The Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, will return to St. Louis on May 14-15, 2016, the team announced this morning.
The Blue Angels performances will headline the Spirit of St. Louis Air Show & STEM Expo to be held at Spirit of St. Louis Airport in Chesterfield.
“The event in 2014 was a phenomenal success for the community and for STEM education in the region,” said John Bales, president of the Spirit of St. Louis Air Show committee and Spirit of St. Louis Airport director. “We are excited to welcome the U.S. Navy Blue Angels back to St. Louis, and are incredibly excited for St. Louis to be able to once again experience the breath-taking, inspirational experience the Blue Angels deliver whenever they perform.”
The Blue Angels perform before an estimated 11 million spectators each show season. The 2014 Spirit of St. Louis Air Show & STEM Expo attracted more than 125,000 people to the event, with many more watching from surrounding vantage points.
The 2016 show season will mark the Blue Angel’s 70th anniversary of its first demonstration in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1946.
In addition to the Blue Angels, the two-day Spirit of St. Louis Air Show & STEM Expo will feature numerous flying and ground aircraft displays, along with the highly successful science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) Expo and the Veteran’s Village.
“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 2016 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.”
Proceeds from the not-for-profit Spirit of St. Louis Air show will be donated to local charities. More details regarding the air show will be announced in upcoming months.