|Graduating midshipmen watch as the Blue Angels fly over Marine Corps
stadium during graduation and commissioning ceremonies at the United
States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., Friday, May 25, 2007. (AP
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Navy officials say its Blue Angels will resume
performances a month after one of their pilots was killed in a crash
while practicing for an air show.
In a statement Saturday, Cmdr. Ryan Bernacchi said the elite flight
demonstration squadron was grateful for its fans’ patience as it
“navigated through this very difficult loss of our teammate.”
The Blue Angels canceled performances after the death of Marine Capt.
Jeff Kuss. Kuss died June 2 when his F/A-18 jet crashed just after
takeoff while practicing for a Tennessee air show.
The Pensacola-based team will resume its schedule July 2 at the National Cherry Festival Air Show in Traverse City, Michigan.
The Navy statement says the team will fly a modified five-jet demonstration along with the Blue Angels C-130 plane “Fat Albert.”