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The Blue Angels return to Pensacola

The Blue Angels are back in the air, thrilling crowds for the first time since they were grounded by budget cuts last spring.

The team wowed the stadium with a flyover at the Notre Dame/Navy college football game on Saturday.
Channel Three's Kathryn Daniel takes us to NAS for more with the Blues.

An awesome and welcome sight, football fans and much of America cheer as the Blue Angels do their first flyover since spring.
Petty Officer First Class Isaac Dominguez is in  his third and last year as quality assurance chief for the Blues.
When he found out on the trip was a go, he asked to go.
Watching from a closed circuit tv after the launch...

"As soon as the National Anthem came on, we saw the jets overhead.  The jets came into view of the TV  the airport erupted in cheers, so did the stands as well, it was awesome, a great moment."
    
Lieutenant Commander John Hiltz flys the Number Two Jet.
Saturday was a homecoming for him. He's a Notre Dame gradand even played basketball for the Irish.
His dad and brother, also Notre Dame grads, were in the stands.

Friday before the game, Hiltz took his team on a tour of his old stomping grounds.    

"I'm a big part of the Notre Dame family and to be able to bring a big part of the Blue Angel family there to see that and see the special relationship we have was really a tremendous honor."
    
The team also has two Naval Academy grads, but Hiltz says fun and sportsmanship ruled the  tradition rich day, not rivalry.

"At the end of the game the Notre Dame football players went and stood behind the Academy football players to sing Blue and Gold and then they came over to sing the Alma Mater of the University of Notre Dame, so it was a tremendous atmosphere."
    
The team is now training for the 2014 season, but they'll make at least one more flyover this year.

"The Department of Defense has given us the okay to do the flyover for the Army/Navy Football Game and we're excited about that opportunity."
    
That's set for December 14th in Philadelphia.
 Kathryn Daniel, Channel Three News.