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Blue Angels fly low, send beach tents and umbrellas flying

Technically Incorrect: Sometimes, a fighter pilot has to have some fun. Beachgoers in Florida discovered this to their amazement and amusement.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


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And there go the umbrellas and tents. MrJasonmx3 MrJasonmx3/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

I have lately become fascinated by low-flying fighter jets.

There was, you see, footage of MiG-23 that seemed to almost knock a man off his feet as it flew right next to the ground.

Now I see the Blue Angels, in their natty F/A-18 Hornets, amusing themselves with lowly humans too.

In footage posted to YouTube, we see a couple of Angels flying over Pensacola Beach in Florida. Naturally, a beachg-goer films as two of the planes pass by.

The first is slightly higher up. The second, however, flies low enough to blow tents and umbrellas far into the air.

In some parts of the world, such an intrusion might not have been regarded as anti-social. Here in Florida, however, the sheer sight of levitating objects is nothing but a cause for entertainment.

Indeed, almost 1.5 million people have enjoyed the action on YouTube since it was posted.

The Blue Angels were created in 1946. They're among the oldest organized aerobatic teams in the world. They have been regular visitors to the Bay Area for years, making noise that frightens the deer, squirrels and rabbits near my house out of their fur.

Still, when you can make objects rise from the earth, you have power on your side. And people love powerful things.