National Cherry Festival Takes Flight over West Grand Traverse Bay Again in 2016!
Join us for the 90th National Cherry Festival Air Show, sponsored by Cherry Capital Airport, Northern Michigan Toyota Dealers, Sam’s Club, Schmuckal Oil, AVFlight, Harbour Air, NMC Aviation, Charter Spectrum, and the U.S. Coast Guard on Saturday, July 2, 3 and 4 for three exciting air shows!
Watching from the shores of West Grand Traverse Bay? Listen live on WTCM AM 580 to hear air show commentators give minute to minute maneuvering.
U.S. Navy Blue Angels
During the aerobatic demonstrations over West Grand Traverse Bay, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels fly six F/A-18 Hornet aircraft, split into the Diamond Formation (Blue Angels 1 through 4) and the Lead and Opposing Solos (Blue Angels 5 and 6). Most of the show alternates between maneuvers preformed by the Diamond Formation and those performed by the Solos.
The Diamond, in tight formation and usually at lower speeds (400 mph), performs maneuvers such as formation loops, barrel rolls and transitions from one formation to another. The Solos showcase the high performance capabilities of their individual aircraft through the execution of high-speed passes, slow passes, fast rolls, slow tools, and very tights turns. The highest speed found at an air show is 700 mph (just under Mach 1) and the lowest speed is 120 mph.
Some of the maneuvers include both solo aircraft performing at once, such as opposing passes (toward each other in what appears to be a collision course) and mirror formations (back-to-back, belly-to-belly, or wingtip-to-wingtip, with one jet flying inverted). The Solos join the Diamond Formation near the end of the show for a number of maneuvers in the Delta Formation.
U.S. Navy Blue Angels On Facebook
Below are the latest postings from the U.S. Navy Blue Angels Page On Facebook.
Love it! thank you US Navy Blue Angels along with all your helpers, mechanics, & great Navy guys!
Proud of our hometown Blues!
That was awesome to watch last night! But this pic really captures it! God bless the US military and all our great patriots! ❤️🇺🇸❤️
WOW! Spectacular photo. Thanks to all for your dedication and service. 🙂 Happy 4th!
One of my favorite maneuvers you perform! Thank you for your service and thank you for staying safe and keeping us safe today!!!
Just Imagine.... 244 yrs ago this Great Nation were founded.... Only 244.. Happy 4th everyone. God Bless America.
I’m SO proud of these pilots on this special day for our country which is much needed!
It was awesome. We love our Blues here in Pensacola...what a great night. Just sad the beach show is cancelled. Happy 4th!!❤️🇺🇸💙
Thank you Sue Lennon for including all who were in the Navy, my husband was a jet mechanic when he it was his turn to serve four years. Had some great stories to tell about all the places the Navy sent him to do his job. Love to all!!!
Now that's a sight to see! Those beautiful blue F-14 Hornets and they're Superior Pilots and one of our most beautiful landmarks, Mount Rushmore in the foreground. Happy 4th everybody. Stay safe and happy.
Happy 4th of July!! Loved seeing you guys in Houston!! 🎉🇺🇸🎉
My husband was 20 years in the Navy 16 years at Sea I was a Navy Wife the last four years and so proud of his service He is resting in heaven looking down watching the service today
Happy 4th of July, Blue Angels!! You make America so very proud! Thank you! 🇺🇸❤🇺🇸
Happy Independence Day America! Thank you for your service!🇺🇸
This is a frame of frames, absolutely America and entirely awesome. Thank you.
Happy Independence Day! What a great photo!!
This was awesome to watch. Thank you, Blue Angels, for the dignity and grandeur that you add to this great country!
Thank you for protecting this great nation 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
Happy Independence Day from the NAS, Pensacola, home of the Blue Angels.
Amazing and second to none ..... USAF.... let’s raise Red White and Blue .... 🇺🇸
That flyover was awesome. Thank you #blueangels.
