Monday, December 09, 2013

Update: Blue Angels Announce Full 2014-2015 Air Show Season - 9 December 2013

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Late Breaking News: PENSACOLA, Fla. – The Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, announced changes to the 2014 show schedule and the release of the 2015 show schedule at the International Council of Air Shows convention. The Blue Angels are scheduled to fly in 68 performances at 35 locations in 2014 and 64 performances at 34 locations in 2015 throughout North America.

The 2014 schedule changes announced:
• A show in Palmdale, CA replacing the March Air Reserve Base, CA show (March 21-22).
• The addition of the Fontana, CA Flyover (March 23).
• The cancellation of the Fort Smith, AR performance (April 5-6).
• The cancellation of the MCAS Cherry Point, NC performance (May 17-18).
• A show in Latrobe, PA replacing the Pittsburg, PA performance (June 7-8).
• A direct calendar swap for two shows, moving the Selfridge Air National Guard Base, MI show (September 6-7) and the Cleveland, OH show (August 30 – September 1).
• A show at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, HI replacing the Marine Corps Base Hawaii show (September 27-28).
• The Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola homecoming is extended one day (November 7, 8 & 9).

Original Post from 22 Oct 2013 and updated with changes above
Click here for a really neat video on the Blues return.

The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, will return to its full schedule for the 2014 air show season.

 "Community outreach is key to connecting Americans to the military," said Blue Angels Commanding Officer and Flight Leader, Cmdr. Thomas Frosch. "Our performances provide a unique opportunity to inspire millions to connect with and support our service members, and we are looking forward... to an exciting 2014 season."

The Blue Angels originally announced its show schedule for the 2014 season at the annual International Council of Airshows convention in Dec. 11, 2012. Following winter training, the team begins the season Mar. 15 at Naval Air Facility (NAF) El Centro, Calif., and will conclude the season Nov. 8 at Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Fla.

The Navy believes there is value in demonstrating the professionalism and capabilities of our Navy and Marine Corps Naval Aviation team, thus inspiring future generations of Sailors and Marines.

Here is the official 2014 Blue Angel schedule from their public affairs office.

March 15 NAF El Centro CA
March 22-23 March ARB CA Cancelled
March 21-22 Lancaster, Palmdale, CA (Replaced March ARB)
March 23 Fontana, CA Flyover
March 29-30 NAS Kingsville TX

April 05-06 Lakeland FL
April 12-13 Fort Smith AR Cancelled
April 26-27 NAS Fort Worth JRB TX

May 03-04 St. Louis MO
May 10-11 Vero Beach FL
May 17-18 MCAS Cherry Point NC Cancelled
May 21 US Naval Academy Annapolis MD
May 23 US Naval Academy Annapolis MD
May 24-25 Jones Beach, NY
May 31-June 01 La Crosse WI

June 07-08 Pittsburgh PA Cancelled
June 07-08 Latrobe, PA (replaced Pittsburgh)
June 14-15 Smyrna TN
June 21-22 Milwaukee WI
June 28-29 Dayton OH

July 05-06 Traverse City MI
July 12 Pensacola Beach FL
July 19-20 Offutt AFB, NE
July 26-27 St. George UT

August 02-03 Seattle WA
August 16-17 Chicago IL
August 23-24 Duluth MN
August 30-September 01 Cleveland OH (New date)

September 06-07 Selfrdige ANGB MI (New date)
September 13-14 Baltimore MD
September 20-21 NAS Oceana VA
September 27-28 MCB Hawaii, HI  Cancelled
September 27-28 Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, HI (Replaced MCB Hawaii)

October 04-05 MCAS Miramar CA
October 11-12 San Francisco CA
October 18-19 Millington TN
October 25-26 Jacksonville Beach FL

November 01-02 Houston TX
November 07-09 NAS Pensacola FL

The 2015 announced show schedule is:

March 14 NAF El Centro, CA
March 21-22 Melbourne, FL
March 28-29 Tuscaloosa, AL
April 11-12 MCAS Beaufort, SC
April 18-19 NAS Corpus Christi, TX
April 25-26 Vidalia, GA

May 2-3 Barksdale AFB, LA
May 9-10 Quad City (Davenport), IA
May 16-17 Westover ARB, MA
May 20 & 22 USNA graduation and flyover
May 27 Atlantic City, NJ
May 30-31 North Kingstown, RI

June 6-7 Rockford, IL
June 13-14 Ocean City, MD
June 20-21 Latrobe, PA
June 27-28 Evansville, IN

July 4-5 St. Cloud, MN
July 11 Pensacola Beach, FL
July 18-19 Hillsboro, OR
July 25-26 Fargo, ND

August 1-2 Seattle, WA
August 15-16 Chicago, IL
August 22-23 Kansas City, MO
August 29-30 Ypsilanti, M

September 5-6 Brunswick, ME
September 12-13 Fort Worth, TX
September 19-20 NAS Oceana, VA
September 26-27 Naval Base Ventura County, CA

October 3-4 MCAS Miramar, CA
October 10-11 San Francisco, CA
October 17-18 MCB Hawaii, HI
October 24-25 Jacksonville Beach, FL
October 31 Peachtree City, GA

November 1 Peachtree City, GA
November 6-7 NAS Pensacola, FL