For the first time in more than 30 years, the Blue Angels will fly into Waco for a performance at the 2018 Heart of Texas Air Show this spring.
An F/A-18 Legacy Hornet jetted across the skies over the Texas State Technical College airport Wednesday in a promotion for the Heart of Texas Air Show, scheduled for April 7 and 8.
The U.S. Navy’s premier flight demonstration team last visited Waco in the 1980s and will return next year for its only performance in Central and North Texas.
“All these people in Central Texas are going to get to see the Blue Angels in a place they haven’t been able to in a long time,” Blue Angels pilot Lt. Andre Webb said. “This will be awesome for the folks who live in Waco and I am sure for people from far away who will be able to come out and see our show.”
Webb grew up in Oklahoma and lived in Texas for a while as a flight student and later instructor.
He and events coordinator Lt. Dave Steppe, of Birmingham, Alabama, flew to TSTC in their twin-engine supersonic combat jet for a winter briefing in preparation for the April show.
“We are terribly excited they are coming, because we have hosted the (U.S. Air Force) Thunderbirds twice in the last three years, so this is just really cool that the Blue Angels are coming in the spring,” TSTC Aerospace Division director Carson Pearce said. “As a retired military pilot, what I appreciate about the Blue Angels is that it is just raw power.
“I liken their performance to a thunderous, gizzard-rattling event, because it is a visceral experience.”
The U.S. Army Special Operations Command Black Daggers Parachute Team will also perform during the air show in the spring. Guests will be able to see a variety of modern and historical aircraft on display and take in demonstrations and a large children’s area for family-friendly activities.
For more information about activities and ticket pricing, visit heartoftexasairshow.com.