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Blue Angels Welcome Back New Solo Pilot

U.S. Navy Blue Angels

Navy Commander Frank Weisser has been tapped to return to the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, to serve as their new Blue Angel #6 Opposing Solo pilot for the remainder of the 2016 and 2017 seasons.

Weisser previously served with the Blue Angels from 2008 to 2010 and performed duties including Narrator, Key Influencer and VIP Pilot, Opposing Solo and Lead Solo.

He replaces Captain Jeff Kuss, who passed away June 2nd during practice for an airshow in Smyrna, Tennessee.

Weisser, a native of Atlanta, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and received his wings of gold in November 2002. He has accumulated more than 4,000 flight hours and 400 carrier-arrested landings.

Credit U.S. Navy
ST. LOUIS (May 14, 2016) U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, Lead Solo Lt. Ryan Chamberlain and Opposing Solo Capt. Jeff Kuss perform Opposing Horizontal Rolls at the Spirit of St. Louis Air Show, May 14.

Along with the return of this previous Blue Angel, the team is interviewing finalists this week for the 2017 team. The interviews are being conducted as the Blue Angels perform the annual air show over Pensacola Beach.

Festivities include Breakfast with the Blues, as the team performs a morning flyover at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

The squadron will conduct a practice session at 2 p.m. Thursday. 

A full dress rehearsal will be held on Friday at noon, again with the Blue Angels taking to the skies at 2:00.

The official air show is Saturday, with the same performance times as the Friday rehearsal.

The full schedule of events is available by linking to Visit Pensacola.