Blue Angels demonstrate how to do donuts in F/A-18 Hornet

As winter begins to exert its will on the northern half of the United States, drivers should be priming themselves for ice and snow. That means snow tires and, upon the first big snowfall, a trip to the local parking lot to mess around and do donuts practice managing the slick conditions. The US Navy’s Blue Angels apparently didn’t get the memo on the need for snow tires.

The US Navy Demonstration Team’s number seven jet, a two-seat F/A-18D, was arriving at Maine’s Brunswick Executive Airport for a meeting about 2015’s air show when the plane hit a patch of ice at the very end of the runway. Two small spins later and the twin-engine fighter had pirouetted over 360 degrees and was stuck in the dirt (for maximum comedic effect, we recommend humming the Blue Danube Waltz as the plane spins about).

Jokes aside, it’s good to know that despite the icy conditions all involved are just fine. As for the plane’s pilot, Capt. Jeff Kuss, a man with 1,400 flight hours and 175 carrier landings to his credit, we somehow doubt that he’ll hear the end of this one.

Take a look at footage of the action from Bangor’s NBC affiliate, WLBZ-2.

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