It isn’t every day you get to witness an aerial performance from the U.S. Navy Blue Angels. Formed in 1946, the Blue Angels is the oldest flight team in the nation and remains one of the greatest aerobatic demonstration teams in the world. Luke Days 2018, happening March 17-18 at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Arizona, will be the first time that the Blue Angels have performed at that base since 1992.
U.S. Navy Blue Angels
At Luke Days 2018, attendees will have the chance to see the performance for themselves on both show days. During their routine at Luke, the Blue Angels will reach speeds of approximately 700 miles per hour (just under the speed of sound) and fly as close together as 18 inches.
U.S. Air Force Academy Wings of Blue
The Wings of Blue is the parachute team of the United States Air Force. Members of the demonstration team are hand selected and represent one of the premier parachuting teams in the country. Each of the team’s performances is tailored to the venue. Performers often wear smoke grenades to increase their visibility to the onlooking crowd.
U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight — F-35A
The U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight is one you will not want to miss. Watching prominent planes from Air Force history fly along with the modern F-35A allows spectators a unique opportunity to learn about the heritage of the Air Force. Watching planes from the WWII, Korea and Vietnam eras next to the unprecedented F-35A is a truly inspirational experience and a fitting way to honor the contributions of every man and woman who has served in the USAF.
CAF Red Tail Squadron
The CAF Red Tail Squadron’s P-51C Mustang, named Tuskegee Airmen, is an authentic and fully restored operational fighter from the World War II era.
The aircraft has been painted in a scheme that honors the four fighter squadrons in the 332nd Group:
- The red and yellow cowling represents the 302nd Fighter Squadron
- The A on the side represents the 99th Fighter Squadron
- The yellow banding on the wings represents the 301st Fighter Squadron
- The red fins on the wings represents the 100th Fighter Squadron
Before catching them live at Luke Days, learn more about the amazing legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen at the CAF Red Tail Squadron website.
With 17 performers scheduled for Luke Days 2018, this post only scratches the surface of all of the excitement you can expect to find at the show. Be sure to check out our Luke Days performers page for a full list and check back soon for more descriptions. And if you haven’t already, reserve your spot in one of the chalets by purchasing your Luke Days VIP tickets now!
Which performance are you most looking forward to at Luke Days?