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NAS Pensacola Blue Angels Homecoming Airshow

Nov. 3-4 (See Below for Detail)

Location: NAS Pensacola View Map

Tickets: FREE

NAS Pensacola is pleased to announce the NAS Pensacola Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show on November 3-4, 2023, with the theme of “Celebrating Women In Aviation.”

This event provides the opportunity for NAS Pensacola to showcase what we work with daily on the installation and to enjoy a world-class air show, all while visiting the “Cradle of Naval Aviation” and the home of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels!

The NAS Pensacola Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show is one of Pensacola’s largest events, attracting between 150,000-180,000 spectators during this two-day event. There is an incredible lineup of aerobatic performers, along with our very own Blue Angels.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

Theme: Celebrating Women In Aviation

“You don’t need legislation to prove anything… You can be whatever you set your heart and head to be, and don’t let nobody tell you can’t be, because 1,078 women pilots did it in World War II.”
–Annelle Henderson Bulecheck (WASP 44 W 2)

In 1942, after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States desperately needed trained male pilots. Additionally, the Army was “so desperate for pilots to deliver newly built trainer aircraft” that 28 qualified
civilian female pilots volunteered to ferry the aircraft to their new homes. This was the start of the first female squadron in the summer of 1942.

Between November 1942 and December 1944, “1,074 women were trained to fly in Houston and then moved to Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas.”
This was the beginning of Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP).

Army Air Forces Commanding General “Hap” Arnold found to officially designate WASP in 1944, but it wasn’t until 1977 when President Jimmy Carter signed their military status into law. The “1,102 Women
Airforce Service Pilots flew wingtip to wingtip with their male counterparts and were just as vital to the war effort.” In July 2022, the Navy Flight Demonstration Team, the US Navy Blue Angels, formally announced their new team members, to which they selected their first female F/A 18E/F demonstration pilot, Lt. Amanda Lee.

Lt. Lee, originally from Mounds View, Minnesota, graduated from Old Dominion University in 2013 with a degree in biochemistry. She enlisted in the Navy and served as an aviation electronics technician before applying for Officer Candidate School (OCS), where she became a naval aviator in 2016. 2 She was last assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 106 (VFA 106), the “Gladiators.”
In her tenure as a naval aviator, she participated in her “first all-female flyover in 2019 as part of the funeral service for retired Capt. Rosemary Mariner, the first woman to command a naval aviation
squadron.” Welcome to NAS Pensacola, Lt. Amanda Lee! We look forward to watching you in the skies!

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