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

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

by Nicholas A. Veronico

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Blue Angels: A Fly-By History: Sixty Years of Aerial Excellence by Nicholas A. Veronico

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780760322161
Publisher: MBI Publishing Company
Publication date: 09/29/2005
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 10.50(w) x 10.25(h) x 0.87(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1Propellers in Motion: Assembling the Team10
Chapter 2Expanding the Show with New Aircraft24
Chapter 3Recruiting Tool Returns After Korea44
Chapter 4Swept-wing Jets: Cougars Join the Team68
Chapter 5Supersonic Tigers76
Chapter 6Big But Graceful: Blue Angel F-4 Phantoms94
Chapter 7Man on a Missile: Blue Angels Fly the A-4104
Chapter 8Fat Albert Airlines122
Chapter 9The Modern Era: Flying The F/A-18130
Recommended Reading164
Internet Resources164
Roster of Officers 1946-2005165
Bureau Numbers173

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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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