One of the longest running performing groups in the aviation world is the Blue Angels. The legacy of the Blues goes back to 1946 with the first demo team flying F6F Hellcats. They are the second oldest group after Patrouille de France which was formed in 1931. Today they can be seen all over the country as they appear at over 30 events annually. They were one of the headliner acts at Los Angeles County Airshow last weekend.
I’ve had a chance to photograph the Blue Angels a number of times over the years, starting at the Reno Air Races. They are certainly a fan favorite with their tight formations and death defying acts. More then once I have heard other performers talk about the precision needed to do some of their routine stunts. Photographically they are always appealing as the symmetry of their maneuvers combined with brilliant blue and yellow paint scheme make every image pop.
Images Captured with Nikon D4, 200-400 VR, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film