With the numerous and captivating attractions offered by the South, this thrilling Gulf Coast event is an absolute must see! Pensacola, Florida’s own Blues, (a.k.a Blue Angels), deliver a mind-blowing experience rendering a lifetime memory. The Blue Angels were formed in 1946 and moved to Pensacola Naval Air Station in 1954, making them the 2nd oldest formal-flying aerobatic team in the world. The Blue Angels were originally formed, “to showcase the pride and professionalism of the U.S. Navy & Marine Corps by inspiring a culture of excellence as service to country through flight demonstrations and community outreach.” Top Navy and Marine pilots fly F/A 18 Hornets in the range of 400-700 miles per hour and at a mere 18 inches apart across the turquoise waters of Pensacola beaches. July 14th is the highly-anticipated annual “Homecoming Show,” in which the elite pilots display several choreographed flight patterns including the famous: “Fleur-dis-lee” and “Diamond Dirt Loop.” These beyond talented pilots, display the most precise flying skills known to man. If you are planning to spend the weekend at Pensacola Beach to watch the show be sure to plan your vacation now. Most hotel rooms along with Pensacola Beach condos and beach homes are booked out more than a year ahead!
If you did not have the opportunity to visit the Gulf Coast on July 14th, you can still catch a glimpse of the best in action via Blue Angel practices. Mark your calendars... between March and November, you can catch catch a glimpse of GREATNESS. The Pensacola area known as Navy Point, is an excellent spot to admire the Blues and catch a blue angel practice. There is not a bad seat in the house, because it is separated from NAS only by Bayou Grande. After select Wednesday practices, the public can meet the pilots, take photos, and receive autographs. Upcoming Pensacola practice performances will be held at the National Naval Museum August 15, 21, 22, 28 & 29 beginning at 11:30am. Each Blue Angels practice show lasts for approximately 55 minutes. Admission is free, but remember, 16 years and older will have a 100% ID check. There are stands provided for 1000 people, chairs are available for $3 a piece, and a concession stand will be open. Come on out and see the most spectacular airshow and talented pilots in the history of the WORLD! WE LOVE OUR BLUES!