The show will go on for the area’s daring aerial performance team, and there will be more opportunities to see them July 8-11 along our beaches.
To help with social distancing, the Blue Angels will be stretching their annual hometown Pensacola Beach Air Show over four days, thrilling visitors lined up on shore.
The Blue Angels are the U.S. Navy’s flight demonstration squadron stationed at Forrest Sherman Field aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola. These expert pilots perform a coordinated display of aerial maneuvers for audiences across the country, and each summer this beachfront show is their homecoming.
I have been watching them my entire life, and it still takes my breath away as they scream through the sky within inches of one another, barrel rolling and arching under incredible G-Force. It’s truly spectacular.
Due to COVID-19 the show schedule has been modified. According to an official release, the Blues and Santa Rosa Island Authority opted not to cancel the July show.
“The air show program this year is built around social distancing in observance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations for the COVID-19 virus,” the release reads. “The program will be a four-day event, and each day will have similar flight maneuvers. This expanded schedule will give the public four different opportunities to view the performances at least once.”
The show footprint has also been modified so as not to create a center point but instead expand the viewing to allow better distancing among viewers on the beach.
Aerial displays will begin at noon each day. In addition to the Blues, other aerial performers will include Veterans Flight, Gary Ward, Kevin Coleman and Skip Stewart.