An errant Facebook update by the Navy’s Blue Angels public affairs
office had fans of the biennial Arctic Thunder Open House Air Show abuzz
after automatic notifications indicated that the Joint Base
Elmendorf-Richardson performance had been canceled.
have been made, the Navy’s flight demonstration team’s participation in
many shows across the country is still in question as its future
schedule is re-worked.
currently slated for the July 30 and 31st performances at the JBER
Arctic Thunder Open House later this summer.
affairs office posted an update to its page Thursday morning asking fans
to “disregard the fluctuations to the schedule that have been generated
by our page.” The post said that as they updated photos, notifications
went out about events that were not intended.
The flight team’s show schedule still lists the
Anchorage performance on its schedule, but in its latest Facebook post,
says it is still awaiting the official Navy release of its future
Maj. Angela Webb, with the public affairs office for the Air Force’s
673rd Wing at JBER, said the Arctic Thunder event is still going on, and
that as far as she is aware, the Blue Angels are still performing. She
said JBER is also awaiting the team’s new schedule, which is expected
sometime this week.
The Blue Angels suffered a loss of a pilot, Capt.
Jeff Kuss, during a June 2 crash in Smyrna, Tenn., during a practice
flight for the Great Tennessee Air show. The flight demonstration team
was stood down after the crash, and resumed training flights two weeks
later on June 16, according to its Facebook page.
Webb said that regardless of the Blue Angels’
participation in Arctic Thunder, the event, which is hosted every other
year, will still go on with many other performers and ground displays.