“Wooo-hooo.. when I feel heavy-metal…”

“Song 2” – BLUR (1997)

The United States Navy “Blue Angels” have been flying since 1946, and appear at the Cleveland National Air Show in alternating years with the United States Air Force “Thunderbirds” to help thrill Greater Clevelanders every Labor Day since 1964. Burke Lakefront Airport, on the shores of Lake Erie, in Downtown, is the home of the Cleveland National Air Show.

The Blue Angels is a U.S Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, consisting of six F/A-18 Hornet aircraft, that have been modified from former Navy “military ready” fleet aircraft. The aircraft guns have been removed and replaced with tanks that contains smoke-oil used in flight demonstrations.

During the off-season (the squadron performs across the country from March through November) the pilots train with their jets in El Centro, California and are stationed in Pensacola, Florida (where they return following each Sunday evening following air show performances, as well.)

Photos taken at Cleveland’s Lakeside Yacht Club on Labor Day, September 5, 2016