EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU)-- A surprising announcement means great news for the Chippewa Valley Airshow.
Keep your eyes to the sky next July, as the U.S. Navy Blue Angels have confirmed an airshow in the Chippewa Valley next year.
The show is slated for July 4th and 5th.
Two members of the Blue Angels, along with their fighter jet, were in Eau Claire, Tuesday for the big announcement.
At the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport, Cpt. Jeff Kuss, Blue Angel #7, Narrator for the 2015 Blue Angel Season and Cpt. Corrie Mays, the 2015 Blue Angel event coordinator, met with organizers of the airshow to conduct a pre-season visit.
Cpt. Kuss said, “We're happy to announce that we are going to come here, we're very excited about performing in this part of the country.”
Cpt. Mays says the pre-season visit is about getting acquainted with the site that they won't see again until show time.
"In order for us to really start the ball rolling, we need to get eyes on the show area, the airfield area, the facility where we'll be staying, where we'll be working out, and most importantly, to be able to develop the relationship with the people we'll be working with,” says Mays.
With around 34 show sites and nearly 60 demonstrations, starting in mid-March and going until mid-November, Cpt. Kuss says it's a busy schedule, but well worth it.
He says, "Start to finish it's going to be a wild roller-coaster but really exciting."
However, before takeoff, there are preparations that need to be made says Matt Hill, the Scout Executive of the Chippewa Valley Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
“There are some safety measures that would have to be in place, and details such as refueling options, and they’ll want to check out the town, things like that,” says Hill.
The Chippewa Valley Council of the Boy Scouts of America is hosting the event; Hill says everything will be ready by show time.
“We have a great airshow committee that's been doing this for a long time, and we're fully confident that they'll (the Blue Angels) have the confidence to come to Eau Claire in 2015,” said Hill.
Both Cpt. Mays and Cpt. Kuss say they're looking forward to bringing the Blue Angels to fans across the U.S.
“I'm really excited just to go to parts of the country that I haven't been to before, and just to get to know folks and the countryside there,” said Cpt. Kuss.
Cpt. Mays added, “To be able to look in the eyes of the children who are watching, or even adults who have served before, to be able to show them something that they can relate to and bring the memories back, it's really special. So, those are the best moments.”
The Blue Angels last performed in Eau Claire in 2010.
A show was scheduled in 2013 but was cancelled due to a lack of federal funding.
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels are coming back to the Eau Claire area.
In an announcement Tuesday, the Blue Angels confirmed they will be headlining the 2015 Chippewa Valley Air Show. The air show will be held July 4th and 5th.
On Tuesday morning, the Blue Angels jet engines flew through the Eau Claire area. An advance team stopped by Heartland Aviation to conduct a pre-season visit and meet with organizers of the Chippewa Valley Air Show.
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Tuesday afternoon during a pre-show visit, the US Navy Blue Angles confirmed they will be performing at the 2015 Chippewa Valley Airshow on July 4th and 5th, 2015!
The US Navy Blue Angles had an open slot in our schedule, and after meeting with the Chippewa Valley Airshow organizers this morning, the group confirmed the date. “We were confident in the Boy Scout’s ability to produce the show and decided to announce this afternoon our intentions to perform in Eau Claire in 2015,” said Cpt. Jeff Kuss, Blue Angel #7, Narrator for the 2015 Blue Angel Season.
“We are beyond thrilled,” said Matt Hill, Scout Executive for the Boy Scout’s Chippewa Valley Council, who will be producing the 2015 Airshow. “We were so disappointed when we lost the show in 2013 due to sequestration, this definitely is an exciting day,” said Hill.
The Chippewa Valley Airshow is a major fundraiser for the Chippewa Valley Council Boy Scouts as well as other community organizations that assist in the production of the event.
The airshow will take place July 4th and 5th at the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport. More acts and information will be available in the coming weeks.