Blue Angels returning to NAS Jacksonville in 2014

Published On: Jan 21 2014 12:31:28 PM EST
Updated On: Jan 21 2014 08:07:10 PM EST

The Navy's popular flying acrobatic team resumes a full schedule of air shows for 2014. All of last year's shows were canceled due to spending cuts in Washington. This year the local air show will be held at NAS Jacksonville instead of Jacksonville Beach as originally planned.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

The Navy's daredevil fighter jet pilots, the Blue Angels, are currently at Naval Air Station Jacksonville.

The Navy announced that the popular flight demonstration team will have a full schedule for the 2014 season.

"It was a big disappointment with last year of having to cancel, so we're just very pleased to get the Blues back here this year," said Navy Capt. Roy Undersander.

IMAGES: Blue Angels at NAS Jacksonville

The Blue Angels team was created in Jacksonville in 1946, and this Navy town is looking forward to having the steel blue F-18s make a comeback. The pilots are thrilled, too.

Ryan Chamberlin spent two deployments for Operation Iraqi Freedom and is now Blue Angel 7. He hopes the community comes out to see the show when he's back in October.

"Most people in the town probably don't get to come on base very often, so you get to see what your military is doing locally and see what your Navy is doing around the world," Chamberlin said.

The team suspended its 2013 performance schedule all over the U.S. because of spending cuts mandated by sequestration.

This year the show will be at NAS Jacksonville.

The Blue Angels alternate sites every year between NAS Jax and Jacksonville Beach, but because last year's show was canceled and next year the NAS runway will be temporarily shut down for repairs, the city is letting NAS host the Blues this year.

NAS says it hopes to show off all branches of military to the public.

"All the military here at NAS Jacksonville, all the different units -- Army, Navy Air Force, some Marines -- and try to get everyone to see the Jacksonville military," said Cmdr. Mark McManus, air operations officer at NAS and air show director.

The Blue Angels will be in flight at NAS Jacksonville on Oct. 25 and 26.

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