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Retired Capt. Donnie L. Cochran, the first black member of the famed Blue Angels precision flying team, spoke at Albany High School and at Sherwood Acres Elementary Thursday. He was introduced at Sherwood by Jairus Bonner, a member of R.E.A.L.BoysR.E.A.L.Men, a motivational group for boys ages 8-12.

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Former Blue Angel commander speaks to students

A Pelham native was the first African-American to fly with and command the Navy's prestigious Blue Angels.


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