Blue Angels Bring Magic of Flight to Disney’s Magic Kingdom

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US Navy Blue Angels Fly Over Disney World

Visitors to Disney World’s Magic Kingdom were treated to a special appearance by the US Navy Blue Angels today. The team stopped by the park while transiting between NAS Pensacola and Melbourne, FL, where they will be performing this weekend. The signature six-ship delta formation flew over the park and down Main Street USA before performing the “Delta Breakout” maneuver right over the famous Cinderella Castle for a truly magnificent photo op. By all accounts, the crowd gathered in the park loved it!

Check it out for yourself in this video from Disney:

FLYOVER ALERT: Super Bowl XLIX

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Super Bowl Flyover

Airshow fans! Tune into NBC Sunday at 6pm to see the USAF Thunderbirds flyover the Super Bowl! Six red, white, and blue F-16 Fighting Falcons from the USAF’s aerial demonstration squadron will flyover around 6pm Eastern time at the end of the National Anthem to showcase the pride and professionalism of the United States Air Force. The flyover should be televised live on NBC.

Following the Super Bowl flyover, the Thunderbirds will perform 71 demonstrations at 39 locations this season. 2015 is the team’s 62nd season.

The Thunderbirds won’t be the only aerial assets in the air during the Super Bowl. F-16s from the Arizona Air National Guard’s 162nd Wing in Tucson will be enforcing the Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) in effect over the stadium and Blackhawk helicopters from US Customs and Border Protection will also be on site.

Blue Angels Support the Snowball Express

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Each year, the Snowball Express brings together children of fallen military heroes from across the world for 5 days, to allow them to make new memories, friends and honor and remember their parent’s sacrifice with kids who have experienced the same pain of losing a parent.

This year, participants are gathering in Fort Worth, TX from all across the world. But before kids in the Florida Panhandle boarded the planes at Pensacola International Airport to head to Fort Worth, they got a surprise visit from some of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels! Santa (in typical Florida attire) and some of hisĀ helpers were also on site.

See more pictures on the Blue Angels Facebook page. To learn more about the Snowball Express, visit their website.

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2015 Demonstration Team Schedules Bring Much Excitement and a Few Surprises

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US Navy Blue Angels - NAS Oceana Airshow 2014

Suddenly, there were schedules. Every year, the highlight of the International Council of Air Shows convention in Las Vegas is the release of the following years demonstration team schedules, and this year proved no exception. In a flurry of activity we shared the schedules here on the AirshowStuff blog:

2015 USAF Thunderbirds Schedule
2015/2016 US Navy Blue Angels Schedule
2015 Canadian Forces Snowbirds Schedule
2015 Breitling Jet Team North American Tour Schedule
2015 US Army Golden Knights Schedule
2015 CF-18 Hornet Demo Team Schedule

There are always some interesting story lines and details hidden in the schedules. Here are some of the things that jumped out at us:

Breitling Jet Team Comes to North America
The Breitling Jet Team, based in Europe, has made no secret of their coming North American tour, but today we finally got to see their planned schedule. This is very exciting as it is a new act in North America, and also because the team will be performing on both coasts as well as in between. In fact, their schedule features an entire seasons worth of shows, starting at the end of April and running through October. The team performs in 7 L-39 Albatros aircraft, the same kind used by US civilian jet teams such as the Patriots and Black Diamond. There may be even more to this story to come as one airshow source has told AirshowStuff the the team is still open to adding dates to fill the holes in the announced schedule!

Wings Over Waukegan – A Canadian Invasion
The small Wings Over Waukegan airshow in Illinois appears on both the Snowbirds and CF-18 Hornet schedule. If that wasn’t enough, it appears the historically Saturday-only event will take place on Saturday and Sunday this year, something that we first noticed mentioned on the Aerostars Aerobatic Team 2015 schedule put out earlier this week. The Snowbirds previously performed in Waukegan in 2012, and the show has hosted US military single-ship demos in the past but never the CF-18. With the combination of the Canadians, the warbirds of the Warbird Heritage Foundation, and the US Army Golden Knights, this show will be a must see for Midwest airshow fans.

Thunderbirds Over Louisville
Thunder Over Louisville, the one day event on the river in downtown Louisville, KY, has secured the USAF Thunderbirds. This venue has always been interesting for jet teams because the crowd is allowed to sit on both sides of the river, creating a small aerobatic box. However, the Blue Angels were able to perform a full show there this year, so look for the Thunderbirds to do the same.

