They fly in, they do their thing (albeit a pretty spectacular thing), then they fly off into the horizon. But where to the Blue Angels roost when they’re not burning jet fuel for crowds at events such as this week’s Fleet Week? Do the Blue Angels go home?
Yes. It’s in Florida.
When they’re not in the air around the globe, the flight demonstration team can be found in Pensacola, Fla., where the Angels are based at the Naval Air Station Pensacola. And if they’re not at home (or even if they are), step inside the National Museum of Naval Aviation inside the air station that covers all aspects and eras of the flight team, as well as the history of the Navy’s contribution to aviation in general. (If you’re around Pensacola at the right time, you can watch them practice. The same tricks they do for Fleet Week are what locals use to set their watches.)
National Museum of Naval Aviation: Free admission; open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., excluding major holidays. Call (850) 452-3604 or go to navalaviationmuseum.org.