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 2019, 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 16 at the Naval Air Facility El Centro,
CA, and conclude on November 8-9 at NAS Pensacola, their homebase in Florida.
Just up ahead, check out the complete Blue Angels 2019 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 Maneuvers 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.
March 16-17: NAF El Centro Air Show – NAF El Centro, CA
March 23-24: California International Airshow – Salinas, CA
March 30-31: NAS Key West Southernmost Air Show – NAS Key West, FL
April 6-7: Sun-n-Fun Fly-In Expo – Lakeland, FL
April 13-14: Wings Over South Texas – NAS Corpus Christi, TX
April 20-21: OFF WEEK
April 27-28: MCAS Beaufort Air Show – MCAS Beaufort, SC
May 4-5: Ford Lauderdale Air Show – Fort Lauderdale, FL
May 11-12: JB Andrews Air Show – JB Andrews, MD
May 18-19: Cape Girardeau Regional Air Festival – Cape Girardeau, MO
May 22: U.S. Naval Academy Air Show – Annapolis, MD
May 24: U.S. Naval Academy Graduation Flyover – Annapolis, MD
May 25-26: Miami Beach Air & Sea Show – Miami Beach, FL
June 1-2: Star Spangled Salute Air Show – Tinker AFB, OK
June 8-9: Great Tennessee Air Show – Smyrna, TN
June 15-16: Ocean City Airshow – Ocean City, MD
June 22-23: OFF WEEK
June 29-30: Quad City Air Show – Davenport, IA
July 6-7: Kansas City Air Show – Kansas City, MO
July 13: Pensacola Beach Airshow – Pensacola Beach, FL
July 20-21: Duluth Air Show and Aviation Expo – Duluth, MN
July 27-28: Grand Junction Air Show – Grand Junction, CO
August 3-4: Seafair Boeing Air Show – Seattle, WA
August 17-18: 61st Chicago Air And Water Show – Chicago, IL
August 24-25: New York Air Show – Stewart ANG Base, Newburgh, NY
August 31-September 1: Atlantic Canada International Air Show – Greenwood, NS
September 7-8: Spirit of St. Louis Air Show – Chesterfield, MO
September 14-15: OFF WEEK
September 21-22: NAS Lemoore Central Valley Air Show – NAS Lemoore, CA
September 28-29: MCAS Miramar Air Show – MCAS Miramar, CA
October 5-6: California Capital Airshow – Sacramento, CA
October 12-13: San Francisco Fleet Week – San Francisco, CA
October 19-20: Fort Worth Alliance Air Show – Fort Worth, TX
October 26-27: Jacksonville Sea and Sky Spectacular – Jacksonville Beach, FL
November 2-3: Thunder Over South Georgia – Moody AFB, GA
November 8-9: Blue Angels Homecoming Airshow – NAS Pensacola, FL