BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Two famous military institutions — the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and the USS Constitution — were briefly together on Monday as the fighter jets flew over Boston for a photo op on their way to Maine.
The Blue Angels are the Navy's flight exhibition team, which was started to raise interest in the Navy and boost military morale just after World War II. The USS Constitution was first launched in 1797 and is the oldest commissioned ship in the U.S. Navy. WBZ-TV caught footage of the flyby, which happened at around 11:00 AM on Monday.
Commander John Benda, commanding officer of the Constitution, said the two units may come from different eras, but "...Are the same in that we both represent the highest standards of naval excellence."
The Blue Angels praised the Constitution, and thanked "everyone who came out and watched us fly through your amazing city." They were headed to Brunswick, Maine for an airshow this weekend.
Written by Chaiel Schaffel