Blue Angels: Back in Business!

Grumman F8F-1 Bearcat (August 1946 to 1949)

The US Navy’s Blue Angels have been flying since 1946 as one of the world’s premier aerial demonstration teams, performing astonishing and heart-stopping feats as part of their routine at airshows across world. The Angels feature some of the best fighter pilots from across the Navy and Marine Corps flying their F/A-18 Hornets and the C-130 support aircraft. 2013 saw the Angels fleet grounded due to a lack of sufficient funding after the enacting of sequestration in the United States upon the budget. We’ve included a copy of their 2014 show schedule below, but before you check that out, here’s a quick slideshow of their main performance aircraft over the years!

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March 15 Naval Air Facility El Centro, Calif.
March 22-23 March Air Reserve Base, Calif.
March 29-30 Naval Air Station Kingsville, Texas
April 5-6 Lakeland, Fla.
April 12-13 Fort Smith, Ark.
April 26-27 Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas
May 3-4 St. Louis
May 10-11 Vero Beach, Fla.
May 17-18 Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C.
May 21 and 23 U.S. Naval Academy, Md.
May 24-25 Jones Beach, N.Y.
May 31-June 1 La Crosse, Wis.
June 7-8 Pittsburgh
June 14-15 Smyrna, Tenn.
June 21-22 Milwaukee
June 28-29 Dayton, Ohio
July 5-6 Traverse City, Mich.
July 12 Pensacola Beach, Fla.
July 19-20 Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.
July 26-27 St. George, Utah
Aug. 2-3 Seattle
Aug. 16-17 Chicago
Aug. 23-24 Duluth, Minn.
Aug. 30-31 Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich.
Sept. 6-7 Cleveland
Sept. 13-14 Baltimore
Sept. 20-21 Naval Air Station Oceana, Va.
Sept. 27-28 Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii
Oct. 4-5 Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif.
Oct. 11-12 San Francisco
Oct. 18-19 Millington, Tenn.
Oct. 25-26 Jacksonville Beach, Fla.
Nov. 1-2 Houston
Nov. 7-8 Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla.
About Ian D'Costa (240 Articles)
Ian is the editor-in-chief of the Tactical Air Network. His work has been republished and quoted in a number of publications, including The Toronto Star, Airsoc, Business Insider and The Aviationist. You can reach him at

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