LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE -- You can't help but look at the Blue Angels' arrival in awe. They leave a trail in the sky and an amazing impression.
They're in central Arkansas for this weekend's air show to inspire and intrigue.
"The average taxpayer doesn't get a chance to get to an aircraft carrier, ride in a tank, and they don't get a chance to see firsthand," Capt. Greg McWherter said.
McWheter is lead commander of the demonstration squadron. While he's one of six pilots twisting and turning in the sky -- believe it or not -- these are basic techniques all navy and marine pilots learn.
"They're roles, they're loops, formation flying, high-speed passes, and low-speed passes. We will refine and tweak them to give them a little more entertainment value," McWherter said.
Among the pilot and crew from all across the country is a little taste of Arkansas.
"I grew up on a farm and trying to explain what I do in the Navy is kind of hard," PO1 Jeremy Green, a Hope native, said.
Green is one of the mechanics, and he gives the signal that the planes are ready for takeoff.
His family and friends can now see what he's been doing all this time.
"They can come out and say 'There's a jet. Now I see what he's talking about,'" said Green.
What a sight for all to see.
"If we can drop into their backyards during an air show firsthand and show them pride and professionalism. That's a great way to pay back the taxpayer," McWherter said.