Pensacola Beach Air Show Goes On Without The Blue Angels (Photos)
July 13, 2013
For the first time in over 20 years, the Blue Angels were missing from the Pensacola Beach Air Show on Friday.
The crowds were light for the practice show, a warm up for the big Saturday show with two dozen civilian aircraft. But about the only way the dress rehearsal could have gone better would have been to have the iconic Blue Angels in the air.
Here is a scheduled for Saturday’s show:
- Pre-show: Hotelier Julian MacQueen, Widgeon.
- 1 p.m. show opener: Team Aerodynamix flying the missing man formation to the National Anthem.
- Dual and solo aerobatics, Gary Ward and Skip Stewart.
- Two-plane demonstration, Lima Lima.
- Dog fight, Red Star & The Dragon jets.
- Solo aerobatics, Kevin Coleman.
- Solo, Otto the Helicopter piloted by Roger Buis.
- 2:12 p.m. 20-minute water break for crowd.
- 2:42 p.m. 11-plane formation, Team Aerodynamix.
- Solo aerobatics, Skip Stewart.
- Solo aerobatics, Gary Ward.
- Six-plane formation, Lima Lima.
“We will miss the Blue Angels, but come and show your support of the Blues in a move of solidarity,” Santa Rosa Island Authority Director Buck Lee said. “It should be fun for the entire family.”
Pictured above and below: Friday’s Pensacola Beach Air Show dress rehearsal. Photos by: Perry Doggrell for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.