Pensacola Beach Air Show gets green light

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels flight demonstration team perform over Pensacola Beach, Florida, in 2010 as part of the annual “Blues on the Beach” airshow. Credit: CherylCasey/BIGSTOCK.COM

By Nick Fortuna

The beautiful beaches of the Southeast have been among the safer attractions available to the public during the pandemic, so the annual Pensacola Beach Air Show has been given the all clear for four shows from Wednesday through Saturday, July 8-11.

The air show will feature appearances by the Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy’s flight demonstration squadron, stationed at the Naval Air Station Pensacola’s Forrest Sherman Field. The Blue Angels will hold practice sessions along the beach during the show’s first three days before performing in earnest July 11.

Similar flight maneuvers will be performed each day by notable stunt pilots such as Gary Ward, Kevin Coleman and Skip Stewart. The repeat performances will allow organizers to limit crowd sizes and enforce social-distancing guidelines while still letting all spectators see the performance at least once. The footprint of the event also has been expanded substantially, giving visitors more space in which to spread out.   

The aerial acrobatics will begin each day before noon Central, though organizers were still working out scheduling details as of press time. For updates, visit