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Blue Angel Flight Demonstration Team

This page is dedicated to
Lieutenant Junior Grade James Patrick Shea,
United States Navy Reserve
Please read about him below.

Patch
  • Patch images courtesy of Gary Verver

Handle
  • Blue Angels
  • Blues
  • Tail Code = BA

Heritage
  • 1945: Blues established at the end of WWII.
  • 1950: Blues operations suspended and pilots assigned to VF-191 "Satan's Kittens" for combat in Korea.
  • 1951: Blues re-organized after Korea.
  • DEC 1974: Blues re-organized as the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron.

Home Ports
  • 1946: NAS Jacksonville, FL
  • 1951: NAS Corpus Christi, TX
  • 1955: NAS Pensacola, FL

Aircraft
Commanding Officers
  • 1946: LCDR Roy "Butch" Voris
  • 1947: LCDR Robert Clarke
  • 1950-1950 LCDR Johnny Madga
  • 1951-1952 LCDR. Butch Voris
  • 1953-1953 LCDR Ray Hawkins
  • 1954-1956 CDR Zeke Cormier
  • 1957-1958 CDR Ed Holley
  • 1959-1961 CDR “Zeb” Knott
  • 1962-1963 LCDR Ken Wallace
  • 1964-1965 LCDR Bob Aumack
  • 1966-1966 CDR Bob Aumack
  • 1967-1969 CDR Bill Wheat
  • 1970-1971 CDR Harley Hall
  • 1972-1972 LCDR Don Bently
  • 1973-1973 LCDR Skip Umstead
  • 1974-1975 CDR Tony Less
  • 1976-1977 CDR “Casey” Jones
  • 1978-1979 CDR Bill Newman
  • 1980-1981 CDR Denny Wisely
  • 1982-1983 CDR Dave Carroll
  • 1984-1985 CDR Larry Pearson
  • 1986-1987 CDR Gil Rud
  • 1991-Mid 1993: CDR Greg Wooldridge
  • 1993-1994: CDR Bob Stumpf
  • 1995-1996: CDR Donnie Cochran
  • 1997: CDR George Dom

Blue Angel Skyhawk Drivers
  • 1974:
  • CDR Tony Less
  • 1975-76:

Events
  • June 1946:
    First demonstration flight.
  • 1947:
    LCDR Robert Clarke introduces the Diamond Formation.
  • 1950:
    The Blue Angels form the heart of VF-191 (Satan's Kittens) and serve in combat in Korea.
  • 1951:
    The Blues re-organize after returning from Korea and move into facilities at NAS Corpus Christi,TX. where they remained until the winter of 1954
  • 1955:
    The Blues moved to NAS Pensacola, FL.
  • 1973: At the conclusion of their 1973 flight demonstration season, the Blue Angels retired their F-4J Phantoms and began training for the 1974 season flying the A-4F Skyhawk.
    Initially, eight A-4Fs were specially reconfigured for Blue Angel use. Refinements inclued removal of the "humpback" avionics pod; a drag chute; control stick "load feel" bungees; a smoke generation system; an inverted flight fuel system; alteration of the horizontal stabilizer trim; permanent closure of the wing slats; and a self-contained, foldable cockpit access ladder.
  • February 22, 1977
    Lt. Nile Kraft ejected from A-4F BuNo 154202 but perished while on a practice flight near Plaster City, CA
    Cumberland, MD The Cumberland News article
    Pontiac, IL Daily Leader article
    Panama City, FL News-Herald article
    U.S Armed Forces Pacific Stars & Stripes article
  • November 7, 1978
    Lt. Michael R. Curtin perished in A-4F BuNo 155056 on a practice flight at NAS Miramar, CA
    Cedar Rapids, IA The Cedar Rapids Gazette article
    Elyria, OH Chronicle-Telegram article
    U.S Armed Forces Stars & Stripes article
  • February 22, 1982
    A-4F BuNo 154975 and its pilot Lt. Cmdr Stu Lowrie were lost when the aircraft slammed into the desert floor near El Centro, CA during a practice session
    Logansport, IN Pharos-Tribune article
  • July 13, 1985
    A-4F BuNos 154992 & 155029 collided during a July 13, 1985 air show at Niagra Falls, NY and were lost. Lt. Cmdr. Mike Gershon perished. Lt. Andy Caputi ejected and was rescued.
    Harrisburg, VA Daily News-Record article
  • 1992:
    The Blue Angels deployed for its first European tour in 19 years. More than one million people in Sweden, Finland, Russia, Romania, Bulgaria, Italy, the United Kingdom and Spain saw the Blue Angels perform during their 30-day tour.
  • NOV 1998:
    CDR Patrick Driscoll landed the first "Blue Jet" on a aircraft carrier, the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75).

Awards
  • 1967-69: Commandant's Aviation Efficiency Trophy

Photos



A Blue Angel does a low pass over the runway in a contest with a race car. No contest!


All six in a diamond flyby.
"Photograph provided courtesy of The Boeing Company: Copyright © 1997 The Boeing Company - All rights reserved"

Over the runway, flying low.
"Photograph provided courtesy of The Boeing Company: Copyright © 1997 The Boeing Company - All rights reserved"

Blues lined up on the ramp.
Blue tanking up.
Blues in formation.

