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By Joe Burris and Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | July 24, 2014
When your father, two uncles and both grandfathers served as pilots, your career seems destined to take flight. Marine Capt. Katie Higgins not only followed in the footsteps of her family members, but this week she was named to the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, also known as the Blue Angels. With her first show flight sometime next spring, the 2008 Naval Academy graduate said she could become first woman to perform in Blue Angels history. The Blue Angels are considered one of the most elite outfits in U.S. military aviation, and the addition of a female pilot to its ranks is both historically significant and no small feat, said Robert Thomas, the curator of the National Military History Center in Indiana.
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October 12, 2014
In his letter, "What Brown isn't saying about taxes" (Oct. 9), J. Michael Collins of Reisterstown complains about higher gasoline taxes enacted by the O'Malley-Brown administration and asks "When is The Sun going to call Brown out ... on what he and [Gov. Martin] O'Malley have done," with the effect of these taxes? I'll tell you what they have done, Mr. Collins. They are building a third northbound lane on Route 29 in Howard County where I live to ease what has become a slow-rolling parking lot every afternoon at rush hour.
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April 29, 2014
As a passionate aerospace buff and American taxpayer, I'm discouraged a man of Capt. Gregory McWherter's talent, training and expertise would be relieved of his Blue Angels command based on allegations of a "nasty work environment. " I've read Susan Reimer 's account ( "Where are all the heroes?" April 28) and searched the Internet for what exactly Captain McWherter said or did, and I could find nothing. The word "allegation" is everywhere, yet there's no mention of the person or persons who filed these sexual harassment complaints.
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By Arthur Hirsch and The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2014
The clouds didn't exactly part for the Blue Angels, but they lifted just enough Saturday afternoon, the rain stopped, and suddenly three F/A-18 Hornets soared past in tight formation over the southeast edge of the Inner Harbor — the show was on for the Star-Spangled Spectacular. Thousands of people gathered at the Inner Harbor to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the national anthem waited nearly two hours for a glimpse of the team, as the rain sprinkled on and off, clouds lowered and lifted again, and the Blue Angels waited for safe flying conditions.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2014
Annapolis and the Naval Academy are preparing for a week of festivities to mark the end of the academic year and the commissioning of a new batch of officers - including a return of the Navy's Blue Angels elite flight team. The Blue Angels have not performed their traditional Commissioning Week shows over the Severn River since 2010. The 2011 performance was canceled after a safety concern emerged at another air show, the 2012 show was canceled because of a scheduling conflict and the 2013 show was a victim of federal government budget cuts.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2014
The U.S. Navy's Blue Angels and ships from six foreign countries will be coming to Baltimore in September for the city's Star - Spangled Spectacular celebration, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced Tuesday. As part of the commemoration of the Battle of Baltimore and bombardment of Fort McHenry, former Secretary of State Colin Powell will visit the fort the morning of Sept. 14. He will take part in an early-morning ceremony recalling the moment Francis Scott Key saw a giant flag flying over the fort and was inspired to write the poem that would become "The Star-Spangled Banner.
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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2011
The Blue Angels, the Navy's flight demonstration squadron, abruptly canceled its practice demonstration and air show scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday in Annapolis, but officials said the group's planes could still fly at Friday's U.S. Naval Academy graduation ceremony. In a statement, the Pensacola, Fla.-based Blue Angels said it is in a "safety stand-down" after an error during a maneuver during a performance on Sunday at the Lynchburg Regional Air Show in Virginia. A spokesman said planes were doing a "barrel-roll split" in which planes turn 360 degrees and then break apart.
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By Scott Dance and Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2012
Shrieking children covered their ears and adults flinched as the Blue Angels made a low pass over Fort McHenry, only to stretch their necks and shade their eyes to track the Navy jet fighters as they soared into the sun. At the Inner Harbor, crowds lined the waterfront for unobstructed views of the aerial maneuvers as the Angels ducked behind office buildings and hotel towers, their roar none the quieter. The air show represented a crescendo for the Star-Spangled Sailabration, a weeklong event that also included 19 tall ships and other military vessels moored in Baltimore's harbor to mark the start of a two-year-long remembrance of the War of 1812.
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By Nicole Fuller, The Baltimore Sun | March 11, 2011
The Blue Angels — the flight demonstration squadron for the Navy and Marine Corp. that has for decades thrilled crowds during the Naval Academy's Commissioning Week festivities in Annapolis, will not perform over the capital city in 2012, officials said. Traditionally, the Blue Angels have performed an hour-long routine, with its C-130 Hercules known as Fat Albert and F/A-18 Hornets wowing crowds in diamond formation and flying just 18 inches apart at times, over downtown Annapolis.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2014
For three years there have been no diamond rolls or sneak passes in the skies above Annapolis. That's changing this week as the Blue Angels elite aerobatic team returns to the Naval Academy for an air show scheduled for Wednesdayweather permitting, and for Friday's Naval Academy commencement, when they'll they soar over Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium and the capital city at hundreds of miles per hour. Just a practice run Tuesday generated a buzz throughout Annapolis - and some deafening screeches from the Navy jets.
