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April 22, 2007

LtCdr. Kevin Davis, Blue Angel #6, Killed in Saturday's Accident

I just completed this post for the Tailhook Daily Briefing and wanted to post it here as well.

It is with heavy heart we note the passing of Lieutenant Commander Kevin "Kojak" Davis, Blue Angel #6.  Family members are confirming that it was indeed, Kevin who was killed Saturday in an accident during the Blue Angels Flight Demonstration at MCAS Beaufort. Causes of the accident are still under investigation. 

From his Blue Angel Bio... 

Kevin was a native of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, and graduated from Reading Memorial High School in 1992 where he played football and was active with the Civil Air Patrol. He attended Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Science with honors in 1996. 

Kevin reported to Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Florida, for Officer Candidate School and aviation indoctrination in September 1996. He completed primary flight training at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, and transferred to NAS Meridian, Mississippi, for intermediate and advanced flight training. While there, he flew the T-2C Buckeye and TA-4J Skyhawk, and received his wings of gold in June 1999. 

Kevin reported to Fighter Squadron 101 (VF-101) at NAS Oceana, Virginia, for training in the F-14 Tomcat and was the “Top Stick” in his class. In July 2000 he reported to the VF-11 “Red Rippers” where he completed deployments aboard the aircraft carriers USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) and USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67). While with the “Red Rippers,” Kevin served as the airframes/corrosion branch officer, air-to-ground training officer and head landing signals officer. His deployments included extended operations in the North Arabian Sea and Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Enduring Freedom

In July 2003, Kevin transitioned to the F/A-18 Hornet through Strike Fighter Squadron 125 (VFA-125) at NAS Lemoore, California, and then reported to the Fighter Composite Squadron (VFC-12) “Omars,” stationed at NAS Oceana, Virginia. While at VFC-12, Kevin served as a Navy adversary pilot providing valuable air-to-air training for fleet squadrons. In December of 2004, Kevin graduated from the United States Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) as an adversary pilot. During his tour at VFC-12, Kevin worked as the schedules officer, legal officer, FRS/SFARP officer and assistant operations officer. 

Kevin joined the Blue Angels in September 2005. He has accumulated more than 2,500 flight hours and 200 carrier arrested landings. His decorations include the Air Medal, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and various personal and unit awards.

Farewell Kevin... You will be missed.  In the words of one of his Blue Angel Squadron-mates, Lt. Cmdr Anthony Walley (Blue Angel #2) 

"Our squadron and the entire U.S. Navy are grieving the loss of a great American, a great naval officer and, most of all, a great friend,.."

The Entire Tailhook Community send our condolences, our thoughts, and prayers to all of Kevin's family, friends and his Squadron mates.  We are here for you...

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My deepest condolences go out to his family. May his soul rest in peace.

Posted by: Andi Smidth | Aug 22, 2012 1:52:13 PM

It is such a tragic accident. My heart goes out to Kevin's family. May his good soul rest in peace.

Posted by: Tucson Auto Accident | Sep 11, 2011 8:13:22 AM

I'm Italian, I love fly and I do it for job, last year i saw what happened to Kevin, I'm so sad, I saw all his video, photos, he was a great man, from his eyes everybody can understand what he felt when he was flying..ciao Kevin..even I don't know you, I really wanted to meet you..but maybe we will meet in a future..ciao Kevin rest well.
Alessandro(Roma)

Posted by: alessandro | May 5, 2009 8:18:29 AM

It has been two years, it seems like it was yesterday. May God be with you and your family. I send my prayers to your family. God bless.

Posted by: Ana Parrott | Apr 20, 2009 8:31:58 PM

A very sad. somber moment indeed. The Angels are always "Good to Go" but this was a real hard hit. The positive merits of the team outweigh the negatives but when they come up, they sure are difficult to deal with. You just HAVE to. Goodby to a GOOD MAN.

Posted by: Roger Manley | Jun 10, 2007 10:06:56 AM

i like watching you guys at the air show!!!!!!!! ill miss you this year lots of love kelly

Posted by: kelly | May 4, 2007 6:50:19 PM

I was at the Air show in Beaufort. I just didn't want to believe when we saw the black smoke rising. But when #6 never came out of the turn and never landed. It was heart breaking, My niece knew Kevin. I feel so sad for our loss. meaning his Family, friends, wife, And all those that he touched along his jorney on earth. He is at peace, and still flying high. GOD BLESS YOU, AND THANK YOU. :)

Posted by: Luann | May 3, 2007 2:11:54 PM

I was at the Air show in Beaufort. I just didn't want to believe when we saw the black smoke rising. But when #6 never came out of the turn and never landed. It was heart breaking, My niece knew Kevin. I feel so sad for our loss. meaning his Family, friends, wife, And all those that he touched along his jorney on earth. He is at peace, and still flying high. GOD BLESS YOU, AND THANK YOU. :)

Posted by: Luann | May 3, 2007 2:10:23 PM

I offer my heart fealt condolences to the Davis family. I read an article By a John Malik that stated that Lt. Commander Kevin Davis sacrificed his life to keep his jet from crashing into someone's home. The article has aptly labeled Kevin Davis a hero. That's exactly what a hero is. A hero will selflessly sacrifice for those he's sworn to defend. Even though this was in a peace-time situation, Lt. Commander Kevin Davis is a true hero. He put the lives of others above his own. Though I did not him, I can say without reservation that Kevin Davis was a true warrior. We can all be proud of him and we grieve sorely at the loss of great man.
Oh that there were more men like you, sir...
Rest well, Commander. Heaven has a hero's welcome for you.

