JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. – The Jacksonville Sea and Sky Air Spectacular military demonstration was in full swing this weekend as thousands gathered to see various aircraft and amphibious assault vehicles, as well as the main event – the Blue Angels.
The skies and waterways were backdrops for various aerial acts and military demonstrations.
The event is something people in the area look forward to every year.
“The planes are ridiculous, and every year we come out and bring our kids and watch the planes,” air show attendee Lauren Robinson.
The show features a dynamic over-the-ocean sky show, live entertainment, a street festival featuring displays of aircraft and military vehicles, simulators, recruitment booths, a kid’s area and more.
Robinson and her son said they were most excited for the main attractions.
“The Blue Angels and Big Ben when they bring it out, because it's a huge plane and my son is really into planes,” Robinson said.
Robinson’s not alone. The Blue Angels always steal the show, especially for 10-year-old Dakota Schringea, who is taking flying lessons and currently training on a Grumman – a small single-engine general aviation aircraft.
“I love flying,” Schringea said. “It’s just so cool, because I want to be a Blue Angel when I grow up.”
Sunday is this year’s last show. It will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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The Jacksonville Sea and Sky Air Spectacular is free, but organizers urge people to get there early to get the best spot along the beach.
Most of the beach is open for families, but the water is closed off.
Click here for more information about the Jacksonville Sea and Sky Spectacular.