This story has been updated to correct a mistake that appeared in the original version. Both the West Gate and Main Gate to NAS Pensacola will be open for the air show. Also while the Blue Angels will practice this week, the flight line is closed to the public.
As is tradition, the Blue Angels are coming home this weekend to cap off another captivating season of air show performances across the country.
The 2019 Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show is Friday and Saturday at Naval Air Station Pensacola, and as always, guests will be treated to three shows over the two days.
“Every year it’s fun and exciting and it’s just a great honor to host the community onto our air station and have them come out and see a great show,” said NAS Pensacola spokesman Jason Bortz.
Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show times, ticket and parking information
Gates open at 8 a.m. both Friday and Saturday for the day shows, which begin at about 9:30 a.m. and end around 3:30 p.m. The Blue Angels fly at about 2 p.m. both days.
The Friday night show is from 4 until 6:30 p.m. There is no night show Saturday. The Blue Angels will not perform acts at the Friday night show, as is the case every year.
General admission, parking and blanket seating are all free, but tickets for the following optional paid seating tiers are available on the Blue Angels event page website. Military discounts apply to all three tiers.
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• Flightline Club Chalet: Includes seating, boxed lunch meal (Friday and Saturday day show only, no food is provided for the night show), unlimited non-alcoholic beverages (all shows), separate porta-potty access and a cash bar for beer and wine. Kids ages 3 and under get into the Flightline Club Chalet for free, with no meal included. Prices range from $20 to $75. A shuttle service from the parking lot will be provided for Flightline ticket holders.
• Reserved Box Seats: These are individual, reserved chairs located in front of the bleacher seating area. These seats are located on the west side of the air show center. Box seats range from $10 to $20. Food and beverages are not provided.
• Bleacher Seats: Elevated, open seats are located west of the air show center behind the box seats and range from $5 to $12. Food and beverages are not provided.
Kids ages 3 and under are allowed into each paid seating tier for free. All day and night show tickets are sold separately. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit naspensacolaairshow.com. Ticket sales end Thursday and tickets can only be bought online.
Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to the free, open paved seating area. There is also a first-come, first-served wheelchair seating section.
Both the West Gate and Main Gate to NAS Pensacola will be open for the show. Bortz said plenty of parking will be available both days.
What will the weather be like for the Blue Angels air shows?
Attendees of both Friday shows — specifically the day show — should prepare for rain and overcast skies.
Meteorologist Tim Cermak with the the National Weather Service in Mobile, Alabama, said Pensacola should expect “widespread, moderate rain” Friday morning and afternoon brought in by a Thursday cold front.
The rain won’t be severe, and it should let up early Friday evening.
Saturday is expected to be sunny and free of rain. Temperature highs on Friday should be in the upper 60s, while Saturday should bring highs in the low to mid 60s. Lows in the mid 40s are expected both days.
Bortz advises guests to pack an extra layer or two.
“People tend to get there kind of early in the morning so I’d just remind people to dress appropriately, dress warm,” he said.
Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show aerobatic performers and other attractions
The night show Friday will literally go out with a bang as a fireworks display concludes the evening.
On both days, there will be static displays, as well as vintage World War II aircraft and modern aircraft, out in the open.
“People can walk around and take up close and personal looks at those,” Bortz said. “Then for the night air show, we’ll have the rocket truck, which is basically a truck with a rocket engine in the back that shoots out flames.”
That rocket truck is manned by Chris Darnell and is known as the “Shockwave Jet Truck.” It’s known as the world’s fastest jet-powered truck.
GEICO Skytypers will wow the crowd on both days, and there will be a kids zone to keep the little ones occupied. The kids zone includes an inflatable obstacle course, Spider Mountain, bounce houses and much more.
Taking to the skies this year in addition to the beloved Blue Angels are the following performers:
- Adam Baker/Adam Baker Extra 330 Aerobatics)
- Matt Chapman (flying the Embry Riddle)
- GEICO Skytypers Air Show Team
- Rob Holland/Rob Holland Ultimate Airshows
- VFA-125 Rough Riders
- John Klatt/John Klatt Airshows (flying the Screamin’ Sasquatch)
- Bill Stein Airshows
- Stearman Flight Team
- Doc Serrato (Flying the T-28C Trojan)
- F-16 Viper Demonstration Team *Night airshow only
- The Paul McCowan Airshows and Skydiving Team *Night airshow only
- Bob Carlton/Vertigo Airshows *Night airshow only
- The Twin Tigers Aerobatic Team *Night airshow only
- Chris Darnell’s Shockwave Jet Truck *Night airshow only
Flight line closed the week of the Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show
The National Naval Aviation Museum announced Monday that due to preparations for this weekend’s series of air shows, the museum will not open the flight line to observe Blue Angels practices at all this week.
For information on prohibited and permitted items, smoking and other safety-related concerns, visit www.naspensacolaairshow.com/information/safety.