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Blue Angels’ Homecoming Airshow kicks off at NAS Pensacola Friday

The Blue Angels show off the four-ship Diamond 360 formation.

Blue Angels’ Homecoming Airshow kicks off at NAS Pensacola Friday. (Source: WEAR-TV)

The Blue Angels’ 2018 season is coming to an end with their grand finale, the Homecoming Airshow at NAS Pensacola.

Friday the flight line was barely visible as tens of thousands of people bundled up to watch the performance at Sherman Field.

“This is such a riot. It’s like a huge carnival….There’s such good pilots here. It’s amazing. They’re so precise,” said attendee Jan Kaminski.

Kaminski flew all he way from Colorado to be a part of this experience.

First a civilian airshow took place and around 2 p.m. the Blue Angels took over the sky.

The F-A 18 Hornets awed the crowds with their maneuvers.

Yet, there’s more to the show than that.

Clara Brenbrook and her husband brought their 4-year-old son Colton for the first time.

“Now that he’s a little bit older and enjoying airplanes, we wanted to expose him to the airshow,” said Brenbrook. “I used to go with my dad when I was really little at Tinker Airforce Base. We did the experience I got with him here.”

They are memories she is holding close, especially now.

“It feels really awesome. Especially this year my father passed away, so it feels great to take him to all of the planes and take pictures with him like when I was growing up,” Brenbrook added.

Ed Flanagen said the airshow also has a special meaning to him.

He was the crew chief for the number two Blue Angels jet from 1994 to 1996.

“It’s very interesting to see how the show has changed over the years and how the traditions are still there,” said Flanagen. “The professionalism is still there and that’s a great part of it. It’s a great representation of the very best aspects that the Navy and Marine Corps have to offer.”

It’s a special piece of Pensacola that binds the community together.

Saturday the gates to the base open at 8 a.m.

The civilian flight demonstrations start at 9:30 a.m. The Blue Angels are scheduled to fly at 2 p.m.

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