Blue Angels 75th Anniversary Air Show At Pensacola Beach: Full Schedule Released

This story was updated Nov. 4 after the SRIA released a newly updated schedule for Friday's and Saturday's shows.

The Santa Rosa Island Authority has released the full schedule for the 2021 Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show from Nov. 3 to 6 at Pensacola Beach.

The homecoming show typically takes place at NAS Pensacola, but organizers announced in September that this year's show will be held on Pensacola Beach due concerns over the spread of COVID-19.

Navy officials also canceled last year's base show due to COVID restrictions, but rather than canceling this year, organizers decided to carry out the team's milestone 75th anniversary show on the beach.

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Kicking off the week is "Circles and Arrivals" on Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 3, when the Blue Angels arrive and circle overhead to mark the show's coordinates and center points along the beach.

On Thursday, Nov. 4, the Blue Angels will hold a full practice show at about 1 to 2 p.m. over Pensacola Beach.

The official Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show will take place on both Friday, Nov. 5, and Saturday, Nov. 6. A selection of military, aerobatic performers will kick off the show at about 11 a.m. and the Blue Angels will fly overhead at 2 p.m., weather permitting.

Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show 2021 performances include:

11:20 a.m.: National anthem and Navy TW-5 and TW-6

The U.S. Navy Training Air Wing Five and Training Air Wing Six will fly T-6A Texan II turboprops, T-45C Goshawk jets and TH-57 Sea Ranger helicopters to open the air show. TW-5 is based out of NAS Whiting Field and TW-6 is out of NAS Pensacola.

11:25 to 11:35 a.m.: Coast Guard SAR Demo

A U.S. Coast Guard Air Sea Rescue demonstration will take place over Pensacola Beach from an MH-65D Dolphin medevac helicopter. The SAR aircrew consists of two pilots, one flight mechanic and a rescue swimmer.

11:37 a.m. to 11:47 a.m.: Veteran's Flight

The Veteran's Flight team, organized by Pensacola attorney and pilot Roy Kinsey, will feature about half a dozen vintage Stearman bi-plane pilots from all over the Southeast flying in the famous World War II-era aircraft.

The Blue Angels perform July 9 at the 2021 Blue Angels Pensacola Beach Air Show.
The Blue Angels perform July 9 at the 2021 Blue Angels Pensacola Beach Air Show.

11:49 a.m. to 12:04 p.m.: Air Force F-22 Raptor

Maj. Joshua "Cabo" Gunderson, with the U.S. Air Force F-22 Demonstration Team, will take to the Pensacola Beach skies to showcase the amazing capabilities of the F-22 Raptor fighter jet that is leading America into the future of aviation technology.

12:06 to 12:21 p.m.: Airbase Georgia

Airbase Georgia, led by Clint "Ricochet" Cottrell, will present a North American P-51 Mustang, a World War II-era long-range fighter plane, as well as a replica Japanese bomber, a Nakajima B5N "Kate," over the shores of Pensacola Beach.

12:23 to 12:38 p.m.: Rob Holland

Solo pilot Rob Holland will push the limits of his single-seat, MXS-RH prop plane to create a visual spectacle like no other over Pensacola Beach.

12:40 to 12:55 p.m.: AeroShell Team

AeroShell Aerobatic Team — consisting of team leader Mark Henley, right-wing pilot Bryan Regan, Steve Gustafson on the left-wing and slot pilot Jimmy Fordham — will perform a series of loops, rolls and bomb bursts in close formation in their T-6 Texan aircraft over Pensacola Beach.

12:57 to 1:12 p.m.: Navy F-35 Lightning II

A last-minute addition to the schedule, the Navy's F-35 Lightning II will make an appearance at this year's air show. The multi-role stealth jet is the world's only fifth-generation international aircraft, according to the Navy.

1:14 to 1:29 p.m.: Redline Aerobatic Team

Pilots Ken Rieder and Adam Baker with Redline Aerobatic Team will take to the skies in their signature red and black planes to perform opposing stunts and inverted maneuvers and formations.

1:31 to 1:46 p.m.: Skip Stewart

Solo pilot Skip Stewart will wow the crowds with his high-skill passes and jaw-dropping maneuvers in his famous red, white and black-checkered bi-plane, Prometheus.

2 to 2:45 p.m.: Fat Albert and the Blue Angels

Look to the Gulf horizon as a famous C-130J aircraft known as Fat Albert arrives over Pensacola Beach, followed by six famous blue and gold F-18 Super Hornets. For the next 50 minutes, spectators will get a glimpse of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels aeronautic maneuvers like the diamond dirty loop, the double farvel, the vertical pitch, the fleur-de-lis, the opposing knife-edge pass and the crowd-favorite sneak pass. These are just a few of the mind-blowing displays of choreographed precision flying the Navy's flight demonstration team has perfected during the past 75 years.

All times are subject to change due to weather.

The SRIA is requiring the public to suspend all flights of unmanned aircraft, or drones, during the air show hours of the Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show week. In addition, glass is always prohibited on the beach, and leashed dogs are only allowed at the two designated dog beaches on either side of the island.

This article originally appeared on Pensacola News Journal: Blue Angels 2021 Homecoming Air Show at Pensacola Beach full schedule

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