IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — The skies above Idaho Falls boomed and rocked as two F-35 Air Force fighter jets pierced the horizon above Idaho Falls Regional Airport.
The jets and their pilots are part of the upcoming Extreme Blue Thunder Air Show scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23.The Blue Angels last visited Idaho Falls seven years ago and this year, Idaho Falls is one of 12 cities the famous Navy team is scheduled to visit, making the show especially unique representatives for the show say.
“It’s a very unique opportunity for the City of Idaho Falls to have both the Blue Angels here as well as the U.S. Air Force’s F-35 Heritage Flight Team,”Ethan Huffman, Spokesperson for the Idaho Falls Airshow told KID Newsradio. “It’s about a year and a half long process just to plan an air show, but we actually applied to get the Blue Angels here back in December 2015.”
Tickets for the show cost $27 – making Idaho Falls one of the most cost friendly shows in the nation.
The show will also feature a Heritage Flight performance by the United States Air Force Heritage Flight Team and two F-35 jets. Pilots of the jets say the aircraft are the newest aircraft in the U.S. military and have been operational for just under a year.
“We’re going to pair up with a P-51 Mustang, which…really was the backbone of the World War II fighter fleet,” Major Will Amdrotta told KID Newsradio. “Now we’re going to take that and pair it up with this fifth generation aircraft, really show the evolution of aviation and air power, and also our way of saying thank you to the veterans who have served in the past and are currently serving.
View a full behind-the-scenes gallery of the Blue Angels, the F-35 jets and some of the people involved, below: