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

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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

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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

Welcome, Boss! New Commander Flies First Blue Angels Training Mission

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Earlier this year, the US Navy Blue Angels announced a new “Boss”had been selected to lead the famous flight demonstration team. Now, he is taking the skies for the first time in a Blue Angels jet! Commander Eric “Popeye” Doyle will lead the demonstration team during their 2018 and 2019 show seasons. A graduate of… Read more

Fat Albert Grounded As Part Of C-130T Safety Stand Down, Not Expected To Appear In Oshkosh

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Fat Albert is grounded once again. All KC-130T Hercules aircraft, used by the Marine Corps, have been grounded as a precaution after a KC-130 crashed earlier this month in Louisiana, killing 16. This includes Fat Albert, the support aircraft of the US Navy Blue Angels demonstration team that is performing at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh… Read more