New pilot begins training with Blue Angels

Lt. Cmdr. Frank Weisser, the lead solo pilot of the U.S. Navy flight demonstration team, the Blue Angels, signs autographs during the 61st annual Navy Week. Seafair activities allow U.S. and Canadian Sailors and Coast Guard personnel to experience the local community and to promote awareness of the maritime forces. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Thomas J. Brennan/Released)

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) – A new pilot has begun training with the Navy’s elite Blue Angels.

The Pensacola News Journal reports that Cmdr. Frank Weisser is practicing with the flight demonstration squadron during an extended break in their performance schedule.

Navy Lt. Joe Hontz, a Blue Angels spokesman, says the team will fly in smaller formations until Weisser is ready to join the full six-jet demonstrations.

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The Blue Angels’ next performance is scheduled Sept. 3 at the Cleveland National Air Show in Ohio.

Weisser previously served with the Blue Angels from 2008 to 2010. The Navy announced his return in July, about a month after the death of Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss.

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Kuss, a native of Durango, Colorado, died June 2 when his jet crashed just after takeoff during a Blue Angels practice for a Tennessee air show.

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