HONOLULU (KHON2) — The U.S. Navy Blue Angels have arrived, they touched down Monday afternoon ahead of this weekend’s Kaneohe Bay air show.
It is the famous blue and yellow Super Hornets with the Koolau Range as a backdrop, the United States Navy Blue Angels came back to Hawaii for the first time in seven years.
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U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Mike Cicchi said coordinating the two shows was no simple task.
“The planning is extensive, and we have been planning it over a year not just with the blues but all the other demonstrators and we’re going to have a whole flight line aesthetic displays as well,” Cicchi explained. “We have C-5 coming in, C-17 and lots of big airplanes as well. They haven’t been here since 2015, it’s been a long time. We’re happy to have them it’s going to be a great show.”
The Blue Angels flew in from a show in Seattle, and while in Hawaii, they are expected to do several meet-and-greets and dress rehearsals for military members and family.
It is only on rare occasions that military bases are open to the public, officials said the air shows will be a good opportunity for the community to see past the gate. No tickets will be required to enter the air show.
“We think it’s a huge benefit to help foster the relationship between the military here on the peninsula and the community right outside the gate,” Cicchi said. “You’re right there’s not a lot of opportunities for civilians to come on board so we’re opening the gates, come see what we’re about.”
The gate of the Marine Corps Base Hawaii will open at 10 a.m. to the public on Saturday and Sunday. Officials said the public can expect traffic delays on days of the shows.
Cicchi said, “They come right down the H-3 to the base here and then they will get into a parking spot and there’s shuttles that will take them from the parking spot to the flight line here to watch the show.”
The free Kaneohe Bay Air Show takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both Saturday, Aug. 13, and Sunday, Aug. 14 at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe.
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will do an air demonstration. The event features military displays, food vendors, and entertainment.
For more information on the show, visit the Kaneohe Bay Air Show‘s Facebook page.
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The event is free to attend although if attendees want preferred seating, tickets can be bought at the Kaneohe Bay Air Show website.