By Brandon Bosworth, Assistant Editor, Ho`okele
The U.S. Navy flight team the Blue Angels will be the featured performers at the Kaneohe Bay Air Show on Oct. 17 and 18 at Marine Corps Base Hawaii.
The Blue Angels will use the F/A-18 Hornet aircraft to exhibit the choreographed refinement of skills possessed by all naval aviators. There will also be demonstrations by the Blue Angels C-130 Hercules support aircraft, known affectionately as “Fat Albert”, a reference to the 1970s popular cartoon character. The Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) will demonstrate a combined offensive, including simulated explosions and a wall of fire.
The Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron is among the most popular aviation acts in the world, entertaining approximately 11 million people last air show season.
The air show will also offer static displays of vintage and modern aircraft, food booths and a carnival midway, featuring rides, games and more for the kids.
“We hope families, young and old, stop by to see the incredible aerial demonstrations, check out the static aircraft, and learn about Navy and Marine Corps missions,” said Col. Eric Schaefer, Marine Corps Base Hawaii commanding officer.
Marine Corps Base Hawaii’s last air show was in 2012, drawing nearly 110,000 people during the two-day event.
The event is open to the public and general admission is free. Premium seating is available for purchase now at military ticket outlets, including all Information, Tickets & Travel offices at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
Those purchasing premium seating tickets in advance can receive discounts over prices on the day of the event. Five categories are offered: grandstand, box seats, flight deck, devil dog and top brass. Prices begin at $15 for grandstand (which offer elevated views) and go up to $85 for top brass (which includes shaded areas, food and beverages and souvenirs).
Volunteers are also needed for the air show to assist with food service, marketing, ticketing and as ushers. Volunteers will receive an air show volunteer T-shirt and certificate of appreciation.
The gates are tentatively set to open to the public at 9 a.m. on both days. Security restrictions will be in place.
“I’m so excited to be a part of this,” said Schaefer. “This event is important to us because it’s a great opportunity to say thank you to our neighbors across Oahu, while showcasing the pride and professionalism of Hawaii Marines and Sailors.”
(For more information about the 2015 Kaneohe Bay Air Show, visit www.kaneohebayairshow.com.)