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Blue Angels announce return to Vero Beach in 2018
The Blue Angels are scheduled to return to Vero Beach in 2018. The iconic U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron will perform April 21-22, 2018 at the Vero Beach Air Show. The announcement came Tuesday at the International Council of Airshows convention in Las Vegas but Robert Paugh, president of the board of directors, said the application process was a lengthy one. The initial paperwork was filed in 2015 and in February Vero Beach organizers were told they would be considered by the Blues. “We were sitting on eggshells waiting,” Paugh said. Tuesday morning, Paugh and Blue Angels liaison and board member Marty Zickert sat among the almost 2,000 organizers, performers and air show representatives when the good news flashed up on the a jumbo-sized screen at the convention center. “We were just sitting there watching,” Zickert said. “And then we realized we not only got the Blues we got April. How cool is that?” The elite Blue and Gold squadron’s prior performances in Vero were in May and June. The Blues’ season is March through November. “It’s a great time of the year for our show,” Paugh said. “It will help with the heat. It’s prime.” The iconic jet demonstration team [...]