The U.S. Navy Blue Angels roared into St. Louis on June 5, to the delight of Boeing employees and a group of local high school students, as the team celebrated 30 years of flying F/A-18 Hornets.
“Thank you for the passion, skill and intelligence you have poured into these airplanes,” said Blue Angels Commanding Officer Ryan Bernacchi. “They [F/A-18 Hornets] fly so beautifully. They are so dependable. They are so reliable. The last thing we think about when getting in those airplanes is any issue at all coming up during the flights.”
In addition to meeting with employees, the Blue Angels visited with students from area high schools. The students, participants in Boeing’s Engineering Explore Post program, were invited to attend after winning a science, technology, engineering and math competition.
“We applaud the Blue Angels, who for more than 70 years, have represented 600,000 active duty and reserve sailors and Marines,” said Global Strike Vice President and General Manager Debbie Rub. “Across the globe, these men and women, through their distinguished service, are protecting our freedoms. Seeing what you do is an awesome reminder of the importance of our mission.”