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Navy Blue Angel crashes at air show in South Carolina
Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Davis, Blue Angel 6, was killed on Saturday during an air show in Beaufort, South Carolina when his aircraft struck a tree and crashed. Davis was from Pittsfield, MA and had been with the Blue Angels for nearly two years.

Eight people on the ground were injured, and eight structures were damaged in the crash. The Blue Angels flew their performance on Sunday, with a tribute to Davis.

I've been a Blue Angels fan my entire life. I grew up living next to the Schenectady County Airport / Stratton Air National Guard base, and they held an air show roughly every other year, usually with the Blues. I loved watching them with the A-4 Skyhawks, such nimble little planes, and then their transition to the F/A-18. So it is especially sad to see them lose a member.

Current Location: 42.308929N 71.795328W
I am: sad sad
Current Media: DVD: Burst Angel

frustratedpilot From: frustratedpilot Date: April 23rd, 2007 03:01 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
From what I saw on the TV news, the Angels were grounded and didn't perform the Sunday show. Word is it'll probably be weeks before the cause of the accident is found.

I bet the Navy is going to use this as an excuse to change the planes to Super Hornets. The Hornets in the Angels fleet have the highest airframe hours of any combat jet in the Navy, between the shows themselves and practice flights.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: April 23rd, 2007 03:18 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
According to the articles I've read, including the one I linked to, they flew a show on Sunday.

I don't know if they'll switch to Super Hornets, there are still Hornets in the Navy and Marine inventory. The Blues's planes have the highest time because they don't get new planes often, the newer airframes are reserved for front line units. They'd be more likely to get hand-me-down Hornets from other units than new Super Hornets, which are still being purchased to fill front line units. I remember calling into a radio show back when they still had A-4s, but they were being phased out of use in general (mid-80s), and asking if they'd be getting new planes like the F-14 and the Blues member talking calls (the Boss I think) said they'd probably keep the A-4s for a while, and eventually would get some of the 'new' Hornets (which were just entering service) because of cost.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: April 23rd, 2007 03:22 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
I started searching and I'm finding conflicting reports - it sounds like they flew, but some report they flew a show with a tribute, others say they flew but just to fly a Missing Man Formation.
frustratedpilot From: frustratedpilot Date: April 23rd, 2007 04:52 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
The Missing-Man Formation was performed by a team of SNJ Harvards, not the Angels.
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 29th, 2007 06:39 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)

sad days

Stillwater Oklahoma- Stillwater Regional airport- saturday 4-28-07. Fomrmerly Searcy Field , a flight training base in WWII days for bombers primarily, also where my parents met, he in school at OSU , she in army as enlisted staff secretary. As part of Oklahoma statehood centennial celebration we had severl warbirds on exhibit and a squadron of SNJ trainers flew Missing Man , and many cried and many a parent expained to kids what that meant and what had happened to our Blue Angels. My father had worked on SNJ in the service. Also present was a fantastic T-28 Trojan and a T-38 and the restored FAA's DC-3 that was used to transport FAA brass around the country. My 9 yr old son, who likes to play air combat games likes the WWII propeller planes and was awestruck at what a huge radial engine sounds like in real life --in a high speed low pass over field the T-28 sounded AWESOME and the kids in the crowd loved it. I hope they all grow up continuing to appreciate these things.

pfloyd From: pfloyd Date: April 23rd, 2007 06:26 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I lived in Pensacola while Dad was stationed at Pensacola NAS in the early to mid 1970s. I remember going out to the front lawn of our quarters and watching them fly their practice sessions. That's a memory from down there that stuck with me all these years.