Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Blue Angels fly over downtown Pittsburgh for photo shoot



If you saw low-flying planes over Pittsburgh Wednesday, it wasn't by mistake.

The US Navy’s Blue Angels flew six F-A 18 Hornet Jets over the city's skyline for a photo shoot.

Social media lit up with excitement.  Lots of photos were posted on Facebook and tweeted on Twitter.

In Westmoreland County, Channel 11’s Joe Holden got an in-flight look at a pastor’s ride of a lifetime.

The Rev. Joe McCaffrey of St. John Paul blasted into the sky in a F-A 18 Hornet.  McCaffrey soared more than 15,000 feet.

“It was like being strapped to a rocket ship,” he said.

McCaffrey spent some 40 minutes aloft.

“It’s like you’re in another world,” he said.

The Blue Angels will be performing at the Westmoreland County Airshow this weekend at the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport. WPXI-TV is a proud sponsor of the event.


The U.S. Navy will be visiting Downtown Pittsburgh Wednesday afternoon, but don’t look for a big ship to pull into the Point.

The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, more popularly known as the Blue Angels, will be flying over Downtown for a photo shoot.

The six-member team will fly in formation at least three times over the west side of Downtown between 2:45 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. The team, flying the F/A-18 Hornet, will fly at about 300 knots and from 500 feet to 1,500 above ground level, according to the squadron’s public affairs office.

The Blue Angels are in the area as part of Navy Week and will perform at the Westmoreland County Air Show this weekend.


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