Thank you for a Great Show last night!! Happy Independence Day U.S. Navy Blue Angels!! 🇺🇸
That is seriously one the most beautiful photographs I’ve ever seen! It actually made me tear up for a second... Thank you Blues! And God bless America! 🤘🇺🇸🤘
I missed it all, thought it was tonight. That is an awesome picture, being there would have been a highlight of my life.
When you're visiting Whidbey Island NAS ~ Please do a fly-over at my house on Laurel Lane... Flying my Stars & Stripes for you! Blue Angels used to fly right over the top of our house in Bellevue during SeaFair in the 60's. Been a huge fan ever since! 🙏🍀
We respect your commitment to our country and your profession. Dragged our Blues into the death throws of this spectacle. Can’t wait to see you on the other side of this mess. Godspeed. Fly safe. Inspire the next generation.
Happy 4th of July American and based on posted comments I hope it is not America's last 4th of July celebration. Trump 2020
All this keyboard bickering is what contributes to the hate that has reared it’s uglier head. It’s OK to watch the show if you don’t like Trump. It’s OK to watch the show if you do like Trump. It’s OK to disagree with someone, but not OK to label them It’s OK to agree with someone, but not OK to label them Why does everyone have to have a label? Why not have a civil discussion and ask about things you don’t understand? You might not like, or agree with the answers, but you will be more educated. You can ‘stick to your guns’ without being rude. If we don’t stop hating, this country is going down the proverbial toilet no matter who is in office. My apologies to the Blue Angels for this post turning political. I enjoy your shows no matter what.
Those were the best fire works I have ever seen. We were there 11 years ago.
Well said Lyn, I feel the same way. It’s getting harder and harder to talk to others with different ideas, good ones too! But if you don’t go along with their ideas, you’re ignorant- ill educated, or God Forbid have a mental illness. I’m looking for a small cabin in the woods just for me, the dog, and my sewing. Peace I seek!
I can remember a time when Blue Angels, Fireworks, and Mt. Rushmore were not political at all. We are living in a terrible time for our country.
Big pardons he is your commander and chief but salute big clowns 🤡 of the world’s you guys More honorable bcz sever the country 💗 blue angels
I was horrified watching the National Guard arrest Native Americans peacefully protesting this event. I'm so ashamed the Blue Angels were apart of this spectacle of abuse of power. I know they had no choice in the matter but it sucks nevertheless.
Happy Independence Day! Thanks you for your services.
Disappointed that you have cancelled all other shows due to Covid concerns but not this one for the criminal that lives in the White House
Awesome job blue angels! Entire program was out of sight
Thank for a great show in South Dakota
Thank you for participating and celebrating Independence Day Blues
Great job by the Blues... TOT perfect!
Sorry Blue Angels, he may be the commander in chief, but this is wrong. And seeing the masks you’ve worn in the past, deep down you know it’s wrong too. First post from you guys I haven’t liked
I love the Blue Angels...so awesome..♥️🏳️🌈
Proud Navy Vet watching you all. Thank You Blue Angels
Loved it! Thank you!
Cancel the Pensacola flyover due to public safety but then fly the same routine in South Dakota, oh but public safety does not matter....wonder why???? Total shame on you !
*cancels Pensacola show the morning of SD performance*
Always proud of our Blue Angels! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
Where else can this be watched? Vimeo is off line, keeps going off during the President's speech.
Always proud of the Blue Angels! And love them.❤
So Rushmore was closed to the general public today...
You cancelled your modified beach airshow but participated in this? 🙁
4 days ago
Your #BlueAngels C-130 pilots and crew are currently in Cambridge, United Kingdom with our new C-130J!
Over the next few weeks, team members will conduct a series of maintenance tests, which include an aircraft systems operational check out and a functional check flight, prior to completing the transatlantic flight to the United States.
#BAFans you will notice a couple changes to the paint scheme. The flight surfaces now have yellow tips, similar to our F/A-18s, 2 stripes run down the side of the aircraft and the iconic white top has been changed to a tear drop design.
This C-130J model will provide improved logistics support and eventually join the Blue Angels demonstration!
