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The U.S. Navy Blue Angels practice in November 2012 over Millville Municipal Airport in New Jersey
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels practice in November 2012 over Millville Municipal Airport in New Jersey. (NJ Advance Media file photo | For lehighvalleylive.com)

Pocono Raceway is scheduled to host some high-flying entertainment with an air show this summer, the organizer confirmed Monday.

It is set for Aug. 26-28 at the Tricky Triangle racetrack in Long Pond, Pennsylvania, said Dennis Dunbar, with Dunbar Airshows.

Full details are expected to be announced in coming weeks, he said, but one group announced its participation Monday: the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, better known as the Blue Angels.

Featuring F/A-18 Hornets and a C-130 transport aircraft known as Fat Albert, the Blue Angels are celebrating their 70th anniversary this year with 70 demonstrations in 34 locations, according to the Navy. That’s after the Angels helped kick off Super Bowl 50 in February in Santa Clara, California.

The team’s Pocono performances are scheduled Aug. 27-28, said Kayla Good in the Navy Office of Community Outreach.

“Demonstration sites are selected in support of Department of Defense
objectives and in the interest of the armed services, with safety as
the primary consideration,” the Navy says in a news release.
“Performances greatly assist in recruiting and retention goals for the
military services, enhance esprit de corps among uniformed men and
women, and demonstrate the professional skills and capabilities of the
Naval services to the American public and U.S. allies.

“The mission of the Blue Angels 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.”

Dunbar described the Pocono Air Show as a “unique event.”

“We’re getting a little out of the box from a traditional air show,”
he said. “We’re not going to do anything that would take away from the
safety perspective of the show or anything, but we are looking to do
some different things.”

The Blue Angels' C-130, Fat Albert, is seen in January 2013 at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey
The
Blue Angels’ C-130, Fat Albert, is seen in January 2013 at Joint Base
McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey. (NJ Advance Media file photo | For
lehighvalleylive.com)

 Pocono Raceway has not announced the event on its website. The track is scheduled in 2016 to host two
NASCAR Sprint Cup races, the Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400 the weekend
of June 3-5 and the Pennsylvania 400 the weekend of July 29-31, and the
Verizon IndyCar Series ABC Supply 500 the weekend of Aug. 20-21.

A spokesman for Pocono did not immediately return messages for comment Monday on the air show.

“We are on the schedule and there will be an event,” Dunbar said.

The air show would be the closest to the Lehigh Valley since Lehigh
Valley International Airport last hosted one in August 2014. The airport
did not host one in 2015 and is not this year either.

“Lehigh Valley Airport will not be hosting an air show in 2016,” Colin J. Riccobon, spokesman for the airport’s parent, the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority, said in an email Monday. “We look forward to scheduling a show in the near future.”

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