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Blue Angels soar with two Cobb County teachers
Blue Angels soar with two Cobb County teachers

POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. -- Two motivated teachers of a Cobb County school soared on the flight of a lifetime on Wednesday as they flew over Georgia aboard the U.S. Navy's elite Blue Angels.

McEachern High School administrator Krystal Wattley and physical education teacher Kyle Hockman of Powder Springs were nominated for a flight each with America's top flight demonstration team.

The Blue Angels are at Robins, AFB this week in preparation for their two day performance at the largest air show in the southeast.

The pair were chosen due to their hard work and inspiration with their students, and their outstanding leadership, according to the school's staff.

Mrs. Wattley began a peer tutoring program at the school to work with students so that they can succeed during their high school career.

Wattley and Hockman each made a forty minute flight out of Robins, AFB near Macon, and flew south to begin their aeronautical work out.

U.S. Navy Lt. Mark Tedrow, a pilot with the Blue Angels, took Hockman up first followed by Wattley, each performing the same aerobatic stunts in which the popular demonstration team are known for during air shows.

Each teacher pulled 7G's, or seven times their body weight, as the blue and gold F/A-18 Hornet jet banked a sharp left hand turn. Lt. Tedrow then moved the jet for a few 360-degree barrel rolls.

Hockman, who serves as the head coach of McEachern Indians football team, felt great as he departed the Hornet and was greeted by his family.

Wattley was all smiles and relieved the flight was over after soaring through what most would never want to try.

"I feel very blessed to be nominated and selected to be able to fly. I think it's great," Wattley exclaimed.

She added that she wants to share her flight with her students that "They can fly that plane. They can build that plane, and it's just a great experience for anyone to see what they're doing here at Robins, AFB and the Blue Angels."


(Charles Atkeison covers science & technology which impacts Georgia for NBC Atlanta 11Alive.com. Follow his airshow updates via Twitter @AbsolutSpaceGuy.)


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