Get ready for a dizzying thrill! Blue Angels will take to the skies over Oahu this weekend

While the fighter jets are the centerpiece, the Blue Angels are fueled by the power of its squadron of 140 sailors and Marines.
Published: Aug. 11, 2022 at 3:44 PM HST|Updated: Aug. 12, 2022 at 9:16 AM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - For more than 75 years, the Navy Blue Angels have been defying gravity.

Now, their fleet of F-18 Super Hornets are preparing to take flight in Kaneohe for an air show this weekend.

“This is a unique year in that it’s the centennial of the United States Navy aircraft carrier,” said Cmdr. Jon Fay, Navy Blue Angels executive officer. “So we’re fortunate to be a part of celebrating that.

He added the Super Hornet is the “backbone of that force projection off the aircraft carrier.’

HNN’s Guy Hagi got the chance of a lifetime to take a seat in a Blue Angel, watch a recap of his flight below.

With the Blue Angels set to flight at the Kaneohe Bay Air Show this weekend, Guy Hagi got to take a seat in the jet to experience it first-hand.

While the fighter jets are the centerpiece, the Blue Angels are fueled by the power of its squadron of 140 sailors and Marines ― all trained to keep the aircraft in top shape.

“Everybody’s capable of helping each other and lending a hand,” said Miguel Laureano Garibaldi, Blue Angels aviation structural mechanic. “So I would say we’re a pretty oiled machine. We know how to operate and we adapt to our environment and we make it work.’

In the air show, the Blue Angels will soar in spectacular formations.

The aircraft are capable of flying at speeds of 1,200 mph. If you’ve ever wondered what that feels like, “they say it’s like an elephant sitting on your chest,” Fay explained.

“You have to squeeze and keep the blood up from pulling in your extremities. You have to keep it in your core and in your head, otherwise, you could risk passing out.”

So it may be better to enjoy from ground level this Saturday in Kaneohe.

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