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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Syracuse International Air Show Books Sea Harrier To Replace Blue Angels; Show Will Donate All Profits

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Art Nalls takes a bow in his Sea Harrier to cap off his performance at the 2015 Rockford AirFest.
Art Nalls takes a bow in his Sea Harrier to cap off his performance at the 2015 Rockford AirFest.

The Syracuse International Air Show, scheduled for this upcoming June 11-12 weekend, has secured the Nalls Aviation Sea Harrier as its headlining act. The show took quick action to book the “SHAR” after the US Navy Blue Angels canceled their performance in the wake of last week’s tragic crash of Marine Captain Jeff Kuss. Organizers decided to hold the show as a tribute to Capt. Kuss, and will donate all profits to his family. Art, like many on his team, is a former Marine and was happy to help. He will also donate a large portion of his appearance fee to the fallen angel’s family.

Many more airshows will be scrambling to find new headliners due to the unprecedented dual stand downs by the Blue Angels as well as the USAF Thunderbirds after their own crash last week. Generally a last minute cancellation is the worst thing that can happen to an airshow organization, so the shows will likely go on as scheduled. Performers like the Art Nalls and the Breitling Jet Team may get some extra calls for their services. It also remains to be seen whether the immense public spotlight that was put on airshows after the crashes will help or hurt attendance. Hopefully all of the upcoming airshows can weather the storm.

Enjoy this unique view that we were able to capture of Art Nalls’ performance at the 2014 Cleveland National Air Show:

Milwaukee Air & Water Show Canceled In 2016; Looking Ahead To Blue Angels In 2017

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The Milwaukee Air & Water Show will not take place in 2016, according to an announcement made today. Organizers are ‘postponing’ the show until 2017, when the US Navy Blue Angels are scheduled to appear at the event. At one point the show was going to feature the Blue Angels this year, but after some schedule shuffling they committed to the nearby Gary Airshow instead, which is run by the same organizer as Milwaukee (as well as Chicago and Rockford). The move was almost certainly an attempt to consolidate resources behind one show instead of struggling to fund both. Indeed, the organization notes that skipping 2016 will allow a greater focus on attracting sponsors for the 2017 show. The event relies heavily on sponsors as it is free to attend.

The airshow does not appear to have booked any other acts, so the schedule impact elsewhere should be minimal.

Bombers Soar At Thunder Over Michigan 2015

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B-29 Superfortress, Avro Lancaster, and B-17 Flying Fortress - Thunder Over Michigan 2015

The heavy metal was out in force at this year’s Thunder Over Michigan airshow, organized by the Yankee Air Museum and held at the historic Willow Run airport in Ypsilanti, MI. The theme for the 2015 show was “Bombertown, USA”, no doubt in celebration of the preservation of the airport’s special role in WWII B-24 Liberator production. The show, known widely for arranging incredible gatherings of rare warbirds, certainly lived up to the theme by bringing 10 bombers (plus YAM’s own B-17 and B-25, which only flew to give rides during the show) together on one ramp. But the show is not known for static gatherings; organizer Kevin Walsh and his staff usually find a way to get a lot of the aircraft in the skies together. In this case, simultaneous race track patterns of bomber flybys and a grand finale formation flyover!

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The 2015 edition of Thunder Over Michigan was also special because the typically warbird-only show hosted the US Navy’s Blue Angels for the third time ever. After a disappointing showing by the USAF Thunderbirds in 2014, it was nice to see the Blues fly along the proper showline. The USAF F-16 Fighting Falcon demo team “Viper East” also performed at the show for the first time in several years.

Despite the unusual modern military presence, which always irritates warbird purists but draws in a ton of very important money for the museum at the same time, the warbirds were still the heart of the show. Aside from the bombers, there was a segment featuring a WWII fighter formation of three P-51 Mustangs, an F4U (FG-1D) Corsair, and a Spitfire. Rick Volker flew an impressively nimble Harvard routine, and the unique WWII battle reenactments, held twice daily, had simulated strafing runs and dogfights overhead. On the static ramp, the museum even pulled out some of its bomber display aircraft including a B-57 Canberra and PB4Y-2 Privateer, which was parked next to her flying sister ship for an incredibly rare sight.

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It was a very good weekend, but there were some concerns in the crowd about the sky high ticket prices along with the confusing and overly oppressive entry restrictions. However, the Blue Angels drew in enough people to pack the place each day in less than ideal weather. Hopefully the experience was pleasant enough that the spectators will return next year to support the museum and these incredible aircraft!

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