Blue Angels back at Sun 'n Fun Air Show, fly high

Lakeland, Florida --- Former U.S. Airman Rick Berger says he may have the best seat in the house for the 40th Annual Sun 'n Fun Air Show in Lakeland.

"You can have the planes right up above me," he said.

You see, his wheelchair reclines!

"I get to...look at it from here."

Like many of the thousands that came out to the 4th decade of Sun 'n Fun, Berger 's still blown away.

"After years in the Air Force, I had no idea this thing could do half of that stuff," he said while referencing a F-22 Raptor.

It's an old but new addition after last year's government sequester grounded all military air shows. All eyes were on the sky, because the Blue Angels are back.

"I've followed the blue angels since I was his age," said Mike O'Neal pointing to his son, Logan.

"My parents and my grandparents used to take us out to watch air shows. It's (Logan's) first air show, so we're just trying to pass on the good times to our little boys," O'Neal said.

This weekend's show was a chance to carry on a tried and true family tradition for the O'Neals, and it's tradition that Robert Williams, who says he's been going to Sun and Fun air shows for a quarter of a century, missed last year after the sequester grounded military air show performances.

"I really wish you wouldn't have brought that up," he said. "I was very upset about that. You have to display our military. That's what it's all about. Have to."

But it's Blue Angel Crew Chief Petty Officer First Class Justin Kramer who put it best.

"We have a tremendous amount of trust in each other and that's what brings the team together," he said.


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