BCM

Posted by: Bryant Mothershed | Apr 28, 2007 8:41:05 PM

I was in the navy in pensacola 72-75 on the lex. I rember the Blue Angels flying the a4s they are the best

Posted by: george schuchman | Apr 27, 2007 12:56:56 PM

May God Bless Kevin and his family. We had the privilege of meeting him in Pensacola on Wednesday April 18th. Even though the practice was rained out, we got to shake hands will all of the pilots. Kevin was so personable and bent down to take a picture with my 3 yr old. His loss is a tragedy for our country and the navy. God Bless.
The Brubakers
Owensboro, Ky.

Posted by: Duke Brubaker | Apr 26, 2007 1:00:36 PM

Kevin, you have soared the heights and now you truly have reached out and touched the face of God. And I know he has welcomed you home. Thank you for all you have done for our Great Nation. May you rest in peace in the beautiful blue skies of Heaven.
LouAnn

Posted by: LouAnn | Apr 26, 2007 6:55:55 AM

Hello, I live in El Centro, California where the Blue Angels practice for three months every year. I just would like Kevin's family to know that his picture is mounted on the wall of many businesses here. You can walk into a local business and Kevin's picture is usually featured. So you see, we are devastated here; we've lost one of "our" boys. I know you have lost your child; Be strong and God bless you.

Posted by: Katherine Topuzes | Apr 25, 2007 9:36:20 PM

May God Bless you, Kevin. I have prayed for you and your family. My husband John and I met you last year while we attended the air show in Traverse City,MI. You were such a pleasant young man - you took the time to talk to us and we had our picture taken with you and you, even called us by our first name(s). So personable.We will miss you.
Wendy and John

Posted by: Wendy | Apr 25, 2007 9:11:00 PM

May God Bless you, Kevin. I have prayed for you and your family. My husband John and I met you last year while we attended the air show in Traverse City,MI. You were such a pleasant young man - you took the time to talk to us and we had our picture taken with you and you, even called us by our first name(s). So personable.We will miss you.
Wendy and John

Posted by: Wendy | Apr 25, 2007 9:09:46 PM

Thank you all for your comments here on Carmichael's Position you are all welcomed to continue to share your thoughts and stories... I do know the pain we have all felt in the loss of this fine American. I too have felt empty this past weekend.

I am re-publishing all of your comments over at the Tailhook Daily Briefing (The location I originally published this article for) as well, as it is that community that will benefit the most from your comments.

The Blue Angles are a special breed, they are ours... All Americans, we are proud to claim them. I personally exuberantly explain to those who are un-familiar with the details and the difficulty of their Demonstration the intricacies involved. Afterward, most I've regaled cannot wait for the next opportunity to see the Blues.

We lost a hero on Saturday. And all in the community appreciate your acknowledgments, and sharing of your thoughts and prayers. They do mean a tremendous amount to all who wear the wings of gold.

Thank you again, all...

-JC

Posted by: John Carmichael | Apr 23, 2007 9:48:11 PM

Our prayers are with the Davis family and the Blue Angel team at this time of loss. We had the pleasure of meeting LtCdr. Davis at the Texas Thunder Airshow (May 2006) in Ft Worth. LtCdr. Davis signed a poster for my son (age 10) and also took a picture with him. My son asked LtCdr. Davis what his job was with the team, LtCdr Davis told my son that he was the narrator but that all jobs are important on the Blue Angel team. My son has wanted to be a fighter pilot for some time but after meeting LtCdr. Davis, now he wants to be a Blue Angel. God Bless all of our men & women who serve in the armed forces.

The Sehon family
Robinson, Texas

Posted by: Kayla Sehon | Apr 23, 2007 9:25:53 PM

God Bless. We are from Pensacola Florida and treasure the Blue Angels. We are very saddened by our loss.
Woody, Shelly and Brad.

Posted by: The Welford Family | Apr 23, 2007 7:20:40 PM

May God Bless You and your Family...Thank You for your service to our country.

Posted by: Rich | Apr 22, 2007 5:51:04 PM

A moment of silence.......
Thanks my brother. You and I have known and known of way to many pilots/friends/heros that didn't make it. Each and every one will be missed.
Stu

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