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Blue Angels will perform three airshows in 2016

Lieutenant Tyler Davis, left, and Captain Corrie Mays, right, land the
Blue Angels plane at the United States Coast Guard Air Station in
Traverse City for a meeting about National Cherry Festival 2016.

TRAVERSE CITY — The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will perform three airshows during the 2016 National Cherry Festival.

The Blue Angels
typically roar across the skies above West Grand Traverse Bay for two
airshows, one each on July 3 and 4, but because the holiday falls on a
Monday this year they will perform three shows, said Susan Wilcox-Olson,
media manager for the festival. 

The Blue Angels will have a customary practice show followed by their live shows Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

One F/A-18 Hornet,
piloted by Lt. Tyler Davies and Capt. Corrie Mays, landed at Cherry
Capital Airport in Traverse City for a quick trip to discuss details of
the Blue Angels’ performance at the 2016 National Cherry Festival, July
2-9, said Jamie Callahan, president of the festival.

“We overflew the bay and got to look at the town — gorgeous, gorgeous place, absolutely beautiful,” Davies said. 

Callahan said the
Blue Angels performance every other year gives northern Michiganders a
chance to see the precision flight team with limited travel time. The
Blue Angels attracted about 400,000 people to the area to watch the
airshow in 2014.

“It’s a bit of
tradition and our most popular part of the Cherry Festival,” he said.
“We try to offer many things for people to enjoy and the airshow is
wildly popular.”

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