Notable No-Shows
Several major shows, such as Langley AFB and Battle Creek, MI, failed to appear on any of the schedules released today, but it is not necessarily cause for concern. The USAF F-22 Demo Team schedule is expected to be released much later, perhaps in February, and it will likely include many shows not already listed.

East Coast Competition
East Coast airshow fans will have quite a dilemma in September when Andrews AFB just outside of Washington DC and NAS Oceana in Virginia Beach, VA host their shows on the same weekend. Andrews will feature the Thunderbirds while NAS Oceana will feature the Blue Angels. This is a significant date change for Andrews, which is typically held in May. On the other hand, the three and a half hour drive time between bases could allow fans to pull a double and see both teams in one weekend!

Schedule Changes From Last Year
A few years back the Blue Angels decided to start releasing their schedule a full year further out, which is why this year their announcement includes both 2015 and 2016 dates. It also means the 2015 dates have been out since last year’s convention, although of course a few have changed. Atlantic City has moved from May to September, perhaps to secure the Breitling team. The Memphis Airshow in Tennessee no longer appears on the schedule, and the St. Cloud show in Minnesota has been replaced by the Eau Claire show just over the border in Wisconsin (although this one was no surprise).

Blue Angels Return to Lynchburg
The last time the Blue Angels performed in Lynchburg, VA, the show ended abruptly with a knock it off after the diamond got too low coming out of a maneuver. The infamous “Stay with me!” incident quickly led to then Blue Angel #1 Dave Koss leaving the team, to be replaced by former “Boss” Greg McWherter after a safety stand down. The team was slated to perform there in 2013, but canceled due to the sequestration budget cuts. Hopefully when the team returns for their scheduled 2016 performance, things will be less eventful.

What do you think about the schedules? Are you excited for a hometown appearance or bummed that you’ll have to travel to see your favorite act? Did you notice anything unusual what we missed? Let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook page!

[Updated] Breitling Jet Team 2015 North American Tour Schedule Released

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Breitling Jet Team

The Breitling Jet Team from Europe will be making a North American tour in 2015! They will be preforming for almost the entire season and covering both coasts with plenty of stops in between.

Update: As of June 2nd, the schedule on the Breitling site and the Cleveland airshow website no longer lists Cleveland as a show site.

April 20-26 Sun-n-Fun, Lakeland, FL

May 2 Manassas, VA
May 23-24 Jones Beach, NY
May 30-31 North Kingstown, RI

June 13-14 Ocean City, MD
June 20-21 Dayton, OH

July 22-24 Oshkosh, WI
July 25-26 Milwaukee, WI

August 1-2 Seattle, WA
August 8-9 Abbotsford, Canada
August 15-16 Chicago, IL

September 2 Atlantic City, NJ
September 5-7 Toronto, ON
September 6-7 Cleveland, OH
September 12-13 Alliance Ft. Worth, TX
September 16-20 Reno, NV
September 26-27 Ventura, CA

October 3-4 MCAS Miramar, CA
October 17-18 Houston, TX

US Navy Blue Angels 2015 Airshow Schedule Released

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US Navy Blue Angels - Dayton Airshow 2014

NOTE: The Blue Angels have released an updated schedule for 2016 along with a preliminary schedule for 2017. The 2016 dates shown below may no longer be accurate but are being left up for reference. You can find the new dates in our more recent post: US Navy Blue Angels 2016/2017 Schedule Released

Here is the 2015/2016 airshow schedule for the United States Navy Blue Angels! Will you see them in 2015? Let us know! Post on our Facebook page and make sure you share pictures after the show!

2015

March 14, NAF El Centro Air Show, El Centro, CA
March 21-22, Melbourne Air and Space Show, Melbourne, FL
March 28-29, Tuscaloosa Regional Air Show, Tuscaloosa, AL

April 11-12, MCAS Beaufort Air Show, Beaufort, SC
April 18-19, NAS Corpus Christi Air Show, Corpus Christi, TX
April 25-26, Vidalia Onion Festival Air Show, Vidalia, GA

May 2-3, Barksdale AFB, LA
May 9-10, Quad City Air Show, Davenport, IA
May 16-17, Great New England Air Show, Westover ARB, MA
May 20, US Naval Academy Air Show
May 22, US Naval Academy Graduation Flyover
May 23-24, Rochester, NY
May 30-31, Rhode Island Air Show, North Kingstown, RI

