Blue Angels Back in Flight

Blue Angels Back in Flight

Time to kick the tires and light the fires! The U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels started the 2014 season off with a boom over El Centro’s Naval Air Facility Saturday, March 22 2014. After being grounded by sequestration cuts for nearly a year, the Blue Angels have proudly returned to the skies. The team is scheduled for 68 performances at 35 locations for the 2014 schedule, which can be viewed below.

Blue Angels Over Pensacola Florida

The Navy’s Blue Angels may not have been soaring through the skies the past year but the team has been on the move focusing their efforts on community service and reevaluating the team mission and goals, according to CDR Thomas Frosch, the Blue Angels’ Commanding Officer.

Blue Angels Invert over Baltimore

The Blue Angels’ new mission statement, as follows:

The mission of the United States Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron is to showcase the pride and professionalism of the United States Navy and Marine Corps by inspiring a culture of excellence and service to our country through flight demonstrations and community outreach.

The Squadron was established in 1946 and has flown various aircraft over the years throughout their performances. Most spectators only see the six acrobatic pilots flying high speed, low passes and inches from their wingman’s wingtip. The entire Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron consists of 130 sailors and marines, from aviators to the behind scenes, it takes the entire team’s efforts to precisely execute each performance. Many of team’s crewmembers have served multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Today, The Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron demonstrates with Boeing F/A-18 Hornet and the C-130T Hercules aircraft, known as “Fat Albert.”

The Chief of Naval Flight Training is appointed to as the “Boss,” the Blue Angels Commanding Officer. Following the Commanding Officer “Boss,” are career-oriented Navy and Marine Corps’ jet pilots eligible for flying jets Number 2 through 7. The Blue Angels Number 8, The Events Coordinator, also a Naval Flight Officer (NFO) or a Weapons Systems Officer (WSO) are responsible for meeting the same criteria as Numbers 2 through 7. The notorious “Fat Albert” a C-130T Hercules with blasting side rockets for assisted short field takeoffs, is piloted by two Marine Corps flight officers.

2014 BLUE ANGELS SHOW SCHEDULE 

MARCH
15 NAF El Centro Annual Air Show NAF El Centro, CA
21-22 LA County Air Show Lancaster/Palmdale, CA
23 Auto Club Speedway Flyover Fontana, CA
29-30 Wings Over Texas Air Show NAS Kingsville, TX
APRIL 
6-May Sun ‘n Fun 2014 Lakeland, FL
12 Thunder Over Louisville Louisville, KY
26-27 Fort Worth Air Power Expo 2014 NAS Fort Worth JRB, TX
MAY
4-Mar Spirit of St. Louis Air Show St. Louis, MO
11-Oct Vero Beach Air Show Vero Beach, FL
17-18 Rhode Island Air Show North Kingston, RI
21 USNA Air Show US Naval Academy, MD
23 USNA Graduation Flyover US Naval Academy, MD
24-25 New York Air Show at Jones Beach Jones Beach, NY
31 Deke Slayton Airfest La Crosse, WI
JUNE
1 Deke Slayton Airfest La Crosse, WI
8-Jul Latrobe Air Show Latrobe, PA
14-15 The Great Tennessee Air Show Smyrna, TN
21-22 Milwaukee Air and Water Show Milwaukee, WI
28-29 Dayton Air Show Dayton, OH
JULY
6-May National Cherry Festival Air Show Traverse City, MI
12 Pensacola Beach Air Show Pensacola Beach, FL
19-20 Defenders of Freedom Air Show Affutt AFB, NE
26-27 Thunder Over Utah Air Show St. George, UT
AUGUST 
3-Feb SeaFair Boeing Air Show Seattle, WA
16-17 City of Chicago Air and Water Show Chicago, IL
23-24 Duluth Air and Aviation Expo Duluth, MN
30-31 Cleveland National Air Show Cleveland, OH
SEPTEMBER 
1 Cleveland National Air Show Cleveland, OH
7-Jun Selfridge ANGB Air Show Selfridge ANGB, MI
13-14 Star-Spangled Air Show Baltimore, MD
20-21 NAS Oceana Air Show NAS Oceana, VA
27-28 JB Pearl Harbor-Hickam Air Show Pearl Harbor, HI
OCTOBER 
5-Apr MCAS Miramar Air Show MCAS Miramar, CA
12-Nov San Francisco Fleet Week San Francisco, CA
18-19 Memphis Air Show Millington, TN
25-26 NAS Jacksonville Air Show NAS Jacksonville, FL
NOVEMBER 
2-Jan Wings Over Houston Air Show Houston, TX
9-Jul Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show NAS Pensacola, FL

Blue Angels Back in Flight

By Bob McAlliaster

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