Blue Angels: A Fly-By History: Sixty Years of Aerial Excellence

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In 1946 the Blue Angels first took wing; a team of four pilots flew the Grumman F6F Hellcat, in daring air shows conceived by Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, Chief of Naval Operations. And in the 60 years since then, "V" and "Echelon" formations gave way to awe-inspiring "Diamond" maneuvers and solo tricks like the "Dirty Loop" and the "Tuck-away Break." The six-man teams moved into the jet age with the McDonnell Douglas IA-18 Hornet. More than 350 million spectators around the world have thrilled to the Blue Angels’...
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Overview


In 1946 the Blue Angels first took wing; a team of four pilots flew the Grumman F6F Hellcat, in daring air shows conceived by Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, Chief of Naval Operations. And in the 60 years since then, "V" and "Echelon" formations gave way to awe-inspiring "Diamond" maneuvers and solo tricks like the "Dirty Loop" and the "Tuck-away Break." The six-man teams moved into the jet age with the McDonnell Douglas IA-18 Hornet. More than 350 million spectators around the world have thrilled to the Blue Angels’ precision flying.
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In Flight USA, February 2006 (circ.: 41,000)

“An impressive tribute to the fascinating history of this venerable flight exhibition team. The images and photos are as impressive as the compilation of history and interviews that Veronico weaves in and out of his work. As the team celebrates its 60th year, it could hardly hope for a better print tribute to the heritage of this daring group which continues to thrill at the dawn of the 21st century.”

Air & Space Smithsonian, April/May, 2006 (circ.: 250,000)

“Naval enthusiasts will find plenty to cheer about in Veronico’s obsessively detailed chronology and photographs of the various aircraft used over the team’s history.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760322161
  • Publisher: MBI Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/29/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 10.50 (w) x 10.25 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author


Nicholas A. Veronico is the president of the northern California chapter of the American Aviation Historical Society. His many books include F4U Corsair: The Combat, Development, and Racing History of the Corsair; Giant Cargo Planes; Military Aircraft Boneyards; and Blue Angels: Sixty Years of Aerial Excellence. He served as an editor for Pacific Flyer Aviation Newspapers, In Flight USA, and Airliners: The World's Airline Magazine. Veronico lives in San Carlos, California, and has most recently published Hidden Warbirds (2013) and Hidden Warbirds II (2014) with Zenith Press.
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Table of Contents

Foreword 6
Acknowledgments 9
Chapter 1 Propellers in Motion: Assembling the Team 10
Chapter 2 Expanding the Show with New Aircraft 24
Chapter 3 Recruiting Tool Returns After Korea 44
Chapter 4 Swept-wing Jets: Cougars Join the Team 68
Chapter 5 Supersonic Tigers 76
Chapter 6 Big But Graceful: Blue Angel F-4 Phantoms 94
Chapter 7 Man on a Missile: Blue Angels Fly the A-4 104
Chapter 8 Fat Albert Airlines 122
Chapter 9 The Modern Era: Flying The F/A-18 130
Recommended Reading 164
Internet Resources 164
Appendices
Roster of Officers 1946-2005 165
Bureau Numbers 173
Index 175
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2006

    Blue Angels History in Detail

    Blue Angels: A Fly-By History takes readers from the days before the team formed up flying Hellcats, through the 1950s Cougars and Panthers, into the '60s Grumman Tigers, the Phantoms of the 1970s, the A-4 Skyhawk, then details the transition to today's F/A-18 Hornet. This is done through extensive interviews with the pilots and crews who flew the aircraft. Neat side story about the aircraft that supported the team before Fat Albert, and this book has an entire chapter devoted to Fat Albert -- where a pilot walks the reader through the JATO take off! Awesome story and really neat photos.

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