Top 10 Tips for Enjoying Blue Angels Practices

There’s nothing quite like watching the Blue Angels, even in practice flights. The skill and courage required to perform aerial maneuvers in tight formations at 400 to 700 mph, all while maintaining as little as 18 inches of separation, is awe-inspiring.

We’ve compiled a list of tips to help make sure you get the most out of the experience.

1. The Blue Angels practice most Tuesdays and Wednesdays from March through November. Practices start around 11:30 a.m. (Central Time) and last about 55 minutes. We recommend that you prepare for traffic and try to arrive early so as not to miss any of the action.

2. Admission to the Blue Angels practices and to the Museum is free, but you’ll need to bring a valid photo ID to ensure admission to the base, which has a 100% identification check for all visitors 16 years old and older.

3. If all the bleacher seating is filled, you can rent a chair for $3 to sit in for that day’s practice session. But again, it’s best to get there early because there is a limited number of chairs available.

4. One of the more common problems encountered at Blue Angels practices is dehydration. The best way to avoid it is to increase your fluid intake the day before and continue to drink cool, nonalcoholic beverages during the practice air show.

5. If you didn’t bring quite enough fluids, we offer concessions, including bottled water, sport drinks, light snacks and treats. You can also upgrade your Blue Angels experience with swag and select merchandise.

6. You’ll be sitting or standing in the hot sun, so to keep as cool as possible, wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. Add a wide-brimmed hat to provide a bit of personal shade and keep your head cool.

7. Bring sunscreen, too. Look for one with an SPF of 30 or higher that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Remember to put sunscreen on your ears, lips, hands and feet, especially if you’re wearing sandals or flip-flops. You’ll want to protect your hearing as well, so bring ear plugs and noise-protection earmuffs for babies and young children.

8. Try to keep baggage to a minimum. Backpacks, daypacks, large purses, luggage and similar items are NOT allowed on the flight line during Blue Angel practice air shows. Small purses or bags containing medications and diaper bags are allowed, but are subject to search by security personnel.

9. Because cancellations are often weather-related, they are sometimes not made public until the morning of the practice. Check the Museum’s and Blue Angels’ social media accounts for the most up-to-date information on possible cancellations.

10. Visit the Museum after for a chance to meet the Blue Angels. Admission to the Museum is free, and following most Wednesday practices, members of the Blue Angels greet fans and sign autographs inside the Blue Angels Atrium.

Click to view the Blue Angels 2017 Practice Schedule

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