1974
Apr 1974 Blue Angels Skyhawk BuNo 158722, #7, parked on the ramp and configured with a pair of drop tanks. NAS Miramar Stoof in the right background.
T.R. Waddington, G. Verver collection

1974: left side view of Blue Angels Skyhawk BuNo 158722, #7, assigned to LT John Patton, parked on the ramp.
Unknown Photographer, via W. Mutza

MAY 1974: Blue Angels Skyhawk BuNo 158722, #7, parked on the ramp.

19 MAY 1974:
Blue Angels A-4F Skyhawk BuNo 154179
, #6, on the ramp at the end of the Blue Angels line at Offutt AFB.
Photo by A. R. Krieger.

19 MAY 1974:
right side view of Blue Angels A-4F Skyhawk BuNo 154179
, #6, on the ramp at the end of the Blue Angels line at Offutt AFB.
Photo by A. R. Krieger.

19 MAY 1974: Offutt AFB, photos from A.R. Krieger.
Pic 1
Pic 2
Pic 3
Pic 4

June 1974 Blue Angels Skyhawk BuNo 154984 parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

Blue Angels Skyhawk BuNo 154179, #6, parked on the flight line July 1974.
Photo by D. Hersey, G. Verver collection.

AUG 1974:
Blue Angels A-4F BuNo 154177
, #1, location unknown.
photographer unknown.

Blue Angels Skyhawk BuNo 158722, #7, parked on the ramp and configured with a pair of drop tanks at NAS Miramar Oct. 1974.
Gary Verver Collection.

Blue Angels Skyhawk BuNo 154975, #3, parked on the flight line Nov. 1974.
Gary Verver Collection.

Blue Angels Skyhawk BuNo 154984, #1, parked on the flight line Nov. 1974.
Gary Verver Collection.

Blue Angels Skyhawk BuNo 154984, #1, parked on the flight line next to number 3 Dec. 1974.
Photo by Waddington, G. Verver collection.

1975
Mar 1975 LT Denny Sapp in Blue Angels BuNo 154176, #6, and LT Vance Parker in BuNo 155029, #5, flying by in the dirty back-to-back maneuver over El Centro, CA.
Photo by Harry Gann, Gary Verver Collection.

Mar 1975 LT Denny Sapp in Blue Angels BuNo 154176, #6, and LT Vance Parker in BuNo 155029, #5, flying by in the dirty back-to-back maneuver over El Centro, CA.
Photo by Harry Gann, Gary Verver Collection.

Mar 1975 LT Vance Parker in Blue Angels BuNo 155029, #5, flying by in a high speed pullout over El Centro, CA.
Photo by Harry Gann, Gary Verver Collection.

13-Oct-1975 Blue Angels Skyhawk BuNo 154177, #1, & pilots l-r: Jim Bauer, Denny Sapp, John Chehansky, Bill Holverstott, Tony Less, John Patton, Vance Parker & Al Cisneros. Miss China Lake behind them.
Gary Verver Collection

1975: Blue Angels Skyhawks practice their delta formation over their winter home in El Centro, CA.
Harry Gann Photo

1975: Blue Angels Skyhawks practice their four plane diamond formation over their winter home in El Centro, CA.
Harry Gann Photo

1975: Blue Angels Skyhawks practice the tuck under break over their winter home in El Centro, CA. They come by in level flight and #1 starts by rolling under the others in order and interval.
Harry Gann Photo

Head-on view of a six plane Blue Angels Skyhawk formation.
Photograher unknown, Gary Verver Collection

13 OCT 1975: Blue Angels Skyhawks standby for another airshow as the color guard warms up the crowd.
U.S. Navy

13 OCT 1975: Blue Angels Skyhawks standby for another airshow as the announcer warms up the crowd.
U.S. Navy

13 OCT 1975: Blue Angels Skyhawks and pilots standby for another airshow.
U.S. Navy

13 OCT 1975: Blue Angels Skyhawks standby for another airshow as the China Lake CO greets the pilots.
U.S. Navy

1976
1976 Support Crew.
Todd Armanini.

1976 LT Denny Sapp in the drivers seat of Blue Angels Skyhawk BuNo 154975, #6.
Photo from Denny Sapp.

Blue Angels #1 and the Blue Angels Bluejackets pose in front of BuNo.154983.
Photo marked "Casey Jones" who was the CO 76-77.
Gary Verver Collection.

9-Oct-1976 Blue Angels Skyhawk BuNo 154179, #4, parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

9-Oct-1976 Blue Angels Skyhawk BuNo 155029, #3, parked on the flight line.
Gary Verver Collection

Blue Angels A-4F BuNo 154975, #5, dated 18 Dec 1976.
Photo by I. H. Waddington, G. Verver collection.

1977
07 Feb 1977 Blue Angels Skyhawk BuNo 158722, #7, parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

Blues lined up and ready to go.

Blue Angels over the Golden Gate.
Probably during a 2 day airshow at NAS Moffett in July 77.
Gary Verver Collection.

Blue Angels over their winter training site?
Estimated to be 1977 at El-Centro.
Gary Verver Collection.

