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Jan 25, 2019 07:29:51   #
Dalek
 
Fantastic

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Jan 25, 2019 07:44:17   #
fourg1b2006 (a regular here)
 
Great photos...very well taken.

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Jan 25, 2019 07:47:56   #
jaymatt (a regular here)
 

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Jan 25, 2019 09:15:58   #
MT native
 
Once again, simply outstanding set of images !!

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Jan 25, 2019 09:20:54   #
docshark (a regular here)
 
An amazing set Paul. I really enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing this with us.
-Doc

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Jan 25, 2019 10:01:54   #
CHG_CANON (a regular here)
 
Thank you nimbushopper, Jack, CanonShot, Dennis, angler, Dalek, Marty, John, Dennis / MT native, Doc! From these images you might be surprised to learn I just happened upon the airshow in Jacksonville. I had flown to Atlanta in October for an entended trip into Florida before heading to my folks place in Hilton Head for Thanksgiving. I wanted to visit the Jacksonville Zoo and only when investigating what else was available in Jacksonville did I learn about the airshow. I posted the part II of in-flight shots this morning at: https://www.uglyhedgehog.com/t-575409-1.html

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Jan 25, 2019 10:12:54   #
Pop Pop
 
CHG_CANON wrote:
Thank you nimbushopper, Jack, CanonShot, Dennis, angler, Dalek, Marty, John, Dennis / MT native, Doc! From these images you might be surprised to learn I just happened upon the airshow in Jacksonville. I had flown to Atlanta in October for an entended trip into Florida before heading to my folks place in Hilton Head for Thanksgiving. I wanted to visit the Jacksonville Zoo and only when investigating what else was available in Jacksonville did I learn about the airshow. I posted the part II of in-flight shots this morning at: https://www.uglyhedgehog.com/t-575409-1.html
Thank you b nimbushopper, Jack, CanonShot, Dennis... (show quote)


The second set is just as incredible. Sometimes luck plays a big part of finding photo ops. Love the first one but they are all great!

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Jan 25, 2019 10:21:45   #
photophile (a regular here)
 
CHG_CANON wrote:
The Blue Angels were originally formed as the Flight Exhibition Team in March 1946 at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida (NAS JAX) by Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Chester Nimitz, in an effort to raise awareness of naval aviation and boost morale. The team performed their first flight demonstration on June 15, 1946 in Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat aircraft. The squadron was officially redesignated as the United States Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron in December 1974.

2018 NAS JAX Air Show
United States Department of Navy
Naval Air Station
Jacksonville, Florida
October 27, 28, 2018

U.S. Navy Blue Angels by Paul Sager, on Flickr


Lieutenant Commander Roy Marlin "Butch" Voris, a World War II fighter ace, was named Officer-in-Charge and Flight Leader for the newly formed flight demonstration team. Voris selected other WWII veterans into the team and they spent countless hours in early 1946 developing their airshow maneuvers. The group perfected its initial maneuvers in secret over the Florida Everglades so that, in Voris' words, "if anything happened, just the alligators would know". The team's first demonstration took place before Navy officials on May 10, 1946 and was met with enthusiastic approval.

The team's 1946 demonstration thrilled spectators with low-flying maneuvers performed in tight formations, and (according to Voris) by "keeping something in front of the crowds at all times."

U.S. Navy Blue Angels


Blue Angel pilots serve two to three years, and position assignments are made according to team needs, pilot experience levels, and career considerations for members. After serving with the squadron, both officers and enlisted personnel return to fleet assignments.

U.S. Navy Blue Angels


The team leader (#1) is the Commanding Officer and is always a Navy Commander, who may be promoted to Captain mid-tour if approved for Captain by the selection board. Pilots of numbers 2-7 are Navy Lieutenants or Lieutenant Commanders, or Marine Corps Captains or Majors. The number 7 pilot narrates for a year, and then typically flies Opposing and then Lead Solo the following two years, respectively.

U.S. Navy Blue Angels


Commander Eric C. Doyle, Blue Angels No. 1, has been a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy since 1996. He was designated a Naval Aviator in 1999 and made two deployments aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln. He was selected to attend the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) in 2003 and remained as a staff instructor. Following TOPGUN he served aboard the USS Harry S. Truman in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and later aboard the USS Carl Vinson in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. Cmdr Doyle joined the Blue Angels in September 2017 having accumulated more than 3,000 flight hours and more than 600 carrier-arrested landings.

U.S. Navy Blue Angels


All team members, both officer and enlisted, come from the ranks of regular U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps units. The demonstration pilots and narrator are made up of Navy and USMC Naval Aviators. In the U.S. Navy, most Naval Aviators are unrestricted line officers (URL), eligible for command at sea.

