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Release No: 633-98
December 11, 1998


The Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, have announced their show schedule for the 1999 show season. Following pre-season training from Jan. 3 to March 12, 1999 the team will begin their season on March 13 at Naval Air Facility, El Centro, Calif., and will conclude on Nov. 13, 1999 at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. The Blue Angels will fly 68 shows at 36 locations in the United States and Canada during the 1999 season.

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 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 interests 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 U.S. Armed Forces to the American public and U.S. allies.

The schedule is as follows:

Jan. 3 - March 12 (Pre-season training at Naval Air Facility, El Centro, Calif.)
March 13 Opening Show. Naval Air Facilirty, El Centro, Calif.
March 19-21 Mesa, Ariz.
March 27-28 Naval Air Station, Corpus Christi, Texas

April 10-11 Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C.
April 17-18 Millington, Tenn.
April 24-25 Naval Air Weapons Station Point Mugu, Calif.
May 1-2 Naval Air Station Fallon, Nev.
May 8-9 MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.
May 15-16 Dover Air Force Base, Del.
May 22 Randolph Air Force Base, Texas
May 24 U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md.
May 29-30 Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.
June 5-6 Oklahoma City, Okla.
June 13 Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif.
June 19-20 Yakima, Wash.
June 26-27 Willow Run, Michigan
July 3-4 Milwaukee, Wis.
July 10 Pensacola Beach, Fla.
July 17-18 Davenport, Iowa
July 24-25 Naval Air Station Brunswick, Maine
July 30-31 Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif.
Aug. 1 Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif.
Aug. 7-8 Seattle, Wash.
Aug. 21-22 Otis Air National Guard, Mass.
Aug. 28-29 Rochester, N.Y.
Sept. 4-6 Cleveland, Ohio
Sept. 11-12 Halifax, Nova Scotia
Sept. 18-19 Naval Air Station Oceana, Va.
Sept. 25-26 Wilmington, N.C.
Oct. 2-3 Salinas, Calif.
Oct. 9-10 San Francisco, Calif.
Oct. 16-17 Kirtland, N.M.
Oct. 23-24 Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark.
Oct. 30-31 Moody Air Force Base, Ga.
Nov. 6-7 Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla.
Nov. 12-13 Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla.

The Blue Angels are scheduled to deploy to Naval Air Facility El Centro, Calif., Jan. 3, 1999, for their annual winter training.

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