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Navy’s Blue Angels jet to visit Syracuse Tuesday

U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, pilots fly in
their Delta Formation past the New York City skyline on Dec. 13, 2013.

Syracuse, N.Y. — A jet fighter from the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels will
visit Syracuse Tuesday (Dec. 1) in preparation for their two-day air
show at Hancock International Airport next summer.

The F/A-18 Hornet, the twin-engine fighter plane flown by the
precision flying team, will fly into the airport at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday.
Airport Executive Director Christina Callahan said the pilot will spend
two days checking out the airport’s facilities.

The Blue Angels are scheduled to put on an air show at the airport June 11 and 12. It will be their first appearance in Syracuse since 2002.

Blue Angels shows feature demonstrations of the capabilities of the
Navy’s F/A-18 Hornets and their pilots. The planes fly in formations as
close as 18 inches from each other and at speeds ranging from 120 mph to
700 mph during the shows. Some fly as low as 50 feet above the runway.

The show in June will
also feature a demonstration flight by a Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules
cargo plane, as well as displays of vintage and other aircraft,
including a World War II B-25 bomber.

The pilot and airport officials will meet with local media Tuesday
afternoon at the Hancock Field Air National Guard Base at the airport.
The event will not be open to the public.

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