U.S. Navy Blue Angels


The team flies fighter aircraft which have formerly served in the fleet and are maintained to nearly combat-ready status. Modifications to each aircraft include removal of the weapons and replacement with the tank that contains smoke-oil used in demonstrations, and outfitting with the control stick spring system for more precise aircraft control input. The team has flown the Boeing F/A-18 Hornet since 1986.

U.S. Navy Blue Angels


The first airshow at the Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NAS JAX) occurred in the 1930s when the station was under control of the Florida National Guard. The first U.S. Navy airshow occurred on October 15, 1945 when the base opened to the citizens of Jacksonville to display the aircraft that had won WWII. This was the only show at NAS Jacksonville where the U.S. Navy Blue Angels did not perform as they has not yet been formed.

U.S. Navy Blue Angels


The mission of the United States Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron is "To showcase the pride and professionalism of the United States Navy and Marine Corps by inspiring a culture of excellence and service to country through flight demonstrations and community outreach."

US Navy Blue Angels


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Great images, my husband and son were in the Navy and served on carriers.

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Jan 25, 2019 10:46:36   #
Jules Karney (a regular here)
 
CHG_CANON wrote:
The Blue Angels were originally formed as the Flight Exhibition Team in March 1946 at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida (NAS JAX) by Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Chester Nimitz, in an effort to raise awareness of naval aviation and boost morale. The team performed their first flight demonstration on June 15, 1946 in Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat aircraft. The squadron was officially redesignated as the United States Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron in December 1974.

2018 NAS JAX Air Show
United States Department of Navy
Naval Air Station
Jacksonville, Florida
October 27, 28, 2018

U.S. Navy Blue Angels by Paul Sager, on Flickr


Lieutenant Commander Roy Marlin "Butch" Voris, a World War II fighter ace, was named Officer-in-Charge and Flight Leader for the newly formed flight demonstration team. Voris selected other WWII veterans into the team and they spent countless hours in early 1946 developing their airshow maneuvers. The group perfected its initial maneuvers in secret over the Florida Everglades so that, in Voris' words, "if anything happened, just the alligators would know". The team's first demonstration took place before Navy officials on May 10, 1946 and was met with enthusiastic approval.

The team's 1946 demonstration thrilled spectators with low-flying maneuvers performed in tight formations, and (according to Voris) by "keeping something in front of the crowds at all times."

U.S. Navy Blue Angels


Blue Angel pilots serve two to three years, and position assignments are made according to team needs, pilot experience levels, and career considerations for members. After serving with the squadron, both officers and enlisted personnel return to fleet assignments.

U.S. Navy Blue Angels


The team leader (#1) is the Commanding Officer and is always a Navy Commander, who may be promoted to Captain mid-tour if approved for Captain by the selection board. Pilots of numbers 2-7 are Navy Lieutenants or Lieutenant Commanders, or Marine Corps Captains or Majors. The number 7 pilot narrates for a year, and then typically flies Opposing and then Lead Solo the following two years, respectively.

U.S. Navy Blue Angels


Commander Eric C. Doyle, Blue Angels No. 1, has been a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy since 1996. He was designated a Naval Aviator in 1999 and made two deployments aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln. He was selected to attend the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) in 2003 and remained as a staff instructor. Following TOPGUN he served aboard the USS Harry S. Truman in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and later aboard the USS Carl Vinson in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. Cmdr Doyle joined the Blue Angels in September 2017 having accumulated more than 3,000 flight hours and more than 600 carrier-arrested landings.

U.S. Navy Blue Angels


All team members, both officer and enlisted, come from the ranks of regular U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps units. The demonstration pilots and narrator are made up of Navy and USMC Naval Aviators. In the U.S. Navy, most Naval Aviators are unrestricted line officers (URL), eligible for command at sea.

U.S. Navy Blue Angels


The team flies fighter aircraft which have formerly served in the fleet and are maintained to nearly combat-ready status. Modifications to each aircraft include removal of the weapons and replacement with the tank that contains smoke-oil used in demonstrations, and outfitting with the control stick spring system for more precise aircraft control input. The team has flown the Boeing F/A-18 Hornet since 1986.

U.S. Navy Blue Angels


The first airshow at the Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NAS JAX) occurred in the 1930s when the station was under control of the Florida National Guard. The first U.S. Navy airshow occurred on October 15, 1945 when the base opened to the citizens of Jacksonville to display the aircraft that had won WWII. This was the only show at NAS Jacksonville where the U.S. Navy Blue Angels did not perform as they has not yet been formed.

U.S. Navy Blue Angels


The mission of the United States Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron is "To showcase the pride and professionalism of the United States Navy and Marine Corps by inspiring a culture of excellence and service to country through flight demonstrations and community outreach."

