The Blue Angels Flight Demostration Team was at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort in 2021 for a performance that was not open to the public. Hundreds people parked in open field across from the MCAS to watch. File photo by Bob Sofaly.

MCAS Beaufort Air Show date set for 2023

Blue Angels will perform April 22-23

By Lt. Chelsea Dietlin

Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron

PENSACOLA, Fla. — The Blue Angels will return April 22-23, 2023, to Beaufort for the MCAS Beaufort Air Show.

The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron – or the Blue Angels, as they are more commonly known, released their 2023 air show schedule at the International Council of Air Shows convention, Dec. 7. During their 77th air show season, the Blue Angels are scheduled to perform 62 demonstrations at 33 locations.

The Blue Angels last officially performed in Beaufort in 2019, since the 2021 MCAS Beaufort Air Show was canceled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the Blue Angels did perform in April 2021 at MCAS Beaufort in a show for those who work aboard MCAS Beaufort and their families and specifically closed to the general public.

The MCAS Beaufort Air Show, which features military aircraft on display as well as aviation demonstrations by the Navy’s Blue Angels and other pilots, military and civilian, is free and usually attracts 100,000 spectators or more.

Demonstration sites are selected two years prior to the show season in accordance with Department of Defense safety and community outreach objectives. Performances greatly assist in recruiting and retention goals for the military services, enhance esprit de corps among uniformed men and women, and demonstrate the professional skills and capabilities of the naval services to the American public and U.S. allies.

The mission of the Blue Angels is to showcase the teamwork and professionalism of the United States Navy and Marine Corps by inspiring a culture of excellence and service to country through flight demonstrations and community outreach. Since 1946, the Blue Angels have performed for more than 500 million fans.

For more information about the Blue Angels, including the 2022 and 2023 air show schedules, visit https://www.blueangels.navy.mil.miliar

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