Seattle Times Reporter Just Said To Retire Blue Angels-We Say ‘No’

Seattle Times Reporter Just Said To Retire Blue Angels-We Say ‘No’ | Frontline Videos

U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Ryan J. Courtade (background) / Public Domain


We’re going to try and tactfully shut down this Seattle Time’s writer as he is a Vietnam veteran and we respects that, but as such, we’d think he would be a little bit more pro military or at least understand the importance of the Blue Angels. Although we’re all entitled to our own opinions and should be able to voice our concerns, the article we read did not in any way make sense in terms of logic.

Let us explain by commenting on some of the highlights of his article.

Patrick Pilcher starts of his article writing, “Seafair has always brought a festive mood to the Puget Sound region. No one can deny the excitement of the Navy’s Blue Angels roaring overhead. Yet I find their annual visit in poor taste.” That’s one way to lead off your opinion.

Now, here are his so-called reasons of why he thinks so:

  • “The real purpose of the Blue Angels is to support the recruitment effort and give citizens a seat-of-the-pants, ear-splitting example of our tax dollars at work.”
  • “Military hardware is expensive to produce and maintain. The aircraft used by the Blue Angels are designed for combat — not barnstorming circus props.”
  • “Why not combine the Navy’s vast technological training programs with the outreach capacity of local state employment offices to devise a cutting-edge program to help those suffering from long-term unemployment or those seeking to retrain after a layoff?”
  • “A final objection to the Blue Angels is that of the jets conjuring up horrifying images among many recent immigrants from war-torn countries.”

We get the points he’s making here (somewhat), but he underestimates the extreme value of these airshows. Families who take their kids at young ages show them the might of our military and in turn engrain in their young minds a sense of pride, national pride.

Blue Angels stand with children from the Make-A-Wish Foundation in 2011. | Lance Cpl. Erica Kirsop / Public Domain

This in turn forms lines at the recruitment offices down the road, those same kids now ready to serve. So, in essence, whatever money is spent per year on the Blues cuts on the costs down the line if the military’s lines end up dry and they have to spend millions of dollars on traditional advertising.

Here are some of the responses on social media that were put under the article when it was published online:

There are hundreds of similar comments and it seems clear many of us are on the same page. And rightfully so if we may say so ourselves.

If you’d like to indulge in the entire article, you can read it here. 

Also, here’s a short clip that’ll remind us all of how awesome those airshows really are.


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