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 Fat Albert.
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