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HURRICANE UPDATE: Hurricane Michael dangerous Cat 4

HURRICANE UPDATE: Hurricane Michael dangerous Cat 4

UPDATE: As of 10/10 at 6:30 a.m. Hurricane Michael is now a very dangerous Cat 4 storm with maximum sustained winds at 140 mph and higher gusts at the center. On its present forecast track the storm is set to landfall somewhere near Panama City. Currently the hurricane is moving toward the north at 13 […]

Thunderbirds in town to meet with Blue Angels

Thunderbirds in town to meet with Blue Angels

Criss-crossing a gray sky on a blustery Monday morning at NAS Pensacola, the Air Force Thunderbirds demonstration team showed off their impressive flying maneuvers in the air, the noise from their F-16 jets almost deafening and the smoke trailing off behind them and fading into the gray clouds. For the first time in more than a […]

Fat Albert thrills riders

Fat Albert thrills riders

Walking up to the towering Blue Angels Hanger at the Pensacola Naval Aviation Station Friday, July 15, I had one goal for my media ride aboard the show teams impressive C-130 airplane Fat Albert. Do not throw up. My coworker Brian Lester had told me all about his ride aboard the plane during last year’s […]

Higgins’ life in the spotlight as Blue Angels pilot

Higgins’ life in the spotlight as Blue Angels pilot

Certain moments stand out for Capt. Katie Higgins, the first female pilot in Blue Angels’ history. She remembers the first time she flew a plane. A pilot for Fat Albert, the famed C-130, Higgins was 19 and nervous her first time manning a cockpit. “You get freaked out by the littlest things when you are […]

72 become citizens during ceremony at NAS Pensacola

72 become citizens during ceremony at NAS Pensacola

The number of Americans has increased by 72. On a sunny fall afternoon in Pensacola, 72 people from 35 nations raised their hands and recited the oath of citizenship. About 500 people attended the two-hour proceedings Nov. 13 in the spectacular Blue Angels atrium inside the Naval Aviation Museum at Naval Air Station Pensacola, including […]

Celebrating 100 years at NAS Pensacola

Celebrating 100 years at NAS Pensacola

An F/A-18 Hornet painted in the Blue Angels theme was unveiled July 1 at NAS Pensacola’s main gate to commemorate the base’s 100th anniversary, as well as the 60th anniversary of Blue Angels being stationed there. The F-11 Tiger previously at the air station gate had been on display since 1965. Captain Keith Hoskins, NASP Commanding Officer […]