Due to COVID-19 restrictions onboard Naval Air Station Pensacola and other naval installations across the Southeast, the 2021 Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show will be moved to Pensacola Beach. The show dates will remain Friday and Saturday, Nov. 5 and 6.
This year’s air show will be the 75th anniversary of the formation of the U.S Navy Flight Demonstration Team, also known as the Blue Angels. The Blue Angels are the oldest continuously operating demonstration flight team in the world.
Officials and representatives with Escambia County, the Santa Rosa Island Authority, Visit Pensacola and air show sponsor Kia Autosport have been working tirelessly to get the Homecoming Air Show on Pensacola Beach organized and funded in very short time.
Visit Pensacola is funding the beach air show, using excess TDT funds from the area’s banner summer tourism season to pay for the event, combined with a major sponsorship donation from Kia Autosport.
In the same fashion as the July air show, the SRIA will host the 2021 Homecoming Air Show along Pensacola Beach on Friday, Nov. 5 and Saturday, Nov. 6, with the U.S. Navy Blue Angels headlining.
In addition to the Blue Angels, there will be a handful of aerobatic and stunt plane pilots performing as well.
Please note: Show times are tentative and subject to change as the details are still being arranged. There will be no Sunday rain date show if Saturday’s air show is suspended or canceled due to weather.
More details about the Homecoming Air Show on Pensacola Beach will be announced as they become available. For the most up-to-date information on the Pensacola Beach Homecoming Air Show, please go to VisitPensacola.com site or click here.
To mitigate parking congestion along Pensacola Beach during the air show, the SRIA will be providing free public transportation along the island on Friday, Nov. 5, and Saturday, Nov. 6.
In addition to the three, open-air trolleys, the SRIA will have four more buses running from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and will extend their service area to Park East, located a mile east of Portofino Resort.
Trolleys will pick up passengers from the official designated air show trolley stops of Park East (#7) or Park West (#9) only, and transport people to the Casino Beach area trolley stops at the ESO station (#8) and SRIA station (#6) throughout the day.
The eastbound trolley route will only pickup/drop off at Park East (#7) and the SRIA station (#6) and loop back and forth between those two stations all day.
The westbound trolley route will only pickup/drop off at Park West (#9) and the ESO station (#8), and will loop back and forth between those two stations all day.
Passengers who wish to get back to their vehicles as soon as the air show ends need to be on the first fleet of buses leaving the ESO or SRIA stations post show, or should expect to wait as long as 90 minutes for the trolleys or buses to return due to gridlocked traffic immediately following the air show. PLEASE NOTE: Face masks will be required to ride on all trolleys or buses, per federal regulations regarding public transportation.
All busing service ends at 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.