The Blue Angels are back in town and we are glad to have them back.
The familiar blue and gold F/A-18 Hornets streaked across the Imperial Valley skies Saturday as the team headed toward Naval Air Facility El Centro to settle in for its winter training. The Angels always are welcome friends, and the pilots and support crews that make the Blue Angels' team are a part of the Imperial Valley community.
The Angels and the Imperial Valley have forged a symbiotic relationship. We supply the Navy's precision air team perfect weather, open flying space and uncluttered land over which to fly — the right conditions for the training the team must do.
In return, the Blue Angels become a part of the Imperial Valley.
The pilots and crews take part in local events, visit schools and do their part to promote the Imperial Valley. In March each year the team puts on an air show that has become one of the largest events in the Valley, and a family event at that. The Blue Angels are our local heroes and are treated as such by Valley residents, who have pride that we are a home to the team.