The Blue Angels announced that their performance Saturday at the California Capital Airshow at Mather Airport has be canceled after their flight leader became sick.
The Blue Angels commanding officer and flight leader, Cmdr. Ryan Bernacchi, contracted a food-borne illness and is under medical supervision of the team’s flight surgeon, airshow officials said.
Bernacchi will be reevaluated regularly, and the team is hopeful he will be ready to fly for the final day of the air show on Sunday. As of 3:15 p.m. Saturday, the Blue Angels were still scheduled to perform on Sunday as planned.
For those who attend Saturday’s airshow, tickets will also be honored for general admission on Sunday.
Parking passes will be honored, with proof of purchase, from Saturday or by providing the parking stub. Expedited lanes for those returning with Saturday tickets will be set up at the admission gate on Sunday.
“We thank you for your support and understanding,” air show officials said. “Please joining us in wishing Cmdr. Bernacchi a speedy recovery.”