Blue Angels, Thunderbirds, And Snowbirds Combine For Incredible 21-Ship Mass Formation

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US Navy Blue Angels, USAF Thunderbirds, Canadian Forces Snowbirds Joint Formation Flight

In an historic moment, the US Navy Blue Angels, US Air Force Thunderbirds, and Canadian Forces Snowbirds joined together in a massive formation yesterday near Lake Erie. The three teams have crossed paths and flown jointly before, but this is believed to be the first and only time that all 21(!) display aircraft have shared the skies together.

US Navy Blue Angels, USAF Thunderbirds, Canadian Forces Snowbirds Joint Formation FlightUS Navy Blue Angels, USAF Thunderbirds, Canadian Forces Snowbirds Joint Formation Flight

US Navy Blue Angels, USAF Thunderbirds, Canadian Forces Snowbirds Joint Formation Flight

The flight was only possible because all three teams are performing relatively close to each other this Labor Day weekend. The Snowbirds and Thunderbirds are in Toronto, ON for the Canadian International Air Show while the Blue Angels are in Cleveland, OH for the Cleveland National Air Show.

US Navy Blue Angels, USAF Thunderbirds, Canadian Forces Snowbirds Joint Formation Flight

Photographer Glenn Watson captured the joint flight from the rear of the formation and all three teams shared these same photos on their social media pages. Hopefully more photos come out from another angle!

Thunderbirds Are Go For 2018 Daytona 500 Flyover

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US Air Force Thunderbirds

The US Air Force Thunderbirds are set to perform the flyover for NASCAR’s Daytona 500 on Florida this Sunday. This will be the team’s first public performance with their new leader, Lt. Col. Kevin Walsh.

The race will be broadcast on FOX at 2:30 PM Eastern time on Sunday, February 18th. Fans near Daytona Beach will likely see the jets flying around earlier in the weekend as well, as they practice (9-10am on Saturday) and take VIPs for media flights.

Flying over the race is somewhat of a tradition for the Thunderbirds, who use the trip as a warm up for their intense travel schedule during the regular airshow season. The team’s first full airshow performance is scheduled for March 24 and 25 in Melbourne, FL.

Disney World Visitors Treated To Blue Angel Flyovers

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US Navy Blue Angels - Walt Disney World Flyover
Photo: Walt Disney World

Visitors to Walt Disney World got a special treat today when the US Navy Blue Angels performed a pair of flyovers above the Magic Kingdom park. The six-ship delta formation flew down Main Street USA before performing a Delta Breakout over the iconic Cinderella Castle. Photos of the flyby were all over social media following the flight; the appearance clearly thrilled the crowds below.

The team performed a similar flyover in 2015 while transiting from NAS Pensacola to Melbourne, FL for an airshow. This year they were on their way to the massive Sun ‘n Fun airshow in nearby Lakeland, FL. We live-streamed their practice over on the AirshowStuff Facebook page after their arrival there.

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.

US Navy Blue Angels To Headline EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017 With Full Aerobatic Performances

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US Navy Blue Angels

The famous US Navy Blue Angels flight demonstration team will headline EAA AirVenture for the first time this July. Although the show was previously listed on the preliminary 2017 schedule released last year, it was confirmed earlier this week when the updated 2017 Blue Angel schedule was announced.

The team has sent jets to AirVenture in the past, but it has never performed a full demonstration due to airspace limitations. In 2014, the show made special arrangements for a full-sized aerobatic box and hosted the US Air Force Thunderbirds. The Canadian Forces Snowbirds performed their full routine in 2016.

In order to establish the sterile aerobatic box, the crowd line is temporarily relocated further from the runway. Unfortunately this leaves numerous aircraft and structures in front of the crowd to block the view, and can create a dangerous stampede when the crowd is released to rush forward.

The event runs from Monday, July 24th through Sunday, July 30th at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, WI. The team is only scheduled to perform on the final Saturday and Sunday, but typically runs through a full routine as practice on the Thursday and Friday before a show. Any aerobatic practice would require the modified crowd line.

US Navy Blue Angels 2017 Airshow Schedules Released

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US Navy Blue Angels

Here is the 2017/2018 airshow schedule for the United States Navy Blue Angels! Will you see them in 2017? Let us know! Post on the AirshowStuff Facebook page and on our forums – and make sure you share pictures after the show!

