US Navy Blue Angels Return to Smyrna in 2016

 The U.S. Navy Blue Angels Flight demonstration team is returning to Smyrna in 2016, according to officials with the Smyrna/Rutherford County Airport Authority.

“We are extremely excited and we are very fortunate to have been selected to have the best of the best performing at the Great Tennessee Airshow,” said John Black, executive director of the airport.

The renowned Blue Angels will again fly over Smyrna Airport on June 4 and 5, 2016. The Blue Angels last performed their high-flying acrobatics this summer at the Great Tennessee Airshow.

Historically, the airport has only put on the Great Tennessee Air Show when it could secure the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds or the Blue Angels. While the air show has been the signature event in Smyrna for more than 40 years, isn't always held annually. However, it was able to host the Thunderbirds in 2011 and the Blue Angels in 2012. No show is planned for 2015.

The Blue Angels fly 35 shows during the air show season with less than half of those at civilian airports, Black said.

“This reflects the caliber of our community, the airport and the air show fans. We’re currently working on logistics and securing additional performers for the 2016 show in June. This will be a show you won’t want to miss,” Black said about the Blue Angels committing to 2016.

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