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Navy Blue Angels: Welcome
The Navy Blue Angels are the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron
of the US Navy. The
first performance of the Navy Blue Angels
was at Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville, Florida aboard
the Grumman F6F Hellcat, led by Lt. Cmdr. Roy “Butch”
Voris in 1946. The “diamond” formation was on
Grumman F8F Bearcat. Later on, the squad began flying newer
and faster versions of different aircrafts like Panther F9F-5,
Grumman F9F-8 Cougar, Grumman F11F-1 Tiger, McDonnell Douglas
F-4J Phantom II, and McDonnell Douglas A-4F Skyhawk-II.
The most recent addition of the Navy Blue Angels
is McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet, the first dual-role fighter/attack
aircraft of the US Navy. The main mission of this squadron
is to increase the navy recruiting and highlight naval aviation
to the country as well the whole world.
The Chief of Naval Air Training of the US
Navy selects the Navy blue angels Commanding Officer (BOSS)
who must have a minimum of 3,000 tactical jet flight hours
and should have commanded a tactical jet squadron. BOSS pilots
the Number 1 or lead jet. The other six pilots must have at
least 1,350 tactical jet hours and an aircraft carrier qualification.
Yearly recruits are three tactical jet pilots, two support
officers and one Marine
Corps C-130 pilot to replace the previous members.
There are five support officers of the Navy Blue
Angels of the US Navy- Maintenance,
Administrative, Public Affairs, Supply Officers, and Flight
Surgeon. These officers serve two or three years tour of duty,
depending on their position and then return to their fleets.
The Marine Corps
pilots fly the Transport/Cargo-130G Hercules aircraft (Fat
Albert) and must be qualified aircraft commanders with minimum
1,200 flight hours. Maintenance and support crew travels aboard
There are in all 16 officers and 110 enlisted crew in the
Navy Blue Angels of the US
Navy. There are at present 11 jets, 2 two seat (#7) jets
and 3 spare jets in the Squadron