Skip to comments.The Blue Angels - Then and Now
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).
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God has most certainly blessed them.
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.
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Love it! Thanks for the post!
Fantastic Post!!! Thank you!!
Thank you very much.
Went to an airshow many years back, and saw a pilot in a Bearcat outfly a guy in an F4U Corsair. It was great!
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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.
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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
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.
I think so.
Go to Reno and see the world's fastest prop driven piston engine aircraft...also a Bearcat.
The Mighty Rare Bear!
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!
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.
Awesome video, particularly the original Blue Angel in the F8F cockpit.
Here’s a treat for you from 1986...
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
That was great! Thanks.
You gotta figure that they all tried just a bit harder when the competition was showing on the same day.
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