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Summer Fun with the Blue Angels Airshows

Tuesday, July 2, 2024   /   by Susan Carleton

Summer Fun with the Blue Angels Airshows

Summer is a time for sun, adventure, and making unforgettable memories. One event that encapsulates all these elements is the thrilling spectacle of the Blue Angels Airshows. As one of the United States Navy's flight demonstration squadrons, the Blue Angels perform awe-inspiring aerobatic maneuvers, captivating audiences across the country. Whether you’re an aviation enthusiast or simply looking for an exciting way to spend a summer day, a Blue Angels airshow is an experience not to be missed.

The Legacy of the Blue Angels

The Blue Angels were established in 1946, making them one of the oldest formal flying aerobatic teams in the world. Their mission is to showcase the precision and professionalism of the Navy and Marine Corps through flight demonstrations and community outreach. Over the decades, they have become synonymous with excellence, representing the pinnacle of aerial acrobatics.

What to Expect at a Blue Angels Airshow

A Blue Angels airshow is more than just planes in the sky; it's a full-day event packed with excitement and entertainment for all ages. Here’s a glimpse of what you can expect:

  1. Pre-Show Festivities: Arrive early to enjoy static displays of various aircraft, meet pilots, and explore interactive exhibits. Many airshows also feature vendors, food stalls, and family-friendly activities.
  2. The Main Event: As the roar of jet engines fills the air, the Blue Angels take off in their signature F/A-18 Super Hornets. The show includes a series of precisely choreographed maneuvers, including loops, rolls, and high-speed passes. Watch in awe as they perform the famous "Diamond Formation," where four jets fly in perfect synchrony, just inches apart. And that’s not all, the Blue Angels are the only demo pilots that do not use G-Suits, which means they feel all of the G-Forces when flying, and make it look simply easy!
  3. Patriotic Moments: The Blue Angels often include patriotic elements in their shows, such as flyovers during the national anthem or special tributes to military personnel and veterans. These moments add a heartfelt touch to the high-energy performance.

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Blue Angels Airshows & Practice Sessions This Summer on Pensacola Beach

During the Summer the week after the 4th of July, you can spot the Blue Angels for their Summer Air Show on Pensacola Beach! The beach gets very crowded for these airshows and practice sessions, so you want to get to the beach very early, bring plenty of water, and a nice big beach hat!

July: 10 - Breakfast w. The Blues: 7:30 am

July: 11 - Full Practice 2:00 pm

July: 12 - Civilian Acts 12:00 pm, Blue Angels 2:00 pm

July: 13 - Civilian Acts 12:00 pm, Blue Angels 2:00 pm

Blue Angels Practice Sessions in Pensacola, Florida

Experience the thrill of the Blue Angels practice flight demonstrations at the National Naval Aviation Museum! The museum opens the flight line behind its premises for visitors to enjoy an up-close view of the action. Gates open at 9:30 AM, giving you ample time to find the perfect spot before the Blue Angels take to the skies at 10:30 AM. Don't miss this exciting opportunity to witness these incredible pilots in action!

July: 16, 17*, 23 - Gates Open 9:30 am

August: 21*, 27 - Gates Open 9:30 am

September: 4*, 10, 11*, 17, 24 - Gates Open 9:30 am

October: 16*, 22, 23* - Gates Open 9:30 am

*Get autographs from the pilots at the NAS Museum following the Blue Angels Practice!

Tips for Enjoying the Show

To make the most of your Blue Angels airshow experience, consider these tips:

  • Plan Ahead: Check the schedule and arrive early to secure a good viewing spot. Some shows can draw large crowds, so getting there early ensures you won’t miss any action.
  • Stay Hydrated and Protected: Summer airshows can be hot, so bring plenty of water, sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses. Shade can be scarce, so consider bringing an umbrella or a pop-up tent if allowed.
  • Bring Ear Protection: The jets are incredibly loud, especially during low passes. Ear protection is a must, especially for young children.
  • Capture the Moment: Bring a camera or smartphone to capture the breathtaking moments. However, don’t forget to put the camera down and simply enjoy the show!
  • Engage with the Community: Many airshows have opportunities to meet the pilots, get autographs, and learn more about aviation. Take advantage of these opportunities to enhance your experience.

Attending a Blue Angels airshow is a quintessential summer activity that combines thrill, education, and patriotism. The skill and precision of the pilots, the roar of the jets, and the vibrant atmosphere make it an event that will leave you in awe. So, pack your sunscreen, grab your camera, and get ready for a day of sky-high excitement with the Blue Angels. It’s an experience you won’t forget!

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