20 August 1977 Blue Angels Skyhawk BuNo 154975, #3, parked on the flight line.
Gary Verver Collection

SEP 1977: Blue Angels Skyhawk BuNo 154179, #1, assigned to CDR Casey Jones.
Dave Steinbacker

1977: Blue Angels Skyhawk BuNo 154975, #3, parked on the ramp.
Unknown Photographer via W. Mutza

1978
Blue A-4F Angels - 1978
USN Photograph from Gary Verver

9-Sept-1978 Blue Angels Skyhawk BuNo 155029, #1, parked on the flight line.
Gary Verver Collection

Blue Angels Skyhawk BuNo 154176, #3, parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

1979
Navy Blue Angels fly Skyhawks in spectacular vertical climb during flight demonstration programs.
Douglas photo from my collection that was part of the 27 Feb 1979 News Release from McDonnel Douglas.
Readable BuNo's are: #1 BuNo. 154983, #2 BuNo 154177 & #6 BuNo 154986.
From Gary Verver Collection

Blue Angels Skyhawk BuNo 155029, #1, on display along with the exhibit and ceremony for the last Skyhawk built by McDonnell Douglas Corporation. Photo dated 27-Feb-1979 U.S. Navy photo by SGT Frank Refuerzo.

14 MAR 1979: Two A-4 Skyhawk, Blue Angel aircraft are sitting on the flight line as an AV-8A Carrier aircraft hovers overhead at MCAS Cherry Point, NC.
CPL Bryan Fitzgerald

Navy Blue Angels fly Skyhawks in spectacular vertical climb and then in a dive during flight demonstration programs.
Harry S. Gann Photos.

1979: Blue Angels Skyhawk flightline: BuNo 155029, #1; BuNo 154177, #2; BuNo 154986, #3; BuNo 154176, #4; 154975, #5 and BuNo 154179, #6.
David Steinbacker

1979: flightline, r-l: BuNo 155029, #1; BuNo 154177, #2, BuNo 154986, #3; BuNo 154176, #4, BuNo 154975, #5; and BuNo 154179, #6.
Dave Steinbacker

1980
1980: Blue Angels Skyhawk flightline, l-r: BuNo 155029, #1; BuNo 154179, #2; BuNo 154985, #3; BuNo 154176, #4; BuNo 155033, #5; and BuNo 154983, #6.
David McLaren

10 MAY 1980: Blue Angels Skyhawks #1 through #6 on the taxiway.
U.S. Navy

10 MAY 1980: Blue Angels Skyhawks diamond formation flies over two B-25's on the China Lake flight line.
U.S. Navy

10 MAY 1980: Blue Angels Skyhawks diamond formation flies by the VX-5 flightline.
U.S. Navy

Blue A-4F Angel BuNo. 154172 - 1980
McDonnell/Douglas USAF KC-10 serial number 79-1711 (aircraft #1,711 contracted for in 1979) refueling Douglas A-4F BuNo. 154172.
This clearly depicts the duel aerial refueling system unique to the USAF (Mc Douglas developed the refueling boom concept to enable fast refueling of B-52's etc.) Using either an advanced aerial refueling boom, or a hose and drogue centerline refueling system, the KC-10A can refuel a wide variety of U.S. and allied military aircraft within the same mission. The aircraft is equipped with lighting for night operations. The KC-10A's boom operator controls refueling operations through a digital, fly-by wire system. Sitting in the rear of the aircraft, the operator can see the receiver aircraft through a wide window. During boom refueling operations, fuel is transferred to the receiver at a maximum rate of 1,100 gallons (4,180 liters) per minute; the hose and drogue refueling maximum rate is 470 gallons (1,786 liters) per minute."
Official USN photograph number L302776 from Gary Verver

Blue A-4 Angel #7 Ready to take a VIP for the ride of a lifetime.
Photograph from John W. Hays

Blue A-4 Angel #1, #2, #3 & "Huffer".
Photograph from Bill Kistler

Blue A-4 Angel #3 and #4 Standby for another airshow.
Photograph from John W. Hays

Stunning image of a Blue A-4 Angel taking off.
Photo taken at the end of Forrest Sherman field, NAS Pensacola, Florida
Photograph from Planework

The Blue A-4 Angel Six Plane Delta Formation.
Photograph from Bill Kistler

The Blue A-4 Angel Six Plane Delta Formation.
Photograph from Bill Kistler

Two Blue A-4 Angels make a dirty low pass in an unusal way.
Photograph from Bill Kistler

The world famous Blue A-4 Angel Diamond Formation.
Photograph from Bill Kistler

Blue A-4 Angel #6 makes a screaming low pass down the runway.
Photograph from John W. Hays

The Blue A-4 Angel Diamond Landing.
Photograph from John W. Hays

A Blue A-4 Angel gone to pasture.
Photograph from Bill Berongi

Blue Angels at Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, MD .
Photograph from collection of Gary Verver

A-4F 154172, Blue Angels #2, courtesy of John Freeman.

Fat Albert (Marine C-130) and TA-4 BuNo.158722 at the Ft Collins, CO airshow in 1977. Gary Verver photo

Gary Verver photo of the Skyhawk line at the Ft Collins airshow.

circa 1980 right front view of Blue Angels Skyhawk BuNo 155029, #1, parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

10 May 1980 Blue Angels Skyhawk BuNo 154975, #6, and the Blue Angels flight line.
US Navy Photo.

Blue Angels Skyhawk BuNo 158722, #7, parked on the ramp and configured with a pair of drop tanks 4-Oct-1980.
Gary Verver Collection.

