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Former Blue Angles commander surprised by behavior

Jun. 7, 2014 - 12:18PM   |  
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FARGO, N.D. — A North Dakota native and former commander of the Navy Blue Angels says he doesn't believe that the inappropriate behavior outlined in a recent investigation is part of the group's culture.

The report showed that pilots led at the time by Capt. Gregory McWherter had explicit pornography, including photos of naked women, in aircraft cockpits. The Navy probe also found "sexually charged, raunchy, and homophobic humor" on maps and itineraries.

Gil Rud, a Portland, North Dakota, native, was commander of the Blue Angels in the 1980s. He told KFGO radio that he believes the conduct is "just some bad behavior by a few individuals" in one instance. He said the findings will make the team better.

Rud headed up the Blue Angels between 1986 and 1988.

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