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Blue Angels headline air show

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels flight leader, Alexander Armatas, talks to the media about his time in the Blue Angels and the Tinker Air Show. PHOTO BY ALYSSA DALLEY-SCHOFIELD

By Alyssa Dalley-Schofield

Staff Writer

The U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels made their arrival to Tinker AFB known last Thursday morning. 

“It’s always fun to arrive in a new location to meet some new folks and to bring the Navy Marine Corp to people who may not have a whole lot of exposure to Navy Marine Corp,” said Alexander Armatas, flight leader of the Blue Angels. “Our job is to showcase that teamwork and professionalism all over the country.”

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels are a flight squadron of the United States Navy. This group was founded in 1946 with the main aircraft used being the F/A 18 Hornet. 

The team arrived at Tinker at 10 a.m. Thursday morning. The Blue Angels performed various maneuvers and flight patterns during the two-day Tinker Air Show on July 1-2.

“We show them what the Navy Marine Corp can do and maybe inspire somebody. The best case scenario for us is you know that elementary school, maybe high school students sees this team and it inspires them to strive for some service to the country in one form or another, hopefully the Navy Marine Corp,” said Armatas.

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels arrive at Tinker Air Force Base June 29. To prepare for the Tinker Air Show, the Blue Angels planned to take time to practice their flight maneuvers. PHOTO BY ALYSSA DALLEY-SCHOFIELD

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