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Blue Angels Practices & Autographs

The world-famous Blue Angels are based at NAS Pensacola, and can be
seen practicing over the Museum at NAS Pensacola most Tuesday and
Wednesday mornings from March to November. Practices typically begin at 11:30 a.m.(Central Time), and last about 75 minutes. Admission to practice is FREE and open to the public.*
The outside viewing area for the Blue Angels practice is located on
the Museum Flight Line north of the Museum. Signs are posted to direct
visitors to viewing and parking locations, including limited parking for
handicapped visitors.Open bleacher seating is available for seating
1,000 people.  Chair service is provided at each practice session, a
limited quantity of chairs are available for a fee of $3 per chair good
for that day’s practice session. Concessions (bottled water, sport
drinks, light food and treats) and merchandise are also available. Chair
service, concessions and merchandise are provided by the Naval Aviation
Museum Foundation and proceeds support the Museum and Foundation
programs.
We recommend visitors use sun protection. Hearing protection is recommended for those people with sensitive hearing.
Please note that backpacks, daypacks, luggage, or similar
items are NOT allowed on the flight line during Blue Angel practice air
shows.  Small purses, bags containing medications, and diaper bags are
allowed, but are subject to search by Naval Air Station Pensacola
Security personnel.
The Blue Angels often defy physics with spectacular aerial feats but,
when they are on the ground, they make time to meet and greet with fans
of all ages. Following most Wednesday practices, members of the Blue
Angels meet fans and sign autographs inside the National Naval Aviation
Museum.
* Note: Cancellations due to weather or maintenance
are made at the team’s discretion and may not be made until the morning
of the practice.

Safety Notes

Each year the National Naval Aviation Museum and Naval Aviation
Museum Foundation are pleased to provide visitors the opportunity to
view Blue Angel practice air shows from a viewing area on the Flight
Line behind the Museum. The following information is important for you
to review before attending one of these practices for it will prepare
you for the conditions that you will experience.
As the climate changes, extreme heat events/heat waves are expected
to increase in frequency, length, and severity. This will result in
increased health risk for people spending hours on the flight line
waiting for the show to begin and viewing the demonstration. Children
and older adults, those who are chronically ill, and others are more
vulnerable to heat related illnesses. Heat sensitivity increases for
those who are not regularly exposed to hot and humid environments like
those in the Florida panhandle.
The following strategies will help you minimize your health risks:
  1. Increase your fluid intake the day before the practice air show and
    continue to drink cool, nonalcoholic beverages while on the flight line.
  2. Avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps. Remember to keep cool and use common sense.
  3. Choose lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. In the
    hot sun, a wide-brimmed hat will provide shade and keep the head cool.
  4. Be sure to apply sunscreen 30 minutes prior to going out and
    continue to reapply according to the package directions. Sunburn affects
    your body’s ability to cool itself and causes a loss of body fluids. It
    also causes pain and damages the skin.
  5. Get medical assistance as soon as possible by alerting staff members on the Flight Line.

Blue Angels facts:

  • An estimated 15 million spectators view the squadron during air shows each year.
  • The highest maneuver performed in an air show is the vertical rolls
    performed by the Opposing Solo, up to 15,000 feet and the lowest
    maneuver performed in an air show is the Sneak Pass, performed by the
    Lead Solo at 50 feet.
  • The fastest speed flown during an air show is about 700 mph (just
    under Mach 1; Sneak Pass) and the slowest is about 120 mph (Section High
    Alpha).
  • The basic acquisition price of a single F/A-18 Hornet is approximately $21 million.
  • The F/A-18 can reach speeds just under Mach 2, almost twice the speed of sound or about 1,400 mph.
  • An F/A-18 weights about 24,500 pounds empty of all ordnance and aircrew.
  • The smoke is produced by pumping biodegradable, paraffin-based oil
    directly into the exhaust nozzles of the aircraft where the oil is
    instantly vaporized into smoke. It provides a traceable path for
    spectators to follow and enhances safety of flight by providing a means
    by which solo pilots can see each other during opposing maneuvers. It
    poses no hazard to the environment.
Media Note: For more information about the National
Naval Aviation Museum, contact Shelley Ragsdale, Naval Aviation Museum
Foundation, Inc. at (850) 453-2389 or sragsdale@navalaviationmuseum.org.
For high-resolution images or more information about the Blue Angels, visit www.blueangels.navy.mil.

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