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Blue Angels Back to the Vidalia Onion Festival
Thursday, 08 November 2012

November 9--  A couple of U.S.Navy Blue Angel pilots jetted into Vidalia Regional Airport Thursday afternoon for a planning meeting with organizers of next year's Vidalia Onion Festival Airshow.

Thier last visit to Vidalia was the 2010 Onion Festival and Navy Lieutenant Ryan Chamberlain says they're looking forward to the return visit.

Image"I'm very excited to come to a smaller town and really get to know the people and really show what the Navy and Marine Corps are doing," he said.

Lieutenant Chamberlain only recently joined the Blue Angels after flying combat missions in the Mideast.

"I'm coming from VFA-!4 at Lamore, California, "The Top-Hatters," and they're actually out doing good work on the USS John C. Stennis with the 5th Fleet in the North Arabian Sea right now.  They're doing missions in Afghanistan and it's an honor to have left them and represent them to the people of Georgia," Chamberlain said.

He says the Blue Angels will use many of the skills they learned in combat to fly the show in Vidalia.

"Training is number one.  We practice a lot to do what we do and to be the best at what we do.  With the current war that's going on, there are a lot of dynamic situations and we want to make sure if they need our help, we provide it in the best possible manner we can," he noted.

Meanwhile, representatives of other air show acts will gather in Las Vegas early next month to book next year's show and Marsha Temples from the Vidalia Air Show Committee will be there to recruit a supporting cast for the Blue Angels.

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