United States Navy Blue Angels demonstration team

United States Navy Blue Angels demonstration team


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The Blue Angels is the United States Navy's flight demonstration squadron. It was formed in 1946, making it the second oldest formal flying aerobatic team (flying under the same name) in the world. The Blue Angels' six demonstration pilots fly the F/A-18 Hornet in more than 70 shows at 34 locations throughout the United States each year, where they still employ many of the same practices and techniques used in their aerial displays in 1946. An estimated 11 million spectators view the squadron during air shows each year. The Blue Angels also visit more than 50,000 people a show season (March through November) in schools and hospitals. Since 1946, the Blue Angels have flown for more than 260 million spectators.

The mission of the Blue Angels is to enhance Navy and Marine Corps recruiting, and credibly represent Navy and Marine Corps aviation to the United States and its Armed Forces to America and other countries.

The Blue Angels use a United States Marine Corps C-130T Hercules, nicknamed "Fat Albert", for their logistics, carrying spare parts, equipment, and to carry support personnel between shows. Beginning in 1975, "Bert" was used for Jet Assisted Take Off (JATO) and short aerial demonstrations just prior to the main event at selected venues. "Fat Albert Airlines" flies with an all-Marine crew of three officers and five enlisted personnel.


Blue Angels Head to Wisconsin Blue Angels Head to Wisconsin
℠2014 - The Navy's Blue Angels will usher in the La Crosse, WI this weekend.
’Fat Albert’ Visits Yuma, Takes Marines On Flight ’Fat Albert’ Visits Yuma, Takes Marines On Flight
The Blue Angels, Marine Corps’ C-130 Hercules, affectionately known as “Fat Albert,” visits Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., and takes Marines on a...
Silent Drill Platoon & Blue Angels "Fat Albert" Silent Drill Platoon & Blue Angels "Fat Albert"
The Blue Angels, Marine Corps' C-130 Hercules, affectionately known as "Fat Albert," flies over the Silent Drill Platoon at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz.,...
Silent Drill Platoon & Blue Angels "Fat Albert" Silent Drill Platoon & Blue Angels "Fat Albert"
The Blue Angels, Marine Corps' C-130 Hercules, affectionately known as "Fat Albert," flies over the Silent Drill Platoon at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz.,...
Silent Drill Platoon & Blue Angels "Fat Albert" Silent Drill Platoon & Blue Angels "Fat Albert"
The Blue Angels, Marine Corps' C-130 Hercules, affectionately known as "Fat Albert," flies over the Silent Drill Platoon at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz.,...
Silent Drill Platoon & Blue Angels "Fat Albert" Silent Drill Platoon & Blue Angels "Fat Albert"
The Blue Angels, Marine Corps' C-130 Hercules, affectionately known as "Fat Albert," flies over the Silent Drill Platoon at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz.,...
Silent Drill Platoon teams up with Blue Angels "Fat Albert" Silent Drill Platoon teams up with Blue Angels "Fat...
The Blue Angels, Marine Corps' C-130 Hercules, affectionately known as "Fat Albert," flies over the Silent Drill Platoon at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz.,...
Silent Drill Platoon & Blue Angels "Fat Albert" Silent Drill Platoon & Blue Angels "Fat Albert"
The Blue Angels, Marine Corps' C-130 Hercules, affectionately known as "Fat Albert," flies over the Silent Drill Platoon at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz.,...
U.S. Navy Blue Angels visit MCAS Miramar U.S. Navy Blue Angels visit MCAS Miramar
U.S. Navy Blue Angel pilots flew to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Feb. 26. Col. John Farnam, MCAS Miramar commanding officer, and Sgt. Maj. Richard Charron,...
Miramar Announces 2014 Miramar Air Show in Espanol Miramar Announces 2014 Miramar Air Show in Espanol
Marine Corps Air Station Miramar announces dates for the 2014 Miramar Air Show and welcomes the community to the installation. For more information go to...
Miramar CO Announces 2014 Miramar Air Show Miramar CO Announces 2014 Miramar Air Show
Col. John Farnam, commanding officer, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, announces dates for the 2014 Miramar Air Show and welcomes the community aboard the...
Miramar CO Announces 2014 Miramar Air Show - PSA Miramar CO Announces 2014 Miramar Air Show - PSA
Col. John Farnam, commanding officer, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, announces dates for the 2014 Miramar Air Show and welcomes community to the installation. Also...

Blue Angels announce 2015 team members Blue Angels announce 2015 team members
Navy Cmdr. Bob Flynn, 45, of Moorestown, N.J., is a S-3B Viking Naval Flight Officer and is currently assigned to the Naval War College. He is a 1992 graduate of the...
Refueling an Angel Refueling an Angel
A KC-135 Stratotanker from McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. refueled seven F/A-18 Super Hornets from the U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, July...
Refueling the Angels Refueling the Angels
F/A-18 Super Hornets assigned to the U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, fly in formation, July 20, 2014, in the skies over Missouri. The Blue...
Blue Angels announce 2015 team members Blue Angels announce 2015 team members
Marine Capt. Corrie Mays, 34, of Marstons Mills, Mass., is currently assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (All Weather) 225 (VMFA(AW)-225) at Marine Corps Air...
Blue Angels announce 2015 team members Blue Angels announce 2015 team members
Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss, 30, of Durango, Colo., is currently assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 312 (VMFA-312) Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C. He is a...
Blue Angels announce 2015 team members Blue Angels announce 2015 team members
Marine Capt. Katie Higgins, 27, of Annapolis, Md., is currently assigned to Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252 (VMGR-252) at Marine Corps Air Station...
Blue angels announce 2015 team members Blue angels announce 2015 team members
Navy Lt. Andrew Talbott, 31, of Sedan, Kan., is currently assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 106 (VFA-106) at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Va. He is...
Blue Angels announce 2015 team members Blue Angels announce 2015 team members
Navy Lt. Joe Schwartz, 34, of Arlington, Va., is currently assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron 132 (VAQ-132) at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Oak Harbor, Wash....
Blue Angels announce 2015 team members Blue Angels announce 2015 team members
Navy Lt. Matt Suyderhoud, 31, of Honolulu, is currently assigned to Training Squadron 22 (VT-22) at Naval Air Station Kingsville, Texas. He is a 2005 graduate of...
Blue Angels announce 2015 team members Blue Angels announce 2015 team members
Marine Maj. Mark Hamilton, 36, of Becker, Minn., is currently assigned to Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252 (VMGR-252) at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry...
Blue Angels announce 2015 team members Blue Angels announce 2015 team members
Navy Lt. Gregory Bollinger, Jr., 31, of Carbondale, Ill., is currently assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 9 (VX-9) at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake,...
Cherry Festival, Traverse City, Mich. Cherry Festival, Traverse City, Mich.
U.S. Navy Blue Angel pilots fly above the mast of the Coast Guard Cutter Katmai Bay during a air show at the National Cherry Festival, July 4, 2014. The mission of...

2015 Blue Angels roster includes Cherry Point pilots
The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, announced the officers selected for the 2015 demonstration team July 22.
Blue Angels announce 2015 team members Blue Angels announce 2015 team members
The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, announced the officers selected for the 2015 team July 22. The squadron selected an executive officer,...
Fat Albert Turns Heads in Yuma Fat Albert Turns Heads in Yuma
The residents of Yuma are accustomed to planes from Marine Corps Air Station Yuma squadrons flying above. However, heads turned when the bright blue and yellow “Fat...