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Young Pilots Exhibit Their Talents At Pensacola Beach Air Show

Young Pilots Exhibit Their Talents At Pensacola Beach Air ShowEven without the world-famous U.S. Navy Blue Angels, whose demonstration season was canceled due to federal budget cuts, the air show will go on over Pensacola Beach on July 12-13.
Organizers with the Santa Rosa Island Authority released a schedule today of aerial acts and a concert that they hope will draw crowds to the 2013 Pensacola Beach Air Show, which is traditionally the island’s biggest tourist draw of the year.

“We have twenty-four air craft that will be flying from 1:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. both days,” SRIA Executive Director Buck Lee said in a news release. “Normally a civilian act of this magnitude would cost up to $25.00 per person, but ours is free to the public. We hope next year the United States Navy’s flight demonstration squadron, the Navy Blue Angels, will be able to return for our air show, as they will surely be missed this year.”

The Pensacola Beach Air Show has featured acts in addition to the Blue Angels for years. Last year, AL.com flew with Team RV, a civilian air show team that was scheduled to perform at last year’s show but were unable to perform due to inclement weather.

The 2013 Pensacola Beach Air Show scheduled lineup includes Kevin Coleman, who at only 21 years old is one of the youngest air show celebrities in the world, and Gary Ward, who is the first pilot to begin flying the high-powered MX2 in air shows.
Skip Stewart is an Aerobatic Champion who has won several gold medals in regional competitions and has been awarded two Pitts Trophies. Lima Lima, new to the Pensacola Beach Air Show, stresses precision formation flying from the six ship wedge and double arrowhead to the basic figure four and diamond formations.
Red Star & The Dragon features 800 mph head-on merges between Red Star, a Viper-29, and The Dragon, a BAC-167 Strikemaster. Otto the Helicopter is the only helicopter to perform in the Pensacola Beach Air Show. Known for blowing bubbles, playing with his yo-yo and shooting smoke in all directions, Otto is a true crowd favorite, especially the younger fans.

Team Aerodynamix, the world’s largest air show team, provides an exciting and memorable performance that combines precision formation flying and formation acrobatics.  Source

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