Blue Angels: A Fly-By History

Blue Angels: A Fly-By History

by Nicholas A. Veronico
     
 

It began in 1946 when Admiral Chester W. Nimitz ordered the formation of a flight demonstration team to keep the public interested in naval aviation. The Blue Angels performed their first air show less than a year later in June 1946 at their home base, Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville, Florida.

Today, sixty years later, the Blue Angels are a worldwide

Overview

It began in 1946 when Admiral Chester W. Nimitz ordered the formation of a flight demonstration team to keep the public interested in naval aviation. The Blue Angels performed their first air show less than a year later in June 1946 at their home base, Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville, Florida.

Today, sixty years later, the Blue Angels are a worldwide phenomenon, exemplary representatives of Navy and Marine Corps aviation and international ambassadors of goodwill seen by fifteen million awestruck spectators each year. The Blue Angels: A Fly-By History tells the story of this high-flying phenomenon from its inception through the present day.

Respected aviation writer Nicholas Veronico conducts readers through the Blue Angels history from the earliest Flight Leader, Roy "Butch" Voris, in his Grumman F6F Hellcat to the sleek McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) F/A-18 Hornet that todays Angels fly. Along the way this profusely illustrated volume revisits the Blue Angels changing aircraft and role, including their incarnation as the nucleus of a fighter squadron known "Satans Kittens" during the Korean War and their flying of the McDonnell Douglas A-4F Skyhawk II in the Seventies.

Well over 300 million spectators have witnessed the Blue Angels airborne exploits. This book gives readers a close-up look at the remarkable team of flyers as it made history on the wing.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760333099
Publisher:
MBI Publishing Company
Publication date:
03/15/2008
Edition description:
First
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
9.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.40(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, 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. He lives in San Carlos, California.

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