Major Pat Cooke, wingman with the Blue Angels, met up with longtime pilot Henry Reverman at Boeing Field last week during the flight team's stopover for Seafair. Reverman was a flight instructor and transport pilot with the Army Air Corps during WWII. After the war, he started Lake Union Air Service in Seattle, which he operated for 27 years.
Photo by Lisa Allen/Woodinville Weekly.
by Lisa Allen
After a two-year absence, the Blue Angels elite aerobatic flight team made a spectacular arrival at Boeing Field last week to a welcoming crowd of enthusiastic onlookers.
The grand entrance included a low level fly-by by the six F/A-18 Hornets, followed by a breathtaking aerobatic maneuver just before landing.
The group had flown to Seattle directly from Pensacola. The 4 1/2-hour nonstop trip required two midair refuelings from a tanker that accompanied the team throughout the flight, said Marine Corps Major Pat Cooke, right wingman for the group.
Cooke, who has been a Marine Corps pilot for 12 years, said the team is on the road 300 days out of the year as representatives of the Navy fleet.
Before joining the Blue Angels, Cooke had been assigned to an aircraft carrier. Carrier training is a prerequisite for all Blue Angel pilots, he said.
Cooke, who calls Springfield, Virginia home, said his father was a Marine Corps aviator, so it was only natural for him to follow in his father's footsteps. He has been with the Blue Angels since last October.
The group performed their precision aerobatics over Elliot Bay Saturday and Sunday. Over the past two years, stricter FAA regulations had prevented them from doing their show over Lake Washington as they had done in the past.