The True Meaning of Showoff

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels’ and the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds’ crew present exemplary skill, writes Karen Reinhardt.


Many crewmembers, to make the transition back into civilian life, are given the privilege of connections with FAA representatives to enable them to acquire their FAA license to work on commercial airlines at no cost. It’s been said by both teams that being a member of the Blue Angels or the Thunderbirds is a lesson that goes far beyond the years on the crew. It’s such an incredible honor to be selected and there are remarkably high standards that one is held to, it simply carries over into future careers … always pressing toward perfection, even in the most minor of tasks.

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