Syracuse, N.Y. — The U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels demonstration team will perform at Syracuse Hancock International Airport in 2016 at Syracuse’s first air show since 2002.
The Blue Angels will fly their F/A-18 Hornet jets and C-130 Hercules transport plane (see photo gallery above) both days of the air show, which is scheduled for the weekend of June 11 and 12.
Airport Executive Director Christina Callahan said the two-day show will also feature other flying demonstrations and displays of vintage and other aircraft.
Admission prices for the show have not been set. Callahan said more details will be posted on the airport’s website, flysyracuse.com, as they become available.
Air shows used to be an almost annual event that drew tens of thousands of people to the airport. Callahan said the airport has not held one in 12 years because of the many changes it has been going through, including changes in leadership, $60 million in renovations to the passenger terminal and a switch in operators from the city of Syracuse to the newly created Syracuse Regional Airport Authority.
The authority decided recently that the airport was ready to begin hosting air shows again, she said.
“There is nothing quite like the thrill of watching a military jet demonstration team like the Blue Angels,” she said.
The show will be held in 2016 because performances by the Blue Angels are scheduled two years in advance, she said.