Spectators from around the state and region traveled to Plaquemines Parish last weekend to witness the Blue Angels 2017 New Orleans Air Show. The United States Navy's flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, performed three days; giving the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans, in Belle Chase, an opportunity to welcome over 200,000 to the base that is normally closed to civilians.
"Any military airshow, and certainly this one, is a great opportunity to open up your gates to the community and, in this case, the region to let them see what their tax dollars are paying for," said Andrew F. Thomas, the Navy base's public affairs officer. "It also piques interest in the younger crowd to maybe make the military a career or to enlist and learn some skills, and maybe get a chance to become a pilot."
During their first day of performances, the Blue A