Saturday, December 07, 2013
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California's Gold #903 - BLUE ANGELS
They're one of the most famous air squadrons in the world -- serving aspositive role models and goodwill ambassadors not only for our Navy, but for ourcountry. We're talking about the Blue Angels who, since first formed in 1946,have been demonstrating their flying skills and maneuvers to literally millionsof spectators each year.
And for over 30 years the Blue Angels have been a part of "California'sGold." Since 1967 the squadron has spent the winter at Naval Air Facility,El Centro, training pilots and new crew members. The good weather and openspaces make this a perfect place to practice and, over the years, squadronmembers have become a welcome part of the community in Imperial County duringtheir three months of intensive preparation for the 70 air shows they fly eachseason.
On this particular adventure host Huell Howser accepts an invitation to spenda couple of days with the Blue Angels and ends up not only watching them train,but actually gets to go up with them in an F/A18 Hornet for the ride of alifetime. Huell also meets former Blue Angel pilots who talk about the"good old days," and visits with local citizens who talk about thepride the community of El Centro feels in having the squadron there each winter.
All in all, it's a fast-paced, high-powered, high altitude adventure insearch of "California's Gold."
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