Blue Angels are headed to Indiana for the Terre Haute Air Show Saturday. What to know (2024)

Today is the day. The Blue Angels are headlining the Terre Haute Air Show Saturday and Sunday.

Gates open for the two-day air show at 9 a.m. The full air show will start at noon and continue until 4 or 4:30 p.m.

This will be the Blue Angels' first appearance at the Terre Haute Air Show since 2018. Here's everything to know about the show.

When is the Terre Haute Air Show?

The 2024 Terre Haute Air Show is happening between noon and 4-4:30 p.m. on June 1-2. Gates open at 9 a.m.

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How much are Terre Haute Air Show tickets?

General admission tickets for the 2024 Terre Haute Air Show are $30 in advance and $40 at the gate, with free admission for kids 12 and under.

Pilots Lounge tickets are sold out for the Saturday show, but you can still purchase them for the Sunday performance.

Pilots Lounge tickets are $200 for adults, $175 for kids 12 and under and $157.50 for military. Tickets include general admission chair seating, a shade tent, complimentary water and soft drinks, a catered buffet, non-public and air-conditioned portable restrooms and a cash bar.

You can purchase tickets and find additional information on

How much is parking at the Terre Haute Air Show?

Parking is free at the air show.

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Who is performing at the Terre Haute Air Show?

Here are the performers for the 2024 Terre Haute Air Show:

  • Rob Reider – Announcer
  • Blue Angels
  • U.S. Air Force A-10 Demo
  • Tora Tora Tora and Tora Pyro
  • Gunfighter – P-51 Mustang
  • Jack Aces – P-51 Mustang
  • Matt Younkin – Younkin Airshows
  • Franklin's Flying Circus
  • Team Titan (formerly Aeroshell)
  • Mister Mulligan
  • Nathan Hammond – Ghostwriter Airshows
  • Patriot Parachute Team

Static displays at the Terre Haute Air Show

Here's a list of static displays you can catch during the air show:

  • B-29 "Doc"
  • F-16 Fighting Falcon
  • 1942 Pipe HE-1 Air Ambulance
  • Tri-state Warbird Museum's P-51 "Cincinnati Miss"
  • Commemorative Air Force MO Wing's B-25 "Show Me"
  • Tri-state Warbird Museum's P-40 Warhawk
  • T-6 "Spanish Lady"
  • Sky Soldiers Huey and Cobra
  • Tri-state Warbird Museum's TBM
  • P-51 "Hi-G"
  • Commemorative Air Force's C-45 "B.O.B."
  • P-51 “Petie 2nd”
  • Commemorative Air Force's Corsair
  • Commemorative Air Force's SBD Dauntless
  • C-47/DC-3
  • Commemorative Air Force's MO Wing's Boeing PT-17 Stearman "Kaydet"
  • Commemorative Air Force's BT-13
  • Commemorative Air Force's MO Wing's Grumman TBM Avenger
  • Douglas A-1 Skyraider "Naked Fanny"

What to expect at a Blue Angels air show?

If you’re never been to a Blue Angels air show, you’re in for a treat. Plan for an all-day event, from waiting in line as you await the opening gates at 8:30 a.m. to when the show wraps up about eight hours later.

Once the gates open, depending on which show you’re attending, you’ll likely be able to meander through vendors, claim spots to watch the show, enjoy performances from civilian and other military teams and learn about some aeronautical history.

There’s typically something to keep your attention every 30 minutes to an hour, starting with a parachute demonstrations and ending with a demonstration from Fat Albert just before the Blue Angels take to the skies.

How long do the Blue Angels fly during an air show?

A Blue Angels air show is typically an all-day event spanning about eight hours. Civilian acts and other military performers take to the skies throughout the day leading up to the final event: the Blue Angels. Fat Albert will lead the Blues with a short 10-15-minute demonstration, and the Blues will perform for about an hour afterward.

What can you bring to the Terre Haute Air Show?

