Mercer Island teacher gets to fly with the Blue Angels ahead of Seafair air show

Mercer Island High School teacher Jennifer McLellan didn’t know she had been chosen to fly with the Blue Angels until she heard it on school radio.

SEATTLE — The US Navy Blue Angels roared back to Seattle as they prepare for their performance at Seafair this weekend.

The Blue Angels have been missing since their last appearance in 2019. This year they return with a new tugboat – even with a whole fleet.

The Blue Angels present new Boeing F/A 18 Super Hornet jets with more power and drone than ever before. This year, the Blue Angels picked a few local influencers to take for a spin, and first up was a local teacher.

Jennifer McLellan, who teaches at Mercer Island High School, says she found out she had been selected for a Blue Angels ride by the school’s radio station.

“School radio station 88.9 The Bridge did an interview and they surprised me and I still can’t believe it,” McLellan said.

According to her husband, McLellan is the perfect choice for this honor.

“She wants to be a role model, she wants to show her students that she can do anything. That they can do anything and push themselves to the limit…literally in this case!” said Malcolm McLellan.

Jennifer McLellan spent time learning emergency procedures and practicing how to breathe properly when feeling the effects of G-force.

Soaring for nearly 45 minutes, she spotted well-known landmarks like local schools and even Microsoft from the air.

“Mount Rainier from a Blue Angel was unreal!” said McLellan.

She had mastered breathing techniques and stayed cool through various maneuvers that pushed her limits to over 7G’s.

“I just want everyone to know that I left with two vomit bags and brought them both back… unused!” she said.

The dizzying instructor says she certainly felt the effects of the G-force and even experienced tunnel vision at one point, but breathed deeply and remained conscious throughout the flight.

“It’s hard to describe what that means. I grew up around here and have watched the Blue Angels my whole life. Seafair is so ubiquitous. It’s such a part of who we are every summer.”

McLellan says she’ll have a hard time describing what her experience on the skies was like.

“It’s like riding in Santa’s sleigh, you know, it’s just amazing!”

The US Navy Blue Angels perform at the Boeing Seafair Air Show on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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