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Meeting a Blue Angels pilot
Today was a practice day for the blue angels with a full run through of the weekend's show.
But , as they always do, the Navy's elite pilots took time out to talk with us about the show.
We're used to seeing the Blue Angels up in the sky but we're catching up with them down on the ground today.
Captain Dusty Cook is from East Bernard, Texas where his high school class had 58 students. He has been with the Blues since September 2013.
"This is not my call sign, this is my God given Christian birth name from Texas. Dusty not Dustin, it's Dusty." And he's looking forward to being back in the air right here in Pensacola.
"This is home. It's your back yard. I've played football back in Texas and this is like your homecoming." Yes, long before Dusty took to the skies, he was on the football field. When asked whether Texas football or being a Blue Angel is more competitive, Dusty wasn't sure.
"That's an awesome question. I'm not gonna lie. It's ingrained in everybody in Texas and it's very physical just as this is. That's probably the perfect question. I'm gonna keep that one." And though a little thrill seeking is part of the job, it's not the gutsy maneuvers in the air that thrill Captain Dusty Cook as much as what he sees below.
"Being able to fly by and see the beach ball and see the umbrellas and all the people out on towels and see all the kids that are right there, three feet from the water, playing around that's really exciting to me." And he is well aware of the anticipation from the fans.
"It's summer. You're on vacation. A lot of people plan their lives, their vacation around our demonstration so a little more pressure but a lot more excitement." And what Captain Dusty Cook says is the most challenging part of the job, you may be able to relate to.
"The time management like we talked about because as everybody knows driving down 98 and then getting on the three mile bridge, traffic down there tends to be a little hectic getting into Gulf Breeze."
And from what we've heard today, it sounds like the Blue Angels are just as excited as we all are that they're back in the air.