By John Schaffner

Lieutenant Commander Frank Weisser

To honor Sandy Springs native who a lead solo pilot with the Navy’s Blue Angels flying team, Oct. 15 has been designated Blue Angels Day in Sandy Springs.

Lieutenant Commander Frank Weisser, who graduated from North Springs Charter High School in 1996 and lettered in football and track, will speak to the North Springs student body that day, before performing with the Blue Angels at Dobbins Air Force Base in Marietta on Oct. 16 and 17.

The Sandy Springs City Council passed the proclamation designating Blue Angels Day at its meeting on Oct. 5. Councilman Chip Collins said that Weisser’s mother still lives in Sandy Springs, as do his in-laws.

After graduating from North Springs, Weisser attended the United States Naval Academy, where he graduated with a degree in mathematics in 2000, and was commissioned as an ensign in the U.S. Navy.

Weisser joined the Blue Angels in September 2007. He has accumulated more than 3,200 flight hours.

He earned a master’s degree from the Naval Postgraduate School in September 2009.

His decorations include the Strike Flight Air Medal, three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals and various personal and unit awards.

On November 8, 1986, the Blue Angels completed their 40th anniversary year when they unveiled their present aircraft, the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet. Since 1946, the Blue Angels have performed for more than 463 million fans.

John Schaffner

John Schaffner was founding editor of Reporter Newspapers.