Fans are in for a great time and adrenaline rush Saturday as the air show officially begins over the skies of Billings.

REAL Top Gun pilots!

Daring Blue Angels maneuvers

The Blue Angels pilots are considered “the best of the best” that the Navy and Marine Corps have to offer.

The pilots that fly the jets in tight formations perform a variety of daring maneuvers that amaze the crowds that gather to watch them.

Blue Angels practice formation

The Blue Angels are mesmerizing to watch in the air! How fast do they fly?
The new Super Hornets can reach top speeds just under Mach 2 (about 1,400 miles per hour), almost twice the speed of sound. The jets can climb at a maximum rate of 30,000 feet per minute.

Blue Angels take to the sky to warm up before the big show. The planes could be seen, heard and felt for two days before the show. Amazing!

Each plane can reach speeds above 1,500 miles per hour, but keep the throttle limited to 700 mph during exhibition shows.

The Blue Angels are incredibly disciplined and put in six days a week. Their regular season runs from March to November. They perform about 70 shows during the year, 34 of them in different locations around the United States. Their practices then, take place during the winter.

The team trains at NAF El Centro, California. For four months, they have two practice sessions a day, six days a week, but Billings has them for two days of excitement this Saturday and Sunday.

The Yellowstone International Airshow has an action-packed lineup of events featuring the Navy’s best aviators in the air with the World-Famous Blue Angels, so keep your eyes on the sky! It’s fly time, fans!