2-day air show will include Blue Angels
By William Cole | Honolulu Star-Advertiser | Published: August 23, 2014
Oahu will get a fighter jet demonstration twofer at the "Wings Over the Pacific" air show Sept. 27 and 28 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
Both the Navy's F/A-18 Blue Angels and Air Force F-22 Demonstration Team will be putting on shows of neck-snapping speed, with the Blue Angels showcasing their precision formation flying and an F-22 Raptor out of Langley Air Force Base in Virginia carving high-G turns.
Grace Hew Len, a joint base spokeswoman, said crowds of about 50,000 are expected on each of the two days of the air show. The gates open to the public at 10 a.m.
"Wings Over the Pacific" will offer a variety of static displays with both vintage and modern aircraft, food and merchandise booths and an "Xtreme Fun Zone" for kids.
According to the air show's website, aerial performances will include dives, climbs and banks by the Blue Angels' C-130 known as "Fat Albert" and an Air Force C-17 cargo carrier, as well as the parachuting prowess of the Navy's Leap Frogs.
Static displays will feature a KC-135 Stratotanker, B-52 Stratofortress, P-3C Orion, F-104 Starfighter, Hawker Hunter and A-4 Skyhawk.
The Coast Guard is expected to have an HH-65 Dolphin helicopter and rescue C-130 airplane. The Army is bringing a Stryker armored vehicle. An RQ7 Shadow unmanned aerial vehicle also will be part of the static display.
The Blue Angels performed at the old Barbers Point Naval Air Station in 1995, skipped Hawaii for nearly a decade and came back in 2004, flying out of the Kaneohe Bay Marine Corps base.
The Koolaus have been a Blue Angels backdrop in 2007, 2010 and 2012 as well. According to the Blue Angels schedule, the flight demonstration team will be back at Kaneohe Bay Oct. 17 and 18 in 2015.
The last time the Air Force's Thunderbirds were in Hawaii was in 2009.
In April 2013, both the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds had their flying seasons curtailed due to forced spending cuts.
This year, the Blue Angels are flying at 38 locations and the Thunderbirds at 39.
The Blue Angels said on its website that its mission "is to showcase the pride 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."
Similarly, the Thunderbirds bill themselves as "America's ambassadors in blue."
The Wings Over the Pacific air show is open to the general public and both parking and admission are free. Premium seating can be purchased.
More information, including frequently asked questions, is available at http://www.wingsover thepacific.com/index.html