Blue Angels History, Photo Gallery & Schedule of Events

At the end of World War II, Adm. Chester W. Nimitz, the Chief of Naval Operations, ordered the formation of a flight demonstration team to keep the public interested in Naval Aviation. The Blue Angels performed their first flight demonstration less than a year later in June 1946 at their home base, Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville, Florida. Flying the Grumman F6F Hellcat, they were led by Lt. Cmdr. Roy "Butch" Voris.

Only two months later on August 25, 1946, the Blue Angels transitioned to the Grumman F8F Bearcat and introduced the famous "diamond" formation.

By the end of the 1940s, the Blue Angels were flying their first jet aircraft, the Grumman F9F-2 Panther. In response to the demands placed on Naval Aviation in the Korean Conflict, the team reported to the aircraft carrier USS Princeton as the nucleus of Fighter Squadron 191 (VF-191), "Satan's Kitten", in 1950.

They were reorganized the next year and reported to NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, where they began flying the newer and faster version of the Panther, the F9F-5. The Blue Angels remained in Corpus Christi until the winter of 1954 when they relocated to their present home at NAS Pensacola, Florida. It was here that they progressed to the swept-wing Grumman F9F-8 Cougar.

The ensuing 20 years saw the Blue Angels transition to two more aircraft, the Grumman F11F-1 Tiger (1957) and the McDonnell Douglas F-4J Phantom II (1969).

In December 1974, the Navy Flight Demonstration Team began flying the McDonnell Douglas A-4F Skyhawk II and was reorganized into the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron. This reorganization permitted the establishment of a commanding officer vice a flight leader, added support officers, and further redefined the squadron's mission emphasizing the support of recruiting efforts. Cmdr. Tony Less was the squadron's first official commanding officer.

On November 8, 1986, the Blue Angels completed their 40th anniversary year during ceremonies unveiling their present aircraft, the sleek McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet, the first dual-role fighter/attack aircraft now serving on the nation's front lines of defense. Since 1946, the Blue Angels have flown for more than 260 million spectators.

Schedule of Events

NAF El Centro, CA
St. George, UT
Punta Gorda, FL
March 31
Tuscaloosa, AL
April 1
Tuscaloosa, AL
April 7 - 8
Easter (Weekend Off)
April 14 - 15
NAS Kingsville, TX
April 21 - 22
NAS/JRB New Orleans, LA
April 28 - 29
Warner Robins AFB, GA
May 5 - 6
MCAS Cherry Point, NC
May 12 - 13
Smyrna, TN
May 19 - 20
Joint Base Andrews Naval Air Facility, MD
May 26 - 27
Jones Beach, NY
May 29
Annapolis, MD
June 2 - 3
Norfolk, VA
June 9 - 10
Mankato, MN
June 16 - 17
Baltimore, MD
June 23 - 24
Latrobe, PA
June 30
Portsmouth, NH
July 1
Portsmouth, NH
July 2 - 4
Boston Harbor, MA
July 7 - 8
Dayton, OH
July 14
Pensacola Beach, FL
July 21 - 22
Sioux Falls, SD
July 28 - 29
Twin Falls, ID
August 4 - 5
Seattle, WA
August 11 - 12
Weekend Off
August 18 - 19
Chicago, IL
August 25 - 26
Summerside PE, Canada
September 1 - 3
Cleveland, OH
September 8 - 9
Little Rock AFB, AR
September 15 - 16
NAS Oceana, VA
September 22 - 23
Grand Junction, CO
September 29 - 30
MCAS Kane'ohe Bay, HI
October 6 - 7
San Francisco, CA
October 12 - 14
MCAS Miramar, San Diego, CA
October 20 - 21
Jacksonville Beach, FL
October 27 - 28
Houston, TX
November 2 - 3
NAS Pensacola, FL