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

Blue Angels Announce New Officers For 2020 Season

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The US Navy Blue Angels have announced some new faces that will be joining the team! The two F/A-18 Hornet demonstration pilots, two C-130 Hercules pilots, maintenance officer, and public affairs officer will assume their roles before the 2020 airshow season. Marine Corps Maj. Frank Zastoupil, of Kingwood, Texas, is an F-35 Lightning II pilot… Read more

Blue Angels Announce Commanding Officer For 2020-2021 Show Seasons, Super Hornet Transition

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The US Navy Blue Angels have announced that Commander Brian “G” Kesselring will be the next Flight Leader and Commanding Officer of the famous demonstration team. He will take over from current “Boss” Captain Eric “Popeye” Doyle at the conclusion of the 2019 airshow season. The change of command ceremony is traditionally held the day… Read more

Blue Angels Release 2019 Pensacola Practice Schedule

The US Navy Blue Angels have released their 2019 Pensacola practice schedule! Although the team travels the country during the year, they return home to NAS Pensacola in Florida most weeks. In order to stay proficient in their demanding routine, they traditionally fly practice performances over the base on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during airshow season… Read more

The Blue Angels’ Super Hornet Transition Is Still Years Away

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Fans of the US Navy Blue Angels expecting to see the team perform in Super Hornets will have to wait several more years at least. The Department of Defense announced today that Boeing has been awarded a contract for the documentation and kits to convert nine single-seat F/A-18Es and two dual-seat F/A-18Fs to Blue Angel… Read more

Blue Angels Add “New” F/A-18B Hornet To Squadron

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The Blue Angels have a new jet in their squadron! The Blues announced Friday that they’ve taken acquisition of BUNO 162419, a two-seat F/A-18B Hornet. While this jet is new to the team, it is not new to the fleet. All of the US Navy Blue Angels aircraft are former fleet aircraft. Pictures online show… Read more

Blue Angels Release 2018 Pensacola Practice Schedule

The US Navy Blue Angels have released their 2018 Pensacola practice schedule! Although the team travels the country during the year, they return home to NAS Pensacola in Florida most weeks. In order to stay proficient in their demanding routine, they traditionally fly practice performances over the base on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during airshow season… Read more