James Shaw honored by Blue Angels; takes ride with pilot

Posted at 4:58 PM, Jun 05, 2019

SMYRNA, Tenn (WTVF) — The Blue Angels return to the mid-state for their Great Tennessee Air Show.

At each stop, they select two people for a special ride. One of them was James Shaw Jr. - the hero from the Antioch Waffle House shooting.

He joked about the strength of his stomach while up in the air.

Definitely don't eat M&Ms. I can neither confirm nor deny whether I used the baggie or not. We don't know Ha," laughed Shaw.

He also expressed his gratitude for the invitation to ride along.

"I never thought one incident would change my life how it's changed it. If I was ever going to be 'famous,' I thought it would have been for me playing basketball. But I think this is a little more heartfelt to people, and I'm glad people can hear the story and hear about the people who lost their lives and see that we're trying to continue to push forward. And [I'm] grateful for support from our Navy and everybody else around us."

The second person to go for a ride was NewsChannel 5's own Carrie Sharp.

The Great Tennessee Air Show is this Saturday and Sunday. It is the first time the Blues are back in Middle Tennessee since a tragic crash in 2016 that killed pilot Jeff Kuss.

We're told the show will go on rain or shine, and you will be able to leave and come back if you need to weather any storms in your car.