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By Liz Bowie and The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2014
As school assemblies go, this one was a winner. Austin Machin listened to a Blue Angels pilot speak for an hour at the Dundalk and Sollers Point high schools Friday, walked out and said, "I am at a loss for words about how awesome that was. " The 16-year-old wants to join the Navy SEALs right out of high school, and for him, the pilot was about as good a recruitment tool as he could imagine. Students from Dundalk and Sollers Point had dozens of predictable questions for Blue Angels pilot Lt. Mark Tedrow, who is in town for the Star-Spangled Spectacular, a celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore and the writing of what would become the national anthem.
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By Colin Campbell and The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2014
While hundreds of thousands of visitors are expected to descend on Baltimore this weekend to see the ships, fireworks and cannon fire of the "Star-Spangled Spectacular," Jessica Damen is staying home. The festivities are happening outside Damen's door, so the Federal Hill woman decided she'd throw a party and watch the Blue Angels and the tall ships from her rooftop deck. Residents of Federal Hill and Locust Point say they've grown used to the gridlocked traffic, elusive parking and other effects that come with the big weekend events in their neighborhood.
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By Kevin Rector and The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2014
For six straight hours for four straight afternoons during one of the largest ship-hosting events in Baltimore history, all water traffic within a large rectangle in the middle of the harbor is being completely restricted by a cadre of law enforcement agencies. No tall ships, no personal watercraft, no dinghys. Period. Only the icebreaker A.V. Sandusky of the Maryland Natural Resources Police and the Coast Guard cutter James Rankin are allowed in the so-called box, and even they are not allowed to move.
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Dan Rodricks | September 10, 2014
This should have been a totally tall week for Baltimore - tall ships and Blue Angels for War of 1812 commemorations; the Orioles, ever closer to a division title, back home to play the Yankees; Derek Jeter bidding farewell to Camden Yards; the Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium to face their biggest rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers, Thursday night on national television. Big stuff, tall stuff, a real wow week in the life of Charm City. And it's all still true, except for the clouds left by the Ray Rice storm.
NEWS
August 17, 2014
We eagerly look forward to this September's Star-Spangled Spectacular commemorating the end of the War of 1812 ( "More details announced for Star-Spangled Spectacular celebration," Aug. 12). If it is only half as good as the 2012 Star-Spangled Sailabration it will be memorable - though one wishes Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake would not oversell it with the promise of "a patriotic festival like this country has never seen. " In fairness, she may be too young to remember the U.S. Bicentennial in 1976.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and The Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2014
Singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge, country legend Kenny Rogers and rock group Train have been added to the talent lineup for Sept. 13's Star-Spangled Spectacular concert at Pier Six Pavilion. Also just announced: singer Jordin Sparks will join John Lithgow to co-host the event. The Star-Spangled Spectacular concert -- a celebration of the bicentennial of our national anthem to be televised live as part of PBS' "Great Performances" series -- also features performances by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth, country group Little Big Town, a cappella group Pentatonix, Motown legend Smokey Robinson, mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves-Montgomery and performers from the off-Broadway show "Stomp.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | December 1, 2011
Navy Lt. Mark Tedrow has no problem reconciling an air show with a commemoration of the War of 1812, an era that precedes flight by almost a century. The Blue Angels pilot said he looks forward to flying over the Inner Harbor, Middle River and Fort McHenry - birthplace of the national anthem - during a bicentennial celebration in June. "It will be outstanding to perform multiple maneuvers over Fort McHenry," he said. "It will show just how far we have come. " Tedrow and his co-pilot flew into Martin State Airport in Middle River on Thursday to give a small preview of what the Navy's renowned flight team will do for the bicentennial maritime and air festival that kicks off June 13. "Stake out your places on the waterfront so you don't miss a thing," said Lt. Cmdr.
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By Kevin Rector and The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2014
For six straight hours for four straight afternoons during one of the largest ship-hosting events in Baltimore history, all water traffic within a large rectangle in the middle of the harbor is being completely restricted by a cadre of law enforcement agencies. No tall ships, no personal watercraft, no dinghys. Period. Only the icebreaker A.V. Sandusky of the Maryland Natural Resources Police and the Coast Guard cutter James Rankin are allowed in the so-called box, and even they are not allowed to move.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2014
The U.S. Navy's Blue Angels and ships from six foreign countries will be coming to Baltimore in September for the city's Star - Spangled Spectacular celebration, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced Tuesday. As part of the commemoration of the Battle of Baltimore and bombardment of Fort McHenry, former Secretary of State Colin Powell will visit the fort the morning of Sept. 14. He will take part in an early-morning ceremony recalling the moment Francis Scott Key saw a giant flag flying over the fort and was inspired to write the poem that would become "The Star-Spangled Banner.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2014
Ships from six foreign countries and all over the East Coast, plus Texas, will be coming to Baltimore in September for the city's Star-Spangled Spectacular celebration, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced Tuesday morning. As part of the Battle of Baltimore and bombardment of Fort McHenry commemoration, former Secretary of State Colin Powell will visit the fort the morning of Sept. 14. He will take part in an early-morning ceremony recalling the moment Francis Scott Key saw a giant flag flying over the fort and was inspired to write the poem that would become "The Star-Spangled Banner.
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