PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- More than 120,000 spectators watched the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Team – the Blue Angels – perform during the 2018 Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show Nov. 2-3 on board Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola.
The annual show, an NAS Pensacola mainstay, marked the end of the Blue Angels 2018 season, and is an event NAS Pensacola Commanding Officer Capt. Christopher Martin said is the successful result of numerous department’s efforts.
“The air show is our way of saying thanks to the community for their continued support throughout the year, and to highlight military aviation and the most professional aviators – both civilian and military – in the world,” he said. “Putting this show together is a concerted effort by every NAS Pensacola department – from the Sailors and civilian employees who worked countless hours behind the scenes to ensure a total success.”
More than a dozen acts performed at the two-day event, including the Stearman Flight Team flying biplanes, Dan Serrato flying a T-20C, Redline Air Shows flying R8’s, a U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor Demonstration, Skip Stewart flying Pitts an S-2S and the Blue Angels.
Along with various acts performing aerial maneuvers throughout the day, numerous static displays – ranging from current military and civilian aircraft to World War II-era planes – dotted Sherman Field’s flightline, providing an interactive experience for visitors.
The Blue Angels next demonstration is scheduled March 19, 2019, at the Naval Air Facility (NAF) El Centro Air Show in El Centro, California.
NAS Pensacola, referred to as the “Cradle of Naval Aviation,” is designed to support operational and training missions of tenant commands, including Naval Aviation Schools Command (NASC), the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training (CNATT), Marine Aviation Training Support Groups (MATSG) 21 and 23 and is the headquarters for Naval Education and Training Command (NETC).