PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) _ The Blue Angels, the Navy's precision flying team, paid tribute Tuesday to two fallen pilots.

The Blue Angels' six jets were parked side-by-side like gleaming winged sentries, immobile and silent in the night.

Mourners filled the 1,000-seat main chapel at Pensacola Naval Air Station during a public memorial service for Lt. Cmdr. Kieron O'Connor and Lt. Kevin Colling.

They died when their F/A-18 Hornet, a spare ordinarily not flown in air shows, crashed Thursday in southern Georgia while on a familiarization run over Moody Air Force Base, where the team had been scheduled to perform over the weekend.

``Why? We've all been asking the question why?'' said Cmdr. Patrick Driscoll, the Blue Angels' flight leader and commanding officer. ``After considerable thought, I've come to the conclusion that I'm asking the wrong question. Why belongs to God's domain.''

O'Connor, 35, of Burtonsville, Md., had been with the six-plane team since last November. Colling, 32, of Castle Rock, Colo., was a new member in training.

The Blue Angels canceled their participation in the air shows at Moody, near Valdosta, Ga., and at Jacksonville Naval Air Station on Saturday and Sunday.

They will, however, go ahead with their season-ending homecoming shows Nov. 12-13 in Pensacola, although with only five jets.