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With all of the tragedies in the news of late, the loss of something so stalwart, so seemingly indestructible as a Blue Angel seems somehow unusually poignant. As of this writing, the Navy hasn’t released the aviator’s name – it wouldn’t be difficult to determine, but that, along with every other minute detail of the crash, will be widely known soon enough. (Click the image for Aero-News’ unparalleled up-to-the-minute reporting.)
For now, we mourn the loss of a symbol of courage, of optimism, and of strength. We mourn the loss of someone whose skill and expertise, and those of the giants upon whose shoulders he stood, represent a pinnacle of achievement.
Most of all, we mourn the loss of someone who, perhaps better than most of us, understood what it is to fly.
Thanks for the write-up, Hal. Being that this crash happened in SC, coverage has been especially hot. I had contemplated actually going to Beaufort this year – it is always a great show. I have been there three times in years past.Owen
Nicely said Hal. A reflection of my own thoughts.
Boy, your heart sinks to rock bottom when hearing about any tragedy, but knowing the thousands of hours these precision formation pilots accumulate to achieve perfection in the sky runs an unbelievable chill.