Blue Angels Wiki is a FANDOM Lifestyle Community. In 1972, the Blue Angels were awarded the Navy's Meritorious Unit Commendation for the two-year period from 1 March 1970 to 31 December 1971. The Blue Angels’ first air show took place at Craig Field in Jacksonville on June 15, 1946.  In October 2013, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, stating that "community and public outreach is a crucial Departmental activity", announced that the Blue Angels (along with the U.S. Air Force's Thunderbirds) would resume appearing at air shows starting in 2014, although the number of flyovers will continue to be severely reduced.. Don Bentley—8 March 1973: all three survived a multi-aircraft mid-air collision during practice over Superstition Mountain, near El Centro, California. 1) is the Commanding Officer and is always a Navy commander, who may be promoted to captain mid-tour if approved for captain by the selection board.  On 13 July, the team acquired, and began flying the straight-wing Grumman F9F-2B Panther between demonstration shows. This aircraft was later painted yellow and dubbed the "Beetle Bomb". The demonstration team (with added Angel 6) wore gold flight suits during the first air show that season. Behind The Demo - Administration. 7, Lieutenant Andre Webb, USN (Advance Pilot/Narrator), Events Coordinator, Blue Angel No. Bud Wood—7 July 1952: killed when his F9F-5 Panther collided with another Panther jet during a demonstration in. , The original Blue Angels insignia or crest was designed in 1949, by Lt.  After summer, the team began demonstrating with F9F-6 Panthers. The Blue Angels is the United States Navy‘s flight demonstration squadron, with aviators from the Navy and Marines. To prevent blood from pooling in their legs, Blue Angel pilots have developed a method for tensing their muscles to prevent blood from pooling in their lower extremities, possibly rendering them unconscious. 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This show is attended by invited guests but is often open to the general public. , In July 2016, Boeing was awarded a $12 million contract to begin an engineering proposal for converting the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet for Blue Angels use, with the proposal to be completed by September 2017. Commander John Magda; he was killed in action on 8 March 1951. , The Navy Flight Exhibition Team was reorganized and commissioned the United States Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron on 10 December 1973. He was replaced by Captain Greg McWherter, the team's previous Commanding Officer. He also is a graduate and former staff instructor at the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN). Pat Moneymaker—23 January 1990: their Blue Angel Hornets suffered a mid-air collision during a practice at El Centro. The Blue Angels will be replacing it with an Ex-RAF C-130J. Kesselring became a naval aviator in 2003, and has accumulated more than 4,000 flight hours and has 812 carrier-arrested landings. The application and evaluation process runs from March through early July, culminating with extensive finalist interviews and team deliberations. )", "Navy Relieves Commander of Miramar Air Station : Military: Capt. , As of November 2011, the Blue Angels received $37 million annually out of the annual DoD budget. Control sticks are tensioned with 35 pounds (16 kg) of force to allow the pilot minimal room for uncommanded movement of the aircraft. The team's SNJ was also replaced by another Bearcat, painted yellow for the air combat routine, inheriting the "Beetle Bomb" nickname. The current shades of blue and yellow were adopted when the first demonstration aircraft were transitioned from the Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat to the Grumman F8F-1 Bearcat in August 1946; the aircraft were an all-yellow scheme with blue markings during the 1949 show season. Commander Raleigh "Dusty" Rhodes during an air show at Beaumont, Texas and added a 6th pilot. They serve three to four years in the squadron.  The Blue Angels began relocating to their current home at Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Florida that winter, and it was here they progressed to the swept-wing Grumman F9F-8 Cougar.  