Blue Angels message to Douglas students? “Aim high”

BOX ELDER, S.D. — Before their long day of practice, members of the Blue Angels made a special stop at Douglas Middle School.

A pilot and a maintenance officer spoke with 7th and 8th graders about the Blue Angels mission and what it’s like to fly faster than the speed of sound.

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Blue Angels #4 slot pilot Maj. Frank Zastoupil signs autographs for Douglas students

Their goal? To inspire the next generation of military aviators and show them that they should strive for greatness in every aspect of their lives.

“Keep trying, study hard, work hard – do as much as you can to become well-rounded,” says Maj. Frank Zastoupil, USMC, the Blue Angels #4 slot pilot. “Every single opportunity you have to do the best that you can, whether it’s your homework at night or doing the dishes or your chores for your parents, or whether it’s the test that’s coming up on Friday morning, every single little thing you can do, do your absolute best at it and never leave anything on the table.”

Answering questions – like how do you keep from passing out and what is the training like – Douglas students got a first-hand account of what it takes to be a Blue Angel, even getting to see how they train to combat the g-forces they experience in the air.

After the presentation, students got a chance to get their pictures with the Angels, and even get autographs.

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