Gear Up For The 2018 Pensacola Beach Air Show

It’s that time to take the beach July 14th for the annual Blue Angels’ Pensacola Beach Air Show.

Grab your kiddos, sunscreen and cooler and head on over to Casino Beach to watch Pensacola’s own Blue Angels hit 700 mph while they dip, twist, and swerve passed spectators.

Thousands will pack the beach to expect to arrive early and stay late. However, the Blues are expected to fly at 2 pm CT.

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Blue Angel Fun Facts

- The Blue Angels was established in 1946 by Admiral Chester Nimitz

- An estimated 11 million spectators view the Blue Angels Air Shows each year.

- The fastest speed is approximately 700 mph (just under Mach 1). This is performed in the Sneak Pass maneuver.

- The Blue Angels's home base is NAS Pensacola.

- Practices are usually held most Tuesday and Wednesday mornings; weather permitting, during the show season when the team is home.

- The slowest speed is approximately 120 mph in the Section High Alpha maneuver.

- The closest distance the jets fly to each other is 18 inches in the Diamond 360 maneuver.

- Officers on the team generally serve two to three years, while the enlisted personnel serve three to four years. Each member, both officers and enlisted, return to the fleet after completing a tour with the Blue Angels.

- There have been 261 demonstration pilots and 36 Flight Leaders/Commanding Officers.

- There are 14 Marines on the 2018 team. There are three C-130 pilots and five enlisted aircrew in Fat Albert Airlines. There are six enlisted Marines on the jet maintenance team.

- The 2018 team has 15 enlisted women and 1 financial technician on the team.

- Since 1946, there have been eight types of aircraft:

  1. Grumman F6F Hellcat, June-August 1946
  2. Grumman F8F Bearcat, August 1946-1949
  3. Grumman F9F-2 Panther (first jet), 1949-June 1950 and Grumman F9F-5 Panther 1951-Winter 1954/55
  4. Grumman F9F-8 Cougar, Winter 1954-55-mid-season 1957
  5. Grumman F11F-1 Tiger (first supersonic jet), mid-season 1957-1969
  6. McDonnell Douglas F-4J Phantom II, 1969-December 1974
  7. McDonnell Douglas A-4F Skyhawk II, December 1974-November 1986
  8. Boeing F/A-18 Hornet, November 1986-Present
  9. Additionally, in 1970 the Blue Angels integrated a Marine Corps C-130 Hercules aircraft, affectionately known as "Fat Albert", as the opener of the flight demonstration. The C-130 is a tactical transport aircraft built by Lockheed Martin.

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