Blue Angels Tear Across Baltimore Skies During Practice Flights on Thursday

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Blue Angels Fly Over San Francisco/Courtesy of Blue Angels
Blue Angels above San Francisco/Courtesy of Blue Angels

Many here in the city were surprised to hear and see a handful of F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets flying overhead this afternoon.

The Navy’s high-profile flight squad and other military planes are spending several few hours today and tomorrow practicing their aerial formations high above Baltimore in preparation for their flyovers of the city this weekend.

Baltimoreans took notice this afternoon, sharing their shock and appreciation on Twitter.

The famed flight crew is here in Charm City accompanying warships and other watercraft for Maryland Fleet Week. (There were old-style schooners here in the harbor for several days, but they set sail for a race to Portsmouth, Va., last night.)

When the pilots are not out practicing, their planes are resting their wings at Martin State Airport in Middle River. The jets arrived there yesterday and were out on display for visitors to come view up-close, FOX45 reports.

The Blue Angels have had a busy month so far. They came here days after showing off for crowds at San Francisco’s Fleet Week, which ran from Oct. 3-10.

Planes from the U.S. Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard and the Royal Canadian Air Force, among others, are also here to perform. They will be flying in turns for two-and-a-half hours on Saturday and Sunday starting at 1 p.m. The Blue Angels will be the final act, performing their aerial maneuvers for 45 minutes on both days.

For those who can’t wait until Saturday, just look up toward the skies today and tomorrow between 12 and 4 p.m. Once the jets are close, they are hard to miss.

Ethan McLeod
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  1. saw them by chance on Friday….planned a trip to the inner harbor (should have headed for the federal hill park)….viewing was fair but will know the next time….sounds and thrills and chills…..GO BLUE ANGELS GO!!!!!!! exciting and thrilling for young and old

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