Now, you can enjoy the Pensacola Beach Blue Angels Air Show live without the traffic and the heat.
For the first time, the National Naval Aviation Museum will live stream the Saturday air show inside the museum’s Blue Angels atrium. The free event, which starts at noon, welcomes the public to enjoy the show from the atrium’s new 30-foot, high-definition video board.
“What better venue than this?” said Malerie Shelton, director of marketing and public relations at the National Aviation Museum Foundation.
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The idea was born when a local resident approached the museum, offering his camera and technical skills and asking if there was interest in his services for live streaming the next time the annual event rolled around. The museum quickly jumped on the opportunity to offer a hassle-free Blues weekend, Shelton said.
For Saturday’s live streaming, the museum encourages guests to bring beach towels and blankets to stretch out picnic-style in the atrium’s large space. Resembling the actual show, the gathering sets an indoor scene of Pensacola Beach.
Shelton does not recommend bringing folding chairs or other large seating as it tends to occupy a lot of space and can be an inconvenience to carry around, she said.
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Popcorn and water bottles will be available for purchase and the museum’s refreshment counter will sell concession-style food during the show. Outside food and drink is not permitted inside the museum.
Saturday’s family-friendly event offers a unique option for people in the area to watch the highly anticipated show and enjoy all the museum has to offer at the same time.
Opening at 9 a.m., the museum invites guests to enjoy its many attractions before and after the live stream, including the Blue Angels 4D Experience. Located in Hangar Bay One, the simulation offers visitors an action-packed experience through interactive seating and unique special effects and imaging, Shelton said.
“It is the closest thing to flying with the Angels,” she said.
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Those interested in participating in the 4D experience can purchase tickets for $7 at the door. The show’s schedule and the museum’s regular hours remain in place Saturday, even with the live stream event.
The museum is located at 1750 Radford Blvd. on Naval Air Station Pensacola. All unescorted visitors to the National Naval Aviation Museum who do not possess a Department of Defense identification card are required to enter through the West Gate off of Blue Angel Parkway.
For more information, go to navalaviationmuseum.org.