November 11-12, 2022
If you’ve ever visited Pensacola, you may have noticed that we’re pretty obsessed with the Blue Angels… everywhere you go you’ll see tributes to them all over the city and county.
That’s because the U.S. Navy Blue Angels call Pensacola Naval Air Station home. Locals are accustomed to hearing the roar of their engines and seeing the team of distinctive blue and gold F/A-18 Hornets flying in tight formations over the city and water during routine practices from March through November every year.
And each fall, in late October or early November, it’s Pensacola’s turn to welcome them home for their final air show of the season. We call it the Pensacola NAS Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show. It’s when the Blue Angels get to wrap up their performance season on their home turf and it’s our special way of thanking them for another stellar season and showing them how much they mean to our community.
Here’s all you need to know to see this year’s show!
The NAS Pensacola Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show is hosted by the Navy’s Morale, Welfare & Recreation (MWR) Pensacola every year and takes place along Sherman Field, located aboard NAS Pensacola, the "Cradle of Naval Aviation."
This year, the Homecoming Air Show takes place on Friday, Nov. 11 and Saturday, Nov. 12. Both the main gate and west gate of NAS Pensacola will open at 8 a.m. to the public on Friday and Saturday. Entry and parking to the Homecoming Air Show is FREE and open to the community. Attached here is a map of the event with all gates, entrances and viewing areas detailed.
Attendees are admitted on a first come, first served basis. Arrive early and be prepared for traffic delays outside and within the base. Attendees will be allowed to park at scattered sites across the base and then bussed to the Flight Line for the show. Once base security determines the base has reached max capacity, security will close the gates to late-comers.
Please note: All vehicles are subject to search and inspection prior to entering the base. At all entry points to the Air Show Flight Line, all individuals are subject to search and all bags will be inspected and subject to refusal by Security.
Attendees can purchase upgraded VIP seating in the Flight Line Club or the Premium Boxed Seating areas. These seats offer a more specialized experience of the Air Show. Seating options and pricing can be found here.
There is a seating section for wheelchairs only. A companion may sit with the wheelchair member, but large family groups are asked to not take up space that others with handicap needs would like to use. If a family wants to purchase reserved seating (Boxed or Flight Line Club), accommodations for a wheelchair can be made the day of the show.
To keep delays at a minimum, remember that the following items are NOT PERMITTED at the air show site:
It is strongly recommended that attendees minimize the number and size of items carried into the air show to reduce the access time to the area. These items are PERMITTED:
Food and drink vendors will be stationed around the event for purchase.
The air show begins at 9:30 a.m. both Friday and Saturday and features dozens of performers, attractions, static displays, food vendors and merchandise booths on site – even a kids zone!
The Blue Angels will fly at approximately 2 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, weather permitting. If either air show gets canceled due to weather, there will be no alternate rain date.
In addition to the Blue Angels, expect to see performances by:
An impressive list of military and civilian aircraft static displays will be set up along the flight line for attendees to check out as well! Some of these include:
It's pure aviation excitement, so if you’re an aviation enthusiast – you do not want to miss out on this!
While there, don’t forget to stop in the National Naval Aviation Museum and explore more than 350,000-square feet of naval aviation history! Experience the thrill of flight in multiple types of flight simulators, catch all the drama, sound and power on the amazing Giant Screen Digital Theater, experience hands-on flight history with more than 4,000 artifacts and discover the story behind more-than 150 beautifully-restored aircraft on display, representing Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard aviation. The National Naval Aviation Museum is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.