BLUE ANGELS PRACTICE INFORMATION

The world-famous Blue Angels are based at NAS Pensacola and can be seen practicing over the Museum at NAS Pensacola on select days throughout the year. Come watch them soar and then spend the day at the Museum. Admission is FREE.

BLUE ANGELS PRACTICE SCHEDULE

2024 Practice Schedule

March 26, 27*
April 2, 3*, 9, 10, 16, 17*, 23, 24*, 30
May 1*, 7, 8, 14, 15*, 28, 29*
June 4, 5*, 11, 12, 18, 25, 26
July 16, 17*, 23
August 21*, 27
September 4*, 10, 11*, 17, 24
October 16*, 22, 23*

*Indicates an autograph day in the Museum following the Blue Angels Practice.

The National Naval Aviation Museum is pleased to open the flight line behind the museum to view Blue Angels practice flight demonstrations. Gates open at 9:30 AM and the Blues are scheduled to take to the skies at 10:30 AM 

Blue Angels Autograph Sessions

Following certain Wednesday practices, members of the Blue Angels visit the Museum to meet fans to answer questions and sign autographs.

The outside viewing area for the Blue Angels practice is located on the Museum Flight Line north of the Museum. Signs are posted to direct visitors to viewing and parking locations, including limited parking for handicapped visitors. Practice times vary so check the schedule prior to planning your visit. Practices last about 55 minutes.

Open bleacher seating is available for 500 people. Chair service is provided at each practice session, a limited quantity of chairs are available for a fee of $6 per chair rental. Concessions and merchandise are also available. We are a cashless venue. Chair service, concessions, and merchandise are provided by the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation and proceeds support the Museum and Foundation programs.

We recommend visitors use sun protection. Hearing protection is recommended for those people with sensitive hearing.
Please note that backpacks, daypacks, luggage, or similar items are NOT allowed on the flight line during Blue Angel practice air shows. Small purses, bags containing medications, and diaper bags are allowed but are subject to search by Naval Air Station Pensacola Security personnel.

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PRACTICE & AIRSHOW TIPS

PRACTICE FAQ'S

What forms of identification are acceptable to get on base?

Base Access & Identification Requirements:
The Department of Defense (DoD) and the Navy require visitors 18 and older to show a single government-issued identification card. State-issued driving licenses and passports are acceptable. Public access to NAS Pensacola will be available from 9 a.m. through 3 p.m. through the West Gate only on the south end of Blue Angel Parkway. Additionally, vehicle operators must have a valid driver’s license, and foreign nationals will need to be escorted by a U.S. citizen.
 
Parking:
Access will be available dependent on available parking at the National Naval Aviation Museum (NNAM) and Pensacola Lighthouse. Once parking is full, public access will be halted until more parking becomes available. Temporary traffic control points will be located on the base to prevent public access to other areas of the installation.
 
Non-U.S. Citizens:
Non-U.S. Citizens are authorized to access but must be escorted by a U.S. citizen. The U.S. citizen will have a background check conducted upon arrival. Non-U.S. Citizen visitors who have not been processed through the Foreign Visits System Confirmation Module (FVSCM) must be in possession and present a permanent Resident Card, Alien Registration Receipt Card (Form 1-551), or a foreign passport that contains a temporary 1-551 stamp or a temporary 1-551 printed notification on a Machine-Readable Immigrant Visa (MRIV).
 
Base Restrictions:
·    No weapons (firearms/knives) allowed (to include Concealed Weapon Permit holders)
·    No backpacks/coolers allowed (diaper bags or medically required bags are acceptable and subject to search)
·    No alcoholic beverages allowed
·    No drones allowed (countermeasures will be taken)
·    Persons with felony convictions are not authorized base access
·    No visitors with boats and boat trailers
·    All vehicles and personnel are subject to security searches and background check

Which gate do I go through to get to the Museum?

Public access to NAS Pensacola is available only from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. through the West Gate on Blue Angel Parkway.

How much does it cost to view the practices? 

Admission to is free. 

AIRSHOW TIPS

1. Increase your fluid intake the day before the practice air show and continue to drink cool, nonalcoholic beverages while on the flight line.
2. Avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps. Remember to keep cool and use common sense.
3. Choose lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. In the hot sun, a wide-brimmed hat will provide shade and keep the head cool.
4. Be sure to apply sunscreen 30 minutes prior to going out and continue to reapply according to the package directions. Sunburn affects your body’s ability to cool itself and causes a loss of body fluids. It also causes pain and damages the skin.
5. Get medical assistance as soon as possible by alerting staff members on the Flight Line.

SAFETY NOTES

Each year the National Naval Aviation Museum and Naval Aviation Museum Foundation are pleased to provide visitors the opportunity to view Blue Angel practice air shows from a viewing area on the Flight Line behind the Museum. The following information is important for you to review before attending one of these practices for it will prepare you for the conditions that you will experience.

As the climate changes, extreme heat events/heat waves are expected to increase in frequency, length, and severity. This will result in increased health risk for people spending hours on the flight line waiting for the show to begin and viewing the demonstration. Children and older adults, those who are chronically ill, and others are more vulnerable to heat related illnesses. Heat sensitivity increases for those who are not regularly exposed to hot and humid environments like those in the Florida panhandle.

For high-resolution images or more information about the Blue Angels, visit www.blueangels.navy.mil.