U.S. Air Force/Tech. Sgt. Brian Kimball

Editor's Note: This article by Oriana Pawlyk originally appeared on Military.com, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community.

Calling aviation geeks in New York City: The British are coming.

In their first visit to the United States since 2008, the Royal Air Force "Red Arrows" will perform an aerial demonstration next week over the Hudson River, according to an Air Force news release. F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, the Air Force Thunderbirds and Navy Blue Angels demonstration teams will also be part of the show.

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Two aircraft from the Navy's Blue Angels demonstration squadron touched mid-flight during a Wednesday practice at Naval Air Station Pensacola, the Pensacola News Journal first reported.

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The U.S. Navy Blue Angels flight demonstration team arguably pulled off one of its most impressive feats yet over a beach in Alabama on Sunday.

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Photo via DoD

Few pilots can claim to be as talented as the acrobatic aces flying in the U.S. Blue Angels and UK Red Arrows display teams.

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On April 24, 1946, Adm. Chester W. Nimitz ordered the creation of a Navy flight exhibition team to boost morale and engender good civil-military relations. The legendary Navy chief turned to a war ace, Lt. Cdr. Roy Marlin “Butch” Voris, to whip up a team of F6F Hellcat pilots to do crazy and daring stuff for gawking crowds. The men trained secretly, practicing dicey maneuvers in the empty Florida Everglades so that “if anything happened, just the alligators would know,” as Voris put it.

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U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kathryn E. Macdonald

Editor’s Note: This article by Jeanette Steele originally appeared in the The San Diego Union-Tribune (Tribune News Service).

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