Blue Angels soar back into Cape Girardeau for air show

We go one on one with the Commanding Officer for the Navy's Elite Flying Squadron

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The Blue Angels will take to the skies above Cape Girardeau this weekend!

The Navy’s elite flying squadron will put on a show May 18 and 19 as part of the 2019 Cape Girardeau Regional Air Festival.

You might remember seeing the Blue Angels flight demonstration in 2010. That was the last time the team performed in Cape Girardeau.

You’ll also get to see the U.S. Golden Knights, Shockwave, Joe “Rifle” Shetterly, Skip Stewart Airshows, Angel 9 TransAm, and Dream Photo.

CLICK HERE for more information on the acts that will perform.

PLAN YOUR TRIP:

Tickets are on sale now.

General admission for adults is $15, and $10 for kids ages 7 to 12.

Save some green by purchasing your tickets ahead of time. Prices go up by $5 at the gate.

CLICK HERE to get yours.

Tickets for premium seating, reserved seating, and family packs are also on sale.

Gates open at 9 a.m. The show starts at 11:30 a.m. each day.

The show will go on rain or shine unless there is severe weather.

You are encouraged to bring ear protection.

Parking will be available at several area lots. CLICK HERE for more information on parking.

Shuttles will take folks to and from the show. They’ll run every 5-7 minutes.

You can also take CarGo to the show.

WHO ARE THE BLUE ANGELS:

Since 1946, the Blue Angels have performed for more than 496 million fans.

The idea is to showcase the pride and professionalism of the United States Navy and Marine Corps through high-flying aerobatic maneuvers.

The Blue Angels are scheduled to perform 61 demonstrations at 32 locations in 2019.

WHAT TO EXPECT:

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A Blue Angels flight demonstration exhibits a choreographed routine that highlights the skills of these naval aviators.

The Blue Angels’ C-130, affectionately known as Fat Albert, begins each demonstration by showing off its maximum performance capabilities during a ten-minute show.

Shortly thereafter, you will see the graceful aerobatic maneuvers of the four-jet Diamond Formation, in concert with the fast-paced, high-performance maneuvers of its two Solo pilots.

Finally, the team illustrates the pinnacle of precision flying, performing maneuvers locked as a unit in the renowned, six-jet Delta Formation.

But the excitement won’t stop there.

This year’s show will also include:

  • U.S. Army Golden Knights: See the most glorified skydiving team in the country. CLICK HERE for 12 things you need to know about the Golden Knights.
  • Skip Stewart: An aerobatic pro who has proven to be one of the most entertaining Airshow pilots in the world today.
  • Shockwave Jet Truck: A custom-built vehicle with three jet engines from a Vietnam War Jet that propel the truck to speeds over 350 mph. It holds the world record for fastest semi.
  • Warbird Adventures: Go up in a World War II Warhawk, then see it put on an aerobatic show in the air.
  • Philip 66 Aerostars: A four-man team of commercial pilots that fly as a hobby. They call their performance “Ballet” in the air.
  • Joe “Rifle” Shetterly
  • Angel9 TransAm: a show car modeled after the Boeing F/A-18 Hornet, built as a dedication showpiece to past, present and future military aviators and maintainers.
  • Dream Photo: The DreamBIG A-7 and F-101/F-14 cockpits are traveling Aviation Museums.

SPECIAL EVENTS:

You’ll get the chance to meet some of the Blue Angels Pilots at a special edition of Tunes at Twilight on Friday, May 17.

They are calling it Blues at Twilight.

Enjoy music by Paul Childers, and a special meet and greet with the Blue Angels.

There you’ll also be able to sip on craft beer samples from Minglewood Brewery, Ebb and Flow Fermentations, Cask Craft Spirts & Beer Lounge, and Jackson Street BrewCo.

The event will take over Ivers Square in Downtown Cape Girardeau starting at 6:30 p.m.

Follow THIS LINK for more information.