1980: Blue Angels Skyhawk BuNo 1549836, #6 on the flightline.
David McLaren

1980: Blue Angels Skyhawk flightline: BuNo 155029, #1; BuNo 154179, #2; BuNo 154985, #3, BuNo 15417x, #4, BuNo 155033, #5 and BuNo 154983, #6.
David McLaren

1981
1981:
BuNo 155033, Blue Angels lined up on Ramp, at the El Toro Air Show of 1981.
Louis Diot

01 MAY 1981: The Navy's Blue Angels flight demonstration team performs during open house at Andrews AFB. The team is flying the A-4F Skyhawk aircraft.

01 MAY 1981: A left side view of four A-4F Skyhawk aircraft (BuNo unknown) flown by the Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Team during an open house aerial demonstration during an open house at Andrews AFB.
SGT Marvin D. Lynchard, USAF

18 JUL 1981: Blue Angels Skyhawk flightline, BuNo 155033, #1, is in the foreground.
Bruce Thompson

18 JUL 1981: Blue Angels Skyhawk diamond formation with the gear and hooks down, BuNo 155033 is #1.
Bruce Thompson

18 JUL 1981: Blue Angels Skyhawk BuNo 158722, #7, parked on the ramp next to Fat Albert, BuNo 149806.
Bruce Thompson

SEP 1981: right rear view of Blue Angels Skyhawk BuNo 158722, #7, parked on the ramp.

13 SEP 1981: Blue Angels A-4F Skyhawk BuNo 155033 , #1, at Champaign, IL.
Photographer unknown.

13 SEP 1981: Blue Angels A-4F Skyhawk BuNo 155033 , #1, at Champaign, IL.
Photographer unknown.

1982
Four A-4F Skyhawk aircraft from the U.S. Navy`s Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Team take off in formation 31-July-82 at Miramar.
U.S. Navy photo by J.D. Cole

Two A-4F Skyhawk aircraft used by the Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Team at NAS Miramar, CA. 31-July-82.
U.S. Navy photo by J.D. Cole

A child climbs out of the cockpit of BuNo 158722, #7, 31-July-82.
U.S. Navy photo, PHAN Joanne Hawkins.

1982:
Blue Angels A-4F BuNo 155033, #1, 1982. L-R: #8 LT Bud Hunsucker, #6 LT Randy Clark, #4 LCDR Bob Stephens, #2 USMC MAJ Tim Dineen, #1 CDR Dave Carroll, #3 LT Kevin Miller, #5 LCDR Jim Ross, #7 LT Scott Anderson.
From Gary Verver.

1982:
Blue Angels A-4F BuNo 155033, #1, leads the group.
Blue Angels sunrise.
Blue Angel diamond.
From Gary Verver.

1982:
Blue Angels over El Centro circa82. Looks like it was taken from the backseat of a TA-4J and if it's the Blue Angels TA-4, it's BuNo 158722, #7.
Photographer unknown, from Gary Verver.

Date unknown:
The Blue Angels climb out in formation. No. 1 is BuNo 154984, 2 is 154983, 3 is 154975, 4 is 154986, 5 is 155029 and 6 is 154179.
McDonald-Douglas photo from James Stegman, Douglas Test Pilot. Date unknown:
BuNo 154177, Blue Angel No.2, taxiing at Yuma.
Provided by Gene Atwell.

Circa 1980:
Blues formation with No. 6, BuNo 154975, in fore-front.
Photographer unknown, from Gary Verver Collection.

1982:
Blues No.2, BuNo 154177, climbing out in formation.
Photo provided by Gene Atwell.

1982:
Blue Angel 154176, No. 3, in formation.
Blue Angel No. 2, BuNo 154577 in-flight.
Photographer unknown, from Gary Verver Collection.

1982:
Formation of Blue Angels, #1 is 155033, #2 is 154177, #3 is 154176, #4 is 154180, #5 is 154983, #6 is 154179.
Photographer unknown, from Gary Verver Collection.

31 JUL 1982: Four A-4 Skyhawk aircraft from the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Team fly in formation during the air show at NAS Miramar.
J.D. Cole

31 JUL 1982: Four A-4 Skyhawk aircraft from the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Team fly in formation during the air show at NAS Miramar.
J.D. Cole

31 JUL 1982: A view of the six A-4 Skyhawk aircraft used by the Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Team, parked. The Blue Angels will perform during the air show at NAS Miramar.
PHAN Joanna Hawkins

31 JUL 1982: An antique aircraft provides a marked contrast as it flies over the A-4 Skyhawk aircraft used by the Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Team. The aircraft are participants in the air show at NAS Miramar.
PHAN Joanna Hawkins

31 JUL 1982: Four A-4 Skyhawk aircraft from the U.S. Navy`s Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Team take off in formation during the air show at NAS Miramar.
J.D. Cole

31 JUL 1982: An A-4 Skyhawk aircraft (BuNo unknown, #5) from the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Team performs during the air show at NAS Miramar.
J.D. Cole

31 JUL 1982: A flying group, the Royal Falcons, take off in formation during the air show at NAS Miramar. In the foreground are two A-4 Skyhawk aircraft #5 & #6) used by the Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Team.
PHAN Joanna Hawkins

