Blue Angels drone incident during America Strong Flyover

Blue Angels during Detroit America Strong Flyover. A drone pilot flies his unmanned aircraft way too close to the Blue Angels in Detroit America Strong Flyover. The drone incident took place on Tuesday, May 12th and could have led to a midair collision between the six F/A-18 Hornets and the drone.

Blue Angels drone incident during Detroit America Strong Flyover

The video started to appear on social media after it was first posted on Youtube. The footage has since been removed but has been reposted by Vic Moss.

The drone footage shows the six F/A-18 Hornets, that form the Blue Angels flying, straight towards the drone. It is hard to judge exactly how far away the manned aircraft are from the drone, but as you can see in the video it is way too close. Way too close.

As the Aviationist rightly pointed out, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) defined a number of rules for safe and responsible drone flying. One of them states: “Do not operate your drone in a careless or reckless manner.” Another rule is that as a drone pilot you “give way to and do not interfere with manned aircraft.” At least both of these rules seem to have been broken in this video of the Blue Angels.

On Youtube, Vic Moss writes about the Blue Angels drone incident that:

This is not my video. I download it from Mr. Lucia's FB page before he took it down. This is the link that many have sent to different government agencies. Mr. Lucia has since removed his entire FB page. One of the most irresponsible, ignorant, reckless, moronic, outright dangerous things I've EVER seen with a drone.

I would agree 100% with Moss' statement. We will follow this story to see if the FAA will investigate this near-collision and what actions will be taken toward the pilot in control.

If you would like to learn how to fly safe and responsible and master your skills as a drone pilot, I recommend taking a look at the training course offered by The Drone U.

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Haye Kesteloo
Haye Kesteloo

Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Founder of, where he covers all drone-related news, DJI rumors and writes drone reviews, and, for all news related to electric vehicles. He is also a co-host of the PiXL Drone Show on YouTube and other podcast platforms. Haye can be reached at haye @ or @hayekesteloo.

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