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Updated: June 24, 2021 06:27 PM

Created: June 24, 2021 07:47 AM

The Blue Angels have been getting the lay of the land and air, ahead of their demonstrations during the Duluth Air Show.

They are back with even bigger aircraft, the superhornet. “What you’ll notice is that it’s bigger, with more power. And it’s going to seem closer, and see more of the maneuvers on and off the showline, and we are excited for the crowd to see them,” explained Commander Brian Kesselring.

For him, it’s a little bit like coming home. “I grew up in Fargo, and would come to Minnesota lakes in the summer days,” he remembered. “So this is really special for me.”

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels are back in town with even bigger aircraft than before.

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels are back in town with even bigger aircraft than before.

Another special thing? His daughter was born on Monday. “I got the call at 3am in the morning that my wife was in labor. I was able to make it back home to Pensacola, spend a few hours with her, and then make it back here for the show. It’s been a whirlwind. Made this show even more special for me, able to say I was able to have my second daughter at,” he said.

The team also has a new C-130 transport aircraft they’ve been using this year. All of them will spend a short tour with the Blue Angels, and will then head back to the fleet.

“We represent more than 800,000 active duty, reserve and civilian support personnel, and showcase what we do,” he added.

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