• They’ve gone through a number of different planes since their inception in 1946 – Hellcat, Bearcat, Panther, Cougar, Tiger, Phantom II, Skyhawk and F/A-18 Hornet, used since 1986.
• In spite of the speeds reached, the pilots don’t use Gsuits to keep blood from pooling in the legs (which causes the pilot to black out momentarily). Instead the pilots rely on muscle contractions to keep blood flowing.
There are only two more shows in November, when the season ends, but plenty of time to plan next year’s vacation around a Blue Angels show in 2008. Make a point to take a kid (or two or three) with you – of any age.
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