UPDATE @ 8:20 p.m. (June 21):
An autograph session is canceled with members of the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels team Friday morning at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. The cancellation was necessary so the team can practice after recent heavy rains grounded their jets, according to a museum spokeswoman.
For the first time since 2014, the Navy’s Blue Angels are set to perform at the Vectren Dayton Air Show on June 23-24 at Dayton International Airport.
Here are five things to know about the team:
PLANES: The team flies six blue and yellow F/A-18 Hornet jets as close as 18 inches apart in aerial formations. The team has flown the Hornet jets for three decades, the longest of any aircraft in its 72-year history.
HOME BASE: The Blue Angels team is based in Pensacola, Florida, but flies winter training missions at Naval Air Facility El Centro, California between January through March every year to prepare for the show season.
TEAM LINE-UP: The team has more than 130 active-duty sailors and Marines, including six naval aviators and a narrator who is also a pilot.
SHOWS: The Blue Angels will fly at more than 30 air shows in the 2018 season.
AUTOGRAPHS: The team is set to sign autographs from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Friday, June 22 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.
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