U.S. Navy Blue Angels 2023

On May 24th, the Blue Angels performed an amazing show over the Severn River in Annapolis for the Naval Academy Commissioning week.

We were able to listen to the announcements, commentary, and the “Top Gun” music during the entire performance on our boat radio, it was pretty cool!

The show opened with the appearance of the Blue Angels tactical transport aircraft, a C-130J Super Hercules affectionately known as “Fat Albert”.




“Fat Albert” made his huge presence known, then flew off and disappeared.

Several Osprey were fishing or trying to get their catch to their local nests around us, oblivious to what was to come.  (yep, slipping in my bird shots! hehe)

Scanning the horizon around us while the music started, we then saw them coming, six Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornets screaming into the scene at speeds throughout the performance of up to 700 mph, WOW!


(Click on any of next images to see enlarged)


We were anchored in the mouth of the Severn River and the Blue Angels performed all around us, it was hard to keep track of where they all were at times.  It felt like we were smack dab in the middle of aerial combat, wowza!

As the show ended with a Delta formation, the Blue Angels flew out of the river and passed us.

As the Blue Angels banked behind us, I happened to get this next shot of an Osprey still busy fishing with all the commotion.

Osprey still fishing….or…..trying to be part of the Blue Angel formation 😉


Thank you, Blue Angels, for another thrilling performance, you guys rock!

The Blue Angels Mission:
The mission of the Blue Angels is to showcase the teamwork and professionalism of the United States Navy and Marine Corps through flight demonstrations and community outreach while inspiring a culture of excellence and service to country.

This year marks the 77th anniversary of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels!


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