For the first time in over a decade, the Blue Angels will roar over New Jersey at the biennial military air show at Joint Base McGuire-Dix Lakehurst.
The team, officially the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, will return to the base in 2020, the U.S. Air Force at the base announced.
The Blue Angels will headline the 2020 JB MDL Power in the Pines Open House and Air Show on May 16, 17. (The military often refers to the base by its initials, JB MDL)
The show will be their first performance since the joint base was formed back in 2009 and the first performance at the base in 15 years, according to a base spokesman.
Joint Base MDL is the nation’s only triple base, hosting units of the U.S. Air Force’s McGuire Air Force Base, the U.S. Army’s Fort Dix and the U.S. Navy’s Naval Air Engineering Station Lakehurst. It has over 40,000 acres of land stretching over two counties, Burlington and Ocean, and is even home to a Marine air unit as well.
The Blue Angels have a long history of performing in New Jersey, and the base spokesman said he was excited that they would be returning to Lakehurst. The team, one of the most famous in the world, was founded shortly after World War II and currently performs in F/A-18 Hornet fighter attack jet.
“The precision flight demonstrations showcase the professionalism, excellence and teamwork found in all Navy and Marine Corps units, as well as provide the thrill and magic of flight to people each year,” the spokesman said.