Despite the uncertain future of their air shows, the Blue Angels pulled out all the stops during their practice on Thursday, March 28, 2013 - the last practice before the team was grounded from air shows for the month of April.
Officials say 9,276 people turned out on Thursday. That follows around 6,100 on March 26, and 7,903 on March 27.
Blues have been drawing crowds like these - and larger - for decades, showing off their amazing skills.
Officials said now that the shows are in jeopardy, the number of spectators for their practices has increased from previous years.
John Brockman said he's used to seeing the Blues soar over his Pensacola home.
"It's a shame the budget cuts have to affect the Blue Angels, it really is. Everybody around here really enjoys it, especially the kids," said Brockman.
Chad Hruby and his family came from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They are seeing the blues for the first time.
"They were flying so close together and so low to the ground. It blew my mind. It would be a shame for the area to lose them and for the whole country as a whole," Hruby said.
The Blues have announced plans to practice April 2 through April 5, 2013. Practices begin at 11:30 a. m.
Following the April 3 practice, the team will visit the Naval Aviation Museum to answer questions and sign autographs.
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