Here are some things you should bring with you to the Terre Haute Air Show:

  • Chairs, blankets or something comfortable to sit on

What can't you bring to the Terre Haute Air Show?

Leave these items at home:

  • Smoking or vaping
  • No outside alcohol
  • No weapons of any kind
  • No drones
  • No canopies or tents. Nothing larger than a personal size umbrella for rain.
  • No pets
  • No coolers
  • No two-way AviRadios

What planes do the Blue Angels fly?

In 2021, the Blue Angels started flying in a new airplane for the first time in more than 30 years — theSuper Hornet F/A-18 E/F. The new jets are 25% larger, fly 40% further, remain on station 80% longer and can carry more weapons than their predecessors. The team previously flew F/A-18 Hornets, which they transitioned to from the A-4F Skyhawk II in 1986.

How fast do the Blue Angels fly?

The new Super Hornets can reach top speeds just under Mach 2 (about 1,400 miles per hour), almost twice the speed of sound. The jets can climb at a maximum rate of 30,000 feet per minute.

How much do Blue Angel pilots make?

Blue Angels pilot salaries are no different from what their pay would typically be, based on rank and time in service.

Where are the Blue Angels based?

The Blue Angels are based onboard Naval Air Station Pensacola in Pensacola, Florida.

Meet the Blue Angels first woman pilot, Amanda Lee

Blue Angels are headed to Indiana for the Terre Haute Air Show Saturday. What to know (1)

Growing up in Minnesota, Lt. Amanda Lee worked for UPS while attending the University of Minnesota in Duluth. She enlisted in the Navy before graduating from Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Illinois, in 2017.

Her successes as an aviation electronics technician led to her selection into the Seaman-to-Admiral Commissioning Program. She was designated a naval aviator in April 2016.

After earning her naval aviator wings, Lee was deployed to the USS Harry S. Truman in support of Dynamic Force Employment Operation INHERENT RESOLVE, as well as numerous exercises with NATO allies.

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In 2019, Lee flew in the first ever all-female flyover that was part of the funeral service for retired Navy Capt. Rosemary Mariner, one of the first female Navy jet pilots and the first woman to command an operational naval aviation squadron.

Amanda joined the Blue Angels in September 2022. She has accumulated more than 1,400 flight hours and over 225 carrier-arrested landings. Her decorations include four Navy Achievement medals and various personal and unit awards.

Blue Angel pilots in 2024

Here’s a look at the Blue Angel pilots for the 2024 air show season.

