The US Navy Blue Angels will not be performing at the 2016 Vero Beach Air Show on June 25-26 as scheduled. The show announced on its Facebook page today that they have received confirmation from the team that they will skip the show. The Blue Angels are working to recover from the fatal crash of Blue Angel 6, Captain Jeff Kuss, just 2 weeks ago. After the crash the team observed a stand down to investigate the crash and mourn their fallen teammate. Appearances in Syracuse, NY and Dayton, OH were canceled soon after.
The demonstration pilots returned to the skies over Pensacola on June 16th as the first step in resuming the team’s airshow schedule for the year. Once they have practiced back to their normal level of perfection, the team is expected to resume performances as a 5-ship group, with a 6th pilot joining them after several additional weeks of training.
Here is the full post from the Vero Beach Air Show:
The Vero Beach Air Show received a call tonight from Capt. Corrie Mays, #8 Event Coordinator, to tell us with “deep regret” that the Blue Angels’ appearance at the Vero Beach Air Show next weekend has been canceled.
Air show officials have planned an outstanding line-up of all-star performers who will perform at next weekend’s show, and the show will go on without the Blues. The show also features a free Family Fun Zone, the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary exhibit, and an amazing array of civilian and military aircraft, including a C-17, four A-10’s, and nearly 30 other planes. We’re proud to present a show that the community will enjoy attending.