The Canadian Forces Snowbirds, 431st Air Demonstration Squadron, is set to make a rare appearance onboard Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola the week of May 14. NAS Pensacola is home to the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Team Blue Angels, and the appearances will coincide to showcase both acrobatic routines in one week at the same location.
The Blue Angels routinely practice on NAS Pensacola during the week days in between their airshow schedule, but this week the schedule has been modified to accommodate both teams so thousands of spectators can attend. The surprise announcement came only one week before the Snowbirds are expected to arrive in Pensacola.
For any nearby AvGeeks interested in attending, there are two opportunities to watch the Snowbirds. On May 15, the Snowbirds will fly at 2:00 p.m. CST; the flight line will open one hour beforehand. On May 16, the Blue Angels will fly at 9:00 a.m. CST, followed by the Snowbirds at 2:00 p.m. CST. Just as the day before, access to the flight lines will open one hour before the flight. For individuals without Department of Defense ID, you must enter NAS Pensacola from the West Gate located on Blue Angel Parkway. Access to the base will require an ID for anyone over 16 years of age and no large bags are allowed on the flight line.
This surprise appearance is one of few occasions the Snowbirds will be on display in the United States this year, according to their 2018 schedule. After this week the Blue Angels practice schedule will return to normal. Check back next week for coverage of the event!