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Blue Angels soar over Sacramento a day after being grounded

The Blue Angels fly in tight formation at the California Capital Airshow, Saturday, March 15, 2008, at Mather Airfield. This year, the Blue Angels show was supposed to take place Saturday, but several pilot became sick, grounding the famous attraction. Sunday afternoon, they soared into action above the Sacramento skies at Mather Field.
The Blue Angels fly in tight formation at the California Capital Airshow, Saturday, March 15, 2008, at Mather Airfield. This year, the Blue Angels show was supposed to take place Saturday, but several pilot became sick, grounding the famous attraction. Sunday afternoon, they soared into action above the Sacramento skies at Mather Field. Sacramento Bee Staff Photo

After canceling its performance at the California Capital Airshow on Saturday, the Blue Angels flight team soared over Sacramento on Sunday afternoon.

Darcy Brewer, executive director for the two-day air show, said the crowd was bigger than last year’s 109,000 guests, with many returning Sunday after food poisoning grounded the team a day earlier.

“So many guests came back to enjoy the Blue Angels’ performance,” Brewer said.

The performance began at Mather Airport just after 3 p.m. and lasted about an hour.

“The crowd was on their feet and cheering for them the whole time,” Brewer said.

The Blue Angels are the U.S. Navy’s flight demonstration squadron. They perform at air shows across the country for an estimated 11 million spectators a year.

Brewer said this year’s appearance is the team’s first in Sacramento in more than nine years.

“It’s hard to get them because every show across the globe wants the Angels,” Brewer said. She said she expects there won’t be as long a wait for the group’s next appearance in the area.

“This town embraced them. The region embraced them,” she said.

Jessica Hice: 916-321-1550, @JesserPea

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