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Blue Angels will fly overhead Monday

The United States Navy’s flight demonstration squadron, known as the Blue Angels, is shown performing March 20, 2014, at Lancaster, Calif. The squadron will make several fly-by passes above Idaho Falls around 2:30 p.m. Monday in advance of this summer’s air show. Getty Images

The Blue Angels will provide a preview of their summer show Monday over Idaho Falls.

The United States Navy’s flight demonstration squadron will make several fly-by passes above the city around 2:30 p.m. Monday, said an event coordinator’s news release.

The high-flying trick aviators Lt. Brandon Hempler and Lt. Dave Steppe will make the runs around town before landing at Aero Mark Inc., where the July 22-23 Extreme Blue Thunder air show will take place. City spokeswoman Kerry Hammon said the pilots will land, greet event organizers and then take off again.
The Blue Angels are the headline event of this summer’s air show.

Coordinating the air show had put the Idaho Falls City Council into disagreement last year about funding it along with sponsors. The previous 2010 air show cost the city more than $40,000 worth of unbudgeted police and fire overtime costs since the city didn’t sign on as a sponsor that year.

This year the city expects to spend $86,000, which would come in the form of extra city services such as traffic control, police security and sanitation.

The city drafted an agreement in August to provide additional police, fire and other services for the show. Hammon said that agreement has yet to be revisited. She said the purpose of Monday’s news conference will be to further outline plans for the summer event.

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