Blue Angels fly over Downtown Pittsburgh for photo shoot

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The U.S. Navy provided a sky show for Downtown Pittsburgh -- and much of the region -- this afternoon.

Downtown workers became midday gawkers as the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, more popularly known as the Blue Angels, soared low for a photo shoot with the city’s skyline as a backdrop.

The six-member team -- accompanied by a seventh blue jet taking the pictures -- flew in formation beneath the clouds over the west side of Downtown, making several passes between 2:45 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Blue Angels put on a show over Downtown Pittsburgh

The U.S. Navy's Blue Angels put on a show for Downtown Pittsburgh today. Crew members piloting the F/A-18 Hornets reached speeds of 300 knots from 500 feet to 1,500 above ground level. (Video by Andrew Rush and Steve Mellon; 6/4/2014)

The flyover drew crowds to Point State Park and to Mount Washington, where many took pictures with their cameras and cell phones.

The team, flying the F/A-18 Hornet, reached about 300 knots from 500 feet to 1,500 above ground level, according to the squadron’s public affairs office.

The Blue Angels are in the area as part of Navy Week and will perform at the Westmoreland County Air Show this weekend.

First Published June 3, 2014 6:07 PM

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