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Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show: Exciting 2018 Season Closes in Style

by S. Lynne on October 3rd, 2018

One of the Blue Angels flies over the Gulf and Pensacola Beach before the Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show.On November 2 and 3, Naval Air Station Pensacola will welcome the Blue Angels back to the base for their homecoming air show. The Friday and Saturday shows will mark the Angels’ 72nd anniversary. Since 1946, they have been traveling the country, wowing audiences with their precision flight formations (sometimes bringing them as close to each other as 18 inches), speed (up to 700 miles per hour), and aerobatics. To date, they have flown for more than 260 million spectators.

Things To Know About the Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show

Gates at Naval Air Station Pensacola open at 8 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, with shows starting at 9:00 a.m. General admission and parking are free. There is a $9 per person per day charge for bleacher seating, an $18 charge per person per day for box seats, and a $60 charge per person per day for the Flightline Club Chalet. The chalet offers the best viewing area for the show, reserved seating, box lunches, unlimited non-alcoholic beverages, and a cash bar serving beer and wine.

In addition to the air shows, there will be plenty of activities to keep the whole family entertained, including a collection of aircraft to view, virtual games, food booths, souvenir stands, and a kids’ Fun Zone. Fun Zone attractions include bounce houses, an inflatable obstacle course, and the popular spinning gyro ride. The National Naval Aviation Museum, located next to the airfield, will also be open, and admission is free.


Fat Albert, the cargo plane that carries all of the Blue Angels’ show equipment, flies over the beach ball water tower at Pensacola Beach on its way to the Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show.

Fat Albert, the cargo plane that carries all of the Blue Angels’ show equipment, flies over the iconic beach ball water tower at Pensacola Beach.

Other Air Show Acts

• F-22 Raptor Demonstration. See precision aerial maneuvers performed by the Air Combat Command F-22 Demonstration Team from Langley Air Force Base. The F-22 is the world’s only operational fifth-generation fighter aircraft.
• USAF Heritage Flight. See Heritage Flight performances of current fighter/attack aircraft flying with World War II- , Korea- , and Vietnam-era fighters. The flights showcase U.S. Air Force history and honor the men and women who have served, or are currently serving in, the USAF.
• Adam Baker Extra 330 Aerobatics. Baker holds almost every rating possible, from jets to helicopters, and loves to fly them all. One of the few in the industry who didn’t come from an airshow or aviation family, Baker began his career with only a few dollars in his pocket and loves to share his experiences and inspire the next generation of pilots.
• RedLine Aerobatic Team Ken Reider and Jon Thocker. The opposing, inverted, and formation maneuvers of these two veteran pilots offer a display of skill, nerve, and showmanship that’s hard to beat.
• Skip Stewart. Skip’s high-flying Prometheus biplane is always a crowd pleaser.
• Stearman Flight Team. Providing FAA-authorized formation flight training, the Stearman team is dedicated to enhancing safety and proficiency in formation flying.
• Doc Serrato. Dan “Doc” Serrato is owner and operator of the North American T-28C Trojan, built in 1954. In November 1955, Serrato was the first to land on the carrier USS Tarawa.
• Paul McCowan Airshows and Skydiving Team. McCowan started jumping in 1967 as a Green Beret. After leaving the army, he began sport jumping, turning a hobby into a business that now features the best skydivers in the world.
• Gary Ward and the MX2. Serving in the USAF as a jet engine mechanic, then earning a degree in aerospace engineering from Georgia Tech, Ward has been performing in the MX2, a powerful, all carbon fiber aircraft, for the past 12 years.
• Shockwave Jet Truck – Chris Darnell. As driver/pilot of the world’s fastest jet-powered truck – in 2005, it set an air show speed record of 375 mph – Darnell has been performing at air shows for more than 10 years.
• Keith Sayers – Monster Energy FMX. Thrill to the death-defying stunts performed by Sayers’s freestyle motocross team.

This year’s air show announcer is Rob Reider, the award-winning voice of the country’s most prestigious aerial events. Air boss is Wayne Boggs, a former marine and Federal Aviation Administration air traffic controller. One of the top air bosses in the country, Boggs helps produce 18 to 25 air shows per year.

For more information about the homecoming air show and the Blue Angels, visit NAS Pensacola Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show and check out the links.

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