The Blue Angels are the stunt pilots of the US Navy and Marines, showing off the very best aviation tricks every year at airshows. They soar, swoop, and turn upside down — all in formation. It's incredible to watch from the ground, and it's just blisteringly insane from inside the cockpit.
I love watching the pilots' expressions as they hurl giant pieces of metal through the air at hundreds of miles an hour — one is joking around, another is chewing gum. Kind of the definition of badass.
Michael Ashton created this video using US Navy footage.
Here are the pilots:
Navy Cmdr. Tom Frosch, 43, of Clinton Township, Mich.
Navy Lt. Cmdr. John Hiltz, 33, of Fort Mitchell, Ky.
Navy Lt. Cmdr. Nate Barton, 33, of Hummelstown, Pa.
Marine Capt. Brandon Cordill, 33, of Hemet, Calif.
Navy Lt. Cmdr. David Tickle, 32, of Birmingham, Ala.
Navy Lt. Mark Tedrow, 31, of Charleroi, Penn.
Passenger : LCDR Jim Hiltz, USCG