  • #1 Cmdr. Alexander Armatas— Cmdr. Alexander P. Armatas is a native of Skaneateles, New York. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering.
  • #2 Lt. Cmdr. Jack Keilty— Lt. Cmdr. Jack Keilty, is a native of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, where he attended Mount Saint Mary Catholic High School, graduating in 2005.He attended the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia, where he lettered in football and earned a Bachelor's Degree in history in 2010. Upon graduation he was commissioned an ensign in the United States Navy and reported to Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, for Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API)."
  • #3 Lt. Wesley Perkins— Lt. James Wesley Perkins is a native from Pordenone, Italy, grew up in Georgetown, Texas, and graduated from Hutto High School in 2009.He attended Texas A&M University graduating with a degree in ocean engineering in 2014. Perkins commissioned as an ensign through the Reserve Officers' Training Corps.
  • #4 Lt. Cmdr. Amanda LeeLt. Cmdr. Amanda Leeis a native of Mounds View, Minnesota. She graduated from Irondale High School in 2004, where she competed in soccer, ice hockey and swimming.While attending the University of Minnesota Duluth, Amanda enlisted in the U.S. Navy as an aviation electronics technician (AT) and reported to her first command, VFA-136 "Knighthawks." She was selected to commission as a pilot through the Seaman-to-Admiral (STA-21) commissioning program in 2009. The following year, Lee attended the Naval Science Institute (NSI) for officer training in Newport, Rhode Island, and simultaneously began her studies at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, where she received a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry.
  • #5 Lt. Cmdr. Griffin Stangel— Lt. Cmdr. Griffin Stangel is a native of Madison, Wisconsin, and graduated from Madison West High School in 2008.He attended the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, North Dakota, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in air traffic control in 2012. Immediately after graduation, he reported to Newport, Rhode Island, where he received his commission as an ensign in the United States Navy after completion of Officer Candidate School.
  • #6 Cdr. Thomas Zimmerman— Cmdr. Thomas Zimmerman is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. He graduated from St. Paul's School in 2004 lettering in football, wrestling and lacrosse.After graduation, he attended the United States Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport, Rhode Island, for one year prior to attending the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. He lettered in lacrosse at both schools and graduated from the Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in ocean engineering, earning his commission as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy in 2009.
  • #7 Lt. Connor O'Donnell(Narrator)— Lt. Connor O’Donnell is a native of Freeport, Maine, and graduated from Yarmouth High School in 2011.Following high school, he attended the United States Naval Academy and graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in operations research."
  • #8 Lt. Cmdr. Brian Vaught— Lt. Cmdr. Brian Vaught is a native of Englewood, Colorado. He graduated from Cherry Creek High School in 2004, where he lettered in lacrosse.After high school he attended the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in business administration. Upon graduation, Brian worked in professional sports marketing and promotions, eventually attending Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island, where he earned his commission as an ensign in the U.S. Navy in 2011."

Blue Angels schedule 2024

  • March 9: Naval Air Facility El Centro, California
  • March 16-17: Travis Air Force Base, California
  • March 23-24: Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans, Louisiana
  • April 6-7: Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
  • April 13-14: Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Forth Worth, Texas
  • April 20-21: Cocoa Beach, Florida
  • April 27-28: Vidalia, Georgia
  • May 4-5: Vero Beach, Florida
  • May 11-12: Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina
  • May 22/24: U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland
  • May 25-26: Jones Beach, New York
  • June 1-2: Terre Haute, Indiana
  • June 8-9: Chesterfield, Missouri
  • June 15-16: La Crosse, Wisconsin
  • June 22-23: Dayton, Ohio
  • June 29-30: Traverse City, Michigan
  • July 6-7: Johnson City, New York
  • July 13: Pensacola Beach, Florida
  • July 27-28: Fargo, North Dakota
  • Aug. 3-4: Seattle, Washington
  • Aug. 10-11: Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Aug. 17-18: Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug. 24-25: Wichita, Kansas City
  • Aug. 31: Cleveland, Ohio
  • Sept. 1-2: Cleveland, Ohio
  • Sept. 14-15: Owensboro, Kentucky
  • Sept. 21-22: Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia
  • Sept. 28-29: Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California
  • Oct. 12-13: San Francisco, California
  • Oct. 19-20: Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida
  • Oct. 26-27: Houston, Texas
  • Nov. 2-3: Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida
Blue Angels are headed to Indiana for the Terre Haute Air Show Saturday. What to know (2024)


How long does it take for the Blue Angels to show? ›

A Blue Angels air show is typically an all-day event spanning about eight hours. Civilian acts and other military performers take to the skies throughout the day leading up to the final event: the Blue Angels.

Where is the best place to see the Blue Angels? ›

The best place to catch the Blue Angels in action is right over the National Naval Aviation Museum at NAS Pensacola. The museum offers a fantastic vantage point, allowing you to witness their thrilling maneuvers against the backdrop of historic aircraft and naval history.

How do the Blue Angels travel to shows? ›

The show's narrator flies Blue Angels No. 7, a two-seat F/A-18F Hornet, to show sites. The Blues use these jets for backups, and to give demonstration rides to VIP (civilians). Usually, two back seats rides are available at each air show; one goes to a member of the press, and the other to the "Key Influencer".

