The Blue Angels jet joined formation with an F6F Hellcat and F8F Bearcat for a heritage flight over California’s Imperial Valley.
A F/A-18 Hornet with the Blue Angels, the Navy’s flight demonstration squadron, flies over the Salton Sea in California with an F6F Hellcat and F8F Bearcat, March 9, 2017.
The Hellcat and Bearcat were the first two aircraft models flown by the Blue Angels, shortly after the team’s inception in 1946. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ian Cotter
The Blue Angels is a flight demonstration squadron of the United States Navy.
Formed in 1946, the unit is the second oldest formal aerobatic team in the world, after the French Patrouille de France formed in 1931.
The team, composed of six Navy and one Marine Corps demonstration pilot, flies Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornets.