US Navy Blue Angels – NAS Pensacola Practice Show Schedule For 2017

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US Navy Blue Angels

Last week, the US Navy Blue Angels returned to NAS Pensacola in Florida following their winter training period at NAF El Centro in California. Now that the team is home, they will soon begin their regular practice flights over the base. They fly these shows in between airshow appearances to maintain their legendary level of perfection. Luckily for fans, their flights can be viewed from the National Naval Aviation Museum, and at certain times members of the team will even appear at the museum for autograph sessions.

In addition to the previously released 2017 Blue Angels airshow schedule, the team has released a schedule of their NAS Pensacola practice shows so that fans can plan accordingly. Check it out below!

US Navy Blue Angels 2017 Practice Schedule
All shows planned for 11:30 am except for Sept 13th, which will be earlier. These dates are subject to change.

March 28, 29*

April 4, 5*
April 11
April 14
April 18, 19*
April 25, 26*

May 2, 3*
May 9, 10*
May 16, 17
May 30, 31

June 7*
June 13, 14
June 20, 21

July 11, 12*
July 18

August 9*
August 15, 16*
August 22, 23

September 6*
September 12, 13
September 19

October 11*
October 17, 18*
October 24, 25
October 31

November 1*
November 7, 8, 9

* = Museum visit day

WATCH: Blue Angels Wow The Crowd With Their Legendary High Show

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Rolling In The Sky!

The 2017 Airshow season kicked off this weekend with an airshow at the TICO Warbird Airshow in Florida and at NAF El Centro featuring the US Navy Blue Angels, and the staff at AirshowStuff.com couldn’t be more excited. That got us thinking about seeing the Blues in person again this year and had us looking back at last year’s performances in anticipation of what’s to come. 2017 promises to be a great year for airshow enthusiasts with all of the great performers we’ve come to know and love, including the Blue Angels!

Watch in this video as the Blues take to the skies for their famous High Show performance from the Spirit of St. Louis Airshow last year. You’ll get to see the entire routine, including crowd favorites like the Double Farvel, Echelon Parade, Opposing Knife Edge, and the always-anticipated Sneak Pass! The Blues never disappoint with their high energy show, and you’ll have a front seat to it all in this video, and all in HD!

The Blue Angels have been wowing airshow enthusiasts since they were formed in 1946, making them the second oldest aerobatic team in the world. Flying such legendary aircraft as the F6F Hellcat, F-4 Phantom, A-4 Skyhawk, and their current F/A-18 Hornets, the team dazzles millions of people each year, showcasing the precision and professionalism of the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps.

-Justin Miner

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2017 New York Airshow Moves Dates To July, Lands Blue Angels

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US Navy Blue Angels and Crowd

The US Navy Blue Angels have filled a notable hole in their schedule, the 4th of July weekend. The team announced today that they will be performing at the New York Airshow at Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, NY on July 1-2. The airshow was previously scheduled for September, but organizers changed dates to take advantage of the opportunity. They say tickets that were already purchased for the September dates will be exchanged for the new dates, and that details will be made available in the coming days.

The airshow also garnered attention recently when it was included on the schedule for the 2017 Patrouille de France North American tour. That appearance is listed for April 22nd and 23rd, and many were confused as to whether the airshow would move to April or be held separately. Subsequent posts by the event’s Facebook page have indicated that the French appearance is a private performance for media and invited guests only, and is entirely separate from the regular airshow.

In other Blue Angels news, we recently reported that the team’s beloved C-130 Hercules known as “Fat Albert” will miss the beginning of the 2017 airshow season due to ongoing maintenance.

Fat Albert To Miss Start Of Blue Angels’ 2017 Airshow Season

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C-130 Fat Albert Maintenance Overhaul

Last August, we reported that Fat Albert, the famous C-130 Hercules flown by the US Navy Blue Angels, was undergoing a massive maintenance overhaul at Hill AFB in Utah. The rework caused the beloved aircraft to miss the remainder of the 2016 season, and the Marine Corps crew borrowed a standard KC-130 to transport the team’s equipment. They could not perform in the backup, known always as “Ernie”, due to differences in the airframe.