12 AUG 1982: A right side view of an A-4F Skyhawk aircraft (BuNo 154177, #5) from the Navy's Blue Angels flight demonstration team as it performs aerial stunts during the welcoming ceremony for the nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine USS OHIO (SSBN-726). Naval Submarine base, Bangor, WA
PH2 Shayna Brennan

12 AUG 1982: A right side view of two A-4F Skyhawk aircraft (BuNo 154177, #5, BuNo unknown, #6) from the Navy's Blue Angels flight demonstration team performing an aerial stunt during the welcoming ceremony for the nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine USS OHIO (SSBN-726) at Naval Submarine base, Bangor, WA.
PH2 Shayna Brennan

12 AUG 1982: A right front view of two A-4F Skyhawk aircraft (BuNo 154177, #5, BuNo unknown, #6) from the Navy's Blue Angels flight demonstration team performing an aerial stunt during the welcoming ceremony for the nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine USS OHIO (SSBN-726). Spectators watch the show from small boats in the Hood Canal, Naval Submarine base, Bangor, WA.
PH2 Shayna Brennan

1982:
Blue Angels - #1 is 155033, #2 is 154177, #3 is 154176 and #4 is154180.
From Farvel, Gary Verver Collection.

1982:
Blues No.6, BuNo 154179, landing.
Photographer unknown, from Gary Verver Collection.

1982:
Blues 5 and 6 during their opposing close pass. No. 5 is BuNo 154983. Photographer unknown, from Gary Verver Collection.

28 OCT 1982:
The Blues over the Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbour. BuNo 155033, 155029, 154172 and 15417x.
Provided by Gene Atwell.

1982-83:
Blue Angels, #1 A-4F BuNo 155033, #2 A-4F BuNo 155029, #3 A-4F BuNo 154180, #4 A-4F BuNo 154983, #5 A-4F BuNo 154179 and #6.
From Gary Verver.

1982:
Blue Angels formation 1982. #1 is 155033, #2 is 155029 and #6 is 154975.
Photo is from the Blue Angels 1982 program book.

31 JUL 1982:
A member of the Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Team explains his A-4 Skyhawk (TA-4J BuNo 158722, #7) aircraft to a child during the open house.
A member of the Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Team helps a child climb out of the cockpit of his A-4 Skyhawk (TA-4J BuNo 158722, #7) aircraft. The child is viewing the aircraft during open house.
Photos by PHAN Joanna Hawkins.

Blue Angel No.3, BuNo 154172, on the ramp.

1983
1983:
Blues No.1, BuNo 154983, with support crew at attention.
Photographer unknown, from Gary Verver Collection.

1983:
Blue Angels A-4F BuNo 154983, #1.
Photographer unknown, from Gary Verver Collection.

1983:
Blue Angels A-4F BuNo 154983, #1, 1983. L-R:
#8 LT John Virden, #6 LT Chris Ives, #4 LT Kevin Miller, #2 USMC Capt. Mark Lauritzen, #1 CDR Dave Carroll, #3 LT Scott Anderson, #5 LCDR Jim Ross, and #7 LT Curt Watson.
Photographer unknown, from Gary Verver Collection.

1983:
Blue Angels TA-4J BuNo 158722, #7. Pic1
Pic2
Pic3
Pic4
Photographer unknown, from Gary Verver.

1883 Blues: Delta formation.
Delta formation landing.
Echelon formation of Blues.
Atwell

Blue Angels Solos practice the crossover maneuver.
Gary Verver Collection.

Blue Angels Flight Demonstration team flys alongside the Golden Gate Bridge.
Gary Verver Collection.

A-4F Skyhawks leave a trail of smoke.
Gary Verver Collection.

Blue Angels at work in their 6 A/C formation. Photo is US Navy Press slide provided by Dan Perrine, a former Skyhawk Driver, and scanned by John Gabbard.

Blue Angels going head-to-head. Photo is US Navy Press slide provided by Dan Perrine, a former Skyhawk Driver, and scanned by John Gabbard.

Blue Angels in inverted flyby. Photo is US Navy Press slide provided by Dan Perrine, a former Skyhawk Driver, and scanned by John Gabbard.

Blue Angels with "Lead" inverted. Photo is US Navy Press slide provided by Dan Perrine, a former Skyhawk Driver, and scanned by John Gabbard.

Six Blue Angels over the bay. Photo is US Navy Press slide provided by Dan Perrine, a former Skyhawk Driver, and scanned by John Gabbard.

Blue Angels in tight formation. Photo is US Navy Press slide provided by Dan Perrine, a former Skyhawk Driver, and scanned by John Gabbard.

Blue Angels at Mount Rushmore. Photo is US Navy Press slide provided by Dan Perrine, a former Skyhawk Driver, and scanned by John Gabbard.

Blue Angels doing a star-burst. Photo is US Navy Press slide provided by Dan Perrine, a former Skyhawk Driver, and scanned by John Gabbard.

Blue Angels in formation. Photo is US Navy Press slide provided by Dan Perrine, a former Skyhawk Driver, and scanned by John Gabbard.

Blue Angels in formation with "Fat Albert"
BuNo 155029 (#5) and 154975 (#3) can be identified.
Photo courtesy of John Gabbard

Blue Angel "communicating" with his tanker
Photo provide by Don Pierce, Operations Chief VAH-3 and RVAH-3 1964/66.

