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The Blues are Back!
PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. -- Huge crowds are expected on Pensacola Beach for the 2014 Red, White and Blues Airshow on Saturday.
It will be the Blue Angels' first show back in front of the hometown crowd since sequestration grounded them in 2013.
Many packed the beach for the team's full scale dress-rehearsal on Friday.
"I'm like a little kid when it comes to watching these airplanes," said Sam Edmondson, a huge fan of the Blue Angels.
Misty Bader remembers her first time seeing the Blue Angels on Pensacola Beach 25 years ago. This year, she brought her families to see the team in action.
"We're excited," she said before the show began. "It is very exciting and I hope they get to fly upside down and do some tricks."
The Blues didn't disappoint. They pulled off a variety of maneuvers, including their signature formation, when four pilots fly in the shape of a diamond, only 18-inches apart.
The Saturday show starts at 12:00 p.m. The civilian pilots will go first, to warm up the crowds, for the headliner.
The Blue Angels will be up in the air around 2:00 p.m. Fat Albert, which normally flies with the team, will not be performing this year. The C-130 was grounded earlier this week, after it was damaged by a bird strike.