I-Day Flyover?

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  1. suddensam

    suddensam USNA BGO

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    Among the many pronouncements of impending sequester-related doom, I have heard that the Blue Angels have curtailed their schedule and will not flyover Navy Marine Corps stadium during graduation. Has anyone heard anything about I-Day? I realize that the Blue Angels don't do the overflight on I-Day, but I was wondering if the budget cuts will put a stop to it regardless.

    Any news?
     
  2. usnabgo08

    usnabgo08 USNA 2008/BGO

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    The answer is it depends. It could coincide with flight training hours or it might not since those are being cut back.

    In all honesty, the fly-over is only 5-10 secs (you can't even see most of it because Bancroft blocks the view of the approach) and it really is an insignificant part of the day; especially, since the plebes don't see it anyways. If it happens, great...if not, then there isn't a lot being missed.

    All you can do is hope it works out.
     
  3. suddensam

    suddensam USNA BGO

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    Thanks. I wouldn't call it "insignificant". It's more or less the capstone to the day, and certainly is a powerful, symbolic "welcome" from the Fleet. I grew up near Annapolis and have been to I-Day several times. I've always enjoyed the overflight, however brief. This year, with my son being inducted, I'm certainly hopeful that it will occur.
     
  4. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    Let's say it may be significant for parents -- not for the plebes.:smile:
     
  5. usnabgo08

    usnabgo08 USNA 2008/BGO

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    Insignificant meaning that if the fly-over doesn't occur, it won't ruin the day or the actual (and more meaningful) reason...the Oath of Office. For the most part, no one comes to I-day just to see the fly-over -- thus, my original comment.
     
  6. nuensis

    nuensis USNA 2016

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    I don't quite remember for certain (because my eyes were totally in the boat), but it was some other pair of F/A-18s, not Blue Angels. If it doesn't happen, none of the Plebes will miss it.
     
  7. 2013MidDad

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    All 1/C parents were recently sent a package from USNA detailing events during Commissioning Week. Too bad that two of the four photographs on the front cover of the booklet were of (1) a greased Herndon and (2) the Blue Angels. Opps. Neither applicable to the Class of 2013.

    Yes, the Class of 2016 will get a greased Herndon.
     
  8. suddensam

    suddensam USNA BGO

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    Wait. I heard that they canceled the Blue Angels for commissioning week, but I didn't hear that they are not going to climb Herndon? Is that budget related too? Surely Navy could find room in the budget for a few hundred pounds of lard.
     
  9. Melitzank

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    I think 2013MidDad was referring to the fact that the class of 2013 climbed Herndon without the grease.
     
  10. 1964BGO

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    I strongly suspect the birds used for the I-day flyover are coming either from NAS Pax River (MD) or NAS Oceana (VA) either of which are well within 30 min flying time of USNA and something that easily could be covered as a training flight.
    As to the significance of the event, I'll leave that to others - they didn't do I-day flyovers when I was a plebe, so I have no basis for an opinion.
     

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