The US Navy Blue Angels didn't always fly those nifty F/A-18 Hornets that they fly today. Heck, the first time I saw them, they were flying A-4F Skyhawks. Before that, they flew the awesome F-4J Phantom II.
The Blue Angels have been flying jets since 1949, when they began using the old Grumman F9F Panthers.
But before the Panthers--before the day of the jet--from 1946 to 1949, the Blue Angels flew the F8F-1 Bearcat.
And in this video, best watched blown up to full-screen size, the Horsemen Aerobatic Team join the modern-day Blue Angels with a flight comprised of original Bearcats, and special guest Al Taddeo, one of the first Blue Angel pilots.
Enjoy this video as the present meets the past.