Sedan High School Alumni Blue Angel Pilot Andy Talbott Visits Students
Sedan High School was honored to host 2002 SHS graduate and Blue Angel pilot, Andy Talbott on Monday, December 7 for a motivational speech for students and the community. Andy and part of the Blue Angel crew spoke to the 6th - 12th grade students about motivation and goal setting. Many community members attended the event. Andy has found great success upon graduating from Sedan High School as found in his bio below:
LT Andy Talbott
Lieutenant Andy Talbott is a native of Sedan, Kansas, and graduated from Sedan High School in 2002, where he lettered in football. He attended Kansas State University (KSU), Salina, Kansas, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Airway Science in December 2005. After serving as a Flight Instructor at KSU for two years, Andy reported to Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Florida, for Officer Candidate School and was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy.
Andy reported to NAS Pensacola for aviation indoctrination in April 2006. He completed primary flight training in the T-6 Texan II at Vance Air Force Base, Enid, Oklahoma, and completed intermediate and advanced flight training in the T-45C Goshawk NAS Meridian, Mississippi. He earned his wings of gold in February 2008.
Andy then reported to Training Squadron SEVEN (VT-7), the "Eagles," at NAS Meridian as an instructor pilot. He reported to Strike Fighter Attack Squadron 106 (VFA-106), the "Gladiators," at NAS Oceana, Virginia, in March 2009 for initial training in the F/A-18E Super Hornet.
Andy reported to Strike Fighter Attack Squadron 136 (VFA-136), the "Knighthawks," at NAS Oceana in December 2010, where he served as Landing Signals Officer (LSO), Assistant Operations Officer, Avionics/Armament Division Officer, Schedules Officer, Line Division Officer, Public Affairs Officer, Mess Officer, and Joint Mission Planning System Subject Matter Expert. While assigned to VFA-136, Andy completed two deployments aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65), and flew in support of Operations New Dawn and Enduring Freedom.
Andy returned to VFA-106 in March 2013 as an instructor pilot, and also served as LSO and the Squadron Aviation Safety Officer.
Andy joined the Blue Angels in September 2014. He has accumulated more than 2,300 flight hours and has 335 carrier-arrested landings. His decorations include a Strike Flight Air Medal, four Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and various personal and unit awards.
Bio from: https://www.blueangels.navy.mil/team/officers.aspx