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.
Just up ahead, check out the complete Blue Angels 2023 schedule along with related fun facts and trivia about the most experienced flying aerobatic team in America:
In 2023, the Blue Angels squadron is scheduled to perform in dozens of shows and locations throughout the United States. They begin their season in March at the Naval Air Facility in El Centro, CA and conclude on November 3rd at NAS Pensacola, their homebase in Florida.
• 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" and the name stuck.
A real crowd-pleaser: the opposing four point roll.
• 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 have to fly at a mere 700 mph during exhibitions.
March 11: NAF El Centro’s Festival of Flight – El Centro, CA
March 18-19: Naval Base Ventura County Air Show – NAS Point Mugu, CA
March 25-26: Defenders of Liberty Airshow – Barksdale AFB, LA
April 1-2: SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo – Lakeland, FL
April 15-16: NAS Key West Southernmost Air Spectacular – NAS Key West, FL
April 22-23: MCAS Beaufort Airshow – MCAS Beaufort, SC
April 29-30: Fort Lauderdale Air Show – Fort Lauderdale, FL
May 6-7: Wings Over South Texas – Corpus Christi, TX
May 13-14: Scott AFB Open House & Airshow – Scott AFB, IL
May 20-21: Wings Over Wayne – Seymour Johnson AFB, NC
May 24-25: US Naval Academy – Annapolis, MD
May 27-29: Great Pocono Raceway Airshow – Long Pond, PA
June 10-11: The Great Tennessee Airshow – Smyrna, TN
June 17-18: Columbus Air Show – Rickenbacker ANGB, Columbus, OH
June 24-25: New York International Airshow – New Windsor, NY
July 1-2: Star Spangled Salute Air & Space Show – Tinker AFB, Oklahoma City, OK
July 8: Pensacola Beach Airshow – Pensacola, FL
July 15-16: Duluth Airshow – Duluth, MN
July 22-23: Milwaukee Air & Water Show – Milwaukee, WI
August 5-6: Boeing Seafair Air Show – Seattle, WA
August 12-13: Yellowstone International Air Show – Billings, MT
August 19-20: Kansas City Airshow – New Century, KS
August 26-27: Guardians of Freedom Airshow – Lincoln, NE
September 2-4: Canadian International Air Show – Toronto, ON, Canada
September 16-17: NAS Oceana Airshow – NAS Oceana, Virginia Beach, VA
September 23-24: MCAS Miramar Airshow – MCAS Miramar, CA
September 30-October 1: Oregon International Airshow – McMinnville, OR
October 7-8: San Francisco Fleet Week – San Francisco, CA
October 14-15: Grand Junction Airshow – Grand Junction, CO
October 21-22: Sea and Sky Air Show – Jacksonville Beach, FL
October 28-29: Crossroads Airshow – Greenfield, IN
November 3-4: Blue Angels Homecoming Airshow – NAS Pensacola, FL
More about the Blue Angels around the Web:
Blue Angels FAQ - Everything you always wanted to know, from the official site with info and fun factsincluding what it takes to become a Blue Angels pilot, how close they fly to each other, and lots, lots more.
Angels Wikipedia - More interesting facts about the squadron including a photo gallery and related references.