|Diamond pilots perform the Echelon Parade Pass.|
A month after a U.S. Navy pilot died during a Blue Angels practice in Tennessee, the squadron of elite jets returned to the skies over Michigan on Saturday.
The Blue Angels flew a modified five-jet show as part of the Fourth of July celebrations and National Cherry Festival in Traverse City, Mich.
June 2, the crash killed Capt. Jeff Kuss. The Navy is still
investigating the cause of the crash, but witness video showed the plane
freefalling shortly after takeoff.
The squadron thanked airshow
fans for their patience “as we have navigated through this very
difficult loss of our teammate,” said Cmdr. Ryan Bernacchi, commanding
officer and flight leader.
Plans called for the crew to fly aerobatic demonstrations over West
Grand Traverse Bay with their F/A-18 Hornets looping and barrel rolling
at speeds that approach 700 mph for high-speed passes.