*Please note that our team is practicing social distancing and taking every precaution to maintain mission readiness. Stay safe!*
Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group
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Beautiful. It will be ready to support the new Rhinos for years to come. I love that it says Fat Albert Airlines on it. I was a bit concerned with the PC/Cancel culture we are now in, that there would be concern of hurting its feelings, or that maybe it identifies as a skinny plane.
You go US Navy and Marine Corp <3 , thank you for your service and really great shows! <3
I'm from North Yorkshire UK and this is amazing, we had the Red Arrows do a fly past last Saturday for what we call Armed forces day and that was a treat as covid 19 is still about in UK, hope you enjoy your stay and the weather stays nice, #staysafe
Really special vehicle. Hope it performs as predicted. Know the crew of maintenance and pilots will put it through it's paces. God Bless our service family.
Please can you do a flight test to EGHH / BOH .... only about 100 miles south of cambridge and it would make all the locals VERY happy
I remember one year during the Quad-City Air Show here in Davenport Iowa. I was at the drive up for my credit union. I heard a noise and Fat Albert comes popping up over the trees.
You MUST hit up THE EAGLE pub in Cambridge! Our pilots during WWII made it their ‘Go-To’ pub...be sure you leave a patch of the squadron & pic if you have a mind !
Would have been nice to see the Blue Angels Hercules at this year's postponed RIAT Fairford. Hopefully see the aircraft on a tour of America in the future. Fair winds flying home to Pensacola.
Awesome machine! Flew on it in 2003 in an airshow in Gainesville
Please return to the UK, with the whole Team, soon. It's been far too long since you performed here. 👍👍👍
Awesome. I know a lot of old engineers will hate it but about time Fat Albert got an upgrade
Nice pic! Love the colors of the flight surface. And the tear drop design. Please post location when/where testing will occur.Thank you for your dedication to making great shows even greater. Love the Blues! God bless the USN/USMC🙏🙏 💙💙 Be well! Be safe! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
Fly Past at north Weald airfield?? Only down the road for you too!!
Has it not been in Pensacola yet? I thought we have been seeing it while fishing in Gulf. Same paint and all
Looks really good, think it shows the pride that its predecessor had! For us brits, a U turn, from what was being said about last weeks paint job for Bo Jo MA did too!!!
I am living very close to this marshal airbase on newmarket road. Where can I see them if i drive around that area
Would love to see it over Manchester in The North West of England on a Test Flight. Hope All goes well in Cambridge. I hope The Blue Angels make a appearance in the uk very soon. 🙂
Easily my favourite military aircraft! Looking smart too! Used to see the RAF C-130s pretty much every day, when RAF Lyneham was a functioning RAF base
Hey, who put that Marine emblem on a perfectly good aircraft? Whole damn paint job needs to be re-done!
Glad our old raf herk has a new lease of life
Feel free to fly EMA for touch & go trials however advance notice reqd please... not every day or every 10yrs this chance to see this aircraft
That's me center back row. The Blue Angels XO and myself went to the same high school (Abington) played on the Lacrosse team (1981 State championship starting Crease Attack) and Boyscouts Troop 72. VP-1 Crew 9 Nas Barbers Pt Hawaii 1982-86
It's too bad the Navy didn't put her on permanent static Display, right now she's sitting at NAS JRB Fort Worth Tx (Carswell)
How wonderful to have the RAF and Blue Angels united like this. Saw Blue Angel's so many times during my career with USMC and they never failed to awe me. As the daughter of a RAF Officer, this makes me so happy. Blue Angels, say "hello" to Blighty for me. I look forward to seeing the new Fat Albert and you again soon.
Beautiful paint scheme, but where is the Loadmaster in this “crew” picture?
5 days ago
"In order to advance in my career field and be the best Communication Navigation Avionics Technician I can be, I take pride in always going back to the basics, never becoming complacent and constantly continuing my education." -SGT Zackary Cate
The Fat Albert Maintenance work center maintains the airframe, life support, engine, hydraulic and avionics systems of the Blue Angels C-130 Hercules aircraft, Fat Albert.
