Former Blue Angels flight chief responds after San Francisco Democrat suggests banning military air show


A former Blue Angels flight chief responded Tuesday to a San Francisco Democrat who suggested banning the historic Navy air squadron, inviting him to come see the show for himself.

Captain Eric Doyle joined “Fox & Friends First” to discuss his reaction to the suggestion and the larger theme surrounding the fighter jet demonstration.

“I think he should come join us at Fleet Week and see some of his constituents,” Doyle told co-host Carley Shimkus. “Fleet Week is one of the best air shows of the season. There are so many great people there.”

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“They’re excited, so I don’t think if they voted on this, this bill would pass now,” he continued.

The Navy’s Blue Angels (pictured) and Air Force’s Thunderbirds are known for their high-speed, close-flight aerobatics.
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San Francisco District 5 Supervisor Dean Preston, who is a self-described Democratic socialist, made the suggestion in a tweet over the weekend.

“The Blue Angels should not be allowed to fly over San Francisco,” the tweet read. “That’s it. That’s the tweet.” He gave no further details.

The Blue Angels were previously scheduled to perform on Sunday, but the demonstration was canceled due to fog.

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To take note of the Blue Angels mission statement, it’s about inspiring a culture of excellence and service to the country or just service, and that’s really what it’s all about,” Doyle said. β€œIt’s not recruiting, it’s service. So putting the needs of others before the needs of your own, and that’s where we hang our hat.”

“So, honestly, that’s kind of what he’s doing right now,” he continued. “He serves his city and his country in a different way in fact than maybe some military people, but it’s really all cut from the same cloth.”

Preston’s office did not immediately return a request for comment from Fox News Digital.


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