June 6-7, Rockford Air Fest, Rockford, IL
June 13-14, Ocean City Air Show, Ocean City, MD
June 20-21, Westmoreland County Air Show, Latrobe, PA
June 27-28, Evansville Freedom Festival, Evansville, IN

July 4-5, Chippewa Valley Air Show, Eau Claire, WI
July 11, Pensacola Beach Air Show, Pensacola Beach, FL
July 18-19, Oregon International Air Show, Hillsboro, OR
July 25-26, Fargo Air Show, Fargo, ND

August 1-2, Boeing Seafair Air Show, Seattle, WA
August 15-16, Chicago Air & Water Show, Chicago, IL
August 22-23, Kansas City Aviation Expo, Kansas City, MO
August 29-30, Thunder Over Michigan, Ypsilanti, MI

September 2, Thunder Over the Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ
September 5-6, Great State of Maine Air Show, Brunswick, ME
September 12-13, Fort Worth Alliance Air Show, Fort Worth, TX
September 19-20, NAS Oceana Air Show, Oceana, VA
September 26-27, Naval Base Ventura County Air Show, Ventura, CA

October 3-4, MCAS Miramar Air Show, Miramar, CA
October 10-11, San Francisco Fleet Week, San Francisco, CA
October 17-18, Kaneohe Bay Air Show, MCB Hawaii, HI
October 24-25, Sea & Sky Spectacular Air Show, Jacksonville Beach, FL
October 31-November 1, The Great Georgia Air Show, Peachtree City, GA

November 7, Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show, Pensacola, FL

2016

These dates were released on a preliminary basis and some are no longer accurate. Please reference the updated schedule that was released more recently: US Navy Blue Angels 2016/2017 Schedule Released

March 12, NAF El Centro Air Show
March 19-20, Los Angeles County Air Show

April 2-3 Southernmost Air Spectacular
April 9-10 Wings Over South Texas Air Show
April 16-17 Smoky Mountain Air Show
April 23-24 NAS Fort Worth JRB Air Show
April 30 – May 1 MCAS Cherry Point Air Show

May 7-8 Guardians of Freedom Air Show
May 14-15 Spirit of St. Louis Air Show
May 21-22 Lynchburg Regional Air Show
May 25 USNA Air Show
May 27 USNA Graduation Flyover
May 28-29 Jones Beach Air Show

June 4-5 Great Tennessee Air Show
June 11-12 Syracuse International Air Show
June 18-19 Vectren Dayton Air Show
June 25-26 Vero Beach Air Show

July 2-4 National Cherry Festival Air Show
July 9-10 Milwaukee Air & Water Show
July 16 Pensacola Beach Air Show
July 23-24 SD Air National Guard 70th Air Show
July 30-31 Arctic Thunder Open House

August 6-7 Seattle Seafair Air Show
August 20-21 New York City Air Show at Coney Island
August 27-28 Cape Cod Air Show

September 3-5 Cleveland National Air Show
September 10-11 NAS Oceana Air Show
September 17-18 Reno National Championship Air Races
September 24-25 MCAS Miramar Air Show

October 1-2 Rocky Mountain Air Show
October 8-9 San Francisco Fleet Week
October 15-16 Star Spangled Spectacular
October 22-23 Wings Over Houston
October 29-30 NAS Patuxent River Air Expo

November 5-6 Birthplace of the Blue Angels Air Show
November 11-12 Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show

[Updated x2] Canadian Forces Snowbirds 2015 Airshow Schedule Released

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Canadian Forces Snowbirds

Here is the 2015 Canadian Forces Snowbirds schedule. Will you see them in 2015? Let us know! Post on our Facebook page and make sure you share pictures after the show!

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May 1 – Moose Jaw Opener
May 9-10 – Dallas, GA
May 13 – Winston-Salem, NC
May 16-17 – Westover, MA
May 23-24 – Columbia, MO
May 30-June 1 – Kingstown, RI

June 3 – North Bay, ON
June 10 – Fort Francis, ON
June 13-14 – Rimouski, QC
June 16 – Saint-Isidore, QC
June 20-21 – Bagotville, QC
June 24 – Goderich, ON
June 27-28 – Evansville, IN
June 30 – Gatineau, QC

July 4-5 – Wasaga Beach, ON
July 8 – Winnepegosis, MB
July 11-12 – Saskatoon, SK
July 15 – Prince Albert, SK
July 18-19 – Airdrie, AB
July 22 – Rocky Mountain House, AB
July 25 – Lethbridge, AB
July 26 – Medicine Hat, AB
July 29 – Fort St. John, BC

