Blue Angels own sky with blazing performance

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels fly in formation during the annual Air Show at the Naval Air Facility El Centro on Saturday afternoon. VINCENT OSUNA PHOTO

NAVAL AIR FACILITY EL CENTRO — The Blue Angels seemed to defy the force of gravity at will with amazing tight formations and split-second timing, delighting crowds from across the continent here during their 71st anniversary and 50th at NAFEC on Saturday.

Ideal weather greeted an eager crowd of 55,000 comparable to last year’s estimate, noted Kris Haugh, public affairs officer. Arriving from Long Beach, Peter Murray was here to see the jets and was loving it, he insisted.

Staff Writer William Roller can be reached at wroller@ivpressonline.com or 760-337-3452.

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