In April 1946, to maintain interest in naval aviation and to boost Navy morale following World War II, Chief of Naval Operations, Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, ordered the creation of a U.S. Navy Flight Exhibition Team. In December 1973, reorganization of the team took place, and the team was commissioned United States Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron. The mission of the squadron is to showcase the pride and professionalism of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps by inspiring a culture of excellence and service to the country through flight demonstrations and community outreach. Since formation, the Blue Angels have flown to nearly 500 million spectators worldwide.
Image: 021027-N-8253M-018: F/A-18 Hornets assigned to the Blue Angels perform at 2002 N'Awlins Air Show, October 26, 2002, aboard Naval Air Station, Joint Reserve Base, New Orleans, Louisiana. Official U.S. Navy Photograph.