US Navy Blue Angels Mark 70 Years Of Airshow Excellence

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US Navy Blue Angels

Saturday marks the start of the US Navy Blue Angels’ 70th airshow season. The Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, ordered the establishment of the team on April 24th, 1946, and they flew their first show at Craig Field in Jacksonville, Florida, on June 15th of that year. Since that time, the Blue Angels have thrilled millions of spectators while showing them the excellence of the US Navy and Marine Corps.

In celebration of this remarkable milestone, here are some of our favorite Blue Angels photos and videos!

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Blue Angels Add Sacramento, Drop Aurora On 2016 Schedule

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US Navy Blue Angels

There has been a slight change to the US Navy Blue Angels’ 2016 schedule today. The October 1-2 weekend, which had been held by the Rocky Mountain Airshow in Aurora, CO, has been taken over by the California Capitol Airshow in Sacramento, CA. The Aurora show has been shown on the ICAS calendar as canceled for a little while now, so the move is not surprising. The website for the Sacramento show already includes the information, while the website for the Aurora show is not currently reachable and the Facebook page for the show has not been updated since December.

F-35 Lightning IIs To Appear At Two UK Airshows In 2016

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USAF F-35 Lightning II - EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015

Airshow fans in the UK will have a chance to see the F-35 Lightning II this summer! The US Marine Corps announced on Monday that it is planning to send two F-35s to the Royal International Air Tattoo and Farnborough airshows. The US Air Force also is rumored to be sending jets, though nothing has been announced yet. The visit will be not only for public outreach, but also as a test of long-range deployability and interoperability between the different countries.

The UK is a member of the multi-national F-35 partnership and currently has four aircraft operating in the US as part of their initial training. F-35s were scheduled to appear at RIAT in 2014, but a safety stand down resulting from an engine fire caused the appearance to be canceled. The massive Joint Strike Fighter program has been under incredible scrutiny in recent years, so the services are eager to get the jet out in front of the public for some positive PR, especially with the programs smaller international partners where support for program participation has come into question. USMC F-35s have performed mini-demonstrations at US shows already, and the USAF sent two of their jets to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh last summer. They have also announced that a USAF F-35 will perform in Heritage Flights at select US shows in 2016.