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Thank you for your integrity, commitment and hard work! God Bless you! 💙💛🇺🇸
Thank you for your continued service to our wonderful country. Fly high and fly proud. 🇱🇷🇱🇷💙💙
Awesome job, my family and I thank you for your service. God bless you 🙏 🇺🇸👍
What you do is important and thank you for your hard work! Thank you for your service and God bless you
Proud of you and your fellow experts!
What you do is important. It is similar to a pilot and their checklist. That is something you never want to take for granted and always to make sure every step is taken and nothing left out or to chance. Congratulations on your career and continuing education.
God Bless you The Blue Angels Keep Flying High Proud and Thank you for your Service!!🙏🏻❤️🇺🇸🙏🏻
If you're looking for a role model, look toward anyone that's a member of the BLUE ANGELS team... from the highest rank across to the lowest rank, you couldn't ask for a better role model.
May God be with you and the Blue Angels!🙏🏻❤️🇺🇸
RESPECT!!💯 THANK YOU!!🙏🌹💙👏👏👏👏
You are amazing. Thank you for sharing.
Thank you and continue to stay safe. LIC USN Ret
Love and respect for the Blue Angels and entire crew. I got on board Fat Albert in Beeville Texas!!
Your service is much appreciated 👍🏻🇺🇸
Proud of you!!!!!!😊
GOOD BLESS 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸✈️🇱🇷
Love the Blue Angels! ❤️
Appreciate your service!!
I thought Fat Albert was retired???
We need more young men and women in the service to learn a skill that they can apply to life after their service.
Thank you and bless you
Thank you for your service
the best way to go...
I love Fat Albert!!!!
Know you will do well !!
2 weeks ago
"Being a part of the Marine KC-130 community has taught me that the mission requires everyone to do their part in order to achieve success. Since joining the Blue Angels I have witnessed teamwork to the highest degree. It is truly amazing to see subject matter experts from different platforms throughout the Navy and Marine Corps come together and accomplish our common goal." -Gunnery Sgt. Mike Burgess
The all-Marine flight crew assigned to the squadron's Lockheed-Martin C-130 Hercules is responsible for transporting road-crew personnel, supplies, and equipment to and from each show site throughout the season.
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Thank you for your Service and Sacrifice for our Country !! God Bless America!! Go NAVY
We thank you for your service! My husband is Navy vet! Be safe guys!🇺🇸🙏
Excellence in performance is...The Blue Angel's and Team. Never a doubt!! Congratulations to all!!
God bless and protect them USN & USAF!! 🙏🙏💙💙🇺🇸🇺🇸
Thanks for your service from a Air Force Vietnam Veteran.
✈️. Semper Fi Go Blue Angel Marines and Navy pilots.
💙💛🇺🇸 Love our Blues, everyday in my prayers and heart! ❤️
Go Navy! My son, Retiired Navy Chief. 🇺🇸
All of you who work so hard and part of team Blue Angels are blessings to all of us who get to see a fly over or a show 👍👏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏
Salute! Keep up the great work and do stay safe. USN-Ret CVA-16 alumni
Good Morning Gunny Burgess and Blue Angels! Semper Fi Devil Dog! Thank You Very Much for your Service! 🇺🇸
Go Navy/Marine Corps (I'm retired Navy-Air Traffic Control & hubby former Marine-Generator tech
Thank all of you for your service and the beautiful precision flying have seen the show
Proud Momma in-law! 👍
Gunny Burgess is a very articulate spokesperson! Should transfer him to PR/Marketing!!
So so proud to call you fsmily
BE SAFE BLUE ANGELS 👍
You must be very proud!
Proud Momma 💙💛🇺🇸🦅
Thank you for your service!
Thank you got your service
Fly safe 🇺🇸
I love them all I really do. #marines #navy #army #AirForce #spaceforce #CoastGuard
6N and Neutral!