The Blue Angels treat audiences to a spectacular air show



[Chelsea & Brandon]

This weekend, the skies over Jacksonville, Fla., will roar to life as one of the nation’s most famous air squadrons, the Blue Angels, flies into town. The flight demonstration team, composed of highly trained U.S. Navy and Marine Corps 海軍陸戰隊jet pilots, will display some of the most difficult flying techniques ever performed.

Their shows include vertical rolls up to 15,000 feet. The skilled pilots also combine graceful circles with spectacular dives, amazing their crowds with incredible

precision flying. For the big finish, six planes look like they lock wings as they fly 500 miles an hour, only 18 inches apart.


This weekend’s show is just one of 68 air shows the Blue Angels will perform in 2010, their 64th year of exhibition.

How did they begin?

At the conclusion of WWII, Admiral Chester W. Nimitz wanted to find a way to keep the public interested in naval aviation. Based on his orders, a flight demonstration

team was formed, and in June 1946, the Blue Angels performed their first air show.

Since then, nearly 250 pilots have performed astonishing midair maneuvers with the group for more than 463 million fans!

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[Ashley & Ken]

Blue Angels 
angelic (adj)
guardian angel
saint (n)
聖人 (adj) saintly 品德高尚的





corps   /kɔː(r)/ DJ   /kɔr/ KK

  • noun

    • Irregular: 

corps plural   /kɔːz/ DJ   /kɔːrz/ DJ, US   /kɔrz/ KK, US

The general ordered the two Marine Corps to be combined.

Mark served in the intelligence corps for over 2 years.

Doctors need to use precision instruments while performing surgery.

The race car driver’s precision driving skills impressed the entire audience.

maneuver 巧妙動作或花式表演
With a quick maneuver of the car, the driver avoided an accident.

maneuver 軍隊調度
The troops’ smart maneuver guaranteed our victory.


aviation   /ˌeɪviˈeɪʃn/ DJ   /ˈevɪ‘eʃən/ KK

1.       the designing, building and flying of aircraft 航空製造業;航空;飛行 noun uncountable

    • civil/military aviation 民用/軍用航空

    • the aviation business/industry 航空業/工業


astonishing   /əˈstɒnɪʃɪŋ/ DJ   /əˈstɑːn-/ DJ US   /ə‘stɑnɪʃɪŋ/ KK US

very surprising; difficult to believe 令人十分驚訝的;使人大為驚奇的;難以置信的 adjective

She ran 100m in an astonishing 10.9 seconds. 她以驚人的 10.9 秒速度跑完了 100 米。

I find it absolutely astonishing that you didn’t like it. 你不喜歡它,我感到難以置信。

[Vocabulary & phrase]

squadron  /’skwɑdrən/


air squadron, vertical roll, precision flying, angelic, angle, saint, saintly, guardian, flight aviation, corps, precision, maneuver, aviation, astonishing

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