Blue Angels own the sky!

For the first time in more than 12 years, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels will be headlining the Fort Lauderdale Air Show this weekend!


The beloved Blue Angels rehearsed their famous aerial maneuvers in the sky above the Atlantic Ocean on Friday.

Prior to each year’s event, the pilots rehearse their moves, and I was there to catch the action! Watching the jets reach speeds up to MACH 1 as they flew in amazing formations evokes indescribable joy and pride for our country. I had goosebumps the entire time.

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A Blue Angels’ flight demonstration exhibits the skills possessed by all naval aviators, according to the show’s website.

“The Blue Angels’ C-130, affectionately known as Fat Albert, begins each demonstration by showcasing its maximum-performance capabilities during a ten-minute performance. Following Fat Albert’s performance the six Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornet’s will soar overhead, entering from behind the crowd and announcing themselves with the ‘sound of freedom!’  You’ll see the graceful aerobatic maneuvers of the four-jet diamond formation, in concert with the fast-paced, high-performance maneuvers of two Solo pilots followed by the pinnacle of precision flying, when the solos join the diamond and perform in the six-jet Delta Formation.”

Blue Angels in formation over Ft. Lauderdale.

Anyone can view the show for free from the central beach area along Sunrise Boulevard and State Road A1A. A1A north of Sunrise Blvd to 14th Court will be closed to traffic.

A much-anticipated event in South Florida, the Ft. Lauderdale Air Show will also feature live performances by the U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor Demo Team, the SOCOM Para-Commandos ( the only joint service parachute demonstration team), F-16 Fighting Falcons, the USAF Heritage Flight, and more, according to the show’s website.

VIP seats are  available and cost $15 -$29.75 for both days, while Flight Line Club VIP passes (Drop Zone seats plus VIP parking, lunch and access to beer) cost $179. Go to

Here’s another preview video of the SOCOM Para-Commandos rehearsing their jumping skills on the day before the show:

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The view from the inter-coastal is nearly as exciting as the show on the beach. I was able to capture the following footage from my own backyard.

©️Jill Cueni-Cohen