Now, it looks like Bert will still be undergoing maintenance as the 2017 airshow season starts.


In a tweet to a fan on the Fat Albert Twitter Account, “Bert” announced she’ll miss the first show of the season at NAF El Centro in California. Other photos posted to Twitter show the propellers detached from the aircraft and the iconic gold paint on the nose of Fat Albert.

C-130 Fat Albert Maintenance OverhaulC-130 Fat Albert Maintenance Overhaul

At this time, no return date for Fat Albert has been released but we have heard that the team expects to get the aircraft back in March. Once Bert is back in service, it will take the crew 5 or 6 weeks to train up to demo standards, so the first performance may not be until late April or early May. Get well soon, Bert!

C-130 Fat Albert Maintenance Overhaul

Patrouille de France Officially Announces Airshow Schedule For 2017 North American Tour

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Patrouille de France
Photo Courtesy of the Patrouille de France

Although we first reported on it in November, the Patrouille de France officially announced their 2017 North American tour today and unveiled all of the stops on their schedule. See below for a full list of their appearances, which is translated and subject to change. The team also released the logo of their tour, which curiously mentions the US but not Canada.

Patrouille de France North American Tour Logo

The Patrouille de France is the French equivalent of the Blue Angels or Thunderbirds, and performs precision formation aerobatics using Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jets. Their aircraft will sport special paint schemes during the 2017 season to commemorate their tour, which coincides with the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into World War I in France. According to their graphic, they will travel with ten Alpha Jets and one A-400M airlifter.

Will you see the Patrouille de France in 2017? Let us know! Post on the AirshowStuff Facebook page or on our forums, and make sure you share pictures after the show!

2017 North American Tour Appearance Schedule – Patrouille de France

March 19th: Arrive Bagotville, QC
March 25th: Statue of Liberty Flyby, New York (12pm)
March 26th: Washington DC flyby (1pm) and reception with French Ambassador

April 1st and 2nd: Melbourne Air Show, FL
April 3rd and 4th: Sun-n-Fun Airshow, Lakeland, FL
April 5th and 6th: Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of US entry into WW1, Kansas City, MO
April 7th-9th: Maxwell AFB Airshow, AL
April 10th-12th: Visit w/USN Blue Angels at NAS Pensacola, FL
April 12th: Flyby over Trescal Factory, Dallas, TX
April 12th: Refueling in Santa Fe, NM
April 13th: Grand Canyon, AZ Flyby/photoshoot
April 13th-16th: California Capitol Airshow, Sacramento & Golden Gate Bridge Flyby in San Francisco, CA
April 17th-18th: Visit w/USAF Thunderbirds at Nellis AFB, NV
April 19th: Refueling at Peterson AFB and USAF Academy Flyby, CO
April 19th: Refueling at Scott AFB, IL
April 20th-21st: VIP Event at Langley AFB, VA
April 22nd-23rd: Airshow at Stewart ANG Base, NY
April 28th-29th: NATO Tattoo in Norfolk, VA
April 30th: Wings Over Gatineau Airshow, Gatineau, QC

May 1st: Montreal, QC
May 2nd: Quebec City, QC
May 4th: Departure from Bagotville, QC

Patrouille de France 2017 North American Tour

USAF Thunderbirds Museum Reopens At Nellis AFB

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USAF Thunderbirds Re-Open Museum

The United States Air Force Thunderbirds have re-opened their team museum at their home base of Nellis AFB. The museum helps tell the Thunderbird story, from its beginnings, to today.

Inside the museum, you’ll find artifacts and other memorabilia including documentation on the team’s formation. The picture below shows the designation and order to create the 3600th USAF Air Demonstration Unit at Luke AFB on May 23rd, 1953.

USAF Thunderbirds Re-Open Museum

Other displays include old Thunderbird team gear, patches, and photographs.

USAF Thunderbirds Re-Open Museum

USAF Thunderbirds Re-Open Museum

To access the museum, visitors must have a valid DOD ID card to get onto base property or be escorted by a DOD ID cardholder. The hours of operation are 8 am to 4 pm, and the location is 4445 Tyndall Avenue, Nellis AFB, NV 89191. For the most up-to-date information, call 702-652-6776.

