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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- Blues skies behind a Blue Angel landing Tuesday afternoon at Spirit of St. Louis Airport.

The flight demonstration squadron used by the Navy and Marine Corp have been sidelined by the sequester, but are returning for a show here next year.
"Last time we were here was 2007," says Lt Ryan Chamberlain.  "So there's going to be some changes we've had that the air show and airport have had.  So we're going make sure we're all on the same pageand we show up ready to perform on May 3, 2014 and put on a safe great demonstration."

The elite airmen who fly these f/a 18 hornets will be part of Spirit of St. Louis airports 50th anniversary for the return of the St. Louis air show and new Stem Expo.

"What all that is going to do is promote employment and strengths of our region has and hopefully turn young people onto the potential careers of besides just airplanes but engineering, design, mathematics and those kinds of things," says John Bales the President of the St. Louis Air Show.

The St. Louis made hornet will be coming home for the airs how along with former St. Louisian Ryan Chamberlain and Lt. Michael Cheng.

And you can believe it's a bit of prestige to have your name on the side of the plane you're flying.

"I remember making the team and a lot of guys feel the same," says Lt. Commander Michael Cheng.  "This is the closest a lot of us are ever going to get to rock star status.  But we're only on the team for two years and then go back out to the fleet."

But before that happens, they'll be taking to the friendly skies in the gateway city.


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