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Blue Angels Reportedly Make Contact While Flying With Thunderbirds

Posted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 11:00 pm
by RyanS
http://weartv.com/news/local/report-blu ... ng-flyover
Two Blue Angels pilots had a close call when their jets swiped each other during a flyover with the Thunderbirds, according to the Navy Times.

It's being called a disaster averted because although there was brief contact between the aircraft. The publication is reporting it happened Wednesday in Pensacola.

A Navy spokesman said it happened during the Blue Angel Delta formation. The jets encountered "unexpected wake turbulence".
Not much to this report but very interesting if true. A little embarrassing for it to happen with the Thunderbirds, and if it was caused by wake turbulence I hope it does not prevent future joint formations like that.

Re: Blue Angels Reportedly Make Contact While Flying With Thunderbirds

Posted: Sat Apr 29, 2017 3:56 am
by RFDGuy
It was overcast and sounded windy on the live streams of the event so maybe it was natural turbulence? I dunno. Hope it doesn't effect future events like this.

Re: Blue Angels Reportedly Make Contact While Flying With Thunderbirds

Posted: Sat Apr 29, 2017 4:54 am
by RyanS
Video of the incident shows it was actually pretty dramatic - I'm glad everything worked out okay.


Re: Blue Angels Reportedly Make Contact While Flying With Thunderbirds

Posted: Sat Apr 29, 2017 5:01 pm
by Airshow4444
Wonder if they got turbulence from the TBs

Re: Blue Angels Reportedly Make Contact While Flying With Thunderbirds

Posted: Sat Apr 29, 2017 5:52 pm
by Dave0415
Imagine the radio chatter on that would have been interesting.

Re: Blue Angels Reportedly Make Contact While Flying With Thunderbirds

Posted: Sat Apr 29, 2017 5:53 pm
by Dave0415
Imagine the radio chatter on that would have been interesting.