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      Blue Angels visit Traverse City to finalize plans for Cherry Festival 2014

      The Blue Angels paid a special visit to the Coastguard Air Station to get ready for their upcoming show this July at the 2014 National Cherry Festival.

      If you were looking towards the sky in Traverse City on Tuesday around 1p.m. chances are you may have caught a glimpse of something blue, and very fast flying overhead.

      The Blue Angels paid a special visit to the Coastguard Air Station to get ready for their upcoming show this July at the 2014 National Cherry Festival.

      One of the planes flown by two captains made the trip in from Tennessee to discuss final details of the show with Cherry Festival organizers and the Coastguard.

      It's been four years since they made an appearance in Traverse City and everyone was excited on Tuesday about their return.

      "It's probably the most frequently asked question I get throughout the year pertaining to the festival, "Are the Blue Angels coming back?,"" said Steve Plamondom, the National Cherry Festival Air Show Director. "We're happy to say they are this year."

      "I hope that at least the people of Traverse City are excited to have us back," said Lt. Ryan Chamberlain, one of the Blue Angel pilots. "I know we're excited to be back. I was a boater as a young kid with my parents on Traverse Bay quite often so it's exciting for me to come back to this area and I know that the Cherry Festival is a great event for the people of northern Michigan so we're absolutely looking forward to being back to participate in that."

      The Blue Angels will be performing in Traverse City on July 4 during a practice show, and again on July 5 and 6 for the National Cherry Festival Air Show.