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Blue Angels Fighter Jet Lands In Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, SD – Planes fly into Sioux Falls all the time, but Tuesday held a special arrival.
An F-18 jet made a stop to promote the Sioux Falls Airshow. The U.S. Navy Blue Angels aerial demonstration team will be the headline act.  It has been four years since the last show.
It only takes seconds to get from the pavement to 3,000 feet in the air. Somehow, Blue Angels Captain Corrie Mays still stays grounded and humble.
“Every time we walk to the jet, it’s so motivating to see it on the line and know it’s about to do some good work,” Mays said.
The last time we saw one of these in Sioux Falls was in 2012, and it will be back in July.
The air shows are typically planned for every three years, but the organizing committee postponed 2015’s show to 2016 because it had difficulty lining up a featured act. The South Dakota Air National Guard will be celebrating the 70th anniversary of its Fighting Lobos flight wing unit during the show. The airshow is July 23 – July 24.
“We’re very fortunate to have them back,” Chuck Nelson, Sioux Falls Airshow vice chair, said.
Mays and her co-pilot are flying around not only promote the show but to honor their colleagues who serve our country.
“We reach people of all ages.  Whether they’re young children who are now seeing the Blue Angels for the first time and the experience everyone remembers,” Mays said.
“Not only the flying aspect, but we have a lot of things on the base they can get up real close to and touch and talk to the pilots, too,” Nelson said.
Before landing in the city, the fighter jet was in St. Louis.  The trip from point A to point B took about an hour.  Mays, an F-18 Weapons Systems operator and marine, will return in July for the show in Sioux Falls.  In the meantime, she has this thought she wants to leave behind.
“We’re out there.  We’re doing it.  You can do anything you want.  It doesn’t matter what you want to do.  Whether it’s military or not, choose what you want to do and don’t let anyone tell you no,” Mays said.
It is a good message for other women or anyone who wants to fly — literally and figuratively.

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