Video: Blue Angels pilot, crew member visit South Seattle Community College

What do the Blue Angels do before their afternoon airshows on Seafair Weekend? Here’s one answer: Community visits for Q/A and military-recruiting outreach (which after all is the team’s stated purpose). This morning, South Seattle Community College got a visit from the officer who flies Blue Angels jet #3 this year, U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Brandon Cordill, and an airframer from the enlisted support team, Sgt. Doug Green. Among the college delegation there to greet and hear from them, in a presentation that was open only to students and staff, was SSCC math teacher Heidi Lyman, who flew a ridealong during Seafair Week last year:

Cockpit video of Lyman’s flight was shown during this morning’s presentation. That’s part of the video we’re adding shortly – including Capt. Cordill’s humorous-at-times story of how he got to be a Blue Angel, as well as Sgt. Green’s story, potential inspiration for the aviation students at SSCC.

ADDED 11:20 AM: Capt. Cordill’s recounting of how he went from a not-exceptional high-school student (“I didn’t know what I wanted to do in life”) with a low SAT school, to elite Blue Angels aviator inspired by 9/11 to join the military:

Capt. Cordill, by the way, is one of two Marine Corps pilots flying the Blue Angels demonstrations this year, which is rare – they usually have one. (Plus the team that flies the support C-130 “Fat Albert” is USMC, too.) Meantime, here’s the video of Heidi Lyman’s 2011 flight, as shown today:

We’ll add video of Sgt. Green’s story and the Q/A later this afternoon – heading out to Boeing Field now to see the Blue Angels take off. (Capt. Cordill says takeoff is scheduled for 1:30 pm, just in case you were wondering.)

10 Replies to "Video: Blue Angels pilot, crew member visit South Seattle Community College"

  • JAT August 3, 2012 (11:55 am)

    I wonder if the proportion of Marines flying with the Blue Angels will increase further as operational Naval Aviators convert to the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet while the Marines hang onto the older F/A-18C not wanting to lose allocation dollars on Super Hornets when what they want is the the super-expensive JSF.
    By the way, not sure what an Airframer is; I wonder if they use an Airframing hammer.

    • WSB August 3, 2012 (11:55 am)

      That’s how he described himself – working on sheet metal, hydraulics, etc.

  • Tom August 3, 2012 (3:08 pm)

    How about we don’t use WSB as a recruitment / propaganda tool?

  • Gary August 3, 2012 (3:42 pm)

    Don’t worry Tom, I doubt you have what it takes to be in the Marines.

  • Brian M. August 3, 2012 (4:27 pm)

    Tom, You do realize that the freedom that gives you the right to type that comment without recourse is due in part to the wonderful women and men serving in our Armed Forces?

  • miws August 3, 2012 (4:49 pm)

    How about you start your own Hyperlocal online newssite, Tom, and you can be free to choose what content you do or do not publish?



  • Cait August 3, 2012 (10:05 pm)

    Tom, so sad that you view this as propaganda instead of seeing that these pilots were there to help inspire students and show them an incredible life path that they too can achieve with hard work. Hoorah Marines! Glad the Blues still come to Seattle with all the unappreciative whack jobs like yourself.

  • Dan Sotelo August 4, 2012 (2:29 pm)

    WOW! This was the best & most synchronized Blue Angel air show since I moved here to Mercer Island in 2000! I have to say every year one or two pilots always seem to lag, but today Sat (8-4-12) was so impecable that I just had to take the time to write this message and hope the captain of the blue angels gets my SUPER GREAT SHOW….! You are on FIRE!

    Dan Sotelo
    3631 82nd Ave SE
    Mercer Island WA

  • Candace August 4, 2012 (11:32 pm)

    Here are a couple suggestions for Tom – ask Heidi Lyman how she used her once-in-a-lifetime Blue Angels flight experience in her math classes to engage students with real-life math and physics. Also, ask South’s Aviation (Airframe & Powerplant) students how great it was for them to have the chance to talk with a support crew member. This was an exceptional educational experience provided by the Blues.

  • Doug Green (Sgt Green) Blue Angel Airframer August 14, 2012 (1:24 pm)

    Thanks for allowing us to come and visit with you and share our experiences in the military with all of you. It was a really great opportunity for us.

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