"Reaaadddyyyy. Hit it!" Flying on a Blue Angel

Star Tribune reporter Pam Louwagie flew on Blue Angels 7 near Duluth International Airport, Wednesday, July 17, 2019. Minnesota Teacher of the Year Jess Davis also saw the sky with the Blue Angels. 

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Blue Angels pilot Lt. Cary Rickoff was reflected in the visor of the helmet worn by Star Tribune reporter Pam Louwagie as he went over a few things with Louwagie before their flight Wednesday.
Blue Angels pilot Lt. Cary Rickoff was reflected in the visor of the helmet worn by Star Tribune reporter Pam Louwagie as he went over a few things with Louwagie before their flight Wednesday.
Blue Angels 7 took off from Duluth International Airport with Star Tribune reporter Pam Louwagie onboard Wednesday as water vapor formed around it.
Blue Angels 7 left a cloud of white smoke as it flew over Duluth International Airport Wednesday afternoon with Star Tribune reporter Pam Louwagie onboard.
Star Tribune reporter Pam Louwagie onboard Blue Angels 7 near Duluth International Airport, Wednesday, July 17, 2019, before the annual Duluth Air Show. (Screengrab courtesy Blue Angels)
Blue Angels 7 left a cloud of white smoke as it flew over Duluth International Airport Wednesday afternoon with Star Tribune reporter Pam Louwagie onboard.
Star Tribune reporter Pam Louwagie climbed down from the cockpit of Blue Angels 7 with the help of Petty Officer Kyle Wood after completing her flight with Lt. Cary Rickoff Wednesday afternoon.
Star Tribune reporter Pam Louwagie walked off the tarmac smiling after a flight aboard Blue Angels 7 Wednesday afternoon.
Blue Angels jets 1 through 6 sat on the tarmac at Duluth International Airport Wednesday.
Blue Angels 7 sat on the tarmac outside Monaco Air as onlookers looked at the fighter jet from inside the fixed-base operator.
U.S. Navy Petty Officer Kyle Wood walked alongside Minnesota Teacher of the Year Jess Davis toward Blue Angels 7, the F/A-18D Hornet that Davis would be flying in Wednesday afternoon.
Blue Angels Pilot Lt. Cary Rickoff shook hands with Minnesota Teacher of the Year Jess Davis before her flight Wednesday afternoon.
Blue Angels pilot and Navy Lt. Cary Rickoff walked to the front of the cockpit while preparing to take Minnesota Teacher of the Year Jess Davis on a flight above the Duluth area Wednesday. Petty Officer Kyle Wood stood at parade rest nearby.
Blue Angels 7 took flight with Minnesota Teacher of the Year Jess Davis onboard Wednesday.
Minnesota Teacher of the Year Jess Davis was greeted by her boyfriend, Albert Boney, and her mother Elaine Frie, after Davis' successful flight on Blue Angels 7 Wednesday afternoon.
Minnesota Teacher of the Year Jess Davis jokingly saluted her boyfriend, St. Paul firefighter Albert Boney, as they waited for Davis' flight Wednesday afternoon inside Monaco Air's waiting area.
Petty Officer Second Class Travis Bradley stood beside Blue Angels 7 as it was prepared for flight Wednesday afternoon.
Blue Angels pilots and crew members made their way into Monaco Air after arriving at Duluth International Airport Wednesday.
Star Tribune reporter Pam Louwagie asked Minnesota Teacher of the Year Jess Davis about her flight after almost an hour in the air with Blue Angels pilot Cary Rickoff, center, Wednesday afternoon.
Star Tribune reporter Pam Louwagie talked to aviation enthusiasts, including Duluth Air Show volunteer Russ Ault, of Poplar, Wisc., as Louwagie waited to fly in Blue Angels 7 Wednesday afternoon.