It’s almost that time, once again, when the world renowned U.S. Navy Blue Angels flying aerobatic team will be roaring it up at the 2013 Air Show which is usually held in December at the U.S. Air Reserve Base in Homestead, Florida just outside Metropolitan Miami. That is, if all goes well.
Hopefully the recent budget sequestration (automatic spending cuts in particular categories of federal outlays) which came into effect in March will not result in the event being canceled this year” according to Pamela Knowles-Smith, matriarch of an old Bahamian family that immigrated to South Miami in the early 1930’s.
Mrs. Pamela Knowles-Smith and her family have attended the last five aerobatic air shows at the Homestead Air Reserve base which, incidentally, used to be a full-fledged Air Force Base before Hurricane Andrew thrashed the place in 1992.
In fact, the annual ‘Miami-Bahamas’ Knowles-Smith family reunion in Miami is held around the same time each year (at least for the last five years) as the Air Show as “an added value for the entire family to enjoy” Mrs. Knowles-Smith added.
As described in their informational promos:
The United States Navy's Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, popularly known as the Blue Angels, first performed in 1946 and is currently the oldest formal flying aerobatic team. The squadron's six demonstration pilots fly the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet in more than 70 shows at 34 locations throughout the United States each year, where they still employ many of the same practices and techniques used in their aerial displays in 1946. Since their inception, the "Blues" have flown a variety of different aircraft types for more than 427 million spectators worldwide..."
The mission of the Blue Angels is to enhance U.S. Navy recruiting, and credibly represent Navy and Marine Corps aviation to the United States and its Armed Forces to America and other countries as international ambassadors of good will. The Blue Angels operate six F/A-18 Hornet aircraft.
This is a great outing, especially for the younger ones, who appear so unbelievably taken back with all the giggling and excitement when those roaring F/A-18 Hornets pass by with such speed and force that make the ground under your feet shake.
Before you make any confirmed December plans, however, be sure to check out the website of the Homestead Air Reserve Base for any announcements about the 2013 Air Show.
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