Blue Angels descend on Jacksonville Beach


Thousands flocked to Jacksonville Beach over the weekend for the annual Sea and Sky Spectacular, featuring two performances of aerial stunts and demonstrations by the Blue Angels on Saturday and Sunday.

A total of 17 officers voluntarily serve with the Blue Angels, according to the group’s website. Each year the team typically selects three tactical jet pilots, two support officers and one Marine Corps C-130 pilot to relieve departing members. 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.

An estimated 11 million spectators view the squadron during air shows each year. Additionally, the Blue Angels visit more than 50,000 people a show season (March through November) during school and hospital visits.