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U.S. Navy Blue Angels set to soar above Belle Chasse

First Blue Angels show in New Orleans since 2011

Thunder over the bayou this weekend, at the 2017 New Orleans Air Show. The event will be headlined by the U.S. Navy’s Flight Demonstration Team, better known as the Blue Angels.

It’s the first time the Blues have been in New Orleans in several years.

“The last air show we had hear at the base was in 2011, so it has been a while and we’re really happy to have the Blue Angles and many other demonstration teams back on the base,” said NAS-JRB Belle Chasse spokesman Andrew Thomas.

Thomas says the show will also feature the U.S. Army Black Daggers stunt parachute team, opening the show with a coordinated jump over the airfield.

“They’re going to open the air show by leaping from a helicopter and displaying the Unite States flag as the anthem plays,” Thomas said.

Those won’t be the only death-defying displays.

“We have the F-16 Viper demonstration team,” Thomas said. “Our own F-18 squadron’s going to be flying in the show, VFA-204.”

In addition to the flying acts, there will be numerous static displays on the tarmac for the crowd to view, including a B-52 Stratofortress.

Gates open at 8:00 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at NAS-JRB Belle Chasse. The show is free, but there are some restrictions on what you can and can’t bring on base. Click here for more information.

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