The Marine Corps Silent Drill team showcases the precision and professionalism of the Corps, but they don’t typically perform on runways with planes flying just a few feet overhead.
This video shows the behind-the-scenes footage from a marketing photo shoot March 4, with the Marines’ showcase unit and Blue Angels, Marine Corps’ C-130 Hercules, affectionately known as “Fat Albert.”
The silent drill team is a 24-man rifle platoon that performs a “unique precision drill exhibition,” according to the team’s website. “This highly disciplined platoon exemplifies the professionalism associated with the United States Marine Corps.”
The Blue Angels and the Marine Corps Silent Drill team attract thousands of onlookers each year, especially during summertime air shows across the nation and parade performances at the Marine Corps Barracks in Washington, D.C.
Though budget cuts have limited performances in recent years, the Blue Angels have announced more than 30 shows for the 2014 season. After you watch the video — by Staff Sgt. Oscar L Olive IV from “The Commandant’s Own” and posted by Airboyd, you can check here to see if one will be near you soon.
The Air Force’s “premier jet demonstration squadron” is also airborne again this year, and has several dozen scheduled shows in 2014.
(H/T: All Things Aero)
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