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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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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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The Drive has just posted an amatuer video appearing to show the crash of the Blue Angel F/A-18 Hornet that killed pilot Capt. Jeff Kuss during a practice session in Smyrna, Tennessee, on June 2. Despite the many onlookers who were present that day, this is the first footage to surface that seems to capture the events leading up to the tragic incident.

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U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class James Evans

A member of San Francisco’s board of supervisors is seeking to ban the Blue Angels from flying over the city, less than a week after a Marine pilot, Capt. Jeff Kuss, died when his F/A-18 Hornet crashed during a Blue Angels rehearsal flight in Smyrna, Tennessee, on June 2.

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