Freeport Public Schools

Superintendent Kuncham flies with Blue Angels

A rare distinction for anyone


On May 27, Freeport Public Schools Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kishore Kuncham had the distinct honor and privilege to be one of two civilians, from among approximately 332 million Americans, to fly in the back of a U.S. Navy Blue Angels Fighter Jet.

“I am honored to have been chosen for this unique experience,” Dr. Kuncham said. “It was truly a humbling experience that I will always cherish.”

Dr. Kuncham qualified for the honor to participate in the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron Backseat Rider Program as a Key Influencer, one who helps to shape attitudes and opinions of youth in their communities that will have a lasting and significant impact.

The ultimate goal of the Blue Angels Key Influencer Program is to promote a culture of excellence within the community and inspire youth to work hard toward achieving their goals. Flying these well-deserved Key Influencers promotes not only the Navy and Marine Corps, but the culture of excellence the Blue Angels strive to uphold.

Following an in-depth flight briefing, Dr. Kuncham joined Blue Angels Pilot Lt. Griffin Stangel for the flight of a lifetime. During the 45-minute flight, the pilot conducted a series of breath-taking gravity-defying maneuvers, achieving a maximum force of 7.2 Gs.

In addition to family and friends, Dr. Kuncham invited three members of the Freeport High School NJROTC to attend the event: Commanding Officer Jillian Neblett, who will be attending the U.S. Naval Academy in the fall, Executive Officer Jamael Johnson and Command Master Chief Justin Moran.

Upon completion of the flight, Lt. Stangel presented Dr. Kuncham with a commemorative plaque.