My dad instilled a love of awesome military aircraft in me from the time I was little. I would sit with him and look through books detailing planes throughout history, their time of use and their specs. I was fascinated by the idea of flight and dreamed one day of being a fighter pilot. Unfortunately for me that dream never came true, but I have been fortunate enough to see the famous Blue Angels on more than one occasion. The aerial acrobatics and complex maneuvers these pilots pull off are absolutely insane and something most of us couldn’t imagine attempting in our wildest dreams. They usually perform for large crowds, but a group of beach goers and fisherman on Pensacola Beach in Florida got to see up close and personal how well-trained and gutsy these pilots are one afternoon. Two Blue Angels were practicing aerial maneuvers over beach goers. The camera man is filming one of the Blue Angels who is well up in the air above the beach, when Blue Angel #5 does a beach fly by that is closer to the ground than I have ever seen one of these F/A-18 Hornets get. The amount of skill it takes to fly this low to the ground, especially with crowds of people under you is absolutely astonishing.
Below is a still shot of the first plane the camera man was focused on while filming. He had no idea what was about to happen!
This is the second plane that came in low and fast across the beach, giving all the sunbathers and swimmers an amazing show.
The commotion that ensued following the second planes exhaust trail hitting the beach and causing a huge gust of wind!
Excited beach goers react to the once in a lifetime experience of having one of the Blue Angels do a beach fly by right above them.
Check out the wild video:
Luckily no one was hurt and everyone on the beach seemed to be delighted by the show of skill and poise by the pilot. That is some insane level of skill to be able to do a beach fly by like that and not hurt anyone! It started out as just an ordinary day at the beach that turned into an extraordinary day at the beach. Out of the blue, these sun worshippers were given a show that no one expected! This is definitely a once in a lifetime experience that they will remember for a very long time.