Danville Navy pilot named to Blue Angels air show team

Lt. Nate Scott to participate in Flight Demonstration Squadron next year

Lt. Nate Scott, of Danville, has been selected to serve as an officer for the 2017 Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron.

A 31-year-old graduate of the University of Southern California, Scott is an F/A-18 Hornet instructor pilot currently assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106, the "Gladiators," at NAS Oceana, Virginia, according to Navy officials.

Scott was among eight newly selected 2017 Blue Angels officers when the Navy announced the appointments July 16. He will fly as a F/A-18 demonstration pilot in the 2017 Blue Angels.

Each officer was recommended for selection by chief of naval air training, Rear Adm. Dell Bull, from the collection of highly qualified Navy and Marine Corps officers who applied for the Blue Angels. This year, those recommended were ultimately selected by chief of naval air forces, Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker.

"It is such a privilege to have so many talented officers apply to be part of the Blue Angels tradition of showcasing the Navy and Marine Corps to the American public," Cmdr. Ryan Bernacchi, flight leader and commanding officer of the 2016 team, said in a statement. "I am inspired by all of those who applied this year, and we have an exceptional group to add to next year's team."

Bernacchi, who is from Los Altos, was pre-selected for the 2017 Blue Angels and will serve another year as commanding officer and flight leader.

The other Bay Area resident selected for the 2017 Blue Angels was Lt. Damon Kroes, of Fremont. The 34-year-old F/A-18 Hornet instructor pilot will fly alongside Scott as demonstration pilot.

The Blue Angels, first formed in 1946, flies for an estimated 11 million spectators each year. The mission of the Blue Angels, according to Navy officials, is to showcase the pride and professionalism of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps by inspiring a culture of excellence and service to country through flight demonstrations and community outreach.

For a full list of those selected for the 2017 Blue Angels, click here.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of San Ramon
on Jul 26, 2016 at 6:25 pm

Excellent! Congratulations to both Lt. Nate Scott and Lt. Damon Kroes for the honor of being chosen.

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Posted by Bob Katin
a resident of another community
on Jun 25, 2017 at 3:23 pm

As a retired U. S. Navy Captain (nuclear submariner) and a fellow USC graduate, I am VERY pleased to read of LT SCOTT's selection to the Blues. If you have contact with him, please share with him, BZ!

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