Today at 2pm, the Blue Angels took to the skies over the Severn River in Annapolis, Maryland as part of the Commissioning Week festivities at the United States Naval Academy. Michael Finn was on hand for Eye On Annapolis on the USNA grounds capturing these images!
The Blue Angels dedicated today’s performance to U.S. Naval Academy Midshipman Justin Zemser who was killed in the north Philadelphia train derailment May 12.. The son of Howard and Susan Zemser, Justin was a native of Rockaway Beach, N.Y. and attended Channel View High School. He was a two-year letterwinner of Channel View High School football as a wide receiver, and served as team captain for the team in 2011 and 2012. In 2012, he was named to the All-Borough Team.
After high school, Justin attended the United States Naval Academy where he was a member of the sprint football team and was secretary of the Jewish Midshipman Club.
As their final maneuver and salute, a lone bugler played taps as the narrator explained the maneuver:
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, YOUR UNITED STATES NAVY FLIGHT DEMONSTRATION SQUADRON REPRESENTS A TIME HONORED TRADITION OF PRIDE, PROFESSIONALISM AND EXCELLENCE SPANNING 106 YEARS OF NAVAL AVIATION.
THE 2015 TEAM TAKES A GREAT DEAL OF PRIDE IN SALUTING NAVY AND MARINE CORPS PILOTS, MAINTENANCE CREWS AND SUPPORT PERSONNEL EVERYWHERE.
THE 5 DEMONSTRATION PILOTS ARE REJOINING CAPTAIN FROSCH FOR OUR FINAL MANEUVER, THE MISSING MAN FORMATION. THE MISSING MAN FORMATION IS AN AERIAL SALUTE DEDICATED TO ONE OF OUR FALLEN WARRIORS. TODAY, THE BLUE ANGELS ARE PERFORMING THE MISSING MAN FORMATION TO HONOR THE MEMORY OF U.S. NAVAL ACADEMY MIDSHIPMAN JUSTIN ZEMSER, WHO WAS KILLED IN THE TRAIN DERAILMENT NEAR NORTH PHILADELPHIA MAY 12.
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, FROM THE LEFT THE MISSING MAN FORMATION.
More images to come from the opposite side of the Severn River and from a boat on the Severn River.
You can view a Periscope video of the show here!