PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) – The U.S. Navy Blue Angels were back in their hometown this weekend and soared over the Gulf of Mexico in the Pensacola Beach Air Show.
The air show attracts people from all over the country, and locals know they have to get there early. Groups were placing tents before 7 a.m. Saturday morning.
“They have such a rich history. My mom and dad brought me out here when I was a baby I couldn’t even walk and I was on the sand. So, its in my blood,” said Pensacola native Kimberly Anderson.
The Blue Angels have a rich history in Pensacola, and there is a strong military presence in the area. So with NAS Pensacola right next door, this is the perfect location.
Hunter Pearson, who is stationed at NAS Pensacola, had this to say about the Blue Angels crew, “they’ve done a lot of service to our country and brought a lot of kids happiness. Learning about aircraft and seeing how they work. So, I think they’re doing a good justice for us right now.”
The FA-18 Hornets were holding their first air show at home since the loss of Captain Jeff Kuss, who was killed in a crash last month in Smyrna, Tennessee.
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Of course, it wasn’t all fun. The traffic getting to and from Pensacola Beach was backed up for miles, but for most fans, it was well worth the wait.