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IDAHO FALLS — The familiar roar of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels will be returning to Idaho Falls in 2017. The Board of Directors of the Idaho Falls Air Show announced the United States Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, will be headlining the Extreme Blue Thunder Air Show July 22 to 23, 2017. You won’t want to miss these Boeing F/A-18 aircrafts racing overhead at speeds approaching 700 mph.

The Blue Angels will perform aerobatic and low-flying maneuvers to amaze spectators. The U.S. Navy Blue Angels participated in their first air show in 1946 and have since performed to an estimated 11 million spectators during air shows each year. A total of 16 officers voluntarily serve with the Blue Angels.

The mission of the United States Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron is to showcase the pride and professionalism of the United States Navy and Marine Corps by inspiring a culture of excellence and service to our country through demonstrations and community outreach. In response to the concerns over the 2010 air show, spectators will be allowed to bring in their own water.

A special component, specific to the Extreme Blue Thunder Air Show, will be to honor local veterans for their service to our country. More information regarding this will follow, as the event gets closer.

This event has the potential of creating over $50,000,000 in economic impact for the region and will bring hundreds of thousands of people to the area. Proceeds from the air show will be donated to different non-profit causes, including the Mayor’s Scholarship Fund for the local graduating seniors pursuing higher education.

If you are interested in helping sponsor this event or serving as a volunteer, contact Nick Gailey at nickgailey@museumofidaho.org for more information.

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