August 1-2 – Quesnel, BC
August 5 – Penticton, BC
August 8-9 – Abbotsford, BC
August 12 – Victoria, BC
August 15 – Comox, BC
August 22-23 – Atlantic Canadian International Airshow, Location TBA
August 26 – St. John, NB
August 29-30 – Drummondville, QC

September 2 – Brantford, ON
September 5-7 – Toronto, ON
September 8 – Whitby, ON
September 12-13 – Waukegan, IL
September 17 – Niagara Falls, ON
September 20 – Ottawa, ON
September 26-27 – Santa Rosa, CA

[Updated] USAF Thunderbirds 2015 Airshow Schedule Released

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USAF Thunderbirds - EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014

Here is the 2015 airshow schedule for the United States Air Force Thunderbirds! Will you see them in 2015? Let us know! Post on our Facebook page and make sure you share pictures after the show!

{Updated 4/15/15 to remove La Crosse}

February 1 Super Bowl Flyover
February 22 Daytona 500 Flyover

March 8 Las Vegas Motor Speedway Flyover
March 14-15 Titusville, FL
March 21-22 Lancaster, CA
March 28-29 Keesler AFB, MS

April 11-12 Tyndall AFB, FL
April 18 Louisville, KY
April 25-26 Lakeland, FL

May 2-3 Dyess AFB, TX
May 9-10 Millville, NJ
May 16-17 Seymour Johnson AFB, NC
May 23-24 Jones Beach, NY
May 28 USAF Academy, CO
May 30-31 Aurora, CO

June 6-7 Waco, TX
June 13-14 Whiteman AFB, MO
June 20-21 Dayton, OH
June 27-28 Mankato, MN

July 4-5 Traverse City, MI
July 11-12 Gary, IN
July 18-19 Niagara Falls, NY
July 22 Cheyenne, WY
July 25-26 Milwaukee, WI

August 8-9 LaCrosse, WI
August 15-16 Ellsworth, AFB, SD
August 22-23 Minden, NV
August 29-30 Midland, TX

September 5-7 Cleveland, OH
September 12-13 Owensboro, KY
September 19-20 JB Andrews, MD
September 26-27 Millington, TN

October 3-4 Sacramento, CA
October 10-11 Grand Junction, CO
October 17-18 Houston, TX
October 24-25 Lake Charles, LA
October 30-Nov 1 JBSA Randolph, TX

November 7-8 Moody AFB, GA

2015 Dayton Airshow Dates

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2015 Dayton AirshowThe 41st edition of the Vectren Dayton Airshow will occur June 20-21st, 2015 at the Dayton International Airport. In an interview with WDTN, Michael Emoff, Chairman of the USATS Board of Trustees, the governing organization of the event, said the June date is “a little cooler and positions us well for scheduling by the popular U.S. military jet teams.”

Organizers hope to have the USAF Thunderbirds attend the show in 2015. In the past, the Vectren Dayton Airshow has featured the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, USAF Thunderbirds and the Brazilian Smoke Squadron along with countless civilian performers. The Thunderbirds will announce on December 9th at the ICAS convention which shows they will attend in 2015.

 

2014/2015 Blue Angels Schedule

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UPDATE: This 2015 schedule is no longer current. As of 12/9/14, the Blue Angels have released a revised 2015 show schedule with several changes. Please click here to see the new schedule!

US Navy Blue Angels

2014 Blue Angels Schedule

MARCH
3/15-3/15 NAF El Centro Annual Air Show, NAF El Centro, CA
3/21-3/22 Palmdale Air Show, Palmdale, CA
3/23-3/23 Fontana, CA Flyover
3/29-3/30 Wings Over Texas Air Show, NAS Kingsville, TX

APRIL
4/5-4/6 Sun ‘n Fun 2014, Lakeland, FL
4/12-4/13 Thunder over Louisville,Louisville,KY
4/19-4/20 Off – Easter Weekend
4/26-4/27 Fort Worth Air Power Expo 2014, NAS Fort Worth JRB, TX

MAY
5/3-5/4 Fair St. Louis Air Show, St. Louis, MO
5/10-5/11 Vero Beach Air Show, Vero Beach, FL
5/17-5/18 Rhode Island Airshow, North Kingston,RI
5/21-5/23 USNA Air Show and Graduation Flyover, US Naval Academy, MD
5/24-5/25 New York Air Show at Jones Beach, Jones Beach, NY
5/31-6/1 Deke Slayton Airfest, La Crosse, WI

