Our Guardian Angels

Recently, I saw an amazing video of angels. However, these aren’t angels wearing white robes, wings, and halos. Well, they do have wings I guess.  The angels I’m referring to wear blue and gold and are part of an elite precision flight team. Of course, I’m talking about The Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy’s squadron of amazing aviators, who have been performing sensational aerial stunts since the 1940s. If you haven’t seen The Blue Angels in person, you are truly missing out on an incredible experience!

Just about every summer, there’s an airshow out at Selfridge Air National Guard base. From time to time, The Blue Angels will be the featured attraction. When they hit the sky, they are always guaranteed to have huge crowds. I had always wanted to see them in person, but the thought of spending all day in the broiling sun for a 20-minute show didn’t have the appeal it may have had in my younger days. However, when the weekend for the airshow would arrive, I would always listen hard to see if I could hear the Angels ripping apart the sky over Lake St. Clair.

About ten years ago, my wife and I began taking our spring vacation in beautiful Destin, Florida. In addition to the beautiful beaches, delicious seafood, and tropical lifestyle, I was delighted that The Blue Angels home base was just down the road at Pensacola Naval Air Station. This is also home to the National Naval Aviation Museum. Truly a dream come true for any fan of aviation. As an added bonus, every Tuesday and Wednesday at 11:30 am, The Blue Angels practice their latest maneuvers for airshows all over the country. It is completely free and usually last about 45 minutes. The admission to the museum is also free. For me, nothing sounds as sweet as an F/A-18 Hornet punching a hole in the sky. If you feel the same way, you have to get down there! Anchors Aweigh!

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