Wednesday, July 18, 2007
The Blue Angels kicked off their "Red, White and Blues Week" at Pensacola Beach this morning as they practiced their Circle and Arrival maneuvers over the beach. Aren't they amazing!
Due to the huge influx of people to view this annual event (last year we had over 100,000 in attendance), residents of the island generally prepare for this weekend the way we used to for a snowstorm in Tennessee. We fill up the gas tank, stock up on bread and milk and bottled water, then hunker down 'til Sunday morning. Traffic to the island is generally backed up bumper-to-bumper all the way over the Bob Sikes Bridge and into Gulf Breeze, especially Saturday morning, as people try to get here early enough to claim a good seat.
Blue Angels fly the F/A-18 Hornet which can reach speeds just under Mach 2 -- almost twice the speed of sound or about 1,400 mph and the maximum rate of climb is 30,000 feet per minute.
Join us for this spectacular show where up to 30 different maneuvers are performed. But please remember, leave only your footprints behind when you head back home.