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Old 04-23-2007, 08:16 AM   #1
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God bless the Blue Angels

I didn't see a thread about it, but they were always the highlight of any show I went to when I was little and I have alot of respect for them! Thoughts...comments...

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I've been to Beaufort SC a few times, it felt strange to hear that it happened there. It seems like he was quite a guy, RIP.

Blue Angel pilot fascinated with flying

By DAVID WEBER, Associated Press Writer

Even as a young boy, Navy Blue Angels Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Davis was intrigued by speed.

"He was fascinated with airplanes from the time he was little," former neighbor Betty Sweeney said. "He knew what he wanted to do, and he did it. That's the only relief, that he went doing what he wanted to do."

The 32-year-old Navy lieutenant commander was killed Saturday when the F/A-18 Hornet jet he piloted as a member of the Blue Angels team crashed during an air show in a residential area of Beaufort, S.C.

Another former neighbor, Tom McGill, taught at Taconic High School, where Davis' father, John, was principal. McGill said John Davis and his wife, Ann, who now live in Aiken, S.C., were in the crowd at the air show Saturday.

Davis joined the Blue Angels in September 2005. A Navy statement said the pilot, whose Blue Angels nickname was "Kojak," had been on the team for two years — and this was his first year as a demonstration pilot.

Davis had previously served as a narrator for the air shows, said Rob Reider, a minister who was the announcer for the air show. He also handled celebrity flights, and flew with stars such as singer Kelly Clarkson, actor James Franco and University of Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops.

In May, Davis took Stoops on an hourlong ride that started with a vertical climb to 7,000 feet. Stoops said the G-forces later caused him to black out for a second or two.

"I remember when we took off, we went straight into a 90-degree climb," he recalled Sunday. "When the climb was over, I said, 'Man, I bet that never gets old.' And he said, 'I've got to admit, it's a great way to wake up every morning.'

"You could tell that he loved what he was doing."

Sweeney had not seen Davis for several years, but remembered him as a small boy in their western Massachusetts town of Pittsfield.

"My son, David, had a motorcycle, and he (Davis) was so interested in that when he was a kid. He used to call my son 'Motorcycle Dave,'" she said.

Peggy Gleason recalled that Davis appeared at her door each weekday morning to walk her daughter, Kristen, to the neighborhood elementary school they attended together.

"He was this cute little kid who used to show up at the door," Gleason said. "He always had a smile on his face. And he was just as handsome as he was nice."

She said Kristen happened to be home with her parents when news of the Blue Angels crash was broadcast on television.

"She was devastated. She's taking it very hard," Gleason said.

Kevin Davis, who was single, was the youngest of three sons, McGill said. The oldest, Christian, is a Navy supply officer, and middle brother Phil is a teacher in China.

"Kevin was a highly motivated young man. He loved planes. He was a good student and a very conscientious young man," McGill said.

Although Davis spent his early years in Pittsfield, he graduated in 1992 from Reading Memorial High School after the family moved east when his father took the job of school superintendent in Somerville.

Davis graduated with honors in 1996 from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla., according to the Blue Angels' Web site. That September, he entered officer candidate school at Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Fla.

He earned "Top Stick" status in his class at Fighter Squadron 101 at Naval Air Station Oceana, Va., while training in F-14 Tomcat jets. He flew missions supporting the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan and graduated from Navy Flight Weapons School in 2004.

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Re: God bless the Blue Angels

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I didn't see a thread about it, but they were always the highlight of any show I went to when I was little and I have alot of respect for them! Thoughts...comments...
My thoughts

I think they should throw in the towel.

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