Blue Angels bringing fun to South Shore — Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, not Kaneohe Bay, will host this year’s show

(Via Star Advertiser)

BRUCE ASATO / 2010

The Navy’s Blue Angels demonstration squadron will add a twist to the corkscrewing, speeding and precision aerobatic flying performance they’ll put on in September in Hawaii: The show this year will be at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

In their 68th year of neck-snapping passes, the Blue Angels will be coming to the joint base Sept. 27-28.

On five occasions starting in 1995 — and continuing in 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2012 — the famed Navy flight demonstration squadron visited Marine Corps Base Hawaii at Kane­ohe Bay.

The reason for the base change-up wasn’t immediately clear.

The Air Force Thunderbirds last performed at the former Hickam Air Force Base in 2009, the Navy said.

“Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam looks forward to hosting the Navy’s world-famous Blue Angels on Sept. 27-28. We are excited to host professional military and civilian aerobatic demonstrations along with military static displays that will be sure to entertain the crowds,” said Grace Hew Len, a joint base spokes­woman. “The joint base team is busy at work preparing for a successful air show and a memorable event for our military personnel, visitors and kama­aina in Hawaii.”

The Blue Angels are expected to perform for nearly 15 million spectators in 2014.

Last April, both the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds had their flying seasons curtailed due to forced spending cuts.

In October, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel decided to resume the performances.

The activities “showcase our superior combat power, demonstrate readiness to defend the nation, and help preserve the all-volunteer force,” Hagel said in a memo to military service chiefs obtained by ABC News.

“Community and public outreach is a crucial department activity that reinforces trust and confidence in the United States military and in its most important asset — people,” Hagel also said.

The Blue Angels drew about 60,000 to 70,000 people on the first day of the two-day show at Kane­ohe Bay in 2012.

The F/A-18 Hornets wowed the crowd with some low-level flying, including two high-speed “sneak passes.”

The closest the aircraft fly to each other is 18 inches during the “Diamond 360” maneuver, and as low as 50 feet at 700 mph.

“Fat Albert,” the Blue Angels C-130T, put on the lead-up show to the Blue Angels, swooping across the runway in a 370 mph flat pass.

The Blue Angels are scheduled for 38 shows this year, while the Thunderbirds are also slated for 38 demonstrations.

6 thoughts on “Blue Angels bringing fun to South Shore — Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, not Kaneohe Bay, will host this year’s show

  1. Mr. Manahan,

    Do you know where we can purchase tickets? I’ve scoured the web to no avail. Thanks.

    Ken in Kalihi

    1. Aloha, Ken!

      Thanks for inquiring with us about the show. Our office contacted JBPHH and they said that they will be updating their website soon to reflect information about the show soon. They informed us that the show is technically free, but of course, people may pay more for stadium or up-close seating.

      Once I get word from our Military colleagues that the information is up on their website, I will be sure to inform you.

      Mahalo for your comment,
      Councilmember Joey Manahan

    2. Hello Ken,

      We received this response from our colleagues at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam:

      Reserved Seating and Premiere Chalets will be available for on-line purchase. Updated information will be available soon, with sales beginning in August. Watch for updated details on the Air Show Website – wingsoverthepacific.com.

      Mahalo again for your inquiry,
      Councilmember Manahan

    1. Hi, Emma!

      Mahalo for commenting with your inquiry. We contacted the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam about the tickets and the delay of information. They are currently in a transition phase and said they will be making the information about ticket purchases live soon.

      The show is free, but if you would like to have closer/stadium seating for the show, their will be a cost.

      I will inform you when we do get the heads up that the information is live online.

      Mahalo,
      Councilmember Joey Manahan

    2. Hello again, Emma.

      We received this response from our colleagues at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam:

      Reserved Seating and Premiere Chalets will be available for on-line purchase. Updated information will be available soon, with sales beginning in August. Watch for updated details on the Air Show Website – wingsoverthepacific.com.

      Mahalo again for your inquiry,
      Councilmember Manahan

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