Condensed Blue Angels show is likely for Santa Rosa Island – News – Northwest


The Santa Rosa Island Authority (SRIA) announced Friday that the U.S. Navy Blue Angels will fly for 45 minutes each day — weather permitting — beginning at 10 a.m. daily between Park East on Pensacola Beach and Orange Beach, Alabama.

Northwest Florida should expect more of a flyover than an aerial maneuver display for this year’s Pensacola Beach Air Show, which will span four days in 2020 between July 8-11.

The Santa Rosa Island Authority (SRIA) announced Friday that the U.S. Navy Blue Angels will fly for 45 minutes each day — weather permitting — beginning at 10 a.m. daily between Park East on Pensacola Beach and Orange Beach, Alabama.

SRIA Executive Director Paolo Ghio said Friday there is no starting point or ending point, but Park East to Orange Beach will encompass the flight paths of the Blue Angels between that Wednesday and Saturday.

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“This is to identify to the public that you’ve got all this real estate. If you want to see them, you’ve got all this real estate to be able to go to in order to social distance yourself.”

The announced route means the Blues will fly over Gulf Breeze, Pensacola and Perdido Key on all four days.

Ghio said the daily 45-minute intervals stretched out across two states — a plan devised to promote social distancing among spectators — and lack of a show center point will eliminate the possibility of elaborate maneuvers. Any minor maneuvers and flight formations should look similar each day.

“When you’re covering that much ground, it doesn’t leave much for maneuvering,” Ghio said. “There’s no center point. There’s nothing traditional about it this year.”

He added there’s a good chance the Blues could cover the distance between Pensacola Beach and Orange Beach twice, so each location in that radium could see the team multiple times.

“At the speed they go, they’re probably going to do a couple there-and-backs,” Ghio said. “Forty-five minutes? They could be halfway to New York with those jets.”

Park East is located about three miles east of Casino Beach Bar & Grille, which has traditionally served as the center point for the air show.

On both Friday, July 10 and Saturday, July 11, the final two days of this year’s show, three civilian acts will follow the Blues’ performance and will fly over Casino Beach between 11:30 a.m. and noon.

Ghio said he does not expect there to be an influx of guests during these times despite the advertised center point, because the civilian acts will perform last instead of opening up the show like in years passed.

“In years gone by, the people come out at 5 a.m. to get themselves a good center stage position so they are there for when the Blues show up at 2 p.m.,” Ghio said. “It just so happens, the civilians fly after them (this…



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