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.
2023 PRACTICE SCHEDULE
March 28, 29
April 4, 5*, 11, 12*, 18, 19*, 25, 26*
May 2, 3*, 9, 10*, 16, 17*, 31*
June 6, 7*, 13, 14*, 20, 21, 27, 28*
July 11, 12, 25, 26*
August 1, 16*, 22, 23*, 29
September 6*, 12, 19
October 18*, 24, 25*
* Indicates Blue Angels Autograph Sessions in the museum.
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
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.
What forms of identification are acceptable to get on base?
Which gate do I go through to get to the Museum?
How much does it cost to view the practices?
Admission to is free.
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.
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.