The "Blue Angels" Navy flight demonstration squadron and the "Thunderbirds" Air Force air demonstration squadron have announced their 2001 show season schedules.
The Blue Angels will begin their season on March 10, 2001, at Naval Air Facility, El Centro, Calif., and will finish on Nov. 10, 2001, at Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla. The Blue Angels have scheduled 66 shows at 34 locations in the United States and Canada during the 2001 season. The "Thunderbirds" are set to begin their season March 24 at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. The team will perform more than 60 shows in 29 states and will visit the Pacific for the first time since 1994.
The Navy flight demonstration squadron is a Chief of Naval Air Training unit composed of Navy and Marine Corps representatives including ten pilots (six are demonstration pilots), six support officers, four civilians and about 100 enlisted personnel performing in more than 16 Navy specialties. The team's home base is Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla. The Air Force air demonstration squadron is an Air Combat Command unit composed of eight pilots (including six demonstration pilots), four support officers, four civilians and about 120 enlisted airmen performing in more than 25 Air Force specialties. They are based at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.
Each team's aerial demonstration is a mix of formation flying and solo routines. The pilots perform approximately 30 maneuvers in a demonstration. The entire show, including ground and air, runs about one hour and 15 minutes.
Demonstration sites are selected to support the objectives of the Defense Department and the interest of the armed Services with safety as the primary consideration. Performances greatly assist the recruiting and retention goals of the military Services, enhance esprit de corps among uniformed men and women, and demonstrate the professional skills and capabilities of the armed forces to the American public and U.S. allies.
Show schedules are available on line for the Blue Angels at http://www.blueangels.navy.mil/ and for the Thunderbirds at http://www.airforce.com/thunderbirds/.