Blue Angels Lose Final 2020 Airshow As NAS Pensacola Cancels

The Blue Angels’ airshow season was dealt a final blow today when Naval Air Station Pensacola pulled the plug on the Blue Angels Homecoming Airshow, scheduled for October 16-17. The show was the final event remaining on their 2020 schedule. All other planned performances have been canceled throughout the year in the face of the… Read more

The First Blue Angels Super Hornet Has Arrived In Pensacola

The US Navy Blue Angels welcomed their first F/A-18E Super Hornet to their home base at NAS Pensacola today! Former Blue Angel “Boss” and current Director of the Blue Angels Super Hornet Transition Team, Capt. Eric Doyle, flew the aircraft from Cecil Field in Jacksonville to Pensacola. He was greeted on the ramp by members… Read more

Pensacola Beach Airshow Canceled Amid COVID-19 Surge

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The 2020 Pensacola Beach Airshow has been canceled. With COVID-19/coronavirus cases surging to record highs in the state, the US Navy Blue Angels informed the show organizers, the Santa Rosa Island Authority, that they would not support the event. Although several other civilian performers were still booked, the SRIA subsequently decided to cancel the entire… Read more

New Updates And Details On Blue Angels Super Hornet Transition

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Despite the numerous changes the coronavirus has brought to the airshow circuit this year, the Blue Angels transition to the Super Hornet appears to be on schedule. In an interview with WEAR, VX-23 Flight Test Project Officer Lt. Sean Cawley said the first F/A-18E Super Hornet for the Blues is now undergoing testing and evaluation… Read more

General Aviation Pilots Band Together To Finish Operation Inspiration For The Snowbirds Following Tragic Crash

Less than 24 hours after the Canadian Snowbirds’ plans for Operation Inspiration flyovers in British Columbia came to a tragic halt, general aviation pilots in Canada are stepping up to carry the mission home and honor the team. Operation Inspiration was the name for a series of flyovers conducted by the team across Canada, starting… Read more

Snowbird Officer Killed In Crash Identified As Capt. Jenn Casey; Pilot Capt. Richard MacDougall Injured

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Captain Jenn Casey was killed Sunday when the Canadian Snowbirds jet she was riding in experienced trouble and crashed shortly after takeoff from Kamloops, British Columbia. The pilot of the jet, Snowbird #11 Captain Richard MacDougall, survived the crash but sustained serious, but non-life-threatening injuries. He remains in the hospital. Captain Casey has been the… Read more

Snowbirds Confirm One Team Member Dead, Another Injured Following Crash

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Update: The team members involved in the crash have been officially identified. Original Post: The Canadian Forces Snowbirds have confirmed that one team member has died and another is seriously injured following a crash in Kamloops, British Columbia earlier today. As we reported earlier, the aircraft was one of two jets that took off from… Read more

Snowbird Jet Crashes In British Columbia – Crew Ejects But Fate Unknown

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UPDATE: The Snowbirds have confirmed that one member of the team died in the crash. Another is in the hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. ORIGINAL POST: One of the Canadian Forces Snowbirds has crashed near Kamloops, British Columbia this afternoon. At least one person aboard – there may have been two – was able… Read more

2020 CF-18 Hornet Demo Paint Scheme Falls Victim To Coronavirus Shut Down

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On top of rampant airshow cancellations (which you can track on our airshow calendar), the coronavirus has landed one more hit on airshow fans – the CF-18 Hornet used by the RCAF Demonstration Team will not feature a special paint scheme this year. It is tradition for the designated display aircraft to wear a special… Read more

F-35 Demonstration Team Announces New Commander And Demo Pilot

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Meet the new head of the US Air Force F-35A Lightning II Demonstration Team – Captain Kristin “Beo” Wolfe! Beo takes over from Major Andrew “Dojo” Olsen as the demonstration pilot and commander of the team. She was publicly introduced as the new commander today after being certified to fly the demo profile during the… Read more