Former Harlem Globetrotter Charles “Choo” Smith, Jr. Takes Trotting the Globe to a New Level by Streaking Across Baltimore with the Blue Angels
By Karyn Bullock
October 20, 2016
Former Harlem Globetrotter Charles “Choo” Smith, Jr is no stranger to traveling all over the world in aircrafts but on Friday October 14, 2016 he experienced
the friendly skies courtesy of the Blue Angels. The Blue Angels were formed in 1946 making them the second oldest formal flying aerobatic team in the
world. The Blue Angels 6 demonstration pilots fly McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet.
Choo Smith has spent the last 12 years working with the youth and serving the community. As one of the faces of the Visit Baltimore campaign Choo was nominated
as a “Key Influencer” for the work he does in Baltimore with the youth. The Blue Angels reviewed all of the submissions and has recognized Choo Smith
as a “Key Influencer”.
As one of the 3 Key Influencers Choo received the opportunity of a lifetime. Choo took a 40-minute flight with Lt. Tyler Davies of the Blue Angles. An
experience that many people would love to have had.
Prior to entering the aircraft Choo received flight training on how to handle all of the “G” forces he will experience by Seven Crew Chief Josh Wilburn.
Choo Along with WBAL News Reporter Omar Jimenez, and Luke Rettig with College Bound Foundation received a crash course on how not to black out.
Choo’s flight took place on Friday October 14, 2016 at Martins State Airport during Fleet Week. Choo stated in a comment prior to taking off “This is serious!!
You got to be in shape to do this.” Lt. Tyler Davies took Choo on a 40-minute full speed, loops, turns and acrobatics flight. An experience Choo said
he will never forget. Choo said “I always respected military pilots… but today I have a whole new appreciation for the shape they have to be
in to be a Blue Angel.”