The Blue Angels has named its new commanding officer, who will serve as the demonstration flight leader.
Cmdr. Eric Doyle was chosen to succeed Cmdr. Ryan Bernacchi, the current leader of the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, according to a news release. Doyle was chosen by a panel of 10 admirals and former commanding officers. Applicants are required to have a minimum of 3,000 flight hours and have lead a tactical jet squadron.
Doyle will serve as the commanding officer for the 2018 and 2019 Blue Angels air show seasons and will lead the squadron beginning in November, according to the release. As the demonstration flight leader, Doyle will fly the No. 1 jet.
The Blue Angels are scheduled to perform 61 shows in 33 locations for the 2018 season. The group performs for about 11 million people across the country every year, according to new release. The Blue Angels typically perform during the Naval Academy’s Commissioning Week.
“This was a childhood dream come true,” Doyle said in the release. “My motivation to become a pilot came from watching the Blue Angels.”