The team employed a North American SNJ Texan, painted and configured to simulate a Japanese Zero, to simulate aerial combat. Katie Higgins, 27, became the first female pilot to join the Blue Angels. Blue Angels six demonstration pilots currently fly the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet, typically in more than 70 shows at 34 locations throughout the United States each year. During their aerobatic demonstration, the Blues fly six F/A-18 Hornet aircraft, split into the diamond formation (Blue Angels 1 through 4) and the Lead and Opposing Solos (Blue Angels 5 and 6). The Blue Angels use a United States Marine Corps Lockheed C-130T Hercules, nicknamed “Fat Albert”, for their logistics, carrying spare parts, equipment, and to carry support personnel between shows. Lieutenent Commander Ben Walborn was a member of The Blue Angels from 2009 until 2011. , The first Blue Angels demonstration aircraft were navy blue (nearly black) with gold lettering. Diamond Dirty Loop—the diamond flies a loop with all four jets in carrier landing configuration, Minimum Radius Turn—highest G maneuver (No. The rest of the season was cancelled after this incident. During those three years he served as the team's narrator (Blue Angel #7) in 2009, the Opposing Solo in 2010 (Blue Angel #6) and finally as lead solo in 2011 (Blue Angel #5).  In May, the Blue Angels performed at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C. with the Air Force Thunderbirds (activated 25 May 1953). 4 slot pilot often flies the No.  On 26 May, the Blue Angels announced they would not be flying their traditional fly-over of the Naval Academy Graduation Ceremony and that they were canceling their 28–29 May 2011 performances at the Millville Wings and Wheels Airshow in Millville, New Jersey. All four were Blue Angels during the war they later died in. To the crowds at the air shows and to the public at hospitals and schools nationwide, you are a symbol of the Navy and Marine Corps' finest. In 1998, CDR Patrick Driscoll made the first "Blue Jet" landing on a "haze gray and underway" aircraft carrier, USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75). James joined the Blue Angels in September 2018. 3 A-4F fighter, and returned to command the Blue Angels in 1995 and 1996. The aircraft silhouettes change as the team changes aircraft. The show’s narrator flies Blue Angel 7, a two-seat F/A-18D Hornet, to show sites. . 4, Lieutenant Commander Nate Scott, USN (Slot), Flying Blue Angel No. Instagram, Be An Insider: Receive special offers and occasional emails about the Vero Beach Air Show, Flying Blue Angel No. They do not wear G-suits because the air bladders inside repeatedly deflate and inflate, interfering with that stability. Marine Corps C-130 demonstration pilots are required to have 1,200 flight hours and be an aircraft commander.  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Pilots of numbers 2–7 are Navy lieutenant commanders or lieutenants, or Marine Corps majors or captains. He also participated in several multilateral international exercises with South Korean, Thai, Republic of Singapore, Japanese and Australian Marine, Naval and Air Forces. In June 2014, Captain Greg McWherter, flight leader of the Blue Angels for 2008–2010 and 2011–2012, received letter of reprimand from Adm. Harry Harris after an admiral's mast for "failing to stop obvious and repeated instances of sexual harassment, condoning widespread lewd practices within the squadron and engaging in inappropriate and unprofessional discussions with his junior officers" during his second tour with the team. Voris was again tasked with assembling the team (he was the first of only two commanding officers to lead them twice). The first female Blue Angel flight surgeon was Lt. Tamara Schnurr, who was a member of the 2001 team.. All team members, both officer and enlisted, pilots and staff officers, come from the ranks of regular Navy and United States Marine Corps units. In January 2005, he reported to the VFA-27 "Royal Maces" stationed in Atsugi, Japan. In 1992, the Blue Angels deployed for a month-long European tour, their first in 19 years, conducting shows in Sweden, Finland, Russia (first foreign flight demonstration team to perform there), Romania, Bulgaria, Italy, the United Kingdom, and Spain. 7 pilot narrates for a year, and then typically flies Opposing and then Lead Solo the following two years, respectively. Capt. Commander Brian C. Kesselring is the 38th Blue Angels Flight Leader/Commanding Officer. 8, Lieutenant Dave Steppe, USN, Flying Fat Albert, Major Mark Montgomery, USMC, Flying Fat Albert, Major Kyle Maschner, USMC, Flying Fat Albert, Captain Beau Mabery, USMC, Executive Officer, Commander Matt Kaslik, USN, Maintenance Officer, Lieutenant Garrett Hopkins, USN, Flight Surgeon, Lieutenant Juan Guerra, USN, Administrative Officer, Lieutenant Junior Grade Timothy Hawkins, USN, Supply Officer, Lieutenant Bryan Pace, USN, Public Affairs Officer, Lieutenant David Gardner, USN.
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