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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Did you see the special show in the sky over Downtown Pittsburgh this afternoon?

The Blue Angels completed a series of flyovers as part of a photo shoot around 2:45 p.m. Six F/A-18s flew at low altitudes over Point State Park and made several passes.

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Check out our Blue Angels flyover photo gallery!

Having seen them on television for years, their arrival today was highly anticipated by many Pittsburghers.

But knowing they can be quite a distraction, when the Blue Angels come to town, they get the word out the best they can in advance, especially when a flight over downtown is planned.

“We do a big poster every year for the Blue Angels, and we distribute it through the communities, and one of the sites we’ll be going to today is Pittsburgh, so we’ll take a couple photos over that,” said Jared Mann, the No. 7 Crew Chief for the Blue Angels.

KDKA’s John Shumway Reports:

So, the crowd was out and ready when flyover time came, and when they arrived at 345 miles per hour plus, it was almost a blink and miss it moment

Three times they passed overhead as a photographer in the seventh jet took pictures of the other six with the Golden Triangle as a backdrop.

The Navy says the sound may be deafening and window rattling, but not hazardous.

“Absolutely, safety is the number one concern here with the Blue Angels, so anything we do is always, always safety first,” said Mann.

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The Blue Angels are in town as part of Navy Week, which runs through Saturday. They are also here for the Westmoreland County Air Show at the Arnold Palmer Airport.

For the complete schedule of events, click here!

In 2012, Heather Abraham had the opportunity to ride along with the Blue Angels.

See how her flight went here:

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