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#42 2007-04-21 20:58 GMT-5 hours    
It just came on the news a bit ago that the Blues have had a crash during the MCAS Beaufort Air Show 2007 about 30 minutes into the performance. The report is still real sketchy, although they've confirmed that it was #6, and the pilot was killed. It is unclear if it was a mechanical malfunction, a mid-air collision, or possibly a ground obstruction, although witnesses report that #6 fell out of formation and "lagged behind", loosing altitude. Other witness say they believe that as the jet lost altitude, it clipped power lines.

My thoughts are with the pilots and families.....

Lt.Cmdr. Kevin J. Davis, Blue Angel #6. GodSpeed.......

Mike

New stories:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18248797/
http://www.beaufortgazette.com/breaking_news/story/6477257p-5768379c.html

Blue Angel's official website:
http://www.blueangels.navy.mil/index.htm

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#43 2007-04-21 21:30 GMT-5 hours    
Ahh, sad, sad news. Hopefully no one on the ground was killed. Lets see what the investigation reveals about the cause of the accident. I just saw these guys perform at El Centro about a month ago. My thoughts go out to the pilot's family and all those involved with the Blue Angels.

Last incident for the Blue Angels was October 28, 1999 when two pilots were killed.

Here's a photo of the exact aircraft just uploaded by Roel.


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#45 2007-04-21 23:29 GMT-5 hours    
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#46 2007-04-22 08:44 GMT-5 hours    
Here is the official release from the Blue Angels (biography of Lt.Cmdr. Kevin J. Davis follows):

http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=28989

Blue Angel Jet Crashes at Beaufort Air Show
Story Number: NNS070421-12
Release Date: 4/21/2007 7:51:00 PM

From Navy Office of Information

PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- An F/A-18A Hornet assigned to the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron (Blue Angels) crashed during the final minutes of an air show at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C., at approximately 4 p.m. EDT, April 21.

The pilot did not survive.

The pilot of the jet was joining the Delta formation for the final maneuver of the aerial demonstration when the mishap occurred. It was his second year on the team, and first year as a demonstration pilot.

The other five Blue Angel jets were not involved in the incident and landed safely moments later.

The crash occurred approximately three miles outside the air station in the vicinity of Pine Grove Rd. and White Pine Rd. One civilian on the ground reported minor injuries and was transported to Beaufort Memorial Hospital. Some houses in the area received damage, the extent of which is unclear at this time.

The name of the pilot is being withheld pending the notification of the next-of-kin.

The cause of the accident is currently under investigation.



Lt.Cmdr. Kevin J. Davis' Bio from the Blue's homepage:

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.

Thank you, Kevin, for your skill, your inspiration, and your service.

Godspeed

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#47 2007-04-22 19:27 GMT-5 hours    
Looks like the actual aircraft was this one here.



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#49 2007-04-22 21:22 GMT-5 hours    
I understand that a group of pilots flew the missing man formation at the start of the Beaufort air show this morning. I've looked for a video clip, but with no success. If anyone runs across a clip of the ceremonial formation, I would appreciate it if you could post a link so that those of us on the west coast can witness the event since it is not possible to be there personally.

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#51 2007-04-23 00:31 GMT-5 hours    
A fellow from another group I belong to found the missing man formation video I was looking for on YouTube. It was performed by the SkyTypers in their T-6 Texans. Here is the link for those that are interested....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lk_9L99QSM

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