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DoD Announces 1997 Blue Angels Schedule

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 24, 1997 – The Navy Blue Angels flight demonstration squadron will perform at 35 events in 23 states as the team enters its 51st season this year. The team will also perform in Canada.

The Blue Angels' demonstration schedule begins March 15 at El Centro Naval Air Field, Calif., and ends Nov. 9 at Pensacola Naval Air Station, Fla. More than 260 million people worldwide have seen the team's blue and yellow jets perform in more than 3,400 aerial demonstrations.

A Blue Angels air demonstration is a mix of formation flying and solo routines using F/A-18 Hornets. The pilots perform about 30 maneuvers in a demonstration; the entire show runs about an hour and 15 minutes.

DoD officials released the Air Force Thunderbirds schedule in early January. Officials expect to release the Army Golden Knights parachute team schedule, soon.

BLUE ANGELS 1997 SCHEDULE

March 15 Open House, El Centro (Calif.) Naval Air Field

March 22-23 Air Races Fair, Mesa, Ariz.

April 5-6 Airfest '97, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.

April 12-13 Air Show, Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station, N.C.

April 19-20 Air Show, Naval Air Station, Fallon, Nev.

April 25-27 Air Show, El Toro MCAS, Calif.

May 3-4  Open House, NAS Key West, Fla.

May 10-11 Military Appreciation Weekend, Brunswick, Ga.

May 17-18 Air Show, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

May 21-23 Commissioning Week, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md.

May 24  Air Expo ‘97, NAS Patuxent River, Md.

May 31-June 1 Air Michigan Air Show, Willow Run, Mich.

June 7-8 Central Valley Lemoore Air Show, NAS Lemoore, Calif.

June 14-15 Rose Festival Air Show, Hillsboro, Ore.

June 21-22 Sounds of Freedom Air Show, NAS Willow Grove, Pa.

June 28-29 Rhode Island National Guard Open House, North Kingstown

July 5-6 Air Show, Fargo, N.D.

July 12  Air Show, Pensacola Beach, Fla.

July 19-20 Great State of Maine Air Show, NAS Brunswick

July 26-27 Air Show, Kansas City, Mo.

Aug. 2-3 California International Air Show, Salinas, Calif.

Aug. 9-10 SEAFAIR SummerFest, Seattle

Aug. 15-17 Air Show, NAS Miramar, Calif.

Aug. 23-24 Air Show, NAS Corpus Christi, Texas

Aug. 30  Sky Parade, Jackson, Miss.

Sept. 3 Sky Parade, Jackson, Miss.

Sept. 6-7 Air Show, Grand Junction, Colo.

Sept. 13-14 Air Show, Fort Smith, Ark.

Sept. 20-21 Air Show, NAS Oceana, Va.

Sept. 27-28 Tennessee Aviation Days, Smyrna, Tenn.

Oct. 4-5 Amigo Air Show, El Paso, Texas

Oct. 11-12 Fleet Week Air Show, San Francisco

Oct. 18-19 Mid-America Air Show, Liberal, Kan.

Oct. 25-26 Centennial Celebration Air Show, Tulsa, Okla.

Nov. 1-2 Open House, NAS Cecil Field, Fla.

Nov. 8-9 Open House, NAS Pensacola, Fla.

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