BOSTON (CBS) – Tight end Michael Hoomanawanui had the flight of a lifetime on Monday, hitting the California skies with the famous U.S. Navy Blue Angels.
Along with St. Louis Rams punter Johnny Hekker, the Patriots tight end was a guest rider with the Blue Angels. Hoomanawanui and Hekker were nominated for the flights by the Blue Angels crew of the Navy due to their leadership, positivity, and impact in their respective communities.
Blue Angel pilots have been known to fly as close as 18 inches apart, as high as 15,000 feet and as low as 50 feet from the ground during demonstrations. Performances can reach speeds as fast as 700 mph.
“Hooman” flew with a fellow Bloomington, Illinois native, Lt. Ryan Chamberlain, who graduated from the same high school as the tight end.
Hoomanawanui, who had 12 receptions for 136 yards and a touchdown for New England in 2013, will become a free agent on March 11.
Here are a few photos from the trip:
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