The Blue Angels and the other Fleet Week Air Show participants, including the Air Force F-22 Raptor, F-35 Lightning and P-51 Mustang, and the Canadian Air Force's CF-18 Hornet, will be airborne from about noon until 4 p.m., practicing for the main event Saturday and Sunday.
Both the Thunderbirds and the Blue Angels perform in-flight maneuvers that have been known to leave land-based crowds just-short of breathless, often flying in formations where the planes appear perilously close to one another. The Blue Angels have been a mainstay of graduation week at the U.S. Naval Academy for years, and flew over Baltimore as part of the 2012 and 2014 commemorations of the War of 1812.
While much of the air shows will be visible throughout the Ocean City area, tickets, priced at $11-$349, are required for the prime beachfront viewing areas. Information: ocairshow.com.