Blue Angels jet strikes bird during practice session over Maryland

The United States Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, fly in formation during a flight demonstration aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, April 28. The Blue Angels performed in the 2017 MCAS Beaufort Air Show April 29-30. MCAS Beaufort hosts the air show in order to bring the community together and demonstrate U.S. Aviation Combat Element and Marine Air Ground Task Force capabilities.

The US Navy’s Blue Angels nearly suffered a catastrophe when one of the aircraft was struck by a bird during an aerial demonstration practice session.

The legendary aerobatic team -used for recruiting and ambassadorial goodwill purposes- were performing in the skies over Maryland when one of the aircraft collided with an aquatic bird.

At the time, the team was practicing for Commissioning Week at the US Naval Academy.

Debris from the aircraft fell into the Severn River, and the dead comorant was secured by law enforcement.

According to, The collision was nothing short of a miracle, as only minor damage to the struck F/A-18’s flight control surfaces was reported.

“The aircraft damage was repaired by the squadron’s maintainers and did not impact flight operations or the performance yesterday,” Lt. Chelsea Dietlin said in a statement.

The scheduled fly-over continued as planned earlier this morning, creating quite a sight for those at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium at the US Naval Academy.


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