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Blue Angels super fan gets surprise visit from ‘Blue Angels car’ on 7th birthday


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A 7-year-old Blue Angels super fan had a quarantine drive-by birthday party on Wednesday featuring an unlikely hopeful for the F/A-18 Super Hornet fleet — a homemade car fashioned with a plane body to look like the famed jets.

Jacob Durden, who turned 7 on Wednesday, couldn’t have a regular birthday party due to the coronavirus pandemic. So his mom, Courtney Mercer, held an outdoors drive-by birthday party with friends in the parking lot of Compu-Graphix in Pensacola, and invited friends with cool cars to come by and wish him a happy birthday.

“This is way more than I expected,” said Mercer, standing in the parking lot with family and friends. “He loves the Blues so much, I tried to record his reaction when we came in. But this is bigger than I expected. He’ll never forget this birthday, for sure.”

Birthday boy Jacob Durden, 7, gets help opening a present from his sister Aspen, 4, and father Mike Durden as they stand in front of Gerry and Karen Moore’s new Blue Angels car at Compu-Graphix in Pensacola on Wednesday. Family and friends gathered there to celebrate Jacob’s seventh birthday. (Photo: Gregg Pachkowski, [email protected])

Gerry Moore, who is known locally for driving his “boat car” around town, appeared at Jacob’s birthday to debut his latest quarantine creation: a Blue Angels car.

The body of the car is a 1972 PA 28-40 aircraft painted in the Blues’ signature hue, with four wheels and two seats and the Blue Angels insignia on the side. It took more 11 days to create the car, which weighs just under 1,000 pounds.

Moore jokes he should call it the “coronavirus car” since he made it during all of the free time he’s had since the pandemic began.

The car goes up to 85 miles per hour — slightly less than the FA-18 Super Hornet’s top show speed of 700 miles per hour — and isn’t street legal (yet), but Moore said he’ll take it to parades and parties like the one for Jacob.

“This is what it’s all about,” he said as Jacob and his 4-year-old sister, Aspen, climbed into the cockpit of the Blue Angels car.

For now, Moore is towing the Blue Angels car behind his boat car, a street-legal 1986 Chris Craft Scorpion 210 perched atop the frame of a Ford Expedition.

A Blue Angels super fan celebrated his seventh birthday in style with a drive-by birthday party featuring the debut of one man's homemade Blue Angels car.