Dave Rice

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Miramar Air Show planes "don't drop food, they drop bombs"

Visduh - I did make at least a quick attempt to back up the claims made by Patterson and Beckwith. Per Wikipedia (not a perfect source, I'm aware): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Angels During its history, 27 Blue Angels pilots have been killed in air show or training accidents.[42] Through the 2006 season there have been 262 pilots in the squadron's history,[43] giving the job a 10% fatality rate. The link contains a detailed list of the accidents associated with the show, and while you're right that the most recent death occurred just a couple months ago, the overall frequency of fatalities seems to be lower in recent decades than in the '60s and '70s.
— August 19, 2016 10:48 p.m.

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