make it a Class B mishap according to the U.S. military’s official definitions. U.S. Navy Lieutenant David Gardner, a spokesman for the Blue Angels, later said that the accident was under investigation, that there was no official cost estimate, and that it was unclear when the jet would be flyable again. The pilot was able to make an emergency landing and did not suffer any injuries.

According to a recent investigation by Military Times, between 2011 and 2017, “wildlife strikes” accounted for approximately 8 percent of all Class A, B, and C mishaps. The nearly 520 incidents resulted in around $182 million worth of damage in total.

The accident comes as the U.S. military as a whole is seeing a worrisome spike in aviation mishaps, including a spate of incidents earlier in April 2018 that killed seven aviators in the space of just 96 hours. In 2016, the Blue Angels themselves suffered a deadly crash during a practice session that claimed the life of Captain Jeff Kuss who was flying the #6 jet at the time.

This latest incident could easily have been much worse. Slow, high-alpha type maneuvers, such as those practiced by the Blue Angels solos, can leave pilots particularly vulnerable to a catastrophic loss of power. At low altitudes and at the bottom edge of the aircraft’s performance envelope, there is little opportunity to try and recover from such an incident.

In 2014, a Canadian pilot, Brian Bews, in a CF-18A+ Hornet experienced just such a situation during a practice run for an air show at the county airport in Lethbridge, Alberta. With no power in one engine and flying less than 300 feet off the ground, Bews ejected to safety as his fighter jet rolled over and slammed into the ground in a ball of flames, as seen in the video below.

Thankfully, the bird ingestion happened while Blue Angel #5 wasn’t in such a vulnerable state. It’s a relatively welcome report in what has already been a terrible year for U.S. military aviation. At the time of writing yet another crash has occurred just today, this time involving an F-16 from Luke Air Force Base in Arizona.

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VIDEO: Blue Angels fly over downtown Nashville

The Blue Angels are back in Tennessee for the first time in three years and pilots put on quite the show in downtown Nashville.

Blue Angles flew over Music City Thursday morning.

The iconic U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron is in middle Tennessee for the Great Tennessee Air Show.

It’s the first time the Blue Angels have returned to Smyrna since a deadly crash three years ago claimed the life of Capt. Jeff Kuss. Kuss was killed in a training accident the day before the show started in 2016. He was 32 and left behind a wife and children. Now, a memorial in Lee Victory Park of a Blue Angel F/A-18C Hornet similar to the jet flown by Kuss honors his memory.

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Video: U.S. Navy Blue Angels perform at Joint Base Andrews air show 2019

For the first time in over a decade, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, flying their F/A-18 Hornets, performed at the same air show with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds at the Joint Base Andrews Air & Space Expo 2019 in Camp Springs, Maryland, held May 11 and 12.

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.

The team is stationed at Forrest Sherman Field, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., during the show season. The squadron spends January through March training at Naval Air Facility El Centro, California.

The Joint Base Andrews show is one of 33 the Blue Angels will perform in during 2019.

 

The U.S. Air Force Air Combat Command A-10C Thunderbolt II “Warthog” demonstration team was one of the aircraft that took to the skies to demonstrate the close air support capabilities of the A-10.

Many aircraft were on display, from the B-52 bomber to the F-15 Eagle, MV-22 Osprey, MQ-9 Reaper, B-17 Flying Fortress, C-47 and AC-130W Stinger II gunship.

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