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Blue Angels’ first Pensacola museum practice draws huge crowd
The Blue Angels had their first practice of the 2017 season at the National Naval Aviation Museum Thousands of enthusiastic fans gathered outside Pensacola’s National Naval Aviation Museum on Tuesday to watch the Blue Angels’ first public practice of the 2017 air show season. The line for the 11:30 a.m. show began forming at 8 a.m., and organizers said nearly 6,000 people watched the hour-long practice from the museum’s viewing area at Pensacola Naval Air Station. Thousands more watched from locations outside the base as the six F/A-18 Hornet pilots performed the team’s iconic maneuvers. “I just want to get up there with them. It was so beautiful,” longtime fan Judy Morrissey said after the show. Morrissey, who was one of the first people in line early Tuesday, said she was excited to see the team back in Pensacola following winter training in El Centro, California. A big crowd is expected again on Wednesday when a pilot autograph session is scheduled inside the museum after the practice. Story continues below gallery Nancy Huffine, a tourist from West Frankfort, Illinois, didn’t realize the Blue Angels would be flying Tuesday when she and her husband visited the museum. “It was an unexpected treat,” she said. “We hadn’t seen them [...]