Jacksonville Air Show 2015 Guide

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jacksonville air show 2015

The Jacksonville Sea and Sky Spectacular, the annual air show that alternates between Jacksonville NAS and the beach, is at the beach this year. Blue Angels return this year so get ready for some amazing aerobatics and high-flying fun!

Heading out? Here is what you need to know:

PARKING:

Arrive early if you plan on finding a great parking spot.

Road closures will be in effect over the weekend. Several blocks, from Beach Boulevard (State Road A1A) to Fifth Avenue North and west to Third Street, as well as Pablo Avenue, will be inaccessible to drivers. The Latham Plaza and pier parking lots will also be closed along with the pier itself.

The city has set up a park-and-ride lot at Florida State College’s South Campus, 11901 Beach Blvd. Air show attendees are encouraged to park in the campus’ east parking lot. Shuttles will run from the lot to the air show every 15 minutes. Parking is $10 per car and the shuttle ride is free. Shuttles will run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

COST:

The event is free. Come and enjoy!

WHO WILL YOU SEE:

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels are the headliners, and its show is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. each day. Other performances start at 11:30 a.m. Performers include:

■ The U.S. Special Operations Command Parachute Team, performing free-fall parachute demonstrations.

■ Geico Skytypers, a squadron of six vintage World War II aircraft performing with Miss Geico, one of the fastest speedboats in the world.

■ Patty Wagstaff, of St. Augustine, who has been inducted into the International Aerospace Hall of Fame for her aerobatic achievements.

■ Lt. Col. John Klatt of the U.S. Air National Guard.

■ Scott “Scooter” Yoak in his P-51D Mustang.

■ Rob Holland in his F4U-4 Corsair, the “Korean War Hero.”

SEATING:

Pretty much anywhere you like. The main hub of the event will be in Jacksonville Beach along First Street, from the SeaWalk Pavilion to the Jacksonville Beach Pier, but you’ll be able to see the show from anywhere on the beach.

WHATS ALLOWED TO BRING:

You can bring lawn chairs, beach chairs, strollers, purses or fanny packs no larger than 8 ½-by-11 inches, sunscreen, cameras, binoculars, towels, flags, umbrellas and ponchos. You cannot bring coolers, picnic baskets, backpacks, food or beverages, pets, rollerblades, skates or bicycles, although bike racks will be available at the entrances.

ANYTHING ELSE HAPPENING?:

There will be a military recruitment zone, with static displays and simulators from all branches of the military, plus the Air National Guard, the Beaches Fire Department and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. There will also be an “autograph alley,” where you can meet the performers from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; a kids’ zone — with an inflatable obstacle course, airbrush tattoos and a mechanical surfboard — that is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and food and beverage vendors.

BOAT ACCESS AND VIEWING:

Only from a distance. The U.S. Coast Guard and Navy will establish a Naval Vessel Protection zone extending a mile north of the pier, 1 ¾ miles south of the pier and ½ mile east of the pier.

SURFING DURING EVENT?

Swimming and surfing will be prohibited from Seagate Avenue to 13th Avenue South during the show.

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