The Blue Angels:
A Fly-by History, Sixty Years of Aerial Excellence
Nicholas A. Veronico
Hardbound $34.95 & Softbound $24.95
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. Arriving on the Blue Angels’ 60th anniversary, this
book is a fitting tribute to these representatives of naval aviation and
international ambassadors of good will. In soaring words and photographs,
The Blue Angels: A Fly-By History celebrates the popular unit’s
feats, key figures, and aircraft: from Flight Leader Roy "Butch" Voris’ first outing in 1946 to the time of the
Korean Conflict, when the Blue Angels formed the nucleus of a fighter
squadron known as "Satan’s Kittens"; from 1974, when the
team donned a new aircraft, the McDonnell Douglas A-4F Skyhawk II, to the
breathtaking air shows of today.
This book was honored by the Military Writers
Society with its Distinguished Book Award in 2006.
10"x10", hardbound, 176 page book includes approx. 150 color and 50 B&W photos.