Annapolis. Maryland - Vice Adm. Ted Carter, superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA), flew with the Blue Angels May 25th during their demonstration show in Annapolis in support of Commissioning Week for the Class of 2016.
Carter flew in a two-seat variant of the F/A-18 Hornet with the team's opposing solo pilot, Lt. Ryan Chamberlain, in the #5 jet.
A career naval aviator and graduate of Top Gun, this was Carter's third time flying with the Blue Angels; however, this marked the first time a USNA superintendent flew with the team during the two-hour Naval Academy air show, which has been taking place in Annapolis for more than 50 years.
Both Carter and Chamberlain previously served with the "Tophatters" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VF) 14, the oldest continuous aviation squadron in the Navy.
"This was an incredible opportunity to be a part of a Commissioning Week tradition," said Carter. "Lt. Chamberlain and the rest of the team made today very special for me, but more importantly, they entertained the brigade, families and the great people of Annapolis."
Carter flew with the team in 1995 while stationed at Naval Air Station Miramar, and again in 2000. Working for Carter in 1995 awaiting orders to flight school was Ensign Ryan Bernacchi, who is now Cmdr. Ryan Bernacchi, current commanding officer of the Blue Angels.
The Blue Angels are the U.S. Navy's Flight Demonstration Squadron and fly a team of six Navy F/A-18 Hornets and a C-130 Hercules, affectionately known as "Fat Albert." They are scheduled to fly 65 demonstrations at 33 locations throughout North America in 2016, will also perform the flyover of the Naval Academy graduation ceremony May 27th.