Blue Angels arrive in southern Utah ahead of weekend air show

Posted at 7:58 PM, Jul 23, 2014
and last updated 2014-07-24 10:35:43-04

ST GEORGE, Utah - St. George got a preview of the Thunder Over Utah Air Show Wednesday as six of the Navy Blue Angels arrived at the airport. The event is expected to draw in hundreds of people from across the region.

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels are known across the country for their high-flying tricks, and the pilots didn’t disappoint. The Blue Angels landed six of their iconic F-18s and the crowd favorite Navy C-130. A small group of fans gathered at the airport to watch them come in.

Randy and Sharee Simonsen are Brigham City residents who traveled to take in the show.

“We didn’t sleep all night; at least he didn’t,” Sharee Simonsen said.

She and her husband drove down from Brigham City to come to the show.

“We’ll be here at 8 o’clock Saturday and Sunday morning," she said.

This is the second time the Blue Angels have brought their show to Southern Utah. The crew was grounded in 2013 due to federal cutbacks, but pilots said St. George became one of their favorite spots. And spectators certainly look forward to the show.

“The excitement,” St. George resident Carolyn Scanlon said. “Everything that happens with the people coming to town, bringing in the businesses and just the overall excitement for the little kids."

The show has expanded to include military exhibits, battlefield reenactments, and will hopefully give something for everyone, old and young to enjoy. The Thunder Over Utah show will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the St. George airport.

For details about the show's schedule, visit Thunder Over Utah's website.

The website states tickets for general admission are $30 in advance or $35 at the venue on the day of the show. Children 15 years old and younger get free general admission to the show, and tickets are discounted on Sunday.