Blue Angels Release 2005 Schedule; Navy Salvages Jet Off Panhandle

The Blue Angels released their 2005 air show schedule this week as the Navy began salvaging one of the precision flying team's jets from the Gulf of Mexico where it crashed last week near Pensacola.

Lt. Ted Steelman of Star, Idaho, one of the team's six pilots, safely ejected from the F/A-18 Hornet on December 1st about 10 miles from Pensacola Naval Air Station.

Steelman was rescued from the gulf in good condition off Perdido Key, a barrier island on the Florida-Alabama border. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

The Blue Angels will fly 69 demonstrations at 35 sites, including stops in Seattle, San Francisco and Brunswick, Maine.

The schedule includes five Florida sites: Punta Gorda, Pensacola Beach, Gainesville, Jacksonville Beach and Pensacola Naval Air Station.