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Release No: 632-01
December 14, 2001


The Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, has announced its show schedule for the 2002 show season. Following pre-season training from Jan. 5 to March 8, 2002, the team is scheduled to begin its season on March 9, 2002, at Naval Air Facility (NAF), El Centro, Calif., and conclude on Nov. 9, 2002, at Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Fla. The Blue Angels are scheduled to perform in 70 shows at 36 locations in the United States and Canada during the 2002 season.

A Blue Angels air demonstration is a mix of formation flying and solo routines using F/A-18 Hornets. The pilots perform approximately 30 maneuvers during the aerial demonstration, which runs approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

Demonstration sites are selected to support the objectives of the Department of Defense 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, as well as demonstrate the professional skills and capabilities of the armed forces to the American public and U.S. Allies. The schedule is as follows:

Jan. 5 - Mar. 8 (Pre-season training at NAF El Centro, Calif.)
March 9 Opening Show, NAF El Centro, Calif.
March 16-17 Mesa, Ariz.
March 23-24 Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.
April 6-7 Naval Air Station Kingsville, Texas
April 13-14 Blountville, Tenn.
April 20-21 Bay St. Louis, Miss.
April 27-28 Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C.
May 4-5 Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
May 11-12 Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Ft. Worth, Texas
May 18-19 Andrews Air Force Base, Md.
May 22 & 24 United States Naval Academy (USNA), Annapolis, Md.
May 25-26 McGuire Air Force Base, N.J.
June 1-2 Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark.
June 8-9 Fargo, N.D.
June 15-16 Oklahoma City, Okla.
June 22-23 Rochester, N.Y.
June 29-30 London, Ontario, Canada
July 6-7 Traverse City, Mich.
July 12-13 Pensacola Beach, Fla.
July 20-21 Helena, Mont.
July 27-28 Point Mugu, Calif.
August 3-4 Seattle, Wash.
August 17-18 Chicago, Ill.
August 24-25 Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.
August 31 St. Louis, Mo.
September 1-2 St. Louis, Mo.
September 7-8 Toledo, Ohio
September 14-15 McConnell Air Force Base, Kan.
September 21-22 Naval Air Station Oceana, Va.
September 28-29 Augusta, Ga.
October 5-6 Salinas, Calif.
October 12-13 San Francisco, Calif.
October 19-20 Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif.
October 26-27 Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans, La.
November 2-3 Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla.
November 8-9 Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla.

The Blue Angels are scheduled to deploy to NAF El Centro, Calif., Jan. 2, 2001, for their annual winter training.

More information about the Blue Angels is available on the web at http://www.blueangels.navy.mil or by calling Navy Lt. Mike Blankenship, public affairs officer for the Blue Angels, at (850) 452-3955.

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