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Blue Angels’ airshow advance team to visit Vero Beach

Blue Angel Lt. Cmdr. David Tickle, USN, flies upside down in the #5 F/A-18 Hornet while doing a maneuver with Lt. Mark Tedrow, USN, in the #6 Hornet during the final day of the 2014 Vero Beach Air Show at the Vero Beach Municipal Airport. (FILE PHOTO)
Two members of the Navy’s elite Blue Angel advance team will fly into the Vero Beach Municipal Airport on Nov. 23 for a visit prior to the upcoming Vero Beach Air Show June 25 and 26.

It will be the second time the Blue Angels have performed at the Vero Beach Air Show.

Lt. Tyler Davies, 33, from Kennesaw, Georgia, and Capt. Corrie Mays,
35, from Cape Cod, Maine, will fly in Nov. 23 with the Blue Angels and
are expected to arrive at the airport at 8:50 a.m.

Both officers are new to the Blue Angels team and this will be their
first visit to Vero Beach. Mays is the second woman in the team’s
70-year history to serve as a Blue Angels events coordinator.

After a news conference with local media, Mays and Davies will attend
meetings with air show staff, the Federal Aviation Administration
liaison, air traffic controllers, law enforcement and emergency services
personnel who will work closely with the Blue Angels team during the
air show.

The Blue Angels pre-visit team is expected to remain in Vero Beach for a private lunch and depart at 1:30 p.m.

Although the site visit is closed to the public, the Blue Angels
arrival and departure from Vero Beach can be viewed along Aviation Road,
near Piper Aircraft.

The Pensacola-based team will perform at 35 locations before an estimated 11 million spectators next year, according to the Blue Angels’ website.

For more information about the Vero Beach Air Show, visit www.VeroAirShow.com.

BLUE ANGELS FACTS

Highest maneuver: Vertical Roll, which can reach up to 15,000 feet

Lowest maneuver: Sneak Pass, which can be near 50 feet

Fastest speed: about 700 mph (just under Mach 1)

Slowest speed: about 120 mph

Maximum rate of climb: 30,000 feet per minute

Basic price of a single F/A-18 A Hornet: approximately $21 million

Pilots’ average age: 33

Named after: a nightclub called Blue Angel, written up in a 1946 issue of New Yorker Magazine

Proximity: Blue Angels F/A-18 aircraft fly within 18 inches of each other during their Diamond 360 maneuver

Aircraft Conversion: Blue Angels’ jets can be made combat ready in about 72 hours. Team members are volunteers and do not get extra pay.

Sonic Boom: Although the Boeing F/A-18 Hornet can
reach speeds just under Mach 2 — almost twice the speed of sound or
about 1,400 mph — the Blue Angels are not authorized to exceed the
speed of sound at a show. Spectators mistake the sound of engines at a
high power setting for a sonic boom.

Source: Blue Angels

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