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CHERRY POINT — Two Blue Angels pilots touched down Thursday in the signature blue and gold F/A-18 to plan for another visit next year.

That’s when the
full U.S. Navy Blue Angels flight demonstration team will perform in the
2016 Cherry Point Air Show set for Friday, April 29, through Sunday,
May 1.

Lt. Tyler Davies, narrator and pilot for the Blue
Angels, and Capt. Corrie Mays, event coordinator and squadron Naval
flight officer, arrived for pre-show planning in the Blue Angels No. 7
plane after a 45-minute flight from Baltimore, Md.

The flight wasn’t the first visit to Cherry
Point. Lt. Davies was stationed at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia
Beach, Va., where as a flight instructor, he made many landings at
Cherry Point.

“I am used to the base and used to the layout, which is awesome,” he said.

Lt. Davies said seeing the 8,000 feet of the four converging runways from the air was always significant.

“There are not many runways out there like them,” he added.
Lt. Davies said coming to the Cherry Point air show is something he looks forward to.

“We’re excited to be in Cherry Point for the
upcoming air show,” he said. “Corrie and I are here for the winter
planning session for the show. We will be meeting with all the air show
committee to make sure the air show goes off without a hitch.”

Not only was the air show an opportunity for him,
but this was his first year flying with the Blue Angels. From Kennesaw,
Ga., near Atlanta, he said flying for the Blue Angels was a childhood
dream.

“Absolutely a dream come true,” he added. “I
joined the Navy straight out of high school. I want to tell everyone, if
there is a goal, take a shot at it. Don’t let anyone tell you ‘no.’ Put
your dreams in a rocket launcher, aim for the stars, hit the button and
go for the ride.”
Capt. Mays said it was a privilege for her and the Blue Angels to be back at Cherry Point.

“Four years ago was the last time our team was
here. The planning process went so smoothly and the execution of the
show also went very smoothly,” she said. “There’s a great air show
committee here and they really know what they are doing. That is
something we always look forward to and something the people always look
forward to.”

While visiting the base, the pilots toured the
airfield, met with station staff and discussed teamwork that exists
between the Navy and the Marines.

Lt. Davies and Capt. Mays also checked all the
facilities that will be available, including briefing rooms, the
maintenance spaces, the show line and the center point where the jets
will be staged.

There will also be an area for staging Fat Albert, a C-130 Hercules used to carry the Blue Angels maintenance and support team.

The 2016 show, which is free and open to the public, will also celebrate the 75th anniversary of MCAS Cherry Point.

While the planning was underway at Cherry Point,
the pilots were at their home base in Pensacola, Fla., honing in their
team’s demonstration flight.

For more information on the Cherry Point Air Show, visit www.cherrypointairshow.com.

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