Blue Angel taking off leaves spectators in a whirlwind of dust; video

Blue Angel taking off leaves spectators in a whirlwind of dust; video

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Blue Angel taking off leaves spectators in a whirlwind of dust; video

The Blue Angels were conducting winter training in El Centro, California, when an aviation enthusiast captured video of one taking off. Photo is a screen grab.

An aviation photographer decided to help out “those suffering from the Airshow Blues” and provide a little something special to “get you ready for the 2018 season.”

Via a video, Norman Graf offered a taste of what it’s like to stand at the end of runway 12 at Naval Air Facility in El Centro, California, and witness one of the Blue Angels taking off over your head.

Surely it was a breathtaking moment for those experiencing the moment in person. It’s a powerful scene just watching it on video (watch with the sound turned up):

In a Facebook post, Graf identified the Blue Angel pilot as Lieutenant Brandon Hempler, whose F/A-18 Hornet called the Opposing Solo roared over the heads of spectators and created a whirlwind of dust.

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The Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy’s flight demonstration squadron, were conducting winter training on Saturday when Graf captured the stunning video. Commenters on his Norman Graf Aviation Photography Facebook post were duly impressed:

“Wow!!”

“That was awesome.”

“I could watch this all day!”

“Well done.”

No argument here.

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