ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — They haven’t performed here since 2007, but Spirit of St. Louis Airport President John Bales says the Blue Angels are coming back.
The Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, will perform in St. Louis on May 3-4, 2014, the team recently announced.
The year 2014 marks the fiftieth anniversary of Spirit of St. Louis Airport.
“So we thought there is no better way to mark the milestone then bringing back an act like the Blue Angels to their hometown,” said Bales.
Bales says the May 2014 Blue Angels air show won’t be a full blown ”fair and air show” as before, he says they just don’t have the ground or resources for that. But Bales says the two day air show will include some activities for kids and a salute to military veterans and aerospace industry pioneers.
In addition to an “Aspire and Achieve Pavilion”, that houses displays and activities to spotlight local and national efforts to advance science, technology, engineering and math.
“For more than a century, St. Louis has been the birthplace and home of some of our nation’s greatest heroes of aviation and space,” Bales said. “The 2014 Spirit of St. Louis Air Show salutes not only those military veterans and pioneers of industry who founded that aerospace legacy, but also those who sustain it today and those who will carry it forward by leveraging the rich STEM resources that fuel our community. We believe they are tomorrow’s heroes.”
During the 2011 season, more than 11 million spectators watched the Blue Angels perform.
Since its inception in 1946, the Blue Angels have performed for more than 484 million fans.