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Up, Up, and Away with the Blue Angels!
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.56

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    active-duty, collision, enroll, goodwill, maintenance, Nimitz, proximity, stomach-churning, unforgiving, demonstration, worldwide, rigorous, extremely, formation, practically, head-on
     content words:    Blue Angels, Marine Corps, Chester W., Naval Operations, World War II, F/A-18 Hornets, South Carolina, Blue Angel, And Blue Angels, Lockheed-Martin C-130T Hercules


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Up, Up, and Away with the Blue Angels!
By Colleen Messina
  

1     Man has always wanted to fly. Today, we effortlessly zip from coast to coast in airplanes. Adventurers jump out of airplanes through puffy, white clouds and land safely on the ground. But one group of air enthusiasts soars above the rest in their aerial expertise. The Blue Angels, with their dazzling, stomach-churning maneuvers in their sleek blue jets, bring new meaning to the phrase "Up, Up, and Away!"
 
2     It might be better to use the phrase "Zoom, zoom, and they're gone!" because the Blue Angels fly fast...so fast that you need to look twice to keep up with their performance. You also might need ear plugs to withstand the roar of their jet engines. It is hard not to feel some all-American pride when you watch their precise formations. The Blue Angels fly to inspire young people to enroll in military service. They act as goodwill ambassadors for the U. S. Navy and Marine Corps.
 
3     Chester W. Nimitz, the Chief of Naval Operations, formed the Blue Angels at the end of World War II. The team did their first demonstration in June, 1946, at their home base in Jacksonville, Florida. Over the years, the team has flown eight different types of planes. Today, they fly F/A-18 Hornets. Millions of people have enjoyed their incredible air shows. By 2006, the team had entertained more than 15 million spectators worldwide. They have performed for a total of 427 million fans since 1947.

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