BuNo.155029 with entertainers John Travolta and Olivia Newton John, along with pilots of the Navy`s Blue Angels - Oct. 1982.
U.S. Navy photo by PH3 Curt Fargo

BuNo.155029 entertainers John Travolta and Olivia Newton John, along with enlisted crew of the Navy`s Blue Angels flight demonstration team - Oct. 1982.
U.S. Navy photo by PH3 Curt Fargo

U.S. Navy`s Blue Angels Flight Demonstration team fly A-4F Skyhawk aircraft over the USS Arizona Memorial 28-Oct-82.
Harry Gann Photo.

Three Blue Angels - 1983.
From left to right: Lt. Andy Caputi #6 opposing solo, Lcdr. Chris Ives #5 lead solo, and Lcdr. Scott Anderson #4 slot in 1983.
Identification by Guy Mizell, Blue Angel crew chief during the 1982, 1983, and 1984 show seasons.
Photograph from John W. Hays

1984: Blue Angels Skyhawk flightline, l-r: BuNo 155033, #1; BuNo 155029, #2; BuNo 154983, #4; BuNo 154986, #5; BuNo 154172, #6; and BuNo 154180, #3.
Paul Stevens

08 Feb 1984,left side view of the all white Blue Angels Skyhawk BuNo 153667, #7, parked on the ramp.
Photo by Ted Paskowski, Gary Verver Collection.

1984
BuNo 158722, #7, on display at the Department of Defense open house air show 12 May 1984.
Photo by Don S. Montgomery, USN (RET).

12 MAY 1984:
A left front view of a Navy A-4F Skyhawk (TA-4J BuNo 158722, #7)
aircraft, assigned to the Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Team, on display at the Department of Defense open house air show.
Photo by Don S. Montgomery, USN.

Blue Angels A-4F Skyhawk #1 BuNo 155033, #2 BuNo 155029, #4 BuNo 154983, #5 BuNo 154986 and #6 BuNo 154172 at Kalamazoo, MI, photographer unknown.

31 June 1984:
Blue Angels A-4F BuNo 155033
, #1, at Kalamazoo, MI.
photographer unknown.

31 June 1984:
Blue Angels A-4F BuNo 155033
, #1, at Kalamazoo, MI.
photographer unknown.

31 June 1984:
Blue Angels A-4F BuNo 155029
, #2, at Kalamazoo, MI.
photographer unknown.

31 June 1984:
Blue Angels A-4F BuNo 154983
, #4, at Kalamazoo, MI.
photographer unknown.

31 June 1984:
Blue Angels A-4F BuNo 154986
, #5, at Kalamazoo, MI.
photographer unknown.

31 June 1984:
Blue Angels A-4F BuNo 155033
, #1, at Kalamazoo, MI.
photographer unknown.

31 June 1984:
Blue Angels A-4F Skyhawk #1 BuNo 155033, #2 BuNo 155029, #4 BuNo 154983, #5 BuNo 154986 and #6 BuNo 154172
at Kalamazoo, MI, photographer unknown.

BuNo.154983 #5, assigned to the Blue Angels flight demonstration team, as another A-4F passes it going in the opposite direction July 1984.
U.S. Navy photo by Paul O'Mara

Four A-4F Skyhawk aircraft assigned to the Blue Angels flight demonstration team as one touches down onto a runway 4-July-84.
U.S. Navy by PH2 Paul O'Mara.

Six A-4F Skyhawk aircraft assigned to the Blue Angels flight demonstration team. Caption says "takeoff", but it looks like a "landing".
4-July-84 U.S. Navy by PH2 Paul O'Mara.

BuNo.154983 #5, with its landing gear down July 1984.
U.S. Navy photo by Paul O'Mara

BuNo.154172 just above the ground in July 1984.
U.S. Navy by PH2 Paul O'Mara.

BuNo.154172 again, just above the ground in July 1984.
U.S. Navy by PH2 Paul O'Mara.

BuNo 154172, No. 6, retracts its landing gear during take off at an airshow.
U.S. Navy photo 1984.

BuNo 154172, No. 6, makes low-level pass over the runway during an air show.
U.S. Navy photo 1984.

BuNo 154172, No. 6, dusting off the runway during an air show.
U.S. Navy photo 1984.

1984: Blue Angels Skyhawk flightline: BuNo 155033, #1; BuNo 155029, #2; BuNo 154983, #4, BuNo 154986, #5, BuNo 154172, #6 and BuNo 154180, #3.
Paul Stevens

20 MAY 1984: Two Skyhawk aircraft assigned to the Navy`s Blue Angels flight demonstration team, fly over the David W. Taylor Naval Ship Research and Development Center during Commissioning Week ceremonies at the US Naval Academy.
U.S. Navy by K.L. Riordan

JUN 1984: Blue Angels Skyhawk BuNo 155033, #1, parked on the flightline.
Pual Stevens

