Blue Angels to fly over Oahu this weekend

(Via Hawaii News Now)

Residents across the leeward side of Oahu can expect increased noise as the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and other show performers practice for an upcoming air show this weekend.

The general public is invited to “Wings of the Pacific,” an event featuring flight demonstrations as they soar over the skies at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. The U.S. Navy Blue Angels, F/A-18 Hornets, and the U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor demonstration team will be among the featured air show performers during the two-day air show.

The show will be on Saturday, September 27 and Sunday, September 28 and the event is free and open to the public. Gates will open at 10 a.m. and will run until 5:30 p.m.

The public and base community can expect increased noise during the air show practices and air show times as follows:

  • Thursday, September 25 from 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
  • Friday, September 26 from 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 27 and Sunday, September 28 during performances between noon and 5 p.m.

The Blue Angels will amaze the crowd with their precision formation flying and aerobatic demonstrations, while the F-22 demo team will offer a rare and memorable performance, appearing at only 20 air shows in North America in 2014. The Navy’s parachute team, Leap

Frogs, will launch the air show with a flag jump during the opening ceremony at 11 a.m. These air acts and more will perform throughout the day, culminating with the Blue Angels in the late afternoon. All acts are subject to weather conditions.

The Wings Over the Pacific air show will feature a variety of static displays of vintage and modern aircraft. The Air Force will showcase its military transport aircraft, the C-17 Globemaster, which will also perform during the air show, and the military aerial refueling aircraft, KC-135 Stratotanker. The Army will bring Stryker armored vehicles, Howitzer variants and other assets from the 25th Infantry Division. The Coast Guard will have an HH-65 Dolphin helicopter and rescue C-130, and the Marine Corps will showcase an RQ-7 Shadow unmanned aerial vehicle. Featured historic aircraft include the vintage warbird SNJ (T-6), 1928 Pietenpol Air Camper, and Hawaiian Air 1929 Bellanca. These and other military and civilian general aviation aircraft will be on display.

The air show will offer food, beverage and merchandise booths for purchase and an “Xtreme Fun Zone” for kids with rides, games and more. 

For those wishing to upgrade their viewing experience, premium seating tickets are available for purchase by going to the air show website.  

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