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Blue Angels to descend on Scott Air Force Base for revived air show in 2020

The Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, Air Show and Open House will take place in May. Headlining the event will be the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, a flight demonstration squadron initially formed in 1946.

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will headline the Scott Air Force Base Air Show and Open House in May.

The air show is scheduled for Saturday, May 30, and Sunday, May 31. Gates open at 9 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Scott Air Force Base last hosted an air show in 2017 to coincide with the base’s 100th anniversary. Additional details on the 2020 show are still pending, according to the 375th Airlift Command public affairs office.

According to the Blue Angels’ website, “The mission of the United States Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron is to showcase the pride and professionalism of the United States Navy and Marine Corps by inspiring a culture of excellence and service to country through flight demonstrations and community outreach.”

Per their website, the Blue Angels were formed in 1946, as “the Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Chester Nimitz had a vision to create a flight exhibition team in order to raise the public’s interest in naval aviation and boost Navy morale.” The Blue Angels have entertained spectators ever since.

This year marks the Blue Angels’ 74th anniversary and their 34th year flying the Boeing F/A-18 Hornet, the website stated.