04 JUL 1984: PH2 PAUL O`MARA, USN Photos
An air-to-air front view of an A-4F Skyhawk aircraft assigned to the Blue Angels flight demonstration team in a six-ship formation.
Six A-4F Skyhawk aircraft assigned to the Blue Angels flight demonstration team perform in high show bomb burst during an air show.
A front view of four A-4F Skyhawk aircraft assigned to the Blue Angels flight demonstration team as one touches down onto a runway. Two other A-4F aircraft are approaching in the background.
An air-to-air left side view of four A-4F Skyhawk aircraft assigned to the Blue Angels flight demonstration team in echelon formation during an air show.
An air-to-air view of a A-4F Skyhawk aircraft assigned to the Blue Angels flight demonstration team.
An underside view of A-4F Skyhawk aircraft assigned to the Blue Angels flight demonstration team in a six-ship delta formation.
An air-to-air front view of five A-4F Skyhawk aircraft assigned to the Blue Angels flight demonstration team.
An air-to-air front view of six A-4F Skyhawk aircraft assigned to the Blue Angels flight demonstration team in formation.
An air-to-air front view of an A-4F Skyhawk aircraft assigned to the Blue Angels flight demonstration team in a four-ship formation.
An air-to-air left front view of a A-4F Skyhawk aircraft assigned to the Blue Angels flight demonstration team in a four-ship formation.
An air-to-air left front view of an A-4F Skyhawk aircraft assigned to the Blue Angels flight demonstration team in a four-ship formation, with two aircraft upside down.
A right side view of six A-4F Skyhawk aircraft assigned to the Blue Angels flight demonstration team.

20 SEP 1984: Two Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron A-4F Skyhawk aircraft execute an aerial maneuver during an air show.
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Pic 2br /> Two Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron A-4F Skyhawk aircraft approach each other while executing a maneuver during an air show
. Two Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron A-4F Skyhawk aircraft in close formation during an air show.
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20 SEP 1984: With landing gear lowered, Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron A-4F Skyhawk aircraft No. 5 rolls into an inverted position while executing a maneuver known as the "Dirty Roll on Take Off" during an air show. Pic1
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20 SEP 1984: 154172 A-4F 20SEP84 Blue Angels #6 20SEP84 DN-SC-85-00495
Two Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron A-4F Skyhawk aircraft in a low-level flight as they prepare to execute a crossover roll during an air show.
Two Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron A-4F Skyhawk aircraft begin a low-level crossover roll during an air show.
Two Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron A-4F Skyhawk aircraft into a low-level crossover roll during an air show.
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A Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron A-4F Skyhawk aircraft makes a low-level pass over the runway during an air show.
Two Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron A-4F Skyhawk aircraft execute a low-level crossover roll during an air show.
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Two Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron A-4F Skyhawk aircraft execute the "Fortus" maneuver during an air show. In this wingtip-to-wingtip maneuver, both aircraft have their landing gear and tail hooks lowered and one aircraft is inverted.
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A Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron A-4F Skyhawk aircraft executes a low-level roll over the flight line during an air show.
20 SEP 1984: Four Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron A-4F Skyhawk aircraft in a diamond formation during an air show.
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Six Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron A-4F Skyhawk aircraft in a delta formation during an air show.

Four Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron A-4F Skyhawk aircraft in a diamond formation
during an air show.
The Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron A-4F Skyhawk aircraft execute a diamond landing during an air show.
Five Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron A-4F Skyhawk aircraft take off during an air show. Four Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron A-4F Skyhawk aircraft execute a maneuver known as the "Double Farvel" during an air show. In this maneuver, the aircraft fly in a diamond formation with the No. 1 and No. 4 ships inverted. Pic 1
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Four Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron A-4F Skyhawk aircraft execute a banked turn while in a diamond formation during an air show.
Six Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron A-4F Skyhawk aircraft make a low-level pass over the flight line while in a delta formation during an air show.
Four Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron A-4F Skyhawk aircraft make a low-level pass over the flight line while in a diamond formation during an air show.
Six Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron A-4F Skyhawk aircraft execute a maneuver known as the "Fleur-de-Lis" during an air show. Pic 1
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An air-to-air right side view of four A-4F Skyhawk aircraft of the Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Team flying in a left echelon formation during an air show.
Photos are U.S. Navy

1985
MAR 1985: Blue Angels Skyhawk BuNo 154180, #3, assigned to LT Pat Walsh, parked on the flightline.
R.E. Arance

01 JAN 1985: A ground crewman assists a Navy Blue Angels precision flight team pilot into the cockpit of his A-4F Skyhawk aircraft (BuNo unknown, #6) during the 1986 Armed Forces Day open house at Andrews AFB
01 JUN 1985: The six A-4F Skyhawk aircraft of the Navy Blue Angels precision flight team parked in front of the control tower at MCAS Cherry Point, NC.
SGT T.K. Burch
03 JUL 1985: An engine starter sits on the runway next to one of the Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron's A-4F Skyhawk aircraft (BuNo unknown, #2) during the air station's annual open house and air show at NAS Moffett.
PH3 Xanos
03 JUL 1985: A left side view of five A-4F Skyhawk aircraft (BuNo 15498x, #6, others unknown) and one TA-4J Skyhawk ( BuNo 158722, #7, third from left) of the Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron lined up on the flight line during the air station's annual open house and air show at NAS Moffett.
PH3 Xanos
01 JAN 1986: An A-4F Skyhawk aircraft (BuNo unknown, #5) of the Navy Blue Angels precision flight team is serviced by team maintenance crewmen during the 1986 Armed Forces Day open house at Andrew AFB.
PH1 Chuck Mussi

Formation photo from Gary Verver collection. The photo is Official U.S. Navy, dated 4 July 1985, NAS Moffett Field, CA.

