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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 558-99
December 07, 1999

NAVY BLUE ANGELS 2000 AIR SHOW SCHEDULE

The Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, has announced its show schedule for the 2000 show season. Following pre-season training from Jan. 2 to March 10, 2000, the team will begin their season on March 11, 2000, at Naval Air Facility (NAF), El Centro, Calif., and will conclude on Nov. 11, 2000, at Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Fla. The Blue Angels will perform in 68 shows at 36 locations in the United States and Canada during the 2000 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 Defense Department 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 armed forces to the American public and U.S. allies. The schedule is as follows:

DATE SITE
Jan.2-Mar.10 (Pre-season training at NAF El Centro, Calif.)
March 11 Opening Show, NAF El Centro, Calif.
March 18-19 NAS Kingsville, Texas
March 25-26 Punta Gorda, Fla.
April 1-2 Augusta, Ga.
April 8-9 Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Beaufort, S.C.
April 15-16 Barksdale Air Force Base (AFB), La.
April 29-30 Knoxville, Tenn.
May 6-7 Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
May 13-14 NAS/Joint Reserve Base (JRB) Fort Worth, Texas
May 20-21 Joint Services Open House, Andrews AFB, Md.

May 23 United States Naval Academy (USNA), Annapolis, Md.
May 24 USNA Graduation Fly-by
May 28 Bangor, Maine
June 3-4 Myrtle Beach, S.C.
June 10-11 LaCrosse, Wis.
June 17-18 Avoca, Pa.
June 24-25 North Kingstown, R.I.
July 1-2 Traverse City, Mich.
July 8-9 Coney Island, N.Y.
July 14-15 Pensacola Beach, Fla.
July 22-23 Hillsboro, Ore.
July 29-30 Elmendorf AFB, Alaska
Aug. 5-6 Seattle, Wash.
Aug. 19-20 Chicago, Ill.
Aug. 26 Ellsworth AFB, S.D.
Sept. 2-4 St. Louis, Mo.
Sept. 9-10 Grand Junction, Colo.
Sept. 14-17 Reno, Nev.
Sept. 23-24 NAS Oceana, Va.
Sept. 30 - Oct. 1 Redding, Calif.
Oct. 7-8 San Francisco, Calif.
Oct. 13-15 MCAS Miramar, Calif.
Oct. 21-22 Jackson, Miss.
Oct. 28-29 NAS/JRB New Orleans, La.
Nov. 4-5 NAS Jacksonville, Fla.
Nov. 10-11 NAS Pensacola, Fla.

The Blue Angels are scheduled to deploy to NAF El Centro, Calif., Jan. 2, 2000, for their annual winter training.

For more information, contact Navy Cdr. Jack Papp, public affairs officer, chief of Naval and Training, at (850) 452-4860.

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