CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The U.S. Navy Blue Angels and F-35C Demonstration Team arrived in the Lone Star state Thursday for their performances this weekend at the Wings over South Texas Airshow.
The six blue and gold Super Hornet jets of the Blue Angels arrived Thursday morning into Naval Air Station Corpus Christi. Two Navy F-35C Lightning IIs also touched down and are scheduled to perform on Saturday and Sunday.
Unlike past years, the air base is not hosting the air show and instead going with the openness of a beach show. Air show center is located between Spoil Island and North Shoreline Blvd. overlooking Corpus Christie Bay.
“Although NAS CC will only be in a supporting role, the new format will allow greater public access for members of our South Texas community and the visitors that the show will attract,” NAS CC commander Capt. Chris Jason said. “This new show format also underscores the strength of the relationship between the military and the local community.”
Blue Angels to Showcase Faster Super Hornets
This year marks the Blue Angels 75th anniversary season and their first with the faster Super Hornet jets. The squadron said they are “excited to be on the road” to display their new aircraft.
“We will be traveling with a 100% fully immunized personnel on our team in order for the safest outcome for our community and personnel,” Blue Angels flight surgeon Lt. Monica Borza explained to AvGeekery.com. “We do have certain measures in place off-duty and we will be abiding by CDC and DOD guidelines.”
Air shows are a favorite past time for Lt. Borza, who grew up attending shows in Virginia Beach. Her father’s military life inspired her to join the U.S. Navy and become a fully licensed physician.
“I grew up going to the air show every summer,” Borza said from the flight line. “My father is a former naval flight officer, so I grew up inundated amongst the aviation community and I am honored and proud to be here to represent the fleet.”
The Blue Angels new C-130J Super Hercules known as Fat Albert also arrived into south Texas. The hulking aircraft delivered equipment and key personnel needed to keep the jets flying.
Tickets remain available for VIP sections at air show center. The flying will begin at 1 p.m. CDT, with the Blue Angels performing the final demonstration beginning at 3:05 p.m.
(Charles A Atkeison reports on aerospace and technology. Follow his updates via social media @Military_Flight.)