2010-06-04 / Community

Navy’s Blue Angels Make Local Appearance

Draw Locals To Jones Beach
By Howard Schwach

Wave editor Howard Schwach interviews LCDR Frank Weisser, one of the Blue Angels who performed at Jones Beach last weekend. Wave editor Howard Schwach interviews LCDR Frank Weisser, one of the Blue Angels who performed at Jones Beach last weekend. The Navy’s high-flying Blue Angels came to Jones Beach for the Memorial Day weekend, drawing lots of local residents to see the show. In fact, some lucky Rockaway residents got to see a part of the show right from the Rockaway beachfront, as the high performance jets sped over the Atlantic Oceanfront.

The Wave got a chance to see the F/A-18 Hornets up close when they landed at Long Island’s Republic Airport.

Wave editor Howard Schwach interviewed Lieutenant Commander Frank Weisser, who flies Blue Angels place number 5 – the lead solo in the group of six planes.

Weisser, a native of Atlanta, Georgia is typical of the pilots who fly for the Angels – an Annapolis graduate with ten years in the Navy and a combat tour on an aircraft carrier behind him.

One of the Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornets touches down at the Republic Airport on Long Island. One of the Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornets touches down at the Republic Airport on Long Island. “Being an Angel is like taking daily roller coaster rides,” he said. “We are here to sell Naval Aviation and you always have to be ahead of the curve when you are flying high-performance aircraft wingtip to wingtip, as we do.”
Even on the ground, the Blue Angels do everything in unison as two plane captains guide the planes to the tarmac. Even on the ground, the Blue Angels do everything in unison as two plane captains guide the planes to the tarmac.
A color guard (right) from the Vietnam Veterans of America welcomes the pilots to the airport. A color guard (right) from the Vietnam Veterans of America welcomes the pilots to the airport.

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