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Blue Angels Fly High Over Pensacola

The roar of the engines, the streamers of smoke, every formation in perfect symmetry. Whether they are flying high at practice or soaring through a spectacular air show, it is always a thrill to see the Blue Angels cut across Pensacola skies.

The Pensacola Bay Area is the official home of the Blue Angels, officially known as the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron. Pensacola Beach hosts a Blue Angels show every July while the Blue Angels host their last show of the season over Naval Air Station Pensacola every November.

2018 Blue Angels Homecoming Show

  • November 2 - 3, 2018 - It’s pure aviation excitement when The Blue Angels will perform aerial acrobatics over NAS Pensacola.
  • Friday Night Air Show - Don’t miss the FREE special Friday Night show with fireworks and the wall of fire.

2018 Pensacola Beach Air Show

  • July 14, 2018 - U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, will perform aerial acrobatics over the Gulf of Mexico during a weekend of high-flying fun.

Beach Air Show Tips:
Parking is at a premium during the Pensacola Beach Air Show arrive as early as possible, ideally before 7AM, when the three large lots on Pensacola Beach fill up. Other lots may be available for parking but there could be a fee. Trolleys will be available to take you to the main beach from the large parking lots. Stay hydrated! July in Florida can be very hot and humid. Have Fun!

Blue Angel Practices

Beginning in March each year, visitors are invited to attend Tuesday and Wednesday morning practices at 11:30 a.m, while the team is in town. After practice on select Wednesdays, visitors and locals can meet the pilots, take photos with them and even get their autographs. Practices and meet-and-greets are held at the National Naval Aviation Museum, one of the world's largest air and space museums. Also at the museum, visitors can visit the Blue Angels Atrium to have their photos taken with real Blue Angels aircraft, positioned in flying formation.

Use Alternate Routes to Blue Angels Practices

If you are planning to attend upcoming Blue Angels' practices at the National Naval Aviation Museum beginning Wednesday, March 21, you are asked to take specific routes to help alleviate traffic issues in the area:

  1. Blue Angel practice-related traffic coming from the Perdido Key area should take Sorrento Road and then travel south on Blue Angel Parkway, leaving Gulf Beach Highway open to local traffic.
  2. Blue Angel practice-related traffic traveling from the eastern and northern parts of the county should merge on to Blue Angel Parkway at the most northern point possible.  

Additionally, parking on the rights of way in many portions of Old Gulf Beach Highway and Blue Angel Parkway is no longer permissible for safety and security. Signs are posted.

Blue Angel Show Facts

  1. An estimated 15 million spectators view the squadron during air shows each year.
  2. The highest maneuver performed in an air show is the vertical rolls performed by the Opposing Solo, up to 15,000 feet and the lowest maneuver performed in an air show is the Sneak Pass, performed by the Lead Solo at 50 feet.
  3. The fastest speed flown during an air show is about 700 mph (just under Mach 1; Sneak Pass) and the slowest is about 120 mph (Section High Alpha).
  4. The basic acquisition price of a single F/A-18 Hornet is approximately $21 million.
  5. The F/A-18 can reach speeds just under Mach 2, almost twice the speed of sound or about 1,400 mph.
  6. An F/A-18 weighs about 24,500 pounds empty of all ordnance and aircrew.
  7. The trail of smoke left by each aircraft is produced by pumping biodegradable, paraffin-based oil directly into the exhaust nozzles of the aircraft where the oil is instantly vaporized into smoke. It provides an obvious path for spectators to follow and enhances the safety of flight by providing a means by which solo pilots can see each other during opposing maneuvers. It poses no hazard to the environment.