Since they first impressed visitors with the first demonstration of U.S. Navy aerial skills in 1946, the Blue Angles - today in competition with the USAF Thunderbirds
- have set the standard for military air shows across the country and around the world.
Over decades of spectacular shows, featuring the sleek and extraordinarily maneuverable F/A-18 Hornet, the Blue Angels have entertained more than 400 million spectators worldwide.
In 2018, the Blue Angels air squadron is scheduled to perform in dozens of shows and locations throughout the United States. They begin their season on March 10 at Naval Air Facility El Centro,
CA, and conclude in November 3 at NAS Pensacola, their homebase in Florida.
Just up ahead, check out the Blue Angels 2018 schedule along with related fun facts and trivia about the most experienced flying aerobatic team in America:
DID YOU KNOW? Blue Angels fun facts & trivia
• Formed in 1946, the Blue Angels are the oldest flying aerobatic team in the US. It also holds the title of second oldest flying aerobatic team in the world, after the French Patrouille de France formed in 1931.
• Originally, the team was called the Navy Flight Exhibition Team, but the name changed when one of the original pilots read about a New York City nightclub called "Blue Angels".
• The closest distance planes fly to each other is 18 inches during the Diamond 360 maneuver. For more, also check out the Blue Angels Maneuver Manual from the FAA.
• Blue Angels planes can travel at supersonic speeds up to 1,400 miles per hour. To avoid shattering windows (and eardrums), pilots fly at a mere 700 mph during exhibitions.
10 Naval Air Facility El Centro Annual Air Show - El Centro, California
24-25 Wings Over South Texas - NAS Kingsville, Texas April
7-8 Heart of Texas Air Show - Waco, Texas
14-15 Tuscaloosa Regional Air Show - Tuscaloosa, Alabama
21-22 Vero Beach Air Show - Vero Beach, Florida
28-29 Homestead International Speedway Air Show - Homestead, Florida May
5-6 Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point Air Show and Open House- Havelock, North Carolina
12-13 MacDill AFB presents at Tampa Bay Airfest - Tampa, Florida
23 & 25 United States Naval Academy Air Show and Graduation Fly-over - Annapolis, Maryland
26-27 Jones Beach Air Show - Wantagh, New York June
2-3 NAS Patuxent River 75th Anniversary Air Expo - NAS Patuxent River,
9-10 Rhode Island National Guard Open House and Air Show - North
Kingstown, Rhode Island
16-17 Chippewa Valley Air Show - Eau Claire, Wisconsin
23-24 Dayton Air Show - Dayton, Ohio
30 National Cherry Festival Air Show - Traverse City, Michigan July
1 National Cherry Festival Air Show - Traverse City, Michigan
14 Pensacola Beach Air Show - Pensacola, Florida
21-22 Biloxi Gulf Coast Air Show - Biloxi, Mississippi
28-29 Fargo AirSho - Fargo, North Dakota August
4-5 Seafair Air Show - Seattle, Washington
11-12 Abbotsford International Air Show - Abbotsford, British Columbia
18-19 Terre Haute Air Show - Terre Haute, Indiana
25-26 Sound of Speed Air Show - St. Joseph, Missouri September
1-3 Cleveland National Air Show - Cleveland, Ohio
15-16 Owensboro Air Show - Owensboro, Kentucky
22-23 NAS Oceana Air Show - NAS Oceana, Virginia
29-30 MCAS Miramar Air Show - San Diego, California October
6-7 San Francisco Fleet Week - San Francisco, California
13-14 Phoenix International Speedway Air Show - Avondale, Arizona
20-21 Wings Over Houston Air Show - Houston, Texas
27-28 Birthplace of the Blue Angels - NAS Jacksonville, Florida November
2-3 Blue Angel Homecoming Air Show - NAS Pensacola, Florida