Honolulu pilot selected to fly with Blue Angels in 2015

Navy Lt. Matt Suyderhoud
Navy Lt. Matt Suyderhoud

A Honolulu man has been selected to fly with the Blue Angels next year.

Navy Lt. Matt Suyderhoud, 31, is currently assigned to Training Squadron 22 at Naval Air Station Kingsville, Texas.

He will be one of three new demonstration pilots to fly F/A-18s with the Blue Angels’ 2015 team.

Qualified Navy and Marine Corps officers must apply and pass an interview before they are selected to join the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron.

“All of our finalists this year are incredible examples of some of the finest officers in the Navy and Marine Corps, from both the aviation community and the fleet,” said Lt. Cmdr. John Hiltz, Right Wing pilot and the applications officer for the 2014 team. “What was most important for us — regardless of anything else — was to select the most qualified individuals for the team to represent the more than 540 thousand Sailors and Marines deployed around the world, around the clock. And I’m happy to say that we’ve done that.”

If you want to see Lt. Suyderhoud in action, the Blue Angels are slated to perform at the Kaneohe Bay Air Show Oct. 17 and 18.

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