Perdido Key will be included in Blue Angels July 8-11 airshow plans
A Santa Rosa Island Authority news release stated that it will continue to plan for a modified Pensacola Beach Air Show featuring the Blue Angels July 8-11, but geographical locations will include both Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key.
The event’s footprint has been expanded and there will be no center point at the Pensacola Beach Pier, as in years past. SRIA staff and the Blue Angels are still refining exact times and geographical locations.
The air show program this year is built around social distancing in observance of the Centers for Disease Control recommendations for the COVID-19 virus.
The program will be a four-day event, and each day will have similar flight maneuvers. This expanded schedule will give the public four different opportunities to view the performances at least once. Aerial displays along the beach are scheduled to begin before noon each day. Flight maneuvers will be practiced on all four days.The full program with all the details will be published on June 26.
Social distancing guidelines ask those at the beach to leave six feet of space between others and congregate in groups of no more than 10 people.
The Blue Angels website lists Aug 5 as its first scheduled open practice date at NAS Pensacola, and even that depends on how the current coronavirus pandemic plays out this summer.
The team conducts practices in their F/A-18 Hornets over Sherman Field at NAS Pensacola as well over the Gulf of Mexico, where fans can view the aeerial acrobatics from the Gulf Islands National Seashore on Perdido Key. During open practices, which are free to the public, The National Naval Aviation Museum has a viewing area for visitors to watch the team practice. The team visits the museum to answer questions and sign autographs after most of its Wednesday practices.
For more air show and practice information, visit blueangels.navy.mil.