360° video is quickly gaining steam on social media sites like Facebook and YouTube, but rarely do these videos really bring us closer to the action. But that has all changed with this thrilling virtual experience inside the cockpit of the United States Navy’s flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels.
The video, brought to us by USA Today, is filmed from Blue Angel 4, located in the “slot position” while the squadron performs their signature diamond formation during the Great Georgia Airshow in late-October. Simply drag on the video screen to experience a different angle as the F/A-18 Hornets fly within feet of each other.
The Blue Angels Commanding Officer, Captain Tom Frosch is the pilot in the lead jet during the formation. He explained to USA Today what the viewers are witnessing.
One of our signature maneuvers is our first maneuver. It’s called the ‘Diamond 360.’ It’s essentially a parade pass when we come around in front of the crowd and demonstrate how close we can fly.
Thankfully, USA Today and the Blue Angels have created a real 360 video experience almost anyone can appreciate. Let’s hope the pilots continue to allow similar access as they open their 2016 air show schedule.