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This crowd is delightfully shocked by Blue Angels at Chicago Air and Water Show

The Air and Water Show in Chicago is always known to bring some excitement and surprises, but rarely does an act catch an entire crowd off-guard.

But a show from the Blue Angels — the US Navy’s flight demonstration squadron — nearly blew an entire crowd away after pilots performed a sneak pass on Sunday, according to a YouTube video from Brendan Peterson.

The crowd, cell phones in hand, can be seen in the video looking straight ahead, wondering where the spectacular show is. But it’s not until the jets get closer — and much louder — that they notice the show is actually behind them.

The surprise elicits shock, awe and glee from several of the members in the crowd — which, of course, ends in a round of applause.

Crowd not the only ones on edge

According to WGN 9 in Chicago, the wives of the Blue Angel pilots aren’t as gleeful when they see their husbands fly past crowds at top speed.

“We are always on edge when the guys are up there flying, but it’s amazing to watch them live out their dreams,” said Caitlin Scott, the wife of Navy Lt. Nate Scott, also known as Blue Angel No. 3.

Alana Steppe, the wife of Blue Angels navigator David Steppe, said the stunts are often “nerve-wracking.”

“You have to think they were doing what they were trained to do professionally – and when they’re up there, they’re concentrating on being up there,” she said.

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