Pensacola Beach Air Show

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 […]

Blue Angels crash probe to take months

Blue Angels crash probe to take months

The Navy investigation into the fatal crash of a Blue Angels jet on June 2 in Tennessee may last through the rest of the elite flight demonstration team’s 2016 air show season. “It could take months,” said Lt. Leslie Hubbell, spokeswoman for Naval Air Forces U.S. Pacific Fleet, the California command that oversees the Pensacola-based […]

Blues announce 2015 team

Blues announce 2015 team

The Blue Angels announced July 22 the officers selected for the 2015 team.  The squadron selected an executive officer, three F/A-18 demonstration pilots, an events coordination officer, two C-130 demonstration pilots, a flight surgeon and a supply officer to join the 2015 team. The Blue Angels select finalists to interview during the week of the […]

Red, White and Blues Week

Red, White and Blues Week

Santa Rosa Island Authority Executive Director Buck Lee has one piece of advice for those planning to enjoy the Pensacola Beach Air Show this weekend. “Get here early.” Lee said he expects larger than normal crowds since the Blue Angels were not able to fly last year. “Typically the main parking areas start to fill […]