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Navy's Blue Angels Are Good to Go for Wayne County Show

Posted May 10, 2007

— Like a ballet in the sky, the Navy’s Blue Angels precision-flying team perform with style and grace. And despite a tragedy that claimed one of the group, they will be at the "Wings Over Wayne" air show this weekend at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.

There had been some question after the April 21 crash in Beaufort, S.C., whether the Blue Angels – officially known as the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron — would be ready to perform this weekend. Lt. Cmdr Kevin J. Davis, 32, of Pittsfield, Mass., died in that accident.

Their practice Thursday eliminated that question though, of course, not their memory of Davis.

“I'm always going to carry that with me. He was a good, good friend of mine, a great pilot and a great friend, a great naval officer. So, we're always going to carry a little piece of him with us and I think about it a lot,” Lt. Cmdr. John Allison said.

In the cockpit, however, Allison said they stay focused on the flight.

“We have a job to do, and it’s busy up there,” Allison said.

Lt. Cmdr. Craig Olson is the newest member of the team. He served with the Blue Angels from 2003 to 2005 and just returned to fill the vacancy in the plane with the number 6 on its tail.

Since this is actually his first full practice with the Blue Angels, there will be only five of the F/A-18 Hornets in the performance this weekend.


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  • Chuck U Farley May 11, 2007

    IIRC, Lt. Cmdr. Olson was prominently featured on Discovery's Blue Angels: A year in the life. Glad to see him back, though I regret the circumstances.

  • Censor victim May 11, 2007

    To Listener-did you major in english? Just wondering. Women have no place where the lead is flying.

  • listener May 11, 2007

    As a female veteran of the U. S. Army, I say Liberalism get over it! Just because you are do not want to be patriotic to this country, and scared; do not mean the rest of us women wants to be like you. So do not down us for serving our country with PRIDE!

  • Censor victim May 11, 2007

    Women have no business anywhere near a combat zone.

  • ASE Certified May 10, 2007

    Just think a US military group rises to the occasion. A Salute to the MEN and Women of The US Armed Forces

  • pclifton May 10, 2007

    Good to see they're back. Also good to see that Merlin's gonna come back and fill in the #6 for the season. I'm gonna try and get down on Saturday if the weather's good- which looks to be iffy.

  • SomeRandomGuy May 10, 2007

    Glad to see they are back in the air! Too bad the Thunderbirds are scheduled to be at Mcguire this weekend. Would love to see em both at the same show.

  • Censor victim May 10, 2007

    Finally, real heroes. Get lost spoiled ballers, race drivers, rockers, rappers, Hollywood trash

  • pixelpusher May 10, 2007

    The Blues are very gracious to join us for the airshow!

  • notjustme May 10, 2007

    thanks Well_DUH, but can't. I've got a date with my daughters. going sailing. have fun