JUNE
6/7-6/8 Latrobe Airshow, Latrobe, PA
6/14-6/15 The Great Tennessee Air Show, Smyrna, TN
6/21-6/22 Milwaukee Air and Water Show, Milwaukee, WI
6/28-6/29 Dayton Air Show, Dayton, OH

JULY
7/5-7/6 National Cherry Festival Airshow, Traverse City, MI
7/12-7/12 Pensacola Beach Air Show, Pensacola Beach, FL
7/19-7/20 Defenders of Freedom Air Show, Offutt AFB, NE
7/26-7/27 Thunder Over Utah Air Show, St. George, UT

AUGUST
8/2-8/3 SeaFair Boeing Air Show, Seattle, WA
8/9-8/10 Weekend Off
8/16-8/17 City of Chicago Air and Water Show, Chicago, IL
8/23-8/24 Duluth Air and Aviation Expo, Duluth, MN
8/30-9/01 Cleveland National Air Show, Cleveland, OH

SEPTEMBER
9/6-9/7 Selfridge ANGB Air Show, Selfridge ANGB, MI
9/13-09/14 Star-Spangled Air Show, Baltimore, MD
9/20-9/21 NAS Oceana Air Show, NAS Oceana, VA
9/27-9/28 JB Pearl Harbor-Hickam Air Show, Pearl Harbor, HI

OCTOBER
10/4-10/5 MCAS Miramar Air Show, MCAS Miramar, CA
10/11-10/12 San Francisco Fleet Week, San Francisco, CA
10/18-10/19 Memphis Air Show, Millington, TN
10/25-10/26 NAS Jacksonville Air Show , NAS Jacksonville, FL

NOVEMBER
11/1-11/2 Wings Over Houston Airshow, Houston, TX
11/7-11/8 Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show, NAS Pensacola, FL

2015 Blue Angels Schedule

MARCH
3/14 NAF El Centro Airshow, El Centro,CA
3/21-3/22 Melbourne Air and Space Show, Melbourne,FL
3/28-3/29 Tuscaloosa Regional Airshow, Tuscaloosa,AL

APRIL
4/5 Easter (Weekend Off)
4/11-4/12 MCAS Beaufort Airshow, MCAS Beaufort, SC
4-18-4/19 NAS Corpus Christi Airshow, Corpus Christi, TX
4/25-4/26 Vidalia Onion Festival Airshow, Vidalia, GA

MAY
5/2-5/3 Defenders of Liberty Open House, Barksdale AFB,LA
5/9-5/10 Quad City Airshow, Davenport, IA
5/16-5/17 Great New England Airshow, Westover ARB, MA
5/20-5/22 USNA Show and Graduation Flyover
5/27 Thunder over the Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ
5/30-5/31 Rhode Island Airshow, North Kingstown,RI

JUNE
6/6-6/7 Rockford Airfest, Rockford,IL
6/13-6/14 OC Airshow, Ocean City,MD
6/20-6/21 Westmoreland County Airshow, Latrobe,PA
6/27-6/28 Evansville Freedom Festival, Evansville,IN

JULY
7/4- 7/5 Great Minnesota Airshow, St Cloud,MN
7/11 Pensacola Beach,FL (finalist week)
7/18-7/19 Oregon International Airshow at Hillsboro, Hillsboro,OR
7/25-7/26 Fargo Airshow, Fargo,ND

AUGUST
8/1-8/2 Seafair Seattle, Seattle,WA
8/8-8/9 Weekend Off
8/15-8/16 Chicago Air and Water Show, Chicago,IL
8/22-8/23 KC Aviation Expo, Kansas City,MO
8/29-8/30 Thunder over Michigan, Ypsilanti,MI

SEPTEMBER
9/5-9/6 Great State of Maine Airshow, Brunswick, ME
9/12-9/13 Fort Worth Alliance Airshow, Fort Worth,TX
9/19-9/20 NAS Oceana Airshow, VA Beach,VA
9/26-9/27 Naval Base Ventura County Airshow, Oxnard,CA

OCTOBER
10/4-10/5 MCAS Miramar Airshow, MCAS Miramar,CA
10/11-10/12 Fleet Week San Francisco,San Francisco,CA
10/18-10/19 Memphis Airshow, Millington,TN
10/25-10/26 NAS Jax Airshow, Jacksonville Beach,FL (water show)

NOVEMBER
11/1-11/2 Wings over Houston Airshow, Houston,TX
11/7-11/9 Blue Angels Homecoming Airshow, NAS Pensacola,FL

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