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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 022-97
January 17, 1997

NAVY BLUE ANGELS AERIAL DEMONSTRATION TEAM 1997 SCHEDULE The Navy Blue Angels jet demonstration team schedule has beenofficially released by the Assistant Secretary of Defense forPublic Affairs. Show sites are attached.

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will perform at 35 events in 23 states and Canada. The annual demonstration season begins in March and concludes in November. More than 200 requests were received for the jet demonstration teams. The number of supportable requests is limited by the length of the season, travel and training requirements, operational considerations, and seasonal meteorological conditions.

Demonstration sites are selected to support the objectives of the Department of Defense and the interests of the Armed Services with safety as the primary consideration. Performances greatly assist the recruiting and retention goals of the Services, enhance esprit de corps among uniformed men and women, and demonstrate the professional skills and capabilities of the U.S. Armed Forces to the American public and U.S. allies.

The schedule for the Army Parachute Team, the Golden Knights, is expected to be released later this month.

Attachment: Navy Blue Angels Jet Demonstration Team Show Sites

BLUE ANGELS 1997 SCHEDULE

MARCH
15        NAF El Centro, CA        Open House
22-23     Mesa, AZ                 Air Races Fair

APRIL 5-6 MacDill AFB, FL Airfest 97 12-13 MCAS Cherry Point, NC Airshow 19-20 NAS Fallon, NV Airshow 25-27 MCAS El Toro, CA Airshow

MAY 3-4 NAS Key West, FL Open House 10-11 Brunswick, GA Military Appreciation

Weekend 17-18 Montreal, Quebec, Airshow

Canada 21-23 U.S. Naval Academy, MD Commissioning Week 24 NAS Patuxent River, MD Air Expo 97

JUNE 31(MAY)- Willow Run, MI Air Michigan Airshow 1 7-8 NAS Lemoore, CA Central Valley Lemoore

Airshow 14-15 Hillsboro, OR Rose Festival Airshow 21-22 NAS/JRB Willow Grove, Sounds of Freedom Airshow PA 28-29 North Kingstown, RI Rhode Island National Guard

Open House JULY 5-6 Fargo, ND Airshow 12 Pensacola Beach, FL Airshow 19-20 NAS Brunswick, ME Great State of Maine Airshow 26-27 Kansas City, MO Airshow

AUGUST 2-3 Salinas, CA California International

Airshow 9-10 Seattle, WA SEAFAIR SummerFest 15-17 NAS Miramar, CA Airshow 23-24 NAS Corpus Christi, TX Airshow

SEPTEMBER 30(AUG)- Jackson, MS Sky Parade 1 6-7 Grand Junction, CO Airshow 13-14 Fort Smith, AR Airshow 20-21 NAS Oceana, VA Airshow 27-28 Smyrna, TN Tennessee Aviation Days

OCTOBER 4-5 El Paso, TX Amigo Airshow 11-12 San Francisco, CA Fleet Week Airshow 18-19 Liberal, KS Mid-America Airshow 25-26 Tulsa, OK Centennial Celebration

Airshow

NOVEMBER 1-2 NAS Cecil Field, FL Open House 8-9 NAS Pensacola, FL Open House