Canadian Forces Snowbirds To Visit Blue Angels, Perform For Pensacola

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Canadian Forces Snowbirds

The Canadian Forces Snowbirds will be making a rare and surprise appearance at NAS Pensacola next week! The team will be performing demonstrations over the base on May 15 and 16. The Blue Angels also have practice demonstrations those days, but their May 15th (and May 18th) performances are shown as not open to the public. The demonstrations can be viewed from the National Naval Aviation Museum on base.

According to the Pensacola News Journal, this is the plan for public viewing:
– The flight line will open at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, for the Snowbirds performance at 2 p.m.
– Access to the base will begin at 8 a.m., and the flight line will open at 8:30 a.m. before the Blue Angels fly at 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 16. There will be an autograph session after the performance in the museum atrium. The flight line will reopen at 1 p.m. to allow for viewing of the Snowbirds demonstration that begins at 2 p.m.
– The flight line will open at 10:30 a.m. for the Blue Angels practice demonstration at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 17.

The Snowbirds are Canada’s national demonstration team. They perform with nine CT-114 Tutor trainer aircraft flying in close formation. You can see their 2018 airshow schedule here on our blog!

New Photo Album – Thunder Over Michigan 2017

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C-47/DC-3 Gathering - Thunder Over Michigan 2017

A new album is now available in our photo gallery! Check it out here:
Thunder Over Michigan 2017 – Ryan Sundheimer

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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.

US Navy Blue Angels Announce New #6 Pilot For Remainder Of 2016 Season

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Commander Frank Weisser - US Navy Blue Angels

The US Navy Blue Angels have announced that Commander Frank Weisser has joined the team as the new #6 Opposing Solo pilot, reports the Pensacola News Journal. Cmdr. Weisser previously served with the team from 2008 to 2010, filling the typical rotation of Narrator, Opposing Solo, and Lead Solo. He will take the place of Marine Captain Jeff Kuss, who died in a crash while practicing for the Great Tennessee Airshow in Smyrna, TN in early June.

Weisser will serve the remainder of Kuss’ slot, flying as Opposing Solo for the rest of the 2016 season and transitioning to Lead Solo for the 2017 season. It is likely that Weisser has been practicing with the team in Pensacola already, and will join them in public demonstrations once he has reached full proficiency with their routine. In the mean time they will continue performing a five-ship routine. The team will perform for a home town crowd at Pensacola Beach this Saturday.

US Navy Blue Angels 2016 Airshow Schedules Released

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US Navy Blue Angels - Double Farvel

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

2016 Appearance Schedule
Updated 9/20/16 – Latest updates are in bold

March 12: NAF El Centro, CA
March 19-20: Lancaster, CA

April 2-3: NAS Key West, FL
April 9-10: NAS Kingsville, TX
April 16-17: Knoxville, TN
April 23-24: NAS Forth Worth JRB, TX
April 30-May 1: MCAS Cherry Point, NC

May 7-8: Lincoln, NE
May 14-15: St Louis, MO
May 21-22: Lynchburg, VA
May 25: US Naval Academy, MD
May 27: US Naval Academy, MD
May 28-29: Wantagh, NY

June 4-5: Smyrna, TN
June 11-12: Syracuse, NY
June 18-19: Dayton, OH
June 25-26: Vero Beach, FL

July 2-4: Traverse City, MI
July 9-10: Gary, IN
July 16: Pensacola Beach, FL
July 23-24: Sioux Falls, SD
July 30-31: JB Elmendorf, Anchorage, AK

August 6-7: Seattle, WA
August 20-21: TBD
August 27-28: TBD

September 3-5: Cleveland, OH
September 10-11: NAS Oceana, VA
September 17-18: Reno, NV
September 24-25: MCAS Miramar, CA

October 1-2: Sacramento, CA
October 8-9: San Francisco, CA
October 15-16: Baltimore, MD
October 22-23: Houston, TX
October 29-30: NAS Patuxent River, MD

November 5-6: Jacksonville Beach, FL
November 11-12: NAS Pensacola, FL

2017 Appearance Schedule

The 2017 dates were released on a preliminary basis and some are no longer accurate. Please see the updated schedule that was released more recently: US Navy Blue Angels 2017/2018 Airshow Schedules Released

Blue Angel #5 Loses Part Of Wing At Rockford Airfest

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Blue Angel #5 - Missing Leading Edge Extension - Rockford Airfest 2015

An unusual moment occurred at the Rockford Airfest yesterday when Blue Angel #5 lost a piece of his wing! The outer portion of the leading edge flap on the left wing went missing some time before or during the Line Abreast Loop. The flap is an aircraft control surface that helps the wing maintain lift at high angles of attack. You can see the remaining portion of it angled slightly down in the photo above. The pilot, LCDR Mark Tedrow, completed that maneuver but appeared to give the rest of the formation some extra spacing until it was completed. He then came in to land while the rest of the team continued the performance, jumped into a two-seat backup jet, and amazingly took back off to finish the show. The situation was serious, but proved to be another shining example of the skill and professionalism of the team.

This is the second time a piece of a Blue Angel jet has fallen off in as many weeks. A fisherman found a small piece floating in a wetland area after the team’s performance in Rochester New York on May 23rd. He recovered the piece and returned it to the team. No word on whether the missing part from Rockford has been recovered or not, but the team is set to perform again today assuming the weather holds out.

Look for more coverage of Rockford soon, especially on the AirshowStuff Facebook page!