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Blue Angels event set for Museum of Idaho

U.S. Navy Lt. Mark Tedrow, a pilot with the Blue Angels precision flying team, signs an autograph for a fan. Blue Angels pilots and crew members will participate in a block party and autograph session Friday at the Museum of Idaho in advance of this weekend’s Extreme Blue Thunder Air Show. submitted photo

The Museum of Idaho will host members of the U.S Navy’s Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Team for a block party and autograph session Friday.

The one-hour event begins at 8:30 a.m., and features a behind-the-scenes video presentation, remarks by the team’s pilots and crew and free donuts for the first 350 attendees, an Extreme Blue Thunder Air Show news release said.

The Extreme Blue Thunder Air Show is scheduled Saturday and Sunday at the Idaho Falls Regional Airport.

Friday’s pilot meet-and-greet event is free of charge and open to the public. The museum is located at 200 N. Eastern Ave. The public will have the chance to meet the pilots and crew members and hear about their experiences as naval aviators. The Blue Angels also will distribute souvenirs and team pictures.

After the event, attendees are invited to explore the Museum of Idaho’s new exhibit “Space: A Journey to our Future.” The exhibit features interactive displays, state-of-the-art projection and audio technology and real artifacts to bring the space experience to life, the release said.

The Blue Angels are the U.S. Navy’s precision flying team and will headline the Idaho Falls Air Show alongside other world-class aerial performers.

Ticket prices through Friday are $25 for adults and $15 for children. Tickets will be available at the gate for $30 for adults and $15 for children. Children 5 and under get in free as will active and reserve military with military identification.

Tickets are available online at idahofallsairshow.com and at all Westmark Credit Union locations. After operating costs, proceeds from the air show will be donated to local nonprofit organizations.

Each ticket is good for one day, either Saturday or Sunday. Gates open at 9 a.m. and the show concludes around 4:30 p.m. each day.

To learn about parking, shuttles and road closures, go to tinyurl.com/AirShowParking.

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