HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - To promote the Wings over the Pacific Air Show this weekend, the Navy chose two high school counselors to ride with the Blue Angels.
Theresa Sanchez, the college counselor at Waianae went first. GoPro video shows her screaming with joy as Lt. Ryan Chamberlain sent the jet into a steep climb at takeoff. When he rolled the plane, Sanchez yelled, "Go Seariders!" A shoutout to her school. That was before she got sick. But Sanchez says it was worth it.
She and Malia Kau, a college counselor at Radford High School were nominated to ride by Navy recruiters. Both women work closely with recruiters to help students interested in military careers.
"If I can do it, they can," says Kau. She wants the students to know that they need to seize opportunities despite fear. She said she was nervous about the ride and also got sick, but found it thrilling.
"A once in a lifetime opportunity," says Kau.
You won't be able to ride with the Blue Angels but will be able to see jets up close at the air show. There will be other planes too during the weekend. The Air Force F-22 Raptor demonstration team will be performing too. And the Navy's parachute team, known as the Leap Frogs will land at the site.
The air show is free. It's Saturday and Sunday at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. both days.
Here's the schedule:
- 11 a.m. Opening Ceremony, National Anthem flag jump by the Nave Leap Frogs
- 11:45 a.m. Wounded Warrior T-6/SNJ Flight
- Noon Air Combat Command F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team
- 12:30 p.m. Red Bull Half Pipe (BMX)
- 1:30 p.m. C-17 Globemaster III Demonstration Team
- 2 p.m. Wounded Warrior T-66/SNJ flight
- 3 p.m. Red Bull Halfpipe (skaters)
- 4 p.m. Blue Angels Demonstration
For more information, visit "Wings of the Pacific" website.