Patrouille de France Debut New Tail Paint For 2017 Season

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Patrouille de France Paint 2017 Season

The Patrouille de France, France’s aerobatic jet team has released pictures of a new tail paint on their Alpha Jets for the 2017 show season.

The pictures, taken during training flights during the winter season, debut a new tail display that differs from the traditional red, white and blue striped tail. The 2017 tail features a wave pattern of red, white, and blue as well as several stars.

Want to see the paint for yourself? If you live in the United States, you have a rare chance to catch the team in action this year in the U.S. The team will perform at the Melbourne Airshow, Sun ‘n Fun, and Maxwell AFB. If you live in Canada, you can see the team when they perform at the Wings over Gatineau Airshow in Quebec in late April.

What do you think of the paint? Do you like the look? Share your comments with us on our Facebook page or in the forums!

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Patrouille de France Paint 2017 Season
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2017 Patriots Jet Team Schedule Released

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The Patriots Jet Team
Photo courtesy of the Patriots Jet Team

The Patriots Jet Team has announced their 2017 airshow schedule! The civilian team is based on the West Coast of the United States and performs in up to six L-39 Albatros aircraft.

Will you see the Patriots in 2017? Let us know! Post on our Facebook page and make sure you share pictures after the show!

2017 Appearance Schedule – Patriots Jet Team

March 17-18: Yuma, Arizona — “MCAS Yuma Airshow”

May 20: Redlands, California — “Hangar 24 AirFest”

June 25: Sonoma, California — “NASCAR Toyota/Save Mart 350”

September 9-10: Sacramento, California — “California Capital Airshow”
September 18: Sonoma, California — “Verison IndyCar Series Finale”
September 23-24: San Diego, California — “MCAS Miramar Airshow”

October 7-9: San Francisco, California — “San Francisco Fleet Week”
October 21-22: San Bernardino, California — “SBD Fest”

Patrouille de France 2017 North American Tour Extended; Canadian Show Added

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Patrouille de France
Source: Patrouille de France

The Patrouille de France has added a Canadian stop to their 2017 North American tour. The Wings Over Gatineau airshow in Quebec has moved from June 30th to April 30th in order to secure an appearance by the French national aerobatic display team. The show is hosted by Vintage Wings Of Canada, a flying museum that operates aircraft such as the “Hawk One” F-86 Sabre, a P-51 Mustang, and an FG-1D (F4U) Corsair.

The Canadian Forces Snowbirds, who were scheduled to perform at the show in June, are expected to follow the date change but have not yet confirmed their intent to do so. They do not currently have any April appearances on their 2017 schedule.

This is the first Canadian date for the Patrouille’s tour, and extends the time frame for their return home by several weeks. Previously announced stops include Melbourne, FL, Sun ‘n Fun in Florida, Kansas City, MO, and Maxwell AFB, AL. These shows are all in early to mid April, leaving a significant gap yet to be filled by additional appearances.

Blue Angels Arrive In El Centro For 2017 Winter Training

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Blue Angels Prepare for Winter Training 2017

The US Navy Blue Angels have returned to Southern California to begin their winter training period! In a post on the team’s Facebook page Thursday afternoon, the Blues announced they had landed at Naval Air Facility (NAF) El Centro on a “beautiful day” and were ready to begin training.

The 10 week flight training period for the Blue Angels begins in January and continues through early March. During the team’s time in the Imperial Valley, they will conduct 120 required flights, flying several times during the day to hone their skills. Flights will initially be conducted off site in a nearby valley, and will then transition to over the base after several weeks. Fat Albert will also conduct training flights during this time period.

2017 marks the 50th year the Blue Angels will visit NAF El Centro for their winter training. Over the past 50 years, the usually calm weather of the Imperial Valley has proven itself excellent for flying, as opposed to Pensacola which can often see rain and storms in the winter months.

The team’s first performance of 2017 will be at the annual NAF El Centro, CA airshow on March 11th.

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