As a member of the Rochester Airport Authority Board, I was invited to attend the Press Conference on Dec 17th to have County Executive Maggie Brooks announce that the Blue Angels would be the main attraction at the Rochester Air Show on Memorial Day weekend, May 23rd and 24th. The Blue Angels had flown in one of the team aircraft the night before and had it inside the National Guard Hangar. After the press conference I was introduced to the two pilots, one of whom was a woman, Captain Corrie Hayes. I told her how proud I was of her making such an important milestone and had my photo with her.

There is such stiff competition with pilots to make the elite Blue Angels team of Navy pilots. I am so impressed with all the young men and women who make the grade. They are true examples of the best of the best.