The U.S. Navy Blue Angels are back in the skies over North Texas this weekend.
The flight demonstration squadron, made up of Navy and Marine aviators piloting six F/A-18 fighter jets, is putting on two shows at the Bell Helicopter Fort Worth Alliance Air Show Saturday and Sunday.
The Blue Angels’ last appearance in DFW was at the 2015 air show; the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds performed at the 2016 air show.
“The Blue Angels’ C-130, affectionately known as Fat Albert, begins each demonstration by exhibiting its maximum performance capabilities during a 10 minute performance. Shortly thereafter, fans will get to witness the pinnacle of precision flying, be dazzled by mind-blowing stunts, graceful acrobatic maneuvers and maybe even get to see a dog fight or two!”
More than 120,000 people are expected to attend this year’s air show. Gates open at 9 a.m. and performances are scheduled to begin at about 11 a.m. each day.
In addition to the Blue Angels, the U.S. Air Force F-16 Viper Demonstration Team will be showing their stuff along with a number of stunt pilots, a jet-powered semi and the Patriot Parachute Team, among others. See all performers here.
“Our theme, ‘A Tradition for the Future,’ showcases the area’s rich aviation heritage, its deep roots in the aerospace and aviation industry and the industry’s future in North Texas,” said Tom Harris, president of Alliance Air Productions, producer of the event and a nonprofit organization, a Hillwood Development Company. “With more than 120,000 attendees expected, this is one of the biggest community events in North Texas and features a spectacular lineup of performances and entertainment for the entire family.”
Though most eyes will be on the skies, there is plenty to see on the ground as well. Organizers said there are “a variety of static and historical displays, the STEM Discovery Zone powered by Lockheed Martin, the two Cook Children’s Urgent Care Alliance Kid Zones with the world’s largest inflatable slide plus a variety of aviation-themed inflatables.”
The air show is free to attend, though you will have to pay to park. A pass for one vehicle can be bought online for $25 or $30 at the event.
Organizers said proceeds from the air show benefit both local nonprofit organizations and local school district STEM programs. Since 2006, Alliance Air Productions has distributed about $620,000 to more than 60 nonprofit organizations.
PERFORMER LINEUP OCT. 28-29 *
Cavanaugh Flight Museum
Sean D. Tucker
U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight
F-16 Viper Demo Team
Gene Soucy and Wing Walker Teresa Stokes
Patriot Parachute Team
Shockwave Jet Truck
U.S. Navy Blue Angels
* Aircraft performers and times subject to change.