Maiznblu_757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5112 posts, RR: 46 Posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 9007 times:
Blue Angel #3 Marine Corps Maj. Daniel Shipley, was released from the team Friday for undisclosed medical
reasons. The Blues will continue to fly with 5 jets until they get a past pilot to
take his place.
Blue Angels release pilot for undisclosed medical reasons
Friday April 23, 2004
PENSACOLA, Fla. The
Blue Angels have released one of six air show
pilots for undisclosed medical reasons, the Navy's precision flying
Marine Corps Maj. Daniel Shipley, of Summit, N.J., flew the No. 3 jet
the leader's left wing. He is awaiting a new assignment.
The team, based at Pensacola Naval Air Station, will continue with only
five F/A-18 Hornets instead of the usual six until a replacement pilot
be found, said Petty Officer 2nd Class Saul McSween, a Blue Angels
The team's next shows are Saturday and Sunday at Beaufort Marine Corps
McSween said the team may try to get a former Blue Angels pilot
to take Shipley's place. The lone Marine on the team, he was in the
year of a two-year assignment.
A 1992 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, Shipley has more
1,900 hours of flying time and 179 aircraft carrier landings.
F86sabre From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 92 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (11 years 5 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 7424 times:
I caught the Blue Angels yesterday at the NAS Atlanta air show. They had all 6 aircraft up and flying. There were several maneuvers where one of the four ship formation aircraft pealed off and left the three to do their thing. I’m guessing that would be the substitute and perhaps he was not up to speed on the subject maneuver. It was a great show anyway. We found a place to watch that was off the end of the runway. At takeoff, and while coming on to show center, they had to fly right over us. It was interesting to be able to see the separation of the opposing solo’s. They were runway width or more apart.