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The Blue Angels - Then and Now
neptunuslex.com ^ | December, 2010 | Neptunus Lex

Posted on 02/18/2011 12:32:50 PM PST by paterfamilias

A great video featuring the first Blue Angels (F8F Bearcats) flying with the current Blue Angels (F/A-18D Hornets).

http://www.neptunuslex.com/2010/12/10/good-day-at-the-patch/


TOPICS: History; Military/Veterans; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: angels; bearcat; blue; hornet; navair; navy

1 posted on 02/18/2011 12:32:55 PM PST by paterfamilias
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To: paterfamilias

http://www.neptunuslex.com/2010/12/10/good-day-at-the-patch/


2 posted on 02/18/2011 12:36:37 PM PST by paterfamilias
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To: paterfamilias

Oh my. I do so love Nasal Radiators ; }

God has most certainly blessed them.
Tatt


3 posted on 02/18/2011 12:46:50 PM PST by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." DorothyBernard)
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To: paterfamilias

Now that is awesome. God Bless our military - past and present. My dad was a gunner in a B-17 so I’ve always loved looking at them when they come to an airshow - or fly over on the way to/from a show like one did last summer. If it excites me that much, how would my dad feel if he were still alive and saw one up close? Machines of war, for sure, but striking examples of American technology down through the years. Has to make you proud, just has to.


4 posted on 02/18/2011 12:49:04 PM PST by RonInNaples
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5 posted on 02/18/2011 12:51:21 PM PST by magslinger (Samuel Colt, feminist. Making women equal to men for over 150 years.)
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To: paterfamilias

Love it! Thanks for the post!


6 posted on 02/18/2011 12:51:35 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer ("Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican." - President Ronald W. Reagan)
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To: paterfamilias

Fantastic Post!!! Thank you!!


7 posted on 02/18/2011 12:52:00 PM PST by True Republican Patriot (May GOD Continue to BLESS Our Greatest President :George W. Bush!!)
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To: paterfamilias

Thank you very much.


8 posted on 02/18/2011 12:52:20 PM PST by Jacquerie (Educated children are every bit as important to the NEA as quality autos are to the UAW.)
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To: Jacquerie
This would be a great place to save some money. Everyone knows the Blue Angles, Thunder Birds, and other tax payer flying shows are old and redundant. Cut them out and save the gas used for training and shows.
9 posted on 02/18/2011 12:57:09 PM PST by BooBoo1000
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To: paterfamilias

Went to an airshow many years back, and saw a pilot in a Bearcat outfly a guy in an F4U Corsair. It was great!


10 posted on 02/18/2011 12:59:00 PM PST by popdonnelly (If Obama isn't socialist, then neither was Karl Marx)
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To: magslinger

Ahhhhhh-HA!! I bet you in ; }

Tatt


11 posted on 02/18/2011 1:04:37 PM PST by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." DorothyBernard)
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To: thesearethetimes...; magslinger

BEAT - lol ; P


12 posted on 02/18/2011 1:05:38 PM PST by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." DorothyBernard)
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To: paterfamilias
Makes you proud, proud, proud.

My son will be commissioned from the USNA this spring and will be heading to flight school in Pensacola to join their ranks. Makes you proud, proud, proud.

13 posted on 02/18/2011 1:14:37 PM PST by trad_anglican
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To: thesearethetimes...; All
But I did beat the ping. Allow me to gloat a little, that doesn't happen often with all of the enthusiastic pingers I have pinging me to threads like this.

I do appreciate the pings, I couldn't run the pinglist without them, but it is nice to get to one first for a change.

14 posted on 02/18/2011 1:24:21 PM PST by magslinger (Samuel Colt, feminist. Making women equal to men for over 150 years.)
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To: trad_anglican

**** “ Makes you proud, proud, proud.” *****

I know what you mean, my Son is a member of the “Silent Service” and I swell every-time I think about him.

Sometimes Youth is not wasted on the Young

TT


15 posted on 02/18/2011 1:34:13 PM PST by TexasTransplant (I got your Alla Akbar and your 72 Virgins... when ya wanna meet up?)
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To: paterfamilias
Awesome!!! Thanks for posting!
16 posted on 02/18/2011 1:45:39 PM PST by Errant
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To: BooBoo1000

BooBoo, you are of course, entitled to your opinion.

However, I bet you would find that a large number of military pilots, air crew, and technicians were inspired to achieve their goal after they saw the Blue Angels or the Thunderbirds at an airshow when they were just kids.

It remains that these flight demonstration teams are effective recruiting tools.

Money well-spent?

I think so.


