ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. — We’re very shut to the 2022 Ellsworth Air and Space Show and the headliners have lastly arrived.
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will probably be performing this Saturday and Sunday afternoon.
“I’ve been within the Navy for over 24 years, and this has been a life’s dream of mine similar to everyone else on the workforce,” says Lt. Brian Abe, a upkeep officer for the U.S. Navy Blue Angels. “We apply to be right here, and I used to be fortunate sufficient to be chosen, and I’m simply lucky to be working among the many greatest the Navy and Marine Corps have to provide.”
The women and men of the Blue Angels exemplify the teamwork and dedication it takes to be among the many greatest flight demo groups on the planet.
Shawna Diggins, the command profession counselor for the Blue Angels, says, “To change into an Angel, they undergo a particular program screening and we do an interview part, after which when you’re employed and also you full your tour, you simply return within the common fleet.”
No matter the climate, the complete crew depends on precision coaching to execute their unbelievable maneuvers.
Behind the mind-blowing shows are mechanics, protecting the F/A-18 Super Hornets in pristine situation.
“They’re out right here three hours earlier than the primary flight and so they’re out right here – chilly, rain, wind, doesn’t matter – they’re out right here getting these jets prepared,” Lt. Abe says. “They’ll look them over after which once they fly, if they arrive again and the jets are damaged, then they’ll return to work and so they’ll get them fastened and prepared for the subsequent day.”
And there’s an entire lot of lady energy on this male-dominated area.
“There are a whole lot of girls on the workforce,” Diggins says. “We have some feminine help officers and feminine maintainers. I began within the Navy as a mechanic, which is fairly male-dominant, however we’re all about equal alternative and we tackle simply as a lot as the boys do on the workforce.”
The Blue Angels will carry out this Saturday and Sunday, May 14 and 15, in the course of the Ellsworth Air and Space Show, so carry your cameras – and earplugs – and prepare to be amazed.
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