After sequestration, Offutt Air Show returns

Jul 18, 2014

Offutt Air Force Base hosts its annual air show this weekend.

The Defenders of Freedom Open House and Air Show was canceled last year due to federal budget cuts. This year’s show will feature more than 70 demonstrations and displays, including the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.

Lieutenant Amberlynn Daniel, Safety Officer for the Blue Angels, says 6 pilots will demonstrate combat maneuvers.

“These are maneuvers that are utilized by our pilots and our aviators out in the fleet. So they are not tricks, they are not stunts, they are actual combat maneuvers that are utilized in the fleet. And you’re going to see six F-18s up there doing high-speed maneuvers in very close proximity to each other. We get up to 18 inches wingtip to wingtip for our closest maneuvers.”

Lieutenant Daniel says the Blue Angels travel 300 days a year. They spend the first three months of their year in training, and perform in an air show every weekend.

Gates open at 9 am Saturday. More information is available at