Hornet Pilot Raises Dust With Dramatic Low Takeoff Over Spectators’ Heads

Lieut Brandon Hempler from the Blue Angels #6 division was preparing for the upcoming airshow season when he gave spectators a spectacular taste of what might be in store with a low transition takeoff directly over their heads.

This video, recorded by Norman Graf, shows the takeoff, from Naval Air Facility El Centro, in California, with dust swirling up in the jet’s wake.