First Blue: The Story of World War II Ace Butch Voris and the Creation of the Blue Angels [NOOK Book]

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The Remarkable Story of a True Hero of American Aviation

The U.S. Navy's Blue Angels are the most famous flight demonstration team in the world. While millions of aviation enthusiasts see their shows every year, the story of the man who formed the squadron has never been told. He is Roy Marlin "Butch" Voris, a World War II Ace and one of only two aviators ever to command ...
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The Remarkable Story of a True Hero of American Aviation

The U.S. Navy's Blue Angels are the most famous flight demonstration team in the world. While millions of aviation enthusiasts see their shows every year, the story of the man who formed the squadron has never been told. He is Roy Marlin "Butch" Voris, a World War II Ace and one of only two aviators ever to command the Blue Angels twice.

First Blue details the epic journey of an unassuming man whose strong character and desire to fly launched him into a life of drama, heroism, and accomplishment unique in his field. Because he wanted to serve his country during World War II, a young Butch Voris found himself flying fighter planes as part of the pitifully prepared and outmanned front in the early stages of the Pacific theater. He was nearly killed there but went on to be a leader in one of the most fearsome naval air squadrons in the Pacific. As a pilot, Butch is unquestionably in the same class as more recognized aviator heroes such as Chuck Yeager and Pappy Boyington.

While his World War II experience alone could comprise a book, Butch may be best known for his efforts in the creation of the naval air demonstration team, the Blue Angels. After the war, Voris was personally chosen by Admiral Nimitz to start the Blue Angels and to lead them, first in prop planes and later in jets. The story of his efforts is as exciting as it is inspirational, and it's told here in meticulous detail and with great humor. Today the Blue Angels still follow traditions established by Butch.

Butch's involvement in military flight didn't end with the Blue Angels; he became a major player in the development of the F-14 Tomcat and NASA's Lunar Explorer Module for Grumman. Butch dedicated his life to his work, and here, finally, is the remarkable, untold account of this true American aviation pioneer and hero: a man whose life had unparalleled influence on naval aviation and whose legacy continues to inspire millions of Americans each year.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429909945
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 455,612
  • File size: 686 KB

Meet the Author



Robert Wilcox is a former air force information officer and the author of Wings of Fury, Scream of Eagles, and other books. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife where he also writes television and movie scripts.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2011

    Good+book

    The+book+is+great+and+very+informative.+I+have+always+admired+the+blue+angels+and+now+I+know+how+they+started.+

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2004

    The First Blue Angel

    The Navy¿s Blue Angels are aerobatic ambassadors of American ingenuity, prowess and accomplishment. They are the premiere flight demonstration team in the world and proud symbol of Naval aviation excellence and the entire US Navy. How and by whom were they started ? How have they endured for 58 years? What basic tenets underpin their success? This is the subject of, ¿First Blue: The Story of World War II Ace Butch Voris and the Creation of the Blue Angels¿ by Bob Wilcox. This book should appeal to anyone who has felt the thrill of aviation in their veins. With a great story to tell, Wilcox has crafted a stirring naval action narrative that often reads like an adventure novel covering Voris¿ remarkable life. The story ranges from heroic, tragic, humorous to inspirational, but is always spellbinding. When he was selected to start the Navy Flight Demonstration Team, Voris was a 26 year old, Pacific veteran and ace, a fighter pilot teaching tactics at NAS Jacksonville. With the war over, the Navy, worried about recruitment, decided they needed something special to attract positive attention for recruiting purposes. The years before the war had seen military flight demonstration teams come and go. None made a permanent mark. There was trepidation about starting another because the nation was reaping a peace dividend and Congress might see an air show enterprise as superfluous. The Navy decided to go ahead anyway. Given a clean sheet of paper and little direction, Voris was told to take his startup practices out over the Everglades so that if there were any crashes, only the alligators would know. Resources were limited to those in the training command. ¿First Blue¿ describes the magic that launched the Blue Angels from these humble beginnings to world renown. It tells how a newly minted LCDR, product of the NavCad Program, with two years of college education, came to be selected as the first leader of the Blues. ¿First Blue¿ succinctly covers the events that shaped Voris in the crucible of the Pacific War and prepared him, after little more than five years Navy service, to create the Blue Angels and their culture of excellence. Through intense WWII combat, Voris got to work for and with some of the finest leaders the US Navy has ever produced. This on the job training, coupled with a solid family upbringing, provided an immense dose of leadership training. This proved key, along with Voris¿ passion for perfection and amazing flying skills, in forming the Blues. Applying fundamental tenets of leadership and organizational development, almost by instinct, Voris created an organization that is an extension of the Navy¿s finest WWII aviation leaders, with the excellence and momentum to sustain, adapt and improve over time. Teamwork, competitive spirit, demanding and accepting only the best from personnel and equipment, striving for perfection with true dedication and a real sense of urgency, learning from every show, practice and team member, never being satisfied, and perhaps most important, leading by example from the front, are some of the skills Voris learned and applied.. The Blue Angels represent the best the Navy has to offer. Voris planned it that way. ¿First Blue¿ tells this long overdue, definitive First Blue Angel story well.

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