Tickets for the 2018 Tuscaloosa Regional Air Show, headlined by the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels, go on sale Sunday.
Set for the weekend of April 14-15, this will mark the elite flight demonstration team’s fifth appearance in Tuscaloosa since 2009.
As part of an early ticket sale promotion, adult general admission tickets are $5 and children’s general admission tickets, available to guests ages 6 to 11, are $3. General admission tickets are free to children younger than 5.
Weekend passes, family packs, air square tickets and private party boxes are also available for purchase. Prices will increase Nov. 1 and on the day of the event, said Deidre Stalnaker, communications director for the city of Tuscaloosa.
Additions to the event, including other performers, will be announced as the event is planned, Stalnaker said.
The team’s 2015 show — its most recent — drew its largest crowds to date, with an estimated 163,000 taking in the festivities March 28-29 of that year.
The Blue Angels have also performed at the Tuscaloosa Regional Airport in 2009, 2011 and 2012.
The Blue Angels are an 18-member squad of Navy and Marine Corps pilots that visit between 30 and 35 sites across the country each year to give an average of 60 to 70 performances in the Navy’s F/A-18 Hornet and the Marine Corps’ C-130 “Fat Albert” aircraft.
For the Hornet pilots, the maneuvers can range from about 200 feet off the ground to between 10,000 and 15,000 feet, with some of them — the Diamond, for example — bringing the planes within 18 inches from wingtip to the adjacent canopy.
In the past, Blue Angels representatives have said repeat performances are no guarantee. But a heavy local turnout is critical to bringing the Blue Angels back to an area.
For more information on the Blue Angels, visit www.blueangels.navy.mil.