US Air Force Thunderbirds to Join Navy Blue Angels for 2024 Pensacola Homecoming Airshow

The US Air Force Thunderbirds will perform alongside the US Navy Blue Angels at the 2024 Pensacola Homecoming Airshow on November 1-2. The event will feature a rare "Super Delta" formation, showcasing the skills and precision of both elite flight demonstration teams.

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US Air Force Thunderbirds to Join Navy Blue Angels for 2024 Pensacola Homecoming Airshow

US Air Force Thunderbirds to Join Navy Blue Angels for 2024 Pensacola Homecoming Airshow

The Naval Air Station Pensacola has announced that the US Air Force Thunderbirds will perform alongside the US Navy Blue Angels during the 2024 Pensacola Homecoming Airshow on November 1 and 2. This event marks a rare opportunity to see both elite flight demonstration teams take to the skies over Pensacola, Florida, and will serve as the finale of the Blue Angels' 2024 show season.

Capt. Terry Shashaty, NAS Pensacola's commanding officer, expressed his enthusiasm for the event, stating, "Having our military's top flight demonstration teams perform at the 'Cradle of Naval Aviation' will undoubtedly be an experience you won't want to miss!" The Blue Angels, based at NAS Pensacola, and the Thunderbirds, based at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, will showcase their capabilities and precision flying maneuvers during the highly anticipated airshow.

The event will feature a "Super Delta" formation, where three F-16 Fighting Falcon jets flown by the Thunderbirds will flank each side of the Blue Angels' traditional Delta formation, creating an impressive 12-jet spectacle. Lt. Col. Nathan Malafa, the Thunderbirds leader, commented, "The NAS Pensacola Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show will provide an exciting finale to our 2024 season." The Thunderbirds' 2024 team consists of six pilots, according to the Air Force.

This is not the first time the two renowned flight demonstration teams have performed together. They combined for rare joint training sessions in Pensacola in April 2017 and again in 2020. The "Super Delta" formation made its debut during the 16th annual National Memorial Day Parade in 2021. More recently, both teams performed together at the Point Mugu Air Show in 2023 at Naval Base Ventura County in California.

NAS Pensacola, known as the "Cradle of Naval Aviation," has a rich history in naval aviation training and is home to the Blue Angels. The 2024 Pensacola Homecoming Airshow promises to be a spectacular display of aviation excellence, showcasing the skills and precision of the US Navy and Air Force's elite flight demonstration teams. The event is expected to draw large crowds and aviation enthusiasts from across the country.

Key Takeaways

  • US Air Force Thunderbirds to perform with US Navy Blue Angels at 2024 Pensacola Homecoming Airshow.
  • Event takes place on November 1-2, marking the finale of the Blue Angels' 2024 show season.
  • Rare "Super Delta" formation will feature 12 jets, including 3 F-16 Fighting Falcons and 9 F/A-18 Hornets.
  • This is not the first joint performance; teams have trained together in 2017 and 2020, and performed together in 2021 and 2023.
  • Event expected to draw large crowds and aviation enthusiasts from across the country to NAS Pensacola.