EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) — Two U.S. Navy Blue Angels touched down at the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport ahead of the 2018 air show.
The elite demonstration flight team stopped by Heartland Aviation to conduct a pre-season visit and meet with organizers of the Chippewa Valley Air Show.
The show is scheduled for June 16th and 17th of next year.
Blue Angel #7, Lt. Andre Webb said, “I think that getting out and meeting the people in every community and seeing just how happy they are to see us fly is pretty special.”
With six jets, around 80 sailors, and the C-130 “Fat Albert” on the airshow grounds Webb said it’s going to be a good way to reach out to communities.
“We try and instill a sense of pride in people when we go out and fly, and not just us, but all the demonstration teams and all the performers you’ll see here at the airshow. So, hopefully people can come out and get that sense of that and a little civic patriotism as well when they see us flying,” said Webb.
The purpose of this visit is to review expectations and begin preparations for the show since it will be the last time they’ll visit the site until it’s time for the show.
“We want to make sure everything is laid out and we kind of know what’s going on as well as having it run as efficiently as possible so that it looks pretty seamless to the public when they come,” added Webb.
The event is sponsored by the Chippewa Valley Council of the Boy Scouts of America. They will receive all the proceeds of the event which will take place Father’s Day weekend.
CEO Tim Molepske said, “We’re just really excited to put on this great community event where families get to come out and enjoy it. I will tell you this as myself even watching the jets land it was like being a 10-year-old boy getting excited about it and watching the planes and all the other events it’s an exciting time for families to spend together.”
The Blue Angels will be at around 32 show sites beginning in mid-March and running until early November.
The Blue Angels last performed in Eau Claire in 2015.
CHIPPEWA CO., Wis. (WEAU) — The U.S. Navy Blue Angels are making a stop in the Chippewa Valley.
One jet and members of the elite demonstration flight team will be meeting with the Chippewa Valley Air Show organizers Thursday afternoon.
They’re meeting to review expectations and begin preparations for the 2018 show next summer.
The jet is expected to arrive at the airport around 1p.m. and depart at 8a.m Friday.
The visit is not open to the public, but fans should watch the sky around these times.