|Northview High School teacher Anna Barry flew with the Blue Angels Tuesday from NAS Pensacola|
“I knew it was going to be a once in a lifetime experience, but it exceeded my highest expectations,” Barry said shortly after the flight. “I don’t even have the right words to describe it…it was really awesome.”
The flight included many of the demonstration maneuvers that Blue Angels fans know from airshows, including flying upside down and barrel rolls.
“I was just surreal to be up there part of the same tricks that you see from the ground,” she said.
The history teacher was especially proud of the fact that she made it through the entire flight without passing out — even while pulling over 6 G’s — and that she did not get sick.
Barry was chosen for the flight as a local “key influencer” as the current Escambia County Teacher of the Year. And she said she can’t wait to get back to Northview to share her experience with her students and the NJROTC program at the school.
“I want to share with the kids that they should always aim high,” she said. “There are no excuses, most anything is possible if you step our of your comfort zone.”
Numerous friends and family members were back on the ground watching Barry’s flight, including her grandfather, John Calvin Davis, Sr. “He was especially proud. He was in the Navy,” she said, “training for a amphibious assault on Toyko.”
Also flying with the Blue Angels Tuesday were local Boy Scouts of America district executive Suzie West and NewsRadio 1620’s Andrew McKay. The Blue Angels will close the 2015 season at their annual Homecoming Air Show aboard
Naval Air Station Pensacola on Friday and Saturday.
Photos by U.S. Navy, Regina Barry and others for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.