A familiar roar as six, blue, F/A-18 Hornets take to the skies over NAS Pensacola. The first Blue Angels public practice in almost a year drew more than 25 thousand fans. Fans like Bob Carlson from Michigan. "You can tell there's a lot of people when you look around. there's a ton of people."
All watching the near misses, high speed passes and the rolls as the precision team goes through their show.
Among the thousands, Troy Corter. "I follow the Blue Angels for 32 years in the military and now I'm out here doing it again." A Navy man from way back, he volunteers for anything Blue Angels and knows their every move almost before they do. "You get to know every move they're making, you can, when they roll, you roll."
For forty-five minutes the Blues thrilled the crowd. "It just gives me goose bumps every time I watch em," says Bob Carlson from Michigan.
A practice session, nearly perfect. "I mean, it's just awesome," says Gerard Milhouse from Pensacola, "and it's good to have em back."
When they were done, a thank you from the pilots in true Blues style. "When he pops his smoke he's waving back. That's cool, that's neat," says Corter.
At last count 25 thousand 700 fans showed up for today's practice. It was the only one this week and the first one at the new time of 11:30 am.
The Blues take off later this week headed to the Wings Over Texas air show this weekend at NAS Kingsville, Texas.