MIDDLE RIVER, MD (December 3, 2015) – Today the Maryland Department of Commerce and partners welcome the U.S. Navy Blue Angels to Maryland to announce their return to Baltimore, October 15-16, 2016. The air show will take place during the inaugural Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore, a free 6-day festival celebrating the rich naval traditions of the Chesapeake Bay and the contributions of Marylanders to the defense of the nation.
“We are excited to welcome the Blue Angels back to Maryland in 2016 as we host the inaugural Fleet Week and Air Show in Baltimore,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “Symbolizing the pride and professionalism of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, the performances of this elite squadron draws thousands of visitors from around the region to our state.”
The Blue Angels, the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, will be based at Martin State Airport and performing in Baltimore for the third time during the Star-Spangled Air Show, a two-day event featuring multiple acts flying above the waters of the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. The pilots are in Baltimore to conduct logistical assessment of the local area in advance of their performance.
Navy gray hulls will also return to Baltimore’s famed Inner Harbor to celebrate Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore. In addition to October’s air show, the Blue Angels will perform in Maryland on May 25 and May 27, as part of the United States Naval Academy Air Show and Graduation Flyover, as well as October 29-30 at the Naval Air Station Patuxent River Air Expo. Like the events Star-Spangled Sailabration in June 2012 and Star-Spangled Spectacular in September 2014, Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore is expected to bring hundreds of thousands of visitors to Baltimore and the region and contribute to the economy through increased hotel bookings and spending at restaurants, shops and retail outlets.
About Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore (October 12-17, 2016)
Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore celebrates the rich naval traditions of the Chesapeake Bay and the contributions of Marylanders to the defense of the nation. The Blue Angels' Boeing F/A 18 Hornet jets and other aircraft will be on display on the Martin State Airport tarmac and in the skies over Fort McHenry and Middle Branch while schooners and U.S. and allied navy vessels will be ready for boarding visitors in the Inner Harbor, Fells Point and Locust Point.
About Maryland Tourism
The Maryland Office of Tourism is an agency of the Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts within the Maryland Department of Commerce. Visitors to the state spent $16.4 billion on travel-related expenses in 2014. The Maryland tourism industry also generated $2.2 billion in state and local taxes, and provided 140,288 jobs. For more information: visit www.visitmaryland.org
About the U.S. Navy Blue Angels
The Blue Angels’ mission is to enhance the Navy and Marine Corps recruiting efforts and to represent the naval service to the United States, its elected leadership and foreign nations. The Blue Angels serve as positive role models and goodwill ambassadors for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. For more information: visit www.blueangels.navy.mil
About Martin State Airport
Martin State Airport is located in Middle River, Maryland, about 11 miles east of downtown Baltimore. Serving as the State’s primary general aviation reliever airport, Martin State is operated by the Maryland Aviation Administration on behalf of the Maryland Department of Transportation. Today, there are over 250 aircraft based at MTN, including those from the Maryland Air National Guard. For more information: visit www.martinstateairport.com