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The Blue Angels: The US Navy’s Demonstration Team, 1946 to the Present

8 April 2019

The Blue Angels: The US Navy’s Demonstration Team, 1946 to the Present, Ken Neubeck, 2019, ISBN 978-0-7643-5658-2, 144 pp.

The Blue Angels: The US Navy’s Demonstration Team, 1946 to the Present by Ken Neubeck

Every once in a while a book like this one is created. A book written by an author who both knows his material and loves his subject. Like a bandleader, Neubeck masterfully uses images and text in exquisitely correct proportions to create a statement of The Blues.

I first saw The Blues fly when they were piloting Grumman F-11 Tigercats and what a show it was in the clear sky over Corpus Christie on that day during the Vietnam War. As we watched surrounded by the air weighted down with humidity my memory can recall the supersonic solo pass with the wing vortices condensing the air’s water. I was in awe at the pilot’s mastery of place and time with the aircraft ahead of its sound by a second or so.

Neubeck writes with this same passion and admiration that is ageless. He writes of the use of the Tigercats as well as those aircraft at the start (Grumman F6F Hellcats) and the ones to be used in the nearest future (Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornets). Details and descriptions of each aircraft type are rendered in a delightfully compact style. Images are outstanding with many from the author’s collection. Another aspect setting this book apart from many and making in worth a place on a library shelf, coffee table or desk are the aerobatic maneuver graphics. Not missing a beat, Neubeck also includes those of “Fat Albert”, the Lockheed C-130 Hercules currently used with the team. A special note: who knew the The Blues used a Lockheed C-121 Constellation back in the day? Neubeck did and has a beautiful image of it in Blue Angels livery.

This is a charming book useful to Blue Angels fans, aviation historians and those interested in aerobatic demonstration teams.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Ken Neubeck permalink
    20 April 2019 00:14

    Thank you very much for your kind review. I really loved doing this book and using as many different photos as I could. Ken Neubeck

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      20 April 2019 11:58

      An excellent book which I enjoyed…the kind review naturally followed. Congratulations and thank you 🙂

  2. Ken Neubeck permalink
    24 April 2019 19:52

    Thank you so much again. We were very fortunate to find a lot of F11F Blue Angels Tiger aircraft photos for this project. I have another book that will be in the same format on the A-10 Warthog that will be coming out in June.

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      24 April 2019 22:37

      Looking forward to it! Love the A-10 🙂

  3. Ken permalink
    28 June 2019 14:07

    The A-10 book by Schiffer has been released today.

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      28 June 2019 14:34

      Thanks Ken. I’ll place an order.

  4. Ken permalink
    28 June 2019 15:43

    Thank you so much! I believe that you will like this book – there are a number of photos that have not been published before, especially in the Desert Storm section of the booik!

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      26 January 2020 21:21

      Like the A-10 I am slow but got the job done. Lovely book and I learned something on just about every page-thank you.

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