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.