The Blue Angels are home this weekend for their annual Homecoming Air Show. Friday was picture perfect weather, but officials are watching the forecast closely for Saturday.
Naval Air Station Pensacola is closely monitoring the weather and says at this time Saturday’s schedule is set to go as planned. Gates will open at 8 a.m., followed by the Vintage Air Show at 9:30 a.m. The Blue Angels are scheduled to fly at 2 p.m. However, if weather causes a threat, the Blues could be bumped up to 11a.m. Officials expect to make a decision by 7:30 a.m. Saturday.
Meanwhile crowds began arriving early to get a good seat Friday to see the synchronized flips, turns, and near misses the Blue Angels are known for.
The evening show began around 5 p.m. but experienced a temporary delay in the middle of the show when another aircraft had to make an emergency landing. A Boeing EA-18G was experiencing problems with its landing gear and landed at NAS. No one was injured and the show resumed 20 minutes after crews cleared the plane from the runway.
We ran into the Blue Angels’ biggest fan. 5-year-old AJ Davis and his parents made the trip from Philadelphia.
“He saw the show for the first time last year in Baltimore. We’ve probably seen it about five times this year,” said Aaron Davis, AJ’s dad.
We could have a future Blue Angels pilot in the making. AJ played the part last week for Halloween. He’s watched the show so many times on YouTube — he knows it by heart and delivers his own version.
AJ said his favorite part is the “sneak pass.”