Why don't the Blue Angels wear G suits? ›

Anticipating the changes in gravitational forces allows the Blue Angels demonstration pilots to combat G-forces with muscle contractions. Additionally, G-suits would detrimentally impact flight safety. The Boeing F/A-18's control stick is mounted between the pilot's legs.

What time do the Blue Angels start practicing? ›

In addition to two local airshows, held annually in July and November, the Blue Angels practice in Pensacola every Tuesday and Wednesday from late March through November. Typically, practice shows begin at 10:30 a.m. and last just under an hour.

What beach is best to watch the Blue Angels? ›

1. Fort Pickens on Gulf Islands National Seashore. Located across from Pensacola Bay from Naval Air Station Pensacola on the tip of Santa Rosa Island, most any location around the historic fort offers great views of the Blue Angels practices. The area has become an increasingly popular spot to watch the flights.

How much do Blue Angels cost? ›

What is the cost of the Blue Angels? As part of the Navy, the Blue Angels are funded through taxes. The group's annual operating cost is roughly $36 million, which covers all shows and practices for the year, according to Lieutenant Chelsea Dietlin, a Blue Angels public affairs officer.

What beach do the Blue Angels fly over? ›

The Blue Angels are a highly talented flight demonstration squadron of the U.S. Navy. Their flight demonstrations are quite a mesmerizing display. Although they are based in Pensacola, you can often spot them flying over the waters of Orange Beach and Gulf Shores.

Why does one plane fly behind the Blue Angels? ›

If you've ever seen a Blue Angels flyover, you may have noticed that one plane seems to be flying out of formation behind the others. When six jets are flying in Delta formation, there is a seventh jet just behind the others to act as the spotter.

Can you take a ride with the Blue Angels? ›

They say you're extremely lucky if you ever get the chance to be nominated to ride along with the Blue Angels. “Yeah its definitely a desirable position to be in unfortunately we only get two slots per air show," said Lt. Conner O'Donnell, advanced pilot.

Are there any female Blue Angels pilots? ›

In July 2022, Lieutenant Lee was announced as the first woman to join the Blue Angels as a demonstration pilot, and as the second woman in the team, after USMC Captain Katie Higgins Cook who joined in 2015, flying the C-130 Fat Albert transport plane.

Are Blue Angels top gun pilots? ›

Some current and former Blue Angels pilots have gone through TOPGUN; however, it is not a prerequisite. 6. Ambassadors of Goodwill: The Blue Angels visit more than 50,000 people between March and November (the show season) during hospital and school visits.

How much does a Blue Angels pilot make a year? ›

How much does a Blue Angel Pilot make? As of Jun 10, 2024, the average annual pay for a Blue Angel Pilot in the United States is $130,916 a year. Just in case you need a simple salary calculator, that works out to be approximately $62.94 an hour. This is the equivalent of $2,517/week or $10,909/month.

How fast is the Blue Angels sneak pass? ›

During the double sneak pass the solos “Mach knock” at speeds approaching 700 mph, just under the speed of sound. During the High Alpha pass also known as a “Tail stand,” Blue Angel 6 is at a speed of just 125 mph. Some maneuvers feature both solo aircraft performing at once.

How fast do the Blue Angels fly when performing? ›

A Blue Angels air show is definitely a feat to behold. Their maneuvers require pinpoint precision as their jets fly up to 700 mph, just under Mach 1, and they fly as close as 18 inches apart. Meet the Blue Angels' first woman pilot:Lt. Amanda Lee is the first female Blue Angels flight demonstration jet pilot.

How long do airshows last? ›

Spanning over three days, the Airshow features the best in military and civilian flight demonstrations from international teams, including past performances by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, Royal Air Force Red Arrows, and Canadian Forces Snowbirds.

How much does it cost to put on a Blue Angels Air show? ›

Figuring for the seven planes (six fly in the show) at average jet fuel costs, it runs about $40,950 per show. The Navy's Blue Angels public affairs office eventually confirmed the estimate.


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