Blue Angels

Kroes lives out dream as Blue Angels pilot

Kroes lives out dream as Blue Angels pilot

At a young age, Navy Lt. Damon Kroes knew he wanted to be a pilot. He grew up watching the Blue Angels. They were his inspiration. So was his grandfather, a former naval aviator. Dreams change for children, but any chance of that happening for Kroes was erased on a trip to Naval Air Station […]

Aloy experiences thrill of a lifetime

Aloy experiences thrill of a lifetime

Sgt. Rich Aloy experienced one of the biggest thrills of his life last week. The public information officer for the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office had the opportunity to fly with the Blue Angels. He rode in the No. 7 jet with Navy Lt. Andre Webb. Read the full article in the Nov. 8 issue […]

Fort Pickens a stopover on 5,000-mile kayak trip

Fort Pickens a stopover on 5,000-mile kayak trip

Steve Chard is late setting up his tent at the Fort Pickens campground on a Sunday evening. After arriving in Florida by kayak earlier in the day, he got caught up in watching the Blue Angels fly. Read the full article in the Nov. 1 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. […]

Harmon enjoys retirement life at the ballpark

Harmon enjoys retirement life at the ballpark

Les Harmon admits baseball isn’t his favorite sport, and yet, he has taken pleasure in working as an usher at Blue Wahoos Stadium, the home of the Double-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. “I’m not a big baseball fan. I prefer college football,” Harmon said. “But I enjoy working here. I enjoy being around the […]

Thunderbirds in town to meet with Blue Angels

Thunderbirds in town to meet with Blue Angels

Criss-crossing a gray sky on a blustery Monday morning at NAS Pensacola, the Air Force Thunderbirds demonstration team showed off their impressive flying maneuvers in the air, the noise from their F-16 jets almost deafening and the smoke trailing off behind them and fading into the gray clouds. For the first time in more than a […]

Fat Albert thrills riders

Fat Albert thrills riders

Walking up to the towering Blue Angels Hanger at the Pensacola Naval Aviation Station Friday, July 15, I had one goal for my media ride aboard the show teams impressive C-130 airplane Fat Albert. Do not throw up. My coworker Brian Lester had told me all about his ride aboard the plane during last year’s […]

Higgins’ life in the spotlight as Blue Angels pilot

Higgins’ life in the spotlight as Blue Angels pilot

Certain moments stand out for Capt. Katie Higgins, the first female pilot in Blue Angels’ history. She remembers the first time she flew a plane. A pilot for Fat Albert, the famed C-130, Higgins was 19 and nervous her first time manning a cockpit. “You get freaked out by the littlest things when you are […]

Blue Angels crash probe to take months

Blue Angels crash probe to take months

The Navy investigation into the fatal crash of a Blue Angels jet on June 2 in Tennessee may last through the rest of the elite flight demonstration team’s 2016 air show season. “It could take months,” said Lt. Leslie Hubbell, spokeswoman for Naval Air Forces U.S. Pacific Fleet, the California command that oversees the Pensacola-based […]

Blue Angels Resume Schedule

Blue Angels Resume Schedule

According to a press release, The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will return to its 2016 demonstration schedule July 2-4 in Traverse City, Mich., Commander, Naval Air Forces announced. The Blue Angels temporarily stood down, canceling three weekend shows following a crash on June 2 during a practice in Smyrna, Tenn., in which Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss […]

Blue Angels Begin Training for Return to Season Schedule

Blue Angels Begin Training for Return to Season Schedule

NAS PENSACOLA, Fla. – U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, announced it will begin training flights in preparation to resume the team’s Pensacola practice and air show season schedules, June 16. The team will fly its first training flight in a “Big V” formation, with five aircraft, over downtown Pensacola and Pensacola Beach, […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 11

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 11

TEEN DIES 2 DAYS AFTER SAND COLLAPSE ON FLORIDA BEACH The Bay County Sheriff’s Office reports on social media that 17-year-old Travor Brown died at Panama City hospital Friday. Brown was visiting the area with friends. On Wednesday, beachgoers told Bay County Sheriff’s deputies they’d seen a couple of teens digging in a sand bank […]

We’ve got your six, Capt. Kuss

We’ve got your six, Capt. Kuss

Too often lately we find ourselves mourning the loss of a military member.  This week is no exception.  Our beloved Blue Angels, the US Navy flight demonstration team based in Pensacola, suffered a horrific loss on Thursday as the team was practicing for an air show in Smyrna, Tn..  Capt. Jeff Cuss By all accounts, […]

Family: Blue Angels pilot killed in crash dreamed of flying

Family: Blue Angels pilot killed in crash dreamed of flying

Family: Blue Angels pilot killed in crash dreamed of flying By Kristin M. Hall, Associated Press and Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press   Smyrna, Tenn. (AP) — A Blue Angels pilot who died when his F/A-18 fighter jet crashed near Nashville, Tennessee, had wanted to fly since he was a child, relatives said. A U.S. official identified the […]

Navy Blue Angels fighter jet crashes near Nashville, Tenn.

Navy Blue Angels fighter jet crashes near Nashville, Tenn.

Washington (AP) — The Navy says a Blue Angels F/A-18 fighter jet has crashed near Nashville, Tennessee, where the team is scheduled to perform at an air show this weekend. There are no details yet on whether the pilot was injured in the crash Thursday. The Blue Angels were practicing for the show. This is […]