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The Blues

10 November 2017


Blue Angel Cmdr. Frank Weisser, flying lead solo—U.S. Navy photo by Mass Comm Spec 2nd Class Ian Cotter

The Blues were the first aerial demo team I saw fly. That was in Corpus Christie TX back in the day when the Blue Angels were flying Grumman F11F Tigers (later the F11F was redesignated the F-11 Tiger). Also when supersonic passes were allowed–that was marvelous! Here are the modern day Blues in F/A-18 Hornets in their photogenic blue and gold livery, enjoy!

The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron (the Blue Angels) in Echelon Parade—U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Dominick A. Cremeans

The Blue Angels, C-130 transport aircraft, known as “Fat Albert”, performing a Flat Pass—U.S. Navy photo by Mass Comm Spec 1st Class Andrea Perez

The Blue Angels, Diamond pilots performing the Double Farvel—U.S. Navy photo by Mass Comm Spec 1st Class Daniel M. Young

Blue Angels, solo pilots fly head 0n into the Vertical Pitch—U.S. Navy photos by Mass Comm Spec 1st Class Daniel M. Young

F/A-18C Hornets from the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels—U.S. Navy photo by Mass Comm Spec 3rd Class Michael Lopez

Blue Angels solo pilots performing the Fortus maneuver—U.S. Navy photos by Mass Comm Spec 1st Class Daniel M. Young

4 Comments leave one →
  1. shortfinals permalink
    10 November 2017 19:08

    The first time I saw the Blues they were displaying at the Rolls-Royce airfield at Hucknall on the outskirts of Nottingham (about 12 miles away from were I was living, across the Derbyshire border). One of the F4s lost his brake chute, exited the runway, and went into the mud!

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      10 November 2017 20:56

      The F-4s! Power and mass but always exiting and entering the show. I was partial to the A-4s they way they could be flipped and tossed inside the airshow space. The USN F/A-18s and USAF F-16s do that all so much better–but cheers for the old days 🙂

      Hard to beat going into the mud though 😉

  2. L. Adams permalink
    15 November 2017 09:42

    I was fortunate to watch their Friday practice show recently at NAS Jax.

    F11Fs and F-4s – I’m jealous. My first show was in ’78 with the A-4s.

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      15 November 2017 16:34

      The A-4’s were cool too! Pity the near future when kids will see drones performing aerobatics instead of piloted aircraft.

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