17 posted on 02/18/2011 3:04:35 PM PST by paterfamilias
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To: paterfamilias

BTTT


18 posted on 02/18/2011 3:41:27 PM PST by hattend (Obama got his 3am call about Egypt. The call went right to the answering machine.- Sarah Palin)
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To: popdonnelly
Went to an airshow many years back, and saw a pilot in a Bearcat outfly a guy in an F4U Corsair. It was great!

Go to Reno and see the world's fastest prop driven piston engine aircraft...also a Bearcat.

The Mighty Rare Bear!


19 posted on 02/18/2011 3:48:05 PM PST by hattend (Obama got his 3am call about Egypt. The call went right to the answering machine.- Sarah Palin)
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To: trad_anglican

When hubby’s family had their reunions in Perdido Key, we used to take the kids over to the Pensacola Naval Air Station to watch the Blue Angels on their practice days. They are most gracious young men who take time to talk to the folks who come to watch them! They put on a great show, even when they’re only practicing!


20 posted on 02/18/2011 5:12:55 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: paterfamilias

Oh, my, that video just brought tears to my eyes, watching that pilot from the very first team of Blue Angels sitting in that Bearcat, re-living his memories of flying it.


21 posted on 02/18/2011 5:30:57 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: paterfamilias

Awesome video, particularly the original Blue Angel in the F8F cockpit.

Here’s a treat for you from 1986...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bwi8m4SIejE


22 posted on 02/18/2011 6:08:04 PM PST by GreenLanternCorps ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Jimmy Carter".)
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To: hattend

Rare Bear. Piloted by the one and only Corky Fornoff? He had a bronze bear at The Danbury CT Airport Airshow in 1973. Clinched my to FLY NAVY props! The the T-28 B/C Trojan was a hoot! Thanks Corky!


23 posted on 02/18/2011 6:57:46 PM PST by Broker (Mabuhay!)
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To: paterfamilias

Years ago we were riding our quads in the dunes and the Blue Angels were practicing at El Centro NAF and we had parked on top of a high dune and were watching. Well I guess they saw us and we got buzzed low and FAST a couple times, they would fly at us and pull up so last min it would blow the sand off the top of the dune. It was awesome.


24 posted on 02/18/2011 7:02:52 PM PST by Pylon (Tagline: (optional, printed after your name on post):)
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To: paterfamilias
I agree that the Blue Angels, the Thunderbirds, the Golden Knights, etc. are effective recruiting tools. This week I watched a T-38 at our airport, and I thought that the government could save money if they replaced the Air Force Thunderbird F-16s with the T-38. Then I thought, no, the demonstration teams need to feature the best equipment we have to offer. That is another component of the demonstrations teams, is to show how good a product the United States military can produce.

Several of my students have gone into naval, marine and air force aviation, and the demonstration teams have had a significant impression on these wonderful young men at an early age.

Since the Blues and the Thunderbirds are booked years in advance, I wouldn't have a problem with fielding even more forms of demonstration teams, such as attack helicopters, etc.

25 posted on 02/18/2011 8:02:15 PM PST by CFIIIMEIATP737
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To: Broker

Rare Bear was built from a wreck by Lyle Shelton (RIP Lyle!) and Lyle was the owner/pilot until, I believe, 2002 when he passed the pilot duties to John Penney.

Rare Bear was sold shortly before Lyle passed (cancer) the new owner is Rod Lewis.

I had seen Corky Fornoff’s F8 at the races years ago.


26 posted on 02/18/2011 11:23:26 PM PST by hattend (Obama got his 3am call about Egypt. The call went right to the answering machine.- Sarah Palin)
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To: CFIIIMEIATP737

The T-birds flew T-38s for almost a decade. They transitioned to the F-16 after a tragic accident that killed the diamond formation pilots in a training accident.

http://www.check-six.com/Crash_Sites/Thunderbirds-Diamond_Crash.htm


27 posted on 02/18/2011 11:27:42 PM PST by hattend (Obama got his 3am call about Egypt. The call went right to the answering machine.- Sarah Palin)
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To: GreenLanternCorps

That was great! Thanks.


28 posted on 02/19/2011 5:03:54 AM PST by paterfamilias
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To: paterfamilias
In 1956 there was a tremendous "National Air Show" at Will Rogers field in Oklahoma City. The Blue Angels and Thunderbirds were both on the program on the same afternoon. The Blue Angels flew late model F9Fs and the Thunderbirds flew F-100s.

You gotta figure that they all tried just a bit harder when the competition was showing on the same day.

29 posted on 02/19/2011 9:54:09 AM PST by 19th LA Inf
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