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, click to enlarge.


6 Responses to “Pensacola Beach Air Show Goes On Without The Blue Angels (Photos)”

  1. Elmo on July 15th, 2013 8:41 pm

    We as law abiding citizens better wake up from Pres. Obama! USA citizens this is our land! Faught & paid for!! Obama stoped us as citizens from visiting the whitehouse, but he welcomed a head leader from a agressive leader aginst the USA!

  2. 429SCJ on July 15th, 2013 5:01 pm

    @Art, let the government spend it’s self into oblivion, they will go bankrupt then we will be shed of them.

  3. art on July 15th, 2013 3:21 pm

    the F-35 program cost the American taxpayer over 300 billion dollars. and the costs are still climbing and there are structural problems… but we are going broke~! burns my bum…

  4. Not You on July 15th, 2013 9:06 am

    I hate to burst your bubble Jeff but both parties are to blame for the sequestration.

  5. jeff on July 14th, 2013 6:42 pm

    yes it did with a tenth of the crowd it looks like………beach business is the biggest loser on this thanks to obama and sequestration……..

    crying shame

  6. randy on July 13th, 2013 6:56 am

    the show goes on

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