Blue Angels pilot chases tail, loses gig


#1

news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081031/ap_ … len_angels


#2

Hmmmmm… I thought the show’s announcer is also a backup pilot who is able to step in and do the show in such situations…


#3

The announcer is typically a pilot in his first season with the team. His aircraft, #7, is the standby aircraft should any of the others develop a problem. However, due to the tolerances and complexity of the display, there is simply no way to keep a “spare pilot” ready to jump in at a moments notice. Beside, he’d have to know the routine perfectly for all 6 slots.


#4

my vote for best thread title goes to killbucky, I think this one takes it!

(This version CORRECTS Corrects wording to note that they were removed from duty. APNewsNow.)

I was hoping they’d “CORRECTS Corrects” the F-18 “Stunt” pilot part.


#5

Thanks for the vote! I was in Pensacola at the Blue Angels’ home base earlier this year and got to see them perform again over the summer. A very talented and professional group…very impressive. This story came as a bit of a surprise to me, but I guess we’re all human, stuff happens…even to the best.


#6

Very true, I’ve seen them perform in the past, as one who can fly single ship at 110kts ok, I’ve gotta respect flying 3 times that speed within inches of the next airplane. I like the Thunderbirds better, although I’d say the Blue Angels are probably a little more edgy and fly a bit closer etc.
But yeah as you said, we’re all human and things happen. I agree.


#7

As you said, they’re only human. Sounds like this was consensual, so they are being dismissed for “conduct unbecoming…” and/or fraternization depending on the rank of the female team member. 1 female officer and approx.22 enlisted. What a way to lose the best flying job you’ve ever had!


#8

and you’re right too, don’t get me wrong, it was human of them, but at the same time, they knew those were the regs. It is a job that a small fraction of pilots ever make it to, just to throw it away.
And the regs are there for a reason, one who pilots, and one who services (no pun intended) an F-18 in one way or another, could make a bad situation when the breakup comes.