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Blue Angels return to El Centro

EL CENTRO, Calif. (KYMA, KECY) - The Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy’s elite flight demonstration team, arrived Tuesday at Naval Air Facility - El Centro for their 75th anniversary season.

The Blue Angels return to El Centro since March of 2020 at the Naval Air Facility (NAF) El Centro Air Show.

The Navy will be debuting its brand new jets. According to the Navy, this will be the first season flying the new F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet, which replaces the team’s previous aircraft, the F/A-18 Hornet used by the Blue Angels for the last 34 years.

Due to COVID, this event is closed to the public.

The scheduled Air show on March 11th will not be open to the public due to COVID restrictions.However, the Blue Angels will still do something for the Imperial Valley community.

“We are doing a festival of flight more details will be coming out in the next few weeks as e figure out how we can best showcase our Blue Angels for the Imperial Valley community,” said Kristopher Haugh, Public Affairs Officer.

Imperial County

Gianella Ghiglino

Peruvian-born and LA raised Gianella Ghiglino joins the team from the San Fernando valley. “LA is the place that taught me how to breath and Peru is my breath.” She says she was inspired by the community she grew up in and began documenting her experience through poetry at the age of 7. “I wrote about everything I saw, felt and everything that inspired me.” When she entered High School she joined her school news station and realized that broadcast journalism allowed her to pursue her passion and her purpose all at once. Gianella attended Cal State Northridge and received a Bachelors degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish Broadcast Journalism, and Political Science. She did several internships while in College but most notably interned for PBS’s local LA station for three years. “My purpose is to share my story and of those in my community, my passion is writing.”

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