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Blue Angels Resume Flight Training

U.S. Navy Blue Angels

The Blue Angels have restarted training flights in preparation to resume their air show season schedule.

"We are back, Blue Angels Fans!" were the words beginning a Twitter post Thursday. "Today the team returns to the skies after our operational pause."

The U.S. Navy’s Flight Demonstration  Squadron flew its first training flight in a "Big V" formation, with five aircraft, over the Pensacola area Thursday Morning.  The flight took place at about 9:30 a.m. and was visible over downtown Pensacola, Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key.

The Navy had grounded the team and canceled air show performances in New York and Ohio following the June 2 crash that killed  Marine Captain Jeff Kuss, who piloted the Number 6 jet. The crash occurred during practice for a show in Smyrna, Tennessee. 

There’s been no specific announcement as to when the air show schedule will resume. The Blues’ annual performance over Pensacola Beach is set for July 16.

The mission of the Blue Angels is to showcase the pride and professionalism of the

United States Navy and Marine Corps by inspiring a culture of excellence and service to country
through flight demonstrations and community outreach.
Visit www.blueangels.navy.mil/media/show/2016PracticeSchedule.pdf for practice dates
in Pensacola. For the Blue Angels air show schedule, visit www.blueangels.navy.mil/show.

Sandra Averhart has been News Director at WUWF since 1996. Her first job in broadcasting was with (then) Pensacola radio station WOWW107-FM, where she worked 11 years. Sandra, who is a native of Pensacola, earned her B.S. in Communication from Florida State University.