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Blue Angels arrive, prepare for Wings Over South Texas Air Show

Most of the crew is from the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. When it comes to the Blue Angels, it’s all about working together.

The Blue Angels landed Thursday at Naval Air Station-Kingsville as they gear up for this weekend’s 2018 Wings Over South Texas Air Show.

Most of the crew is from the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. When it comes to the Blue Angels, it’s all about working together.

The team has been training since November and will have their third show of the season this weekend.

A lot of the Blue Angels are not strangers to South Texas. Blue Angels Commanding Officer and Flight Leader Eric Doyle received his wings almost two decades ago at NAS-Kingsville.



“Brings back a lot of memories,” Doyle said. “Joining the Marine Corps, I never thought I’d be a Blue Angel. One of the things I can say I’ve accomplished. Can put it on my bucket list.”

Becoming a part of the Blue Angels has been a drive for Coastal Bend native Jose Torres.

“Graduated from Aransas Pass in Rockport. Been away from home so long,” Torres said.

Torres serves as an aviation technician and has loved every minute of being part of the team. Especially traveling across the U.S.

“El Centro, California, Phoenix, northeast, all over South Texas,” Torres said. “Being in Blue Angels, it’s a chance to visit your country.”

Most of them got their inspiration from the silver screen.

“Air Force guy is when I saw the Top Gun, when I was two years old,” Torres said. “Lucky to be doing this.”

Captain Andrew Olsen has been flying jets in the U.S. Air Force for eight years.

“Come really low over the runway, about 300 feet, get into a quick climb, just rock it straight up,” Olsen said.

Olsen will be flying the newest, most advanced fighter jet on the planet this weekend — the F-35 5th Generation stealth fighter jet.

“Gives you unparalleled situation awareness in tactical scenarios. It’s just fantastic. Very fun,” Olsen said.

Olsen said the state-of-the-art aircraft is legitimately a generational leap in technology.

“Makes us invisible to enemy radar and then additionally the sensor fusion,” Olsen said. “Jet sees everything around it in real time, knows where everything is, presented it to pilot in a very seamless logical manner.”

To help keep the flight line safe, the following items will not be allowed:

  • Ice Chests
  • Large bags like a duffel bags, briefcases, large camera bags and backpacks
  • No weapons, regardless of permit

You also will not be able to bring alcoholic beverages, pets, glass containers, bicycles, or drones.

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