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Blue Angels Release Pilot

Sun Apr 25, 2004 5:25 pm

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

Blue Angels have released one of six air show
pilots for undisclosed medical reasons, the Navy's precision flying
disclosed Friday.

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
Station, S.C.

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.
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RE: Blue Angels Release Pilot

Sun Apr 25, 2004 5:29 pm

He was not the lone marine on the team either. Besides the slew of them in the C-130, there is another one flying a Hornet.
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RE: Blue Angels Release Pilot

Mon Apr 26, 2004 12:24 am

Wow, that must be hard to take for that pilot. I remember at th MCAS Miramar Airshow last year they flew with 5, the Opposing SOlo (#6) had a collapsed lung IIRC.
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RE: Blue Angels Release Pilot

Mon Apr 26, 2004 9:58 am

Hope he didnt loose his wings....maybe just his assiment with the Angles...that would be a pitty if he wasnt able to fly again.
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RE: Blue Angels Release Pilot

Mon Apr 26, 2004 11:01 pm

If he's not able to fly for the Blue Angles due to medical reasons he would also be unable to fly out in the fleet. Hopefully it's something temporary.
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RE: Blue Angels Release Pilot

Sun May 09, 2004 8:49 am

I'm sure it was either medically related, or he didn't continue to conform to the very high standards the Angels have. I doubt he'll lose his wings, but very personally embarasing for him I'm sure.
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RE: Blue Angels Release Pilot

Sun May 09, 2004 3:00 pm

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.

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