Aviation enthusiasts will have an opportunity to take in the sights of jets flying over Pensacola Beach after all, announced Buck Lee, Santa Rosa Island Authority Executive Director, this afternoon.
The Pensacola Beach Airshow featuring 23 aircraft will begin at 1 p.m. on July 12-13 along with a free concert at 7 p.m. on July 13.
The Navy Flight Demonstration Team, the Blue Angels have been the premier team at past airshows, but their 2013 season was cancelled due to sequester budget cuts.
“Normally, in July the Santa Rosa Island Authority presents the Pensacola Beach Airshow featuring the Blue Angels, and we always have two or three civilian aerobatics leading up to the air show,” said Lee. “This year, instead of having two or three acts, we will have at least 23 aircraft over Pensacola Beach performing for visitors and locals.”
Lee said that two of the aircraft will be Warbird jets and many other types of aircraft from across the United States.
“Normally, this kind of show across the U.S. cost $20-25 per person to attend, but ours is free,” said Lee. “On Saturday night there will be a free concert starting at 7 p.m. at the Gulf Side pavilion featuring the Tams out of Atlanta,” said Lee. “Jimmy Buffet said in an interview that if you ever get a chance to hear the Tams live, you need to attend. They (even) sang on one of his albums.”
Lee commended the community for coming together to make the airshow possible.
“The community has come together like never before. Enterprise Rent-A Car is supplying all team members and pilots with free vehicles for the weekend; Pensacola Aviation is allowing us to buy all fuel at cost and are not charging us for hanger space,” said Lee.
Lee is hoping for a big public turnout of locals and surrounding community residents because the event is the SRIA’s way of thanking the community.
“This show is from the Santa Rosa Island Authority to you for supporting Pensacola Beach all year long,” said Lee. “This should be a great family weekend on Pensacola Beach and I hope to see you there.”