Commander Ryan Bernacchi has never been to Duluth before. But he’s thrilled to be here now, as the Flight Leader and Commanding Officer of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.
“We love coming here, it’s such a beautiful part of the country. And the people are so warm and welcoming,” he told us, as he stood next to his bright blue F/A-18 Hornet jet.
He never thought he’d be a Blue Angel. As a child, he saw the team flying, and was inspired to join the Navy.
“It’s really such a privilege to fly, and we’re blessed to do it. I can speak for the whole team when I say that it’s not something we ever thought we would do. But the opportunity came along, and we were fortunate to be selected,” he added.
A member of the Life Support Team for the Blue Angels added that it is an honor to be part of the elite group.
Stephen Reardon said, “We’re a small group, and we work together, and bring the camraderie with us. And the pride and professionalism of the United States Navy and the Marine Corp.”
The Blue Angels will perform on Saturday and Sunday. But you may catch them doing some practicing both Thursday and Friday.