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The Great Florida Air Show May 15-16 at Orlando Melbourne International Airport; The lineup includes Blue Angels, F-16 Viper

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Blue Angels celebrate their 75th anniversary

ABOVE VIDEO: US Navy Blue Angels perform at the Great Florida Air Show at Orlando Melbourne International Airport in May.

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – The Great Florida Air Show, presented by Northrop Grumman, announced its 2021 line-up of world-class artists performing at Orlando Melbourne International Airport (MLB) on Saturday May 15 and Sunday May 16.

On their first appearance in Melbourne since 2015, the US Navy Blue Angels will direct the air show with the team’s new aircraft, the F-18 Super Hornet.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Blue Angel since it was founded in 1946 and it is the first time in 35 years that the team has upgraded its aircraft.

Planned leading actors are: United States Special Operations Command Parachute Team; Official US Air Force F-16 Viper Demonstration Team; American aerobatic master Mike Wiskus of Lucas Oil Air Shows, nine-time winner in a row, Rob Holland, and Mike Goulian (Red Bull Air Races Champion); Larry Labriola, pilot of the Aero L-39 Albatros; Gregory “Wired” Colyer flies Warbird Ace Maker T-33; and Scott “Scooter” Yoak in his WWII Quick Silver P-51.

“MLB couldn’t be more excited to host the US Navy Blue Angels again with these other great actors,” said Greg Donovan, AAE, executive director of Orlando Melbourne International Airport.

“We look forward to a high-flying, fun and safe event for our community.”

On their first appearance in Melbourne since 2015, the US Navy Blue Angels will direct the air show with the team’s new aircraft, the F-18 Super Hornet.

“This air show is an exciting opportunity to enjoy the best of aviation while bringing our community together to leverage the technology that we at Northrop Grumman are advancing every day. Given the challenges of the past year, we are excited to work with the Air Show Network and MLB to ensure this outdoor event is safe and accessible to the community, “said Kirsten Dreggors, vice president of engineering and site manager of Northrop Grumman’s manned aircraft Design Center of Excellence.

The first unique boutique event of this year produced by The Air Show Network will reduce capacity for a quality guest experience and social distancing.

A limited number of general admission tickets are available.

The US Air Force F-16 Official Viper Demonstration Team will perform at the Great Florida Air Show. (USAF picture)

“The focus is on creating a safe space for airshow fans and the best possible guest experience,” said Jim Breen, president of the Air Show Network. “To make sure we were producing a high quality, socially distant show, we limited the capacity to half the normal value. With the great cast and smaller audience, we’re working to make the show a very special event. “

Tables with four seats each are available in the Flight Line Club. Premium boxes and additional Air Show seats are sold in sets of 2 and 4.

The locations can be selected when purchasing online, depending on availability.

Each seating group is socially distanced in accordance with the CDC protocol. Goods and food and beverage transactions are processed cashless.

Static displays include the stunning new Generation 6 Florida Tech Jet Dragster with two-time IHRA World Champion Jet Dragster driver Elaine Larsen and the Florida Tech Jet Racing Team.

Table and seat cards are now available at www.greatfloridaairshow.com. Tickets will not be sold on-site on trade fair days. Parking for the event is free and upgraded VIP parking is available for purchase.

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