12 OCT 1985:
Five A-4F Skyhawk aircraft (#5 is 15417(6 or 9)
of the Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron on the flight line prior to a Fleet Week show.
PH2 David A. Dostie photo, from Gary Verver.

1986
Blue Angels Skyhawk BuNo 155033, #1, parked on the flight line Aug. 1986.
Photo by E. Bannworth, G. Verver collection

AUG 1986: Blue Angels Skyhawk BuNo 155000, #6, parked on the ramp.
Photographer unknown, G. Verver Collection

Blue Angels Skyhawk BuNo 154217 parked on the ramp alongside #7. Oct. 1986.
Gary Verver Collection.

Blue Angels Skyhawk BuNo 154172, #2, and a starter pod in 1986.
Gary Verver Collection.

Blue Angels Skyhawk BuNo 155033, #1, parked on the flight line Oct. 1986.
Gary Verver Collection.

Oct 1986 Blue Angels Skyhawk BuNo 154211, #5, parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

Oct 1986 Blue Angels Skyhawk BuNo 154973, #3, parked on the flight line next to BuNo 154211, #5.
Photo by D. Hersey, Gary Verver Collection.

Nov 1986 Blue Angels Skyhawk BuNo 158722, #7, parked on the ramp. Names on the cockpit rail are LT Wayne Molnar and MAJ Bill Campbell.
D. Brown, G. Verver collection

Blue Angels Skyhawk BuNo 154177, #1, parked on the ramp with a centerline tank.
Gary Verver Collection.

Blue Angels Skyhawk BuNo 154983, #2, parked on the flight line with a centerline tank.
Gary Verver Collection.

BuNo 139947 on display at the Octave Chanute Museum in the markings of Blue Angels #6, "Lucy."
Gary Verver Collection

National Museum of Naval Aviation, Pensacola Florida.
BuNo. 150076 (#1), BuNo. 154217 (#4), BuNo. 154983 (#2), & BuNo. 155033 (#3).
Photograph from Bill Kistler

National Museum of Naval Aviation, Pensacola Florida. #2
BuNo. 150076 (#1), BuNo. 154217 (#4), BuNo. 154983 (#2), & BuNo. 155033 (#3).
Photograph by Gary Rodgers

01 MAY 1986:
An XV-15A tilt-rotor technology demonstration aircraft passes over two A-4F Skyhawk (#5, BuNo 154211 and #6, BuNo unknown) aircraft from the Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron parked on the flight line during the celebration of the 75th anniversary of naval aviation.
Photographer unknown, from Gary Verver.

Two Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron A-4F Skyhawk (#4, BuNo 154180, #3, BuNo unknown) aircraft prepare to take off for a performance during the celebration of the 75th anniversary of naval aviation.
Photo by PH3 Paquette.

Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron A-4F Skyhawk No. 5, BuNo 154211, prepares to taxi for a performance during the celebration of the 75th anniversary of naval aviation.
Photo by PH3 Paquette.

A CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter passes over a Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron A-4F Skyhawk (#6, BuNo unknown) aircraft parked on the flight line during an air show celebrating the 75th anniversary of naval aviation.
An A-4F Skyhawk (#6, BuNo unknown) aircraft from the Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron performs during an air show celebrating the 75th anniversary of naval aviation.
Navy photos.


The "Blues" move-on to the Hornet:

NOV 2002: McDonnel Douglas F/A-18 Hornet
Proof the "Blues" fly CLOSE while in formation.

Blue Angel Hornet "sweeping" the FOD off the runway.
Photo provided by Gary Verver.

Blue Angel Hornet "nose UP" off the runway.
Photo provided by Gary Verver.

Blue Angel Hornet showing off her "cloak" of disturbed air.
Photo provided by Gary Verver.

Blue Angel Hornet - Night Scene.
Photo provided by Gary Verver.

Blue Angel Hornets in formation.
Photo provided by Gary Verver.


Sources
  • Gary Verver
Blue's Official Website Blue's Alumni Association



This page is dedicated posthumously to
Lieutenant Junior Grade James Patrick Shea,
United States Navy Reserve,
a pilot of Attack Squadron 215.

AIR MEDAL

Lieutenant Junior Grade James Patrick Shea was born August 18, 1940 in Burlingame, California. Lieutenant Shea attended and was gratuated from San Jose State University. Jim Shea entered the United States Navy in September 1962 and was commissioned an Ensign in December 1962. Jim enjoyed music performed by the New Christy Minstrels.While in flight training Jim Shea was a member of the Naval Air Station Pensacola Goshawks football team, captained by Roger Staubach.

On Tuesday, April 20, 1965, Lieutenant Shea was flying a Douglas A-1H Skyraider, NP-51, BuNo. 139818, from United States Ship Hancock (CVA-19) carrier on Yankee Station. Lieutenant Shea was killed while attacking a target near Haiphong, North Vietnam. His body was not recovered.

Lieutenant Junior Grade James Patrick Shea is remembered on "The Wall" panel 01E, row 106.


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