The Blue Angel #7 made an impressive arrival in New Century this morning, Dec 1. The jet made a precision low level “smoke on” approach in what is known as a “Carrier Break” to the east before circling and landing. Two Naval Aviators arrived in one of the team’s legacy F/A-18 fighter aircraft.
Representatives from the U. S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron the Blue Angels were originally scheduled to arrive Nov. 18, but the trip was postponed due to mechanical issues. The visit is part of preparations for the KC Air Show presented by Garmin to be held at the New Century AirCenter on July 3 and 4, 2021.
Upon arrival they held a media briefing. Afterward, they reviewed operational plans, toured the airport and worked on other logistics for the team’s participation in the air show.
Aaron Otto, executive director of the Johnson County Airport Commission, was on hand to deliver remarks. “It's an honor to be hosting the U.S. Navy Blue Angels at the same airfield where John Glenn received his military wings in 1942. The New Century AirCenter was previously the Olathe Naval Air Station.This will be the Blue Angels first performance at the Johnson County airfield since 1954, and the first major airshow to feature a military service branch performance team at New Century in over 20 years.”
Johnson County is home to the third busiest airport in Kansas at New Century with Johnson County Executive Airport as the fourth busiest in the state.