Pensacola – Blue Angels practice sessions: look to the sky
Everyone in Pensacola knows the Blue Angels [http://www.blueangels.navy.mil/]. Based out of our very own NAS Pensacola, the Blues perform across the country, but their off-time and training sessions take place right here at home. The Blue Angels have been around since the late 1940s, originally known as the Navy Flight Exhibition Team. Their nickname came from a nightclub in New York, and they are typically referred to by that title, though they are now officially the United States Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron.
While the Blue Angels have official shows [http://www.blueangels.navy.mil/show/] only a few times a year, we here in Pensacola can catch them in their routine training sessions much more frequently. The National Aviation Museum site keeps track of planned training sessions on its website [http://www.navalaviationmuseum.org/PlanYourVisit/Activities-(1)/BlueAngelsPractices.aspx], and admission to these “practice shows” is free and open to the public. Even if you can’t make it to the museum, just about anyone who lives close enough to the base can see and hear the Blues jets as they make passes over and around the city.