Photo courtesy of Navy Blue Angles
Chesterfield, Mo. - The Blue Angels performances will headline the first air show to be held at Spirit of St. Louis Airport in Chesterfield since 2007.
The year 2014 marks the fiftieth anniversary of Spirit of St. Louis Airport, and there is no better milestone for which to bring back one of the most popular air shows in the Midwest, and there certainly is no better flight demonstration to feature than the Blue Angels,” said John Bales, president of the Spirit of St. Louis Air Show committee and Spirit of St. Louis Airport director.
“We are incredibly excited for St. Louis to be able to experience the breath-taking, inspirational experience the Blue Angels deliver whenever they perform.”
During the 2011 season, more than 11 million spectators watched the Blue Angels perform. Since its inception in 1946, the Blue Angels have performed for more than 484 million fans.
In addition to the Blue Angels, the two-day air show will feature numerous flying and ground aircraft displays, in addition to a “Aspire and Achieve Pavilion” that houses displays and activities to spotlight local and national efforts to advance science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) initiatives, as well as those to serve active-duty military personnel and veterans.
"For more than a century, St. Louis has been the birthplace and home of some of our nation’s greatest heroes of aviation and space,” Bales said in a statement. “The 2014 Spirit of St. Louis Air Show salutes not only those military veterans and pioneers of industry who founded that aerospace legacy, but also those who sustain it today and those who will carry it forward by leveraging the rich STEM resources that fuel our community. We believe they are tomorrow’s heroes.”
This will be the third Navy Week in St. Louis. Navy Cmdr. Kim Marks, director of Navy community outreach, said in a statement the event is an opportunity to “communicate our mission away from fleet concentration areas,” such as cities in the Midwest.
Proceeds from the not-for-profit Spirit of St. Louis Air show will be donated to local charities. More details regarding the air show will be announced in upcoming months.