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.
The Blue Angels schedule for 2001 is as follows:
- Jan. 2 - Mar. 9: Pre-season training at Naval Air Facility, El Centro, Calif.
- March 10: Opening Show, Naval Air Facility, El Centro, Calif.
- March 17-18: Mesa, Ariz.
- March 24-25: Altus Air Force Base, Okla.
- March 31-April 1: Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point, N.C.
- April 7-8: MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.
- April 21-22: Naval Air Station, Corpus Christi, Texas
- April 28-29: Naval Air Station, Norfolk, Va.
- May 12-13: Peoria, Ill.
- May 19: Charleston Air Force Base, S.C.
- May 23: United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md.
- May 25: United States Naval Academy Graduation Fly-by
- May 26-27: Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, Md.
- June 2-3: Naval Air Facility, Lakehurst, N.J.
- June 9-10: Quebec, Canada
- June 16-17: Syracuse, N.Y.
- June 23-24: Davenport, Iowa
- June 30-July 1: Evansville, Ind.
- July 7-8: Muskegon, Mich.
- July 13-14: Pensacola Beach, Fla.
- July 21-22: Bozeman, Mont.
- July 28-29: Naval Air Station, Lemoore, Calif.
- August 4-5: Seattle, Wash.
- August 18-19: Kansas City, Mo.
- August 25-26: Duluth, Minn.
- Sept. 1-3: Cleveland, Ohio
- Sept. 8-9: Naval Air Station, Willow Grove, Pa.
- Sept. 15-16: Smyrna, Tenn.
- Sept. 22-23: Naval Air Station, Brunswick, Maine
- Sept. 29: Naval Air Station, Meridian, Miss.
- Oct. 6-7: San Francisco, Calif.
- Oct. 13-14: Marine Corps Air Station, Miramar, Calif.
- Oct. 20-21: Alliance Field, Fort Worth, Texas
- Oct. 27-28: Lafayette, La.
- Nov. 3-4: Jacksonville Beach, Fla.
- Nov. 9-10: Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla.
More information about the Blue Angels is available on line at http://www.blueangels.navy.mil/ .
The Thunderbirds schedule for 2001 is as follows:
- March 24: Patrick Air Force Base, Fla.
- March 25: Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.
- March 31: Glendale, Ariz.
- April 1: Glendale, Ariz.
- April 7: Naval Air Station, Point Mugu, Calif.
- April 8: Beale Air Force Base, Calif.
- April 21: Barksdale Air Force Base, La.
- April 22: Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
- April 28-29: Lincoln Air National Guard Base, Neb.
- May 5-6: Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
- May 12: Millington, Tenn.
- May 13: Fort Smith, Ark.
- May 19-20: Andrews Air Force Base, Md.
- May 26-27: Columbia, Mo.
- May 30: United States Air Force Academy, Colo.
- June 2-3: Naval Air Station Fallon, Nev.
- June 9: Hill Air Force Base, Utah
- June 10: Cannon Air Force Base, N.M.
- June 16-17: McChord Air Force Base, Wash.
- June 23-24: Tullahoma, Tenn.
- June 30: Scott Air Force Base, Ill.
- July 1: Niagara Falls, N.Y.
- July 4: Battle Creek, Mich.
- July 7-8: Pope Air Force Base, N.C.
- July 14: Columbus Air Force Base, Miss.
- July 15: San Angelo, Texas
- July 21-22: Dayton, Ohio
- July 25: Cheyenne, Wyo.
- July 28-29: Latrobe, Pa.
- Aug. 4-5: Otis Air National Guard Base, Mass.
- Aug. 11: Minot Air Force Base, N.D.
- Aug. 12: Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D.
- Aug. 18-19: Chicago, Ill.
- Aug. 25-26: Mid-season break
- Sept. 1-3: Bay St. Louis, Miss.
- Sept. 8: Muskogee, Okla.
- Sept. 9: Sioux City, Iowa
- Sept. 15-16: Salinas, Calif.
- Sept. 20 - Oct. 28: Pacific Tour (specific locations to be announced)
- Nov. 3: Seymour-Johnson Air Force Base, N.C.
- Nov. 4: Moody Air Force Base, Ga.
- Nov. 10-11: Daytona Beach, Fla.
More information on the Thunderbirds is available on line at http://www.airforce.com/thunderbirds/.