|Naval Station Mayport prepares for 2015 air show.|
MAYPORT, Fla. — The Blue Angels are flying back to Jacksonville for the 2015 Sea and Sky Spectacular this weekend.
They are scheduled to arrive to Naval Station Mayport about 6 p.m. Thursday, accompanied by the one and only “Fat Albert,” the C-130 carrying their support team and equipment.
On Friday afternoon, they will practice over Jacksonville Beach. They are set to depart Mayport at 2:55 p.m. and other civilian and military pilots will be joining them to practice for the weekend’s air show.
Lieutenant Colonel John Klatt is one of those pilots. He has been flying in air shows for 17 years. He will be representing the U.S. Air National Guard. He says hi plane, the Air National MXS, pulls more G’s than a F-18 hornet, which translates to about 300 mph.
A spokesperson for Naval Station Mayport tells First Coast News they expect nearly 200,000 people to show up for the air show each day.
All of the pilots have been preparing for this air show year-round, while also participating in other air shows around the country.
Naval Station Mayport hosts the air show about every other year since 2001. However, they will be doubling up this time around because they are bringing the air show back again next year due to the conflict with the Notre Dame versus Navy game the same weekend. The city of Jacksonville has also already approved next year’s show. The pilots and staff hope to return to Jacksonville in about three weeks to start preparing for the next year’s show proving just how long it takes to get everything ready.
The air show takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24 and Sunday, Oct. 25.
The event is free to the public. We will also be streaming it live on First Coast News.