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In her blog, Managing Editor Kasey Panetta gave a great overview of the Navy’s Blue Angels, the military’s premier flight demonstration squadron. Since 1946, the group has thrilled crowds with its spectacular aerial maneuvers and raised awareness of naval aviation. Here's a look at the early years of the squadron.

Read: Fly in the cockpit of the Blue Angels

The Blue Angels are basically the cream of the crop of stunt pilots from the US Navy and Marine Corps. They are an exhibition team that participate in airshows all over the place and showcase the intense skills required to fly a jet.

There are a total of 16 officers on the team at any time with three tactical jet pilots, two support officers, and one Marine Corps C-130 pilot. Depending on their position, officers serve two to three years with the Blue Angels and then return to their fleets.

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