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Wings Over the Pacific Air Show: The Blue Angels in Hawaii

The Blue Angels over Hickam Air Force Base.

The Blue Angels are back in Hawaii for the Wings Over the Pacific Air Show! If you haven’t seen them yet, you’ve still got all Sunday to check out the festivities at the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. There’s a lot to see while you wait for the Blue Angels to put on their show at 4 p.m.

The talented F/A-18 Hornet pilots aren’t the only ones you can see perform at the air show — there’s the Navy’s parachute team — the Leap Frogs —  the Air Combat Command F-22 Demonstration Team, and the C-17 Globemaster III Demonstration Team.

Click here for a schedule of events!

Jake and I taking a selfie with a C-17.

Jake and I got to the air show at about 1:30 p.m., when the C-17 Globemaster demonstration was going on. As we walked onto the grounds, we saw this huge carrier plane circling the area. It was shocking to see something so big flying so close to the ground.

There are different planes situated around the air show that you can go inside. We stood in line to check out a C-17 only to find we could’ve just walked in. We were actually in line to see the cockpit, which ended up being pretty cool.

The picture below shows the bird’s eye view of the festivities you could get from the co-captain’s seat.

The view from the cockpit of a C-17.

The view from the cockpit of a C-17.

It was so hot Saturday that people were huddling together, setting up their chairs and mats under the wings of planes before the Blue Angels went on. Pizza Hut was selling whole extra large pizzas for $15, so you better believe they had some of those with them.

If you plan on checking out the air show, remember to bring cash with you! Food, beverage, and a lot of the souvenir sales are cash only. Plus if you’re headed to the air show and plan on making it a family affair, there are also a lot of activities for the kids like rock climbing and other rides.

The Blue Angels zooming out of formation.

The Blue Angels zooming out of formation.

Seeing the Blue Angels show on base is really worth the extra effort because you’re right there as the jets fly through center stage — and right over your head! It’s crazy how close up they get to the spectators. With that being said, you may want to bring your ear plugs! It can get pretty loud.

It’s not really possible to heave a bad seat for the show — whether you’re standing or sitting, you’ll be able to see them zooming in and out of view as they perform tricks. Next year in October 2015, the Blue Angels are scheduled to be back in Hawaii, this time with a new edition to the team: a Navy lieutenant who grew up in Hawaii Kai!

So, what are you waiting for? It’s the last day to see the Blue Angels in Hawaii! The festivities start at 10 a.m. and last until 5:30 p.m. If you can’t make it out to the base, you can always see (or hear) the Blue Angels up in the sky at 4 p.m.

Don’t forget to check out more pictures in the slideshow below!

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