The US Navy Blue Angels were forced to cancel their Saturday afternoon performance at the California Capital Airshow today after Blue Angel #1, Commander Ryan Bernacchi, contracted a food-borne illness. Boss remains under the medical supervision of the team’s flight surgeon.
In a statement published on Facebook, the Blue Angels said:
Sacramento airshow fans. We regret to inform everyone that we will not be performing today. Boss Bernacchi fell under the weather and the decision was made not to fly and to make sure he focuses on his health so he is ready for tomorrow. The team is still planning on performing for all airshow fans tomorrow at the California Capital Airshow on Oct. 2.
While the Blue Angels can perform with less than six pilots if necessary due to illness or mechanical issue, the stand down of the #1 jet forces the entire team to stand down in the interest of safety.
We wish Commander Bernacchi the best and hope he feels better tomorrow!