It's that weekend of the year to see some unusual things in the sky. The U.S. Navy Blue Angels are back for the first time in a decade as one of many elements of the California International Airshow in Salinas, which continues on Sunday (gates at 9am, flying begins at noon).
Members of the Blue Angels crew met up with members up the media on Friday for a tour of their plane. The Lockheed-Martin C-130 Hercules, or as many of the members of the Blue Angels call it, Fat Albert, is the support vehicle for the Blue Angels. The plane is also making a reappearance after a few years in maintenance as part of the Airshow performance lineup.
The Blue Angels got their start in 1946, when the chief of naval operations, Admiral Chester Nimitz, envisioned a flight exhibition team both to boost Navy morale and raise public interest in naval aviation.