US Navy Blue Angels announce 2021 & 2022 airshow schedules

The US Navy Blue Angels have announced their updated 2021 airshow schedule, as well as provisional dates for 2022, at the virtual ICAS Convention today.

Next year will be the team’s first season displaying with their new fleet of F/A-18E/F Super Hornets, replacing their ageing Legacy Hornets, which were phased out in November of this year. They will also be debuting their new support plane at airshows next year, an ex-Royal Air Force C-130J Hercules, known affectionately as “Fat Albert”.

The new types will make their debut at a public practice at El Centro on the 13th March (although other US military teams are also scheduled to attend, suggesting this could become a full-scale airshow), followed by the NAS Jacksonville Airshow on the 10th-11th April – the team’s first official public airshow since autumn 2019. Their international debut will be at Airshow London 2021 in Canada; no other international appearances are scheduled in the next two years.

Flying six Super Hornets in their display, the Blue Angels are the official aerobatic team of the US Navy, and one of the oldest military aerobatic teams in the world, with a lineage dating back to 1946.

North American military airshow teams traditionally announce their schedules at the the International Council of Air Shows’ annual convention, which is being held virtually this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

For more about how airshows are coping with the coronavirus, see our in-depth feature article.

BLUE ANGELS 2021 SCHEDULE

Date Show Location Country
Mar 13 United States Festival of Flight El Centro USA (CA)
Apr 10-11 United States NAS JAX Airshow Jacksonville USA (FL)
Apr 17-18 United States Sun ‘n Fun Fly-in Lakeland USA (FL)
Apr 24-25 United States MCAS Beaufort Air Show Beaufort USA (SC)
May 1-2 United States Wings Over South Texas Corpus Christi USA (TX)
May 8-9 United States Fort Lauderdale Airshow Fort Lauderdale USA (FL)
May 15-16 United States Great Florida Airshow Melbourne USA (FL)
May 29-30 United States Westmoreland County Airshow Latrobe USA (PA)
Jun 5-6 United States Chennault International Airshow Lake Charles USA (LA)
Jun 12-13 United States Deke Slayton Airfest La Crosse USA (WI)
Jun 19-20 United States Thunder of Niagara Open House Niagara Falls USA (NY)
Jun 26-27 United States Duluth Air and Aviation Expo Duluth USA (MN)
Jul 3-4 United States KC Airshow Kansas City USA (MO)
Jul 10-11 United States Pensacola Beach Airshow Pensacola USA (FL)
Jul 24-25 United States Fargo Airsho Fargo USA (ND)
Jul 31-Aug 1 United States Arctic Lightning Air Show Eielson USA (AK)
Aug 7-8 United States Seafair Airshow Seattle USA (WA)
Aug 14-15 United States Owensboro Airshow Owensboro USA (KY)
Aug 21-22 United States Chicago Air & Water Show Chicago USA (IL)
Aug 28-29 Canada Airshow London London Canada (ON)
Sep 4-5 United States Cape Cod Airshow & Open House Cape Cod USA (MA)
Sep 18-19 United States NAS Oceana Airshow Virginia Beach USA (VA)
Sep 25-26 United States MCAS Miramar Airshow San Diego USA (CA)
Oct 2-3 United States Great Pacific Airshow Huntington Beach USA (CA)
Oct 9-10 United States San Francisco Fleet Week San Francisco USA (CA)
Oct 16-17 United States Loveland Airshow Loveland USA (CO)
Oct 23-24 United States Fort Worth Alliance Airshow Dallas/Fort Worth USA (TX)
Oct 30-31 United States Wings over North Georgia Rome USA (GA)
Nov 5-6 United States NAS Pensacola: Blue Angels Homecoming Airshow Pensacola USA (FL)

BLUE ANGELS 2022 SCHEDULE (PROVISIONAL)

Date Show Location Country
Mar 12 United States NAS El Centro: Festival of Flight El Centro USA (CA)
Mar 19-20 United States New Orleans Airshow New Orleans USA (LA)
May 26-27 United States MacDill AFB: Tampa Bay AirFest Tampa USA (FL)
Apr 2-3 United States NAS Kingsville: Wings Over South Texas Kingsville USA (TX)
Apr 9-10 United States JB Charleston Air & Space Expo Charleston USA (SC)
Apr 23-24 United States Vidalia Onion Festival Airshow Vidalia USA (GA)
Apr 30-May 1 United States Vero Beach Airshow Vero Beach USA (FL)
May 7-8 United States McGuire AFB: Power in the Pines JB McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst USA (NJ)
May 14-15 United States Ellsworth AFB: Raider Country Open House Rapid City USA (SD)
May 28-29 United States Bethpage Airshow Jones Beach USA (NY)
Jun 4-5 United States Cheppewa Valley Airshow Eau Claire USA (WI)
Jun 11-12 United States Spirit of St. Louis Airshow St. Louis USA (MO)
Jun 18-19 United States Memphis Airshow Millington USA (TN)
Jul 2-4 United States National Cherry Festival Airshow Traverse City USA (MI)
Jul 9-10 United States Pensacola Beach Airshow Pensacola Beach USA (FL)
Jul 16-17 United States Thunder Over Michigan Ypsilanti USA (MI)
Jul 23-24 United States Dayton Airshow Dayton USA (OH)
Aug 6-7 United States Seafair Airshow Seattle USA (WA)
Aug 13-14 United States Kaneohe Bay Airshow Oahu USA (HI)
Aug 20-21 United States Oregon International Airshow McMinnville USA (OR)
Sep 3-4 United States Cleveland National Airshow Cleveland USA (OH)
Sep 10-11 United States Smokey Mountain Airshow Knoxville USA (TN)
Sep 17-18 United States NAS Oceana Airshow Virginia Beach USA (VA)
Sep 24-25 United States MCAS Miramar Airshow San Diego USA (CA)
Oct 1-2 United States Aviation Roundup Minden-Tahoe USA (NV)
Oct 8-9 United States Fleet Week San Francisco USA (CA)
Oct 22-23 United States NAS JAX Airshow Jacksonville USA (FL)
Oct 29-30 United States Wings Over Houston Ellington USA (TX)
Nov 5-6 United States Great Georgia Airshow Peachtree City USA (GA)
Nov 12-13 United States NAS Pensacola: Blue Angels Homecoming Airshow Pensacola USA (FL)