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 […]

Angels in the Outfield

Pensacola will have Angels in the outfield as members of the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels will be on hand for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos minor league baseball game. Members of the Blue Angels team will be participating in pregame festivities and in-game activities and will be available for autographs, photographs, and more. The National Naval Aviation Museum will […]

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 […]

The Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show

The Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, will close the 2016 season at their annual Homecoming Air Show aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 11-12.  In addition to the scheduled Friday and Saturday shows, there will be a special night show from 4:30-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11 only.  Aircraft will […]

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 […]

72 become citizens during ceremony at NAS Pensacola

72 become citizens during ceremony at NAS Pensacola

The number of Americans has increased by 72. On a sunny fall afternoon in Pensacola, 72 people from 35 nations raised their hands and recited the oath of citizenship. About 500 people attended the two-hour proceedings Nov. 13 in the spectacular Blue Angels atrium inside the Naval Aviation Museum at Naval Air Station Pensacola, including […]

Free shuttle service expanded for air show

Free shuttle service expanded for air show

It’s that time of year on Pensacola Beach, the much-anticipated Blue Angels weekend. The Santa Rosa Island Authority (SRIA) is expecting record crowds again, and as always parking will be in high demand. In anticipation, the SRIA is stepping up its free shuttle system on Friday and Saturday On Friday, three trolleys will be in […]

Nonsense at the National Seashore

Nonsense at the National Seashore

Dan Brown is superintendent of Gulf Islands National Seashore. In a way he’s the “big boss” of the pristine stretch of barrier islands which skirt the Mississippi and northwest Florida coasts. He’s also head honcho of historic local park areas, such as Fort Pickens, Fort Barrancas and the Naval Live Oaks Reserve. Apparently, all the […]

Blues announce 2015 team

Blues announce 2015 team

The Blue Angels announced July 22 the officers selected for the 2015 team.  The squadron selected an executive officer, three F/A-18 demonstration pilots, an events coordination officer, two C-130 demonstration pilots, a flight surgeon and a supply officer to join the 2015 team. The Blue Angels select finalists to interview during the week of the […]

Red, White and Blues Week

Red, White and Blues Week

Santa Rosa Island Authority Executive Director Buck Lee has one piece of advice for those planning to enjoy the Pensacola Beach Air Show this weekend. “Get here early.” Lee said he expects larger than normal crowds since the Blue Angels were not able to fly last year. “Typically the main parking areas start to fill […]

Celebrating 100 years at NAS Pensacola

Celebrating 100 years at NAS Pensacola

An F/A-18 Hornet painted in the Blue Angels theme was unveiled July 1 at NAS Pensacola’s main gate to commemorate the base’s 100th anniversary, as well as the 60th anniversary of Blue Angels being stationed there. The F-11 Tiger previously at the air station gate had been on display since 1965. Captain Keith Hoskins, NASP Commanding Officer […]