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From Marstons Mills to the Blue Angels for USMC Capt. Corrie Mays
When she speaks to classrooms, United States Marine Corps Captain Corrie Mays asks students to raise their hands and look at the ends of their fingertips. That distance of roughly 18 inches, she tells them, is how close the F/A-18D Hornets of the U.S. Naval Flight Demonstration Squadron, aka the Blue Angels, can be to one another during flight. “From wingtip to canopy,” is how Mays explains it. And Mays, a Marstons Mills native and member of Barnstable High School’s Class of 1998, ought to know, because she is one. “I’ve loved every minute of it,” says Mays of both her decision to become a Marine and her experience with the country’s elite flight exhibition team. “Zero regrets. It was everything I’d hoped for and so much more.” Mays does not fly in the Blue Angels’ demonstration shows but flies in the team’s practice training. For the Blue Angels, Naval Aviators 1 through 6 fly in the shows. Naval Aviator 7 is the show’s narrator while Naval Aviator 8 – Mays – serves as squad naval flight officer and events coordinator. Painting with a broad brush, that means she handles the logistics of the team’s almost constant traveling and, during [...]