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Blue Angels Air Show 2024

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ESCAMBIA COUNTY, Fl (WDNews) — The boys (and girls) are back in town!

Pensacola’s local heroes will take center stage at the 2024 Pensacola Beach Air Show, organized by the Santa Rosa Island Authority (SRIA), from July 10 to 13. The prestigious U.S. Navy Blue Angels will headline the event, with the main show scheduled for Saturday, July 13.

Alongside the Blue Angels, attendees can expect world-class aerobatic performances, interactive exhibits, military recruitment stations, and various vendors.

“Hosting this world-class air show on our beautiful beach each year allows us to showcase our hometown heroes, the Blue Angels,” said Robbie Schrock, SRIA’s Director of Administration. “This awe-inspiring tradition draws tens of thousands of locals and tourists to enjoy the spectacle every summer.”

The SRIA has mandated the suspension of all drone flights during the air show waiver hours. Additionally, glass is prohibited on the beach, and leashed dogs are only allowed at two designated dog beaches.

The air show week begins with “Breakfast with the Blues” on Wednesday, July 10 at 7:30 a.m., featuring the Blue Angels’ arrival and flyover to mark the show’s coordinates.

On Thursday, July 11 at 2 p.m., the Blue Angels will conduct a practice show over Pensacola Beach.

Friday, July 12 will feature the Pensacola Beach Air Show dress rehearsal, with flight demonstrations and civilian aerobatic performances starting at noon and the Blue Angels at 2 p.m.

The official Pensacola Beach Air Show will take place on Saturday, July 13, following Friday’s dress rehearsal schedule.

Before the official airspace closure on Friday and Saturday, spectators can expect to see:

– Julian MacQueen flying his 1943 Grumman Widgeon seaplane.
– Sheldon Heatherington in his Zenith 75 STOL aircraft, Redbird.
– Navy pilot Tanner Matheny in his 1946 North American Navion airplane, Olivia.
– A U.S. Coast Guard Search and Rescue demonstration with a HH-60J Blackhawk helicopter.
– The Commemorative Air Force flying WWII and Korean War-era aircraft.

At 11:45 a.m., the Gulf waters will be cleared, and the official airspace waiver will begin.

The show kicks off at noon with the Red Bull Team parachutists presenting the colors, followed by a teaser from the Red Bull Air Force team and Kevin Coleman. The Red Bull Air Force team is composed of top aviation experts who push the boundaries of human flight.

At 12:13 p.m., the Veterans Flight team will take the stage in their bright yellow WWII-era biplanes. This tribute, organized by Pensacola attorney and pilot Roy Kinsey, honors WWII and Korean War veterans.

At 12:28 p.m., wingwalker Carol Pilon and the Third Strike Wingwalking team will perform, with Pilon being the only woman to walk on a jet-propelled aircraft.

At 12:39 p.m., the Redline Aerobatic Team, including Ken Rieder, Adam Baker, and newcomer Austin Rieder, will perform exceptional formation aerobatics.

At 12:54 p.m., pilot Skip Stewart will amaze the crowds with his high-skill maneuvers in his red, white, and black-checkered bi-plane, Prometheus, including his signature inverted ribbon-cutting pass.

At 1:06 p.m., Patty Wagstaff, the first woman to win the U.S. National Aerobatic champion title, will perform in her Extra 330 aircraft.

At 1:21 p.m., the Red Bull Air Force Team with Kevin Coleman and Aaron Fitzgerald will return for a full act, creating a visual spectacle.

The show will conclude at 2 p.m. with the U.S. Navy Blue Angels. Look to the Gulf horizon for the famous C-130J aircraft, Fat Albert, followed by six blue and gold F-18 Super Hornets. The Blue Angels will perform maneuvers such as the Diamond Dirty Loop, the Double Farvel, the Vertical Pitch, the Fleur-de-Lis, the Opposing Knife-Edge pass, and the Sneak Pass.

This year, pilot and announcer Rob Reider will be the voice of the Pensacola Beach Air Show, and Paul Entrekin, a retired Marine Corps aviator, will mark his 31st year as the Air Boss over the show.

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