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Blue Angels Arrive in Tuscalooosa

Members of the Navy Blue Angels  practice over Tuscaloosa and Northport on Thursday.
Members of the Navy Blue Angels practice over Tuscaloosa and Northport on Thursday.
Michael E. Palmer

This weekend the Navy Blue Angels will roar in the skies over West Alabama for the 2nd annual Tuscaloosa Regional Airport Air Show.

Last year the two-day event drew hundreds of thousands of spectators from across West Alabama as the Angels performed precision dare-devil stunts just fifty feet from the ground at speeds approaching the sound barrier.

Among other performers are the Black Daggers Parachute Team, the Sky Soldiers Cobra Demonstration Team and the U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team.

The event last year was so popular that officials brought it back for West Alabamians to enjoy.

“It is rare for a non-military based community to host the Blue Angels and Golden Knights in consecutive years,” Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox told The Northport Gazette. “This opportunity is a direct result of the community’s enthusiastic support and hospitality," he said.

This year’s theme is a “Salute to all Veterans.”

On Saturday and Sunday gates open at 9 A.M. Flying starts at 10:30 A.M. both days with the Blue Angels flying at 3 P.M.

Blue Angels pilot Lt. Col. Frank Weiser told ABC 33/40 news that spectators will not be disappointed.

"We're going to show you how low we can go and how high we can go; how fast and slow we can go and how many G-forces we can pull with high turns and maximum performance demonstrations. The tempo should be high," he said.

The show is free to the public but reserved seating may be purchased.

For directions and ticket information click here.


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