The bLU cRU Meets the Blue Angels As Yamaha's Josh Hayes Flies with the U.S. Navy

August, 2016 | YMUS

Four-time U.S. AMA Superbike Champion and Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory rider Josh Hayes fulfilled a lifelong dream recently when he strapped into the cockpit of the #7 U.S. Navy F/A-18 Blue Angels Hornet piloted by Lt. Tyler Davies and took to the skies over Florida and the Gulf of Mexico.

Josh enjoyed the thrill of a lifetime as Lt. Davies deftly flew his Blue Angels fighter jet through a series of aerobatic maneuvers, including barrel rolls, loops, inverted flying, high- and low-speed passes, and tight turns.

"Today was definitely one of those bucket-list experiences," Josh said after he and Lt. Davies touched back down at Pensacola Naval Air Station following the flight. "I've always been a huge aviation buff, and when I was a kid, I used to dream of someday being a fighter pilot. In fact, that's why I started riding and racing motorcycles – for that feeling you get from going fast and maneuvering the bike through the turns. To me, it's the next best thing to flying. I've watched that Blue Angels video with the soundtrack of Van Halen's Dreams about a thousand times. Well, today, that dream came true for me."

Bob Starr, Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. (YMUS)