MANKATO (TEC News) – Blue Angels spokesperson LCDR Todd Royles says the F-18’s that will fly over the Mankato area during this summer’s air show can reach speeds in excess of the speed of sound.
But the Blue Angels’ event coordinator says that can be pretty expensive because they can break glass.
“We promise we won’t do that,” said Royles.
The Blue Angels landed their #7 blue and gold F-18 at the Mankato Regional Airport Monday as Royles and Lt. Mark Tedrow met with airport and city officials for a “site survey” to make sure all the needs of the air demonstration team will be met when they arrive in June.
“We’ll have seven multi-million dollar F-18s, a C-130 and in excess of 50 crew,” said Royles.
Among the Blue Angels needs are maintenance equipment they can’t travel with from their base in Florida.
“These are military aircraft in excess of 20 years old…and they break,” said Royles.
As far at the show they’ll put on in Mankato?
“It’s 45 minutes of highly dynamic flying,” said Royles.