Wed, Dec 07, 2011
Annual Event Frees Airshows To Commit To Event Dates
Ask any show organizer, and they'll tell you the United States
Navy's Flight Demonstration Squadron, also known as the Blue
Angels, is the top air show ticket seller in the US. Each year,
show organizers compete for a limited number of schedule dates,
many waiting to announce the scheduled dates of the shows until
after the annual ICAS convention, going on this week, until they
determine whether they have a shot at booking the Blue Angels.
The 2012 airshow calendar will start to fall into place quickly
now. The Navy has published the Blue Angels final schedule for the
upcoming season, and it includes 36 stops, most of them civilian
airshows, between March 10 and November 3, 2012. The Navy's website
says applicants to host the team are evaluated on a number of
criteria, including their potential value to recruitment, but some
smaller markets do make the cut. Appearing on the 2012 schedule are
St. George, Utah; Latrobe, Pennsylvania; and Twin Falls, Idaho.
So, why do the Blue Angels generate more ticket sales than the
US Air Force Thunderbirds, especially when some spectators actually
prefer the demo flown by the Thunderbirds? Certainly part of it is
the name. The FAQ on the official team website reveals that in the
team's first season, in 1946, members were preparing for a show in
New York City when one of them saw the name of the Blue Angles
nightclub in the New Yorker magazine, and the rest is history.
Find the full 2012 schedule at the FMI link below.
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