Petty Officer 1st Class Philip Huntington, a Zachary native, is a member of the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels.
Huntington is a 2000 graduate of Centennial High School and has been an aviation structural mechanic in the Navy for 13 years.
He is in his third year with the Blue Angels, a U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, and is the son of Emily and Frank Huntington, of Johns Creek, Georgia.
“I joined the Navy because I wanted to serve my country, travel the world, further my education and experience the camaraderie that my grandfather, a World War II veteran, spoke about,” Huntington said. “To me, being a Blue Angel means having the ability to represent the finest sailors and marines in the Navy and Marine Corps. Being able to travel around the United States and display the Navy’s airpower capabilities, while also having the opportunity to tell people, young and old, about my experience and the passion I have for serving my country and Navy, is awesome. It is one of the most unique and challenging commands I have ever been at and would not trade it for anything.”
A total of 17 officers and nearly 110 enlisted men and women serve with the Blue Angels, Huntington said.
The team consists of both active-duty and full-time support sailors and Marines, with each team member serving a two- or three-year tour of duty, Huntington explained.
Based at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, the team travels an average of 300 days a year, performing flight demonstrations across the country.
Since the team began in 1946, the Angels have performed for more than 495 million fans and are scheduled to fly 65 performances at 36 locations in North America during 2015, making this their 69th performance year, a news release said.
For information and schedules, visit www.blueangels.navy.mil.