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  posted on 4/21/2007 at 04:45 PM
Sad news for the Blue Angels today. I've been a huge fan of airshows since I was very young.
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Blue Angels jet reportedly crashes
Navy demonstration plane may have clipped wires, papers says

BREAKING NEWS
MSNBC
Updated: 4:35 p.m. CT April 21, 2007

A jet fighter flown by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels demonstration team crashed Saturday during an air show in South Carolina and a number of houses were on fire, according to media reports.

Witness Scott Houston told CNN in a telephone interview that he saw six Blue Angels jets flying low behind a grove of trees at the end of an air show in Beaufort, S.C., and only five emerged.

A cloud of smoke was seen rising from the area.

According to the Beaufort Gazette, police reports indicated that the jet clipped power lines and went down about 30 minutes into the unit's show at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort.

A coroner was called to the scene and authorities were told the pilot had been killed in the crash, according to the paper. However, a local hospital had not been made aware of any injuries or fatalities, according to NBC News.

A Navy official told NBC News there was an incident at the show, but did not say if anyone was injured.


2007 MSNBC InteractiveReuters and the Beaufort Gazette contributed to this report.

URL: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18248797/

 
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  posted on 4/21/2007 at 05:05 PM
I think all of us in Pensacola are glued to the TV right now - we love our Blues -
Pensacola, home to the Blues - they're kind of sacred to us - when they do their airshows over the beach it is stunning - never, ever get tired of it - nothing like it when they perform over the ocean/beach . . .

 

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  posted on 4/21/2007 at 07:09 PM
That really sucks. I recall seeing both the Blue Angels and the Thunderbirds. Simply stunning and impressive.
 

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  posted on 4/21/2007 at 07:20 PM
Damn, this sucks. My brother's brother-in-law is a Navy comboat pilot currently depolyed in the Middle East and on occasion has flown with the Blue Angels...he is good friends with several of the current pilots. Damn...

 

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  posted on 4/21/2007 at 08:54 PM
The best pilots in the world, bar none. Love to see them fly. Sad day for the team.

 

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  posted on 4/21/2007 at 09:34 PM
Just watched some incredible footage of the team...amazing. It is a shame.
Dying young obviously sucks, but dying doing what you love is not the worst way to go.
R.I.P.

 

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  posted on 4/21/2007 at 11:29 PM
Few Americans inspire me more than the Blue Angels and the Thunderbirds. I have seen them do their magic live, in front of me, many times. I have felt the thunder deep in my chest, and seen the angel hair hover off of their wings during a quick ascent on a summer afternoon. Both teams are regulars at the Dayton (Ohio) International Airshow, which is one of the best in the world. While neither team is based in Ohio, airflight was born here in the Buckeye State with the Wright Brothers, and we take that heritage seriously. Not only is Ohio the home of the Wright Brothers and powered airflight, but the first American to circle the Earth in a spaceship was Ohio native John Glenn. The first person in the universe to walk on the Moon was Ohio native Neil Armstrong. This isn't a coincidence.

There is nothing like seeing the best and the brightest American pilots do their thing live, in front of you, with afterburners blazing. It is like a NASCAR race, as when you see it in person it is a thousand times more intense than seeing it on TV or in pictures. When I see the Blue Angels or the Thunderbirds live, I still get massive goosebumps. Whether it is our US Navy brethren on the Blue Angels team, or our US Air Force brethren on the team known as the Thunderbirds, it feels, sounds, and smells like FREEDOM!

God bless the pilot that crashed. You have my complete and undying admiration.

RIP

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  posted on 4/22/2007 at 02:19 AM
Remember seeing both the Blues Angels and the Thunderbirds several times at air shows growing up. Both were always impressive. You could tell they were the best of the best. Thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the pilot and indeed to the whole Blue Angel community.
 
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  posted on 4/22/2007 at 02:36 AM
That's a shame. Ever since I was a kid I looked up to them. I remember building more than one BA model while growing up, think they were F4s back then.??

Saw them last in Springfield, IL, maybe 4-5 years ago...not sure. Always a treat.

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  posted on 4/22/2007 at 09:59 AM
Back in the late 80's I was a photog for my hometown paper, and I had the privilege to fly in their 2 seater plane they use for the media relations. The day before I was told to eat a light breakfast prior to my flight, I limited myself to 1 glass of orange juice. I didn't hurl, blackout, or have to change my underwear but I was very close. Never knew The Blues do not wear G suits as the slightest uncontrolled inflation can cause the control stick to move and when you're a foot and a half apart that's serious stuff. What impressed me the most was that all of them were down to earth very humble guys who really love what they do. They are the Best of the Best.
 

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  posted on 4/23/2007 at 12:04 AM


Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Davis
Blue Angels' No. 6 - Opposing Solo

Was killed Saturday April 21, 2007
when his F/A-18 crashed at an
air show in Beaufort, S.C. Friends and
comrades remember the aviator,
known in the skies by his callsign, "Kojak."



Biography

Lieutenant Commander Kevin J. Davis
U.S. Navy
Opposing Solo

Lieutenant Commander Kevin Davis is a native of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, and graduated from Reading Memorial High School in 1992 where he played football and was active with the Civil Air Patrol. He attended Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Science with honors in 1996.

Kevin reported to Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Florida, for Officer Candidate School and aviation indoctrination in September 1996. He completed primary flight training at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, and transferred to NAS Meridian, Mississippi, for intermediate and advanced flight training. While there, he flew the T-2C Buckeye and TA-4J Skyhawk, and received his wings of gold in June 1999.

Kevin reported to Fighter Squadron 101 (VF-101) at NAS Oceana, Virginia, for training in the F-14 Tomcat and was the "Top Stick" in his class. In July 2000 he reported to the VF-11 "Red Rippers" where he completed deployments aboard the aircraft carriers USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) and USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67). While with the "Red Rippers," Kevin served as the airframes/corrosion branch officer, air-to-ground training officer and head landing signals officer. His deployments included extended operations in the North Arabian Sea and Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

In July 2003, Kevin transitioned to the F/A-18 Hornet through Strike Fighter Squadron 125 (VFA-125) at NAS Lemoore, California, and then reported to the Fighter Composite Squadron (VFC-12) "Omars," stationed at NAS Oceana, Virginia. While at VFC-12, Kevin served as a Navy adversary pilot providing valuable air-to-air training for fleet squadrons. In December of 2004, Kevin graduated from the United States Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) as an adversary pilot. During his tour at VFC-12, Kevin worked as the schedules officer, legal officer, FRS/SFARP officer and assistant operations officer.

Kevin joined the Blue Angels in September 2005. He has accumulated more than 2,500 flight hours and 200 carrier arrested landings. His decorations include the Air Medal, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and various personal and unit awards.


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  posted on 4/23/2007 at 05:52 AM
Such a shame... R. I. P . Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Davis

 

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  posted on 4/23/2007 at 07:02 AM
They had a special segment on him this moring on local news, one of the local station reporters had flown with him les than a year ago, such a shame

 

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  posted on 4/23/2007 at 09:36 AM
His parents live here in my town of Aiken, SC, about 2 miles away from me. They were at the air show ansd saw the crash. I cannot imagine what they are going through right now.

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His parents live here in my town of Aiken, SC, about 2 miles away from me. They were at the air show ansd saw the crash. I cannot imagine what they are going through right now.

Wayne


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