NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — A breathtaking attraction is returning to Rhode Island, as the Blue Angels will be taking part in next year’s air show at Quonset Point.
The Rhode Island National Guard Open House Air Show is always a fan favorite, and even though it’s months away, two pilots with the Blue Angels said next year’s show will be worth the wait.
The Blue Angels put on dazzling displays of aerial acrobatics, and their performance is always a highlight of the air show. Blue Angel Captain and Massachusetts native Corrie Mays and Captain Jeff Kuss flew to Quonset Air National Guard Base Wednesday as part of the advance team for next year’s show.
“I work ahead of time to make sure all of the prior planning and coordination runs smoothly so that the shows are ready to go,” Mays explained.
The captains will also narrate the show, giving a play-by-play of sorts of the dynamic stunts spectators will get to see.
“What you get is a glimpse behind the scenes for what the U.S. military is capable of, with its discipline, excellence, working day in and day out focusing on hard tasks, hopefully providing some inspiration to the local community,” said Kuss.
Both pilots have been deployed on combat tours and are new to the elite team, and Cpt. Mays has another distinction by breaking ground in the air. She and another captain are the first two female Marine officers to be a part of the Blue Angels, so when she tells anyone, especially other women and girls, that the sky’s the limit – she knows what she’s talking about.
“I’ve always said no matter what you do in life, try really hard. Try to do your best. That way once you figure out what you want to do, your options will be open,” she said.
The show is slated for May 30 and 31, the weekend after Memorial Day, at the Quonset Air National Guard Base.
For more information on the Air Show: http://www.rhodeislandairshow.com/