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.
— Blue Angels (@BlueAngels) June 16, 2016
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 countrythrough flight demonstrations and community outreach. Visit www.blueangels.navy.mil/media/show/2016PracticeSchedule.pdf for practice datesin Pensacola. For the Blue Angels air show schedule, visit www.blueangels.navy.mil/show.