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Fri, Aug 16, 2019

Blue Angels Report 'Minor' Mid-Air During Practice Session

...Though It's Hard To Think of ANY Mid-Air As 'Minor'

Somewhere, there are two US Navy Blue Angel pilots who possess some very capable rabbit's feet.

The US Navy has confirmed that a Wednesday practice flight went awry when two Blue Angel F/A-18s came into contact with each other... thankfully, without any serious damage.

Blue Angel Spokesperson, Lt. Michelle Tucker, described the incident on behalf of Rear Admiral Daniel Dwyer, chief of naval air training...

"The No. 3 canopy made momentary contact with the underside of No. 1's outer wing during the Diamond 360 maneuver," she noted. The number one Blue Angel is flown by team Boss, Captain Eric Doyle, and there were no reported injuries... though the number 3 jet apparently got its canopy scratched up in the fracas.  

Boss Doyle called a safety stand down after the incident, and went into an extensive debrief... though there is apparently no current concern for any disruption to this weekend's scheduled appearances in Chicago.

FMI: www.blueangels.navy.mil

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