RIP, Blue Angel

Filed under:Sad — posted by Anwyn on April 21, 2007 @ 9:22 pm

Public, awful death abounds this week.

The crash took place in the final minutes of the air show, said Lt. Cmdr. Anthony Walley, a Blue Angel pilot. The pilots were doing a maneuver which involved all six planes joining from behind the crowd to form a Delta triangle, said Lt. Cmdr. Garrett D. Kasper, spokesman for the Blue Angels. One plane did not rejoin the formation.

Walley said the name of the pilot would not be released until relatives were notified. A Navy statement said the pilot had been on the team for two years — and it was his first year as a demonstration pilot.

“Our squadron and the entire U.S. Navy are grieving the loss of a great American, a great Naval officer and a great friend,” Walley said.

Update: Lt. Cmdr. Kevin J. Davis, in one of his first airshows as a Blue Angel.

image: detail of installation by Bronwyn Lace