Associated Press
The U.S. Navy flight demonstration team, the Blue Angels, performs a tactical maneuver high above the crowd at the Tuscaloosa Air Show during Birmingham Navy Week.

Prior to this weekend's "Thunder Over Utah" air show, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, joined other VIPs in hitching a ride with the United States Navy Blue Angels.

Uchtdorf formerly served as a fighter pilot for West Germany and later worked as a captain of large commercial jets.

"It's a marvelous day for us, because almost to the day 50 years ago I earned my wings in the Air Force," President Uchtdorf said. "This March of 1962, I started my training as a fighter pilot at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona."