Navy’s Blue Angels Make Local Appearance
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.
“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.”