BREAKING NEWS Court docs: Coleman agrees she was ineligible to run, forfeiting election win Full Story
STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Behind the Blues: The Hoosier connection

News 10's Susan Dinkel went to Pensacola, Flordia to take you behind the scenes with the Blue Angels, and while she was there, she discovered the elite U.S. Navy squadron has some Hoosier connections.

Posted: Jul 24, 2018 6:25 PM
Updated: Jul 24, 2018 9:57 PM

PENSACOLA, Fla. (WTHI) - Bonded by training, trust, and teamwork.

We all have a family...but the one we are focusing in on for this story is military based.

News 10's Susan Dinkel went to Pensacola, Flordia to take you behind the scenes with the Blue Angels, and while she was there, she discovered the elite U.S. Navy squadron has some Hoosier connections.

When you walk into their headquarters you will find offices, workstations, and training rooms.

It is there where the magic of the Blue Angels begins.

LINK | BEHIND THE BLUES: THE FACES BEHIND THE JETS
LINK | BEHIND THE BLUES: GETTING THE JETS IN THE AIR

Blue Angel family photos line the walls of the base, with photos of the team from present day going all the way back to 1946 when the team was founded.

They are 130 service men and women strong now, with two of them calling Indiana home.

Petty Officer Timothy Schumaker is from South Bend.

He focuses on public affairs, but he also knows the ins an outs of the jets.

"They make us very versatile, so that when we go on the road...and you're the next man up, and we need to change a tire on a jet...we are that guy," PO Schumaker said.

The other Hoosier connection is Petty Officer Ailiyah Maydwell from Fort Wayne.

"You get a sense of pride...that's your bread and butter right there. You see something you have been working so hard on to amaze others...that experience means so much. More than words can explain," PO Maydwell told us.

More and more females are a part of this elite squadron and she is thrilled to be one of them paving the way.

"It's actually a step forward for us as women because a lot of people have a misconception there are a lot of things we can not do," PO Maydwell said. "We are breaking milestones day by day."

LINK | THE TERRE HAUTE AIR SHOW 

Even behind the scenes, both Maydwell and Schumaker play critical roles in getting the blue and gold jets off the ground.

"I would compare it to Disney World, where you go to Disney World and you don't see when they close...all of the people who go out and make it perfect again," PO Schumaker told us.

Even though this is their job, the excitement never fades.

"It's routine...but still you look at it and it never ceases to be awesome," Schumaker said.

"The feeling of the jets starting up is a rumble you don't forget...because it's just...that's our war cry right there. Hearing those jets start up, watching them take off and seeing the faces. Everybody happy, screaming, cheering...that's the greatest feeling ever felt," Maydwell told us.

Terre Haute
Broken Clouds
55° wxIcon
Hi: 58° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 55°
Robinson
Overcast
53° wxIcon
Hi: 59° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 53°
Indianapolis
Overcast
54° wxIcon
Hi: 57° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 54°
Rockville
Overcast
53° wxIcon
Hi: 57° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 53°
Casey
Overcast
52° wxIcon
Hi: 58° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 52°
Brazil
Broken Clouds
55° wxIcon
Hi: 58° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 55°
Marshall
Broken Clouds
55° wxIcon
Hi: 58° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 55°
A Nice Thanksgiving
WTHI Planner
WTHI Temps
WTHI Radar

WTHI Events

 

Illinois Coronavirus Cases

(Widget updates once daily at 7 p.m. CT)

Cases: 674089

Reported Deaths: 12261
CountyCasesDeaths
Cook2871246389
DuPage42201754
Will36082532
Lake34915612
Kane29870449
Winnebago17843248
McHenry13332150
Madison13291229
St. Clair12340255
Champaign1031652
Sangamon938390
Peoria8388124
Rock Island8152121
Kankakee799996
McLean786950
Tazewell616992
Macon6121117
Kendall583342
LaSalle5687127
DeKalb471445
Adams449046
Boone364230
Vermilion355344
Whiteside3510100
Williamson332777
Coles316058
Clinton303556
Ogle266026
Knox259956
Grundy253916
Effingham252518
Jackson250334
Henry245313
Stephenson231834
Marion228344
Livingston209521
Randolph205924
Morgan204734
Macoupin198817
Bureau198337
Monroe193144
Franklin187422
Christian177640
Lee172224
Jefferson170859
Woodford158926
Iroquois153325
Logan152412
McDonough151339
Fayette146328
Fulton131910
Douglas126916
Shelby125824
Jersey114923
Union112026
Montgomery105819
Saline105122
Crawford10509
Jo Daviess101816
Warren100620
Carroll100124
Perry96820
Pike96623
Bond93610
Lawrence92410
Hancock90412
Cass90021
Moultrie82810
Wayne82432
Greene77426
Clay75817
Clark74519
Edgar73315
Piatt7215
Ford69821
Mercer67710
Richland67419
Johnson6653
Mason64916
Washington6112
Jasper60511
De Witt58814
Cumberland58013
White5648
Massac5112
Wabash4918
Menard4211
Pulaski3862
Hamilton3663
Marshall3625
Unassigned3620
Brown2983
Henderson2610
Alexander2482
Schuyler2431
Putnam2360
Calhoun2250
Scott2230
Stark2183
Edwards2123
Gallatin1803
Hardin1310
Pope791
Out of IL140

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

(Widget updates once daily at 8 p.m. ET)

Cases: 306538

Reported Deaths: 5435
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion41953849
Lake26872453
Allen17621295
Elkhart16905219
St. Joseph16524223
Hamilton12696167
Vanderburgh9552115
Tippecanoe844927
Porter813785
Johnson6231165
Vigo597979
Hendricks5944156
Monroe530349
Clark504077
Madison4858121
Delaware4820103
LaPorte457194
Kosciusko455739
Howard334975
Warrick319572
Floyd311477
Bartholomew308462
Wayne301367
Cass295831
Marshall293744
Grant262949
Noble249846
Hancock246551
Boone240254
Henry240237
Dubois234631
Dearborn215730
Jackson212633
Morgan204443
Gibson181725
Knox181419
Shelby178254
Clinton177821
Lawrence174047
DeKalb172829
Adams166422
Wabash158020
Miami157814
Daviess154643
Fayette147733
Steuben143513
Jasper142111
Harrison141824
LaGrange140129
Montgomery139027
Whitley133412
Ripley128114
Decatur124643
Huntington123510
Putnam123027
Randolph120719
Wells120428
White120321
Clay119822
Posey119616
Jefferson116216
Scott103219
Greene101353
Jay96413
Starke90621
Sullivan88916
Fulton83518
Jennings83214
Spencer8198
Perry81521
Fountain7738
Washington7417
Franklin68626
Carroll67913
Orange66628
Vermillion5993
Owen5987
Parke5606
Newton55312
Tipton55226
Rush5317
Blackford51912
Pike50318
Pulaski37710
Martin3515
Benton3362
Brown3353
Crawford2881
Union2671
Switzerland2555
Warren2382
Ohio2307
Unassigned0266