WATCH: Blue Angels jet's awesome takeoff over spectators

- Spectators got a spectacular view of a Blue Angels aircraft as it took off over them, swirling up the dust around them in the jet's wake. 

Lt. Brandon Hempler from the Blue Angels #6 was preparing at the Naval Air Facility El Centro in California for the upcoming airshow season when video of his takeoff was captured by a spectator. 

The footage, recorded by Norman Graf, shows the jet taking off quickly over the heads of two people who duck as it approaches, then the men scream in delight after it passes over them as the dust swirls up around them. 

The Blue Angels have been thrilling millions of spectators with their precision aerial combat maneuvers since 1946. 

The second-oldest flying aerobatic team in the world will be flying at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa for Tampa Bay AirFest starting May 12.

The six F/A-18 Hornet aircrafts fly from 120 mph to 700 mph at distances as close to 18 inches, MacDill says, while executing formation loops, rolls, and mirror formations. 

The U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II and the Air Combat Command F-22 Raptor demonstration teams will also be performing at AirFest.

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