The Blue Angels perform at the Cleveland National Air Show.
A squad of six F18 Hornets will dazzle the crowd over the Labor Day Holiday event which marks its' forty-ninth year in Cleveland.
The Cleveland National Air Show gets underway Saturday with the precision flying U.S. Navy Blue Angels taking part.
Blue Angels pilot Lt. Dave Tickle says the F18 Hornet is the workhorse of the Navy which is being flown in combat missions overseas at this moment.
The Hornet can fly at one and half times the speed of sound or about 1,200 miles per hour. The planes used in the show will travel at 700 MPH so, as Lt. Tickle says, they do not "break any windows" while buzzing by.
Tickle says he and his five other flight mates will conduct exercises where they fly as slow as 120 MPH all the way up to 700 miles per hour.
Gates Saturday, Sunday and Labor day open at 9AM. The flying schedule begins at 10AM.
A Blue Angel F-18 Hornet streaks past the Key Tower. Photo by Jeff Addis.