Navy pilot Lt. C.J. Simonsen flies the F/A-18F Super Hornet for the Blue Angels. He calls the job relatively stress-free since before doing airshows he was landing on aircraft carriers in the dark. There are some other differences as well:
Fleet squadron pilots wear G-suits, which pressurize to keep blood from pooling in the lower body during high acceleration. Blue Angels can’t do that. “We rest our forearms on our legs and use our knees as a fulcrum,” Simonsen says. The inflating suit could interfere with hand movement—dangerous in tight formations.