Transcript for Blue Angels: Flying With the Magnificent Six
You are about to go on a ride that will make your heart pound and your stomach drop. For the elite aviators who make up the U.S. Navy's blue angels, those twist, turns and plummets are just another day on the job. It takes a lot of practice to make perfect as we found out the hard way. . Reporter: They are America's elite aviators. Daredevil performers. Facing death with every flight. Wing tips just 18 inches apart. An f-18 fighter jet that can throttle up to 30,000 feet in less than a minute 37. Meet the magnificent six, the U.S. Navy blue angels. This man is entering his third season as a blue angel. I really believe the 234navy has been the great inventor of my life. And the newest pilot on the team has a wife and three kids. They're teaching me how to fly. So naturally I'm the worst one on the team because I have the least experience. The team is in their final day of winter training. They train together six days a week. In the gym and in the air. Two or three times a day. But the blue angels have been out of action for a year. "Nightline" has been granted unique access. The more I started Reading about it and researching, the more nervous I started getting. And in just a few hour, I will see what it takes to be a blue angel. Looks like almost clear sky. Perfect conditions for flying. Welcome. First time? Of course. Reporter: The lieutenant demander is one of the six demonstration pilots chosen from dozens to be a blue angel. Yeah. Reporter: A married father of one with another one on the way, this is his fourth season on the team. How many times have you flown? 2,000 flight hours. Reporter: The key to their performance is practice. The flight to acquire enormous precise precision. We're literally in the middle of nowhere, the middle of the desert. Some of these maneuver, they're just about 18 inches away from each other. The squadron uses desert training to sift out any potential errors that could occur. Sometimes you're only flying 50 feet. Reporter: The risks are incredibly high. 26 pilots have died since the blue angels were formed almost 70 years ago, giving this job 10% fatality rate. Many are due to loss of vision or consciousness. Training is necessary to avoid accidents because of what's called the G force, the force of gravity on the body when they perform some of these steep fast turns. You'll start to see your vision start to go away and you need to have the core strength to be able to squeeze that blood back into your head. Now it's my turn. It's 8:00 A.M. Now. So they say it's perfect timing. Perfect time to fly. My pilot greets me with a series of techniques to combat the incredible pressure I'm about to endure. I'm going to see squeeze legs, take a deep breath, ready, hit it. Bam. Any questions? Ewe excited and ready? Very excited. Are you ready to go flying? I am. Ready, hit it. Wheels up, 800 miles an hour in just 30 seconds. I feel nauseous. We're 300 knots. Reporter: An hour later. I need one second. How was it? Awful. You guys are amazing. I don't know how you do it. The pressure is still high for the blue angels after their season was canceled last year due to budget cuts. Why spend so much money on something ultimately you could be sending money on education? It's all ant inspiring kids. Inspire a culture of excellence and serve our country. Reporter: Thousands came out to watch the magnificent six soar again. The blue angels are back. For "Nightline," in el centro, California. Our thanks to the very brave
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