News 5 Meteorologist Taylor Sarallo had a chance to spend the day with the Blue Angels on Wednesday as pilots prepare for their Homecoming Air Show. Here’s Taylor’s take on what it was like to experience the Blues first hand.
PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) — I was an alternate to ride along with the Blues today. Although I didn’t end up getting to ride, I had the opportunity to document the experience for Rich Aloy, who works for the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office. He has been dreaming of flying with the Bue Angels since he was a kid.
“You know, I grew up watching the Blue Angels fly and going to local airshows…You just never dream that you’d have this opportunity,” Aloy said as he prepared for the ride of his life.
Sgt. Aloy suited up, and it was time to fly.
“When you strap up in that jet and sit there and watch that canopy come down, that’s when for me it hit,” he said.
It was time for takeoff…
During different maneuvers in the flight, the planes can exert forces exceeding 7 Gs on both the pilots and riders. Remarkably, through lots of training, the pilots are able to maintain complete focus throughout the flight even though their bodies are being pushed to the limits.
“He hit me right off the bat with 6.5 [Gs] we made a hard left-hand turn and it was alerting, you know. It wakes you up real quick,” Aloy said.
While the ride is thrilling, it’s also very taxing on the human body. Most people who are not used to such strain may vomit or pass out during the ride.
“For me the toughest one had to be the vertical just going straight up into the vertical and spinning so fast it was so fast and you really don’t have time to think about what’s happening. I’m not going to lie, I got a little queasy, but other than that, its just amazing,” Aloy said.
The ride not only accomplished one of Sgt. Aloy’s dreams, it also gave him a whole new perspective on what the Blue Angel pilots go through during an air show.
“It definitely gives me a different opinion of what they’re doing when they’re up in the air flying around and you know I’m going to be here this weekend watching it and I’m going to be looking at it in a whole different light.”
The Homecoming Show is the last show of the season and is sure to draw a big crowd. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to see the Blue Angels in action in Pensacola this Friday and Saturday.
You can read more about the show here.