Blue Angels Air Show set for April at NAS Jax is canceled

The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels honored frontline COVID-19 first responders and essential workers with formation flights over Jacksonville, Fla. and Miami on May 8, 2020. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Gordon)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Naval Air Station Jacksonville leadership announced Tuesday it had canceled its planned air show featuring the Blue Angels due to COVID-19 guidelines.

The decision was made under Department of Defense Health Protection Conditions as well as guidelines imposed by the Centers for Disease Control and local civilian authorities.

“We look forward to welcoming the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Team, the Blue Angels back to Jacksonville in the future,” NAS Jax wrote in a release announcing the decision.

The Jacksonville show was the next item on the Blue Angels’ appearance schedule, which also indicates the team will perform a dozen other shows later in the year. It indicates the Blue Angels are next scheduled to perform in Jacksonville on Oct. 22-23, 2022.

News4Jax was told that The Great Florida Airshow set for May 15-16 at the Orlando Melbourne International Airport is scheduled to go forward with the Blue Angels as the headline act. The show, presented by Northrop Grumman, will be one of the first shows the precision flight team will use the new F-18 Super Hornet, which is about 25% larger than its predecessor. It will be the first time the Blue Angels have performed in Melbourne in six years.