Soaring over the heads of beachgoers, Blue Angels pilots performed a series of daring passes along the coast. Reaching speeds of up to 700 mph, the Navy’s F/A-18 Hornets flew so close to the ground that beach umbrellas and canopies were sent flying up into the air.
Dazzled spectators who gathered at Pensacola Beach, Florida filmed the event. The Blue Angels are based out of Pensacola, and regularly practice there throughout the year—between their numerous demonstrations and touring appearances at air shows.
According to news reports, the pilot who swooped closest to the ground—one of the six who were flying at the time—was identified as Lt. Cmdr. Mark Tedrow. Tedrow is an experienced pilot who has flown with the Blue Angels since 2011.
Check out the incredible raw footage above.