U.S. Navy Blue Angels flyover in Pensacola to honor community’s resilience after Sally impact

Hurricane Sally

FILE – In this Friday, Oct. 12, 2012 file photo, two U.S. Navy Blue Angels execute a crossing maneuver at close range during the Miramar Air Show in San Diego. Deep budget cuts in Washington mean military flight teams are expected to be no-shows at air shows across the U.S. starting this spring, leaving dozens of host cities bracing for thinner crowds and lost tourism dollars. When $85 billion in automatic cuts kicked in March 1, 2013, the Air Force canceled its air shows at bases from Florida to Arizona. It also grounded its team of formation-flying pilots, the Thunderbirds. The Army’s Golden Knights parachute team has also canceled performances. The Navy’s famous Blue Angels say military commanders “intend to cancel” their April shows. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) — The U.S. Navy Blue Angels are set to flyover Pensacola Friday as a tribute to the community and their resiliency shown after Hurricane Sally.

The press release continues as follows:

“I am very appreciative of the Blue Angels for this incredible show of support for the people of Pensacola as we begin the long recovery from Hurricane Sally,” Mayor Grover Robinson said. “This storm has impacted so many people in our community during a time when many of us were already facing challenging times, but I know we will recover. Pensacola is a strong, resilient community, and we will be even stronger once we get through this together.”

“We hope this flight over Pensacola provides a touching display of appreciation for the thousands of Hurricane Sally first responders and the continued resolve of the people of this community,” said Cmdr. Brian Kesselring, U.S. Navy Blue Angels commanding officer and flight leader for the flyover. “We will get through this, just like we have so much this past year. We are all in this together.”

The Blue Angels flyover will include the following areas:

  • Pensacola Beach 
  • Perdido Key
  • Community Maritime Park
  • Palafox Street in downtown Pensacola
  • Areas surrounding Pensacola Fire Stations 1, 3 and 4

The Blue Angels will be visible from many locations throughout the Pensacola area and along this route.

The public is reminded to continue to follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

For more information about the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, visit blueangels.navy.mil.

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