2017 Appearance Schedule – US Navy Blue Angels

March 11: El Centro, CA
March 18-19: China Lake, CA
March 25-26: Brunswick, GA

April 1-2: NAS Corpus Christi, TX
April 8-9: Lakeland, FL
April 22-23: NAS New Orleans, LA
April 29-30: MCAS Beaufort, SC

May 6-7: Barksdale AFB, LA
May 13-14: Millington, TN
May 20-21: Seymour Johnson AFB, NC
May 24-26: Annapolis, MD
May 27-28: Millville, NJ

June 3-4: Duluth, MN
June 17-18: Ocean City, MD
June 24-25: Latrobe, PA

July 1-2: Stewart ANGB, NY
July 8: Pensacola Beach, FL
July 15-16: Milwaukee, WI
July 22-23: Idaho Falls, ID
July 29-30: Oshkosh, WI

August 5-6: Seattle, WA
August 19-20: Chicago, IL
August 26-27: Brunswick, ME

September 2-3: Ypsilanti, MI
September 9-10: Open/TBD
September 16-17: NAS Oceana, VA
September 23-24: MCAS Miramar CA
September 30-Oct. 1: Huntington Beach, CA

October 7-8: San Francisco, CA
October 21-22: Rome, GA
October 28-29: Fort Worth, TX

November 4-5: NAS Jacksonville, FL
November 11-12: NAS Pensacola, FL

Preliminary 2018 Appearance Schedule – US Navy Blue Angels

The 2018 schedule was released on a preliminary basis only. For an updated list of 2018 performances, see our more recent post: US Navy Blue Angels 2018 Airshow Schedule Released

Blue Angels To Fly Delta Formation This Weekend In Cleveland; First Six-Ship Performance Since Crash

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Blue Angels Delta Returns for Cleveland Airshow

The US Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, announced Thursday that the 6-ship delta formation, a signature formation of the Blue Angels since 1958, would return for this weekend’s Cleveland National Air Show in Ohio.

In July, AirshowStuff brought you the news that Cmdr. Frank Weisser, a Blue Angel during the 2008-2010 show seasons would return to the team to replace Captain Jeff Kuss, who was killed during a practice flight in June. Throughout the month of August, the squadron completed training with Cmdr. Weisser to integrate him back into the delta formation.

In a statement released by the Blue Angels, Cmdr. Weisser said “The transition has been a bit easier than I expected. I haven’t flown an airshow in six years, but I am pleased as to how fast it’s come back. I am really excited to get back and ultimately the crowd will be the best judge.”

Lead Solo Lt. Ryan Chamberlain, Blue Angel 5, played a large role in Cmdr. Weisser’s training. In order to get back to the full 6-ship performance, both solo pilots performed maneuvers together and with the other four diamond pilots to re-familiarize Weisser with the role Blue Angel 6 plays in the demonstration. In talking about the training, Lt. Chamberlain compared training Weisser to “taking a rusty bicycle, cleaning off that rust and getting him back up to speed.”

Like many Blue Angels fans, we are excited to see the full Blue Angels Delta and Cmdr. Weisser back in the skies over Cleveland this weekend. AirshowStuff will bring you coverage of the airshow on our Facebook page throughout the weekend.

While the jets will be back in full force, another familiar face of the Blue Angels will be missing in Cleveland. As previously reported, Fat Albert is not expected to fly for the remainder of 2016 as it undergoes maintenance which includes removing the famous blue and gold paint to check for corrosion.

Below, we’ve attached two videos from the 2009 Thunder Over Michigan airshow where Cmdr. Weisser flew with the Blue Angels.

USAF Thunderbirds Fly Over New York City For Photo Mission

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USAF Thunderbirds Delta and Empire State Building - New York City

In a rare sight, 7 USAF F-16 Fighting Falcons belonging to the USAF Thunderbirds flew over New York City today as part of a photo mission. The 6 delta pilots and a photo ship flew over Long Island, taking pictures over One World Trade Center, the 9-11 Memorial, Central Park and the Empire State Building. The last time the Thunderbirds flew over NYC was 10 years ago.

USAF Thunderbirds Over One World Trade Center - New York CityUSAF Thunderbirds Over Central Park - New York City

Folks on the ground also got an awesome view, as Peter Moy shows in this photo posted on Flickr. Fans also posted well wishes and appreciation to the Thunderbirds on the team’s Facebook page.

Last week, Thunderbird 8 flew over the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

If you’re in the Long Island area, you can catch the team’s full performance at the Jones Beach Airshow this Saturday and Sunday, May 23rd and 24th.

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: