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Blue Angels returning for 2017 Offutt air show

Members from the U.S. Navy Blue Angels demonstration team fly their F/A-18 Hornet aircrafts during the first day of 2014’s Defenders of Freedom Open House and Air Show at the Offutt Air Force Base.

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The Navy’s Blue Angels precision flight team will perform for the second time in three years at Offutt Air Force Base’s Defenders of Freedom Open House and Air Show in 2017, the Navy announced Monday.
The performances are planned for July 1-2, 2017, the Navy said. The Blue Angels perform in high-speed F/A-18 fighter jets and typically are the headline act at any air show in which they appear. So are their Air Force counterparts, the Thunderbirds.

Nebraskans will have a chance to see both teams in 2016. The Blue Angels will appear at the Guardians of Freedom Airshow in Lincoln May 7-8, and the Thunderbirds will perform at the Offutt air show July 30-31. Those dates were announced a year ago.
The Blue Angels’ last appearance at Offutt was in 2014, and the Thunderbirds’ was in 2010.
Offutt’s show has been canceled two of the past three years — in 2013 because of Pentagon budget cuts, and in 2015 because of repair work on the airfield.
The show is returning for 2016 and 2017, but its future after that is uncertain because of a proposed reconstruction of Offutt’s sole runway that is expected to begin in late 2017.

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