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Justin Cruz flies with the Blue Angels


The Blue Angels are back in town and set to take to the skies for another spectacular show this weekend.
Justin Cruz was invited to fly with them Tuesday during a practice run, seated behind Capt. Jeff Kuss.
“You had a great attitude all the way through so I kept it coming,” Kuss said, explaining the maneuvers. “We did a high performance climb here off the runway so we pitched the nose up to 45 degrees nose height at 6 gs. So right now we’re feeling one time the force of gravity so it’s our normal body weight, but we did six times that so you felt six times the normal weight as you climbed up.”
A lot of preparation went into the flight, including a physical months before the trip, and a safety briefing that included how to avoid passing out when the F/A-18 Hornet hits extreme g-forces.
Cruz wasn’t the only one to experience the ride of a lifetime.
“It’s a high-speed experience in every sense of the term,” said Frank Baker. “It’s much more confined. After the first 20 minutes of flying with any one of these jet pilots, you have a new respect.”
“I think you got the fact that we don’t feel that anywhere else in our life and it’s very unique and enjoyable,” Kuss said.
On KHON2 News at 9 and 10 p.m., we’ll go inside the cockpit to see Cruz’s flight up-close.
The Blue Angels will perform at the Kaneohe Bay Air Show this Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 17-18, at Marine Corps Base Hawaii.
Gates open at 9 p.m. and the show is free. Visitors are advised to bring water bottles, ear plugs, hats and sunscreen.
Organizers won’t specify exactly when the Blue Angels will take to the skies each day, but we do know they plan to fly in the afternoon.

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