Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The Patriots are not the Blue Angels, get over it

BY Chris Sullivan on April 10, 2013 @ 5:51 am (Updated: 7:24 am - 4/10/13) 

The Andrew Walsh Show 

Now that the sadness over the Blue Angels canceling their trip to Seafair is wearing off, it's time to start thinking about who is coming to fly over Lake Washington. 

 What is the Patriots Jet Team, and what does it do?

The Patriots are an all-volunteer jet stunt team. Their pilots do this in their spare time, for fun, but they are former military guys, some who have flown with the Blue Angels, the Thunderbirds and the Snowbirds.

Their L-39's are made in the Czech Republic. They are slower and smaller than the F/A 18 Super Hornets used by the Blues, with a top speed of about 450 miles an hour. "They're a single-engine jet trainer," lead pilot Dean Wright told KIRO Radio's Andrew Walsh. "They don't have all the avionics and weaponry that you're going to find on an airplane like the F/A-18 with the Blue Angels."

The jets don't have an after-burner, which means they certainly don't make as much noise, but Wright said they're still pretty loud.

The Patriots flew over Seafair in 2007 and 2008 as the appetizer for the Blues. This year, they are the main course, and Wright knows that is a disappointment for many. "It sucks that this has happened," he said. "It really does. The same thing has happened down here in the Bay Area with our own Fleet Week, but you know get out and enjoy the day, and we are going to do our best to entertain you and I guarantee you if you do come out you'll go home satisfied. Don't come expecting the Blue Angels or for us to try and mimic the Blue Angels because that's not what we do."

So what do the Patriots do?

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