Flying with the Blue Angels

Published: Oct. 12, 2018 at 4:07 PM PDT
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Two Carson High School teachers and KOLO 8 News Now's Bridget Chavez were selected to take flight with the


at Minden-Tahoe Airport.

It's the ride of a lifetime. Flying in an F-18 Hornet with the Blue Angels is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that only a select few have the honor and privilege of doing.

Matt Morgan and Billy McHenry, both teachers at Carson High School, were selected for flights because of their leadership and positive impact in the community.

Morgan was the first to take flight with Blue Angel #7, Andre Webb.

“They’re amazing. That guy's the calmest guy in the world and I was ready to throw up at every turn," Morgan says. He says he doesn't regret a thing and was truly honored to have been chosen.

McHenry was the second to get into the cockpit. He is honoring his family by wearing the wings of his late uncle and father, both WWII veterans.

“Both my uncle and my father were a pilot and a navigator in WWII. So proud to be wearing their wings today and hopefully they’re proud of me and looking down on me today,” McHenry says.

Next, it was my turn to take the third and final flight of the day. I couldn't wait to do every twist, turn and experience the g-force. We pulled 7.4 at our highest.

Webb is an excellent pilot, remaining calm and taking us over Lake Tahoe, because what better way to view the lake than from a jet? We circled back toward Reno and Carson City, returning to Minden.

I am extremely humbled and honored to have been selected by the Blue Angels for this amazing, incredible opportunity. Thank you to the entire team for your patriotism and kindness. It is a day I will never forget.