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Blue Angels Fly Proud at Wings Over Wayne

Posted May 12, 2007

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— When it comes to aviation's elite, the Blue Angels rank with the best of them. At the Wings Over Wayne Air Show in Goldsboro Saturday, it seemed many of the estimated 100,000 spectators wanted to capture the moment on airplanes, pictures, T-shirts, and even a baseball.

“I think all of it is pretty cool,” said observer Lynn Evans. “It's just amazing they can fly like that.”

Thousands of aviation enthusiasts converged on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. Their imaginations took off as they took in the annual display of military might and history.

For Matt Losacker, who has flown with the Red Barons for four years, it's his dream job.

“It's like a kid playing baseball and wanting to be in the major leagues when you grow up,” Losacker said. “Well, this is the same thing only for flying.”

But this day belonged to the Navy's Blue Angels. With style, grace and precision, they performed for an appreciative crowd in the team's first performance since losing a fellow pilot during another performance last month.

The team stopped flying for nine days after the crash. The last time the Blue Angels lost a pilot was back in 1999.

The Blue Angels dedicated their Wings Over Wayne performance to their fallen brother in aviation.

“I think they do an incredible job promoting naval aviation,” said observer Phillip Culpepper. “I'm sorry for their loss, but I know they'll continue to do great work in the future.”

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  • dogluver May 14, 2007

    I went to the WOW Air Show..first time I've ever actually gone on base..usually park nearby and watch the planes flying. But the static displays were great..all of the airmen and other military there were so nice. Thank God they are on our side :). God Bless Goldsboro, SJAFB, the Blue Angels, and everyone else who helped with this air show. Of course, living in Goldsboro, we get an air show many days with the Strike Eagles!

  • ncbaby67 May 14, 2007

    SJAFB, Wayne County and Goldsboro...what a combination...What a wonderful place to live...

  • Tripwire May 14, 2007

    An airshow is ten times better than any idiotic rock concert or monster truck rally, a heck of allot more inspirational and educational.

  • CaptCartman May 13, 2007

    I'm not taking away from the military police but the local police were in charge of the traffic control to get on and off the base. We worked very hard planning the routes to get the traffic moving. We still had problems but overall I think everything went well. Way to go GPD. Great air show too. All the Blue Angel pilots were very approachable...I spent about 40 minutes with them prior to the show. Hope to see the Blue Angels back soon to SJAFB and Goldsboro.

  • ASE Certified May 13, 2007

    McDriver,So you thought Wings Over Wayne was a Waste of tax payers money. What do you WASTE your money on ?

  • Axtel May 13, 2007

    Hey McDriver,

    What vehicle do you drive?

  • EverythingTicksMeOff May 13, 2007

    I hope some of you noticed that the AP story about this show incorrectly stated that only 5 of the Blue Angels flew. Obviously, all 6 flew. A bit of a slap in the face to the new number 6 pilot who has a great weight to carry. It was a fantastic show. Did anyone else notice that when the Blue Angels presentation began, the place got quiet and most of the crowd moved to the flightline? Amazing moment.

  • twright530 May 13, 2007

    Hillary said she has seen blue angels that suddenly appeared in her dreams.

  • Nanna May 13, 2007

    Poor,poor mcdriver,these shows show the U.S. Americans just what our men and women in the military do day in and day out. What isn't important to you, no one cares nor do we need you being totally negative. It was so awesome and patiotic,enjoyed by thousands, but you can never please everyone. I am the wife a retired A.F career man, mighty proud to say that.

  • kdavis2 May 13, 2007

    Here's a thought, McDriver, with all seriousness. Why don't you turn your negative impression of the airshow into the much needed positive by heading up the food and/ or clothing drives at these "waste,waste,waste" events?

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