US Navy Blue Angels


The images are sized to fill your wide-screen display. Try using <F11> to maximize your browser window for the full effect. If the images overshoot your display, such as a laptop, just click on the image or the URL link and they'll resize to your screen from the host Flickr site. You can click a bit further into the image details on the Flickr page, if desired. EXIF data is available from the host Flickr pages as well. On the Flickr site, use your <L>key for Large and the <F11> for the full-screen.

If the images are not filling your widescreen display due to recent UHH changes, follow this link and update your UHH profile: https://www.uglyhedgehog.com/t-572300-1.html
The Blue Angels were originally formed as the i F... (show quote)


These shots are just wonderful. Tells the story of this great team.

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Jan 25, 2019 11:12:12   #
Blair Shaw Jr (a regular here)
 
Dear Paul:

As usual your photos are fabulous. What Camera and lens did you use and what was the approximate distance to your subjects. Were you on a step ladder to get the cockpit shots or something else.

I know from some of your previous posts that you employ prime lens and a tele-converter in some of your close-ups and wonder what are the better all-round primes to keep on hand in the camera bag.

I am slowly acquiring my arsenal of gear and very much want to do better work. I have probably asked too many questions and may have inadvertently crossed up different scenarios so I apologize ahead of time if I have done so.

Thanks Jimbo

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Jan 25, 2019 11:55:11   #
rmalarz (a regular here)
 
Paul, as usual, very sensational work, both in the photographs and narrative.
--Bob

CHG_CANON wrote:
The Blue Angels were originally formed as the Flight Exhibition Team in March 1946 at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida (NAS JAX) by Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Chester Nimitz, in an effort to raise awareness of naval aviation and boost morale. The team performed their first flight demonstration on June 15, 1946 in Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat aircraft. The squadron was officially redesignated as the United States Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron in December 1974.

2018 NAS JAX Air Show
United States Department of Navy
Naval Air Station
Jacksonville, Florida
October 27, 28, 2018

Lieutenant Commander Roy Marlin "Butch" Voris, a World War II fighter ace, was named Officer-in-Charge and Flight Leader for the newly formed flight demonstration team. Voris selected other WWII veterans into the team and they spent countless hours in early 1946 developing their airshow maneuvers. The group perfected its initial maneuvers in secret over the Florida Everglades so that, in Voris' words, "if anything happened, just the alligators would know". The team's first demonstration took place before Navy officials on May 10, 1946 and was met with enthusiastic approval.

The team's 1946 demonstration thrilled spectators with low-flying maneuvers performed in tight formations, and (according to Voris) by "keeping something in front of the crowds at all times."

Blue Angel pilots serve two to three years, and position assignments are made according to team needs, pilot experience levels, and career considerations for members. After serving with the squadron, both officers and enlisted personnel return to fleet assignments.

The team leader (#1) is the Commanding Officer and is always a Navy Commander, who may be promoted to Captain mid-tour if approved for Captain by the selection board. Pilots of numbers 2-7 are Navy Lieutenants or Lieutenant Commanders, or Marine Corps Captains or Majors. The number 7 pilot narrates for a year, and then typically flies Opposing and then Lead Solo the following two years, respectively.

Commander Eric C. Doyle, Blue Angels No. 1, has been a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy since 1996. He was designated a Naval Aviator in 1999 and made two deployments aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln. He was selected to attend the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) in 2003 and remained as a staff instructor. Following TOPGUN he served aboard the USS Harry S. Truman in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and later aboard the USS Carl Vinson in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. Cmdr Doyle joined the Blue Angels in September 2017 having accumulated more than 3,000 flight hours and more than 600 carrier-arrested landings.

All team members, both officer and enlisted, come from the ranks of regular U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps units. The demonstration pilots and narrator are made up of Navy and USMC Naval Aviators. In the U.S. Navy, most Naval Aviators are unrestricted line officers (URL), eligible for command at sea.

The team flies fighter aircraft which have formerly served in the fleet and are maintained to nearly combat-ready status. Modifications to each aircraft include removal of the weapons and replacement with the tank that contains smoke-oil used in demonstrations, and outfitting with the control stick spring system for more precise aircraft control input. The team has flown the Boeing F/A-18 Hornet since 1986.

The first airshow at the Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NAS JAX) occurred in the 1930s when the station was under control of the Florida National Guard. The first U.S. Navy airshow occurred on October 15, 1945 when the base opened to the citizens of Jacksonville to display the aircraft that had won WWII. This was the only show at NAS Jacksonville where the U.S. Navy Blue Angels did not perform as they has not yet been formed.

The mission of the United States Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron is "To showcase the pride and professionalism of the United States Navy and Marine Corps by inspiring a culture of excellence and service to country through flight demonstrations and community outreach."

The images are sized to fill your wide-screen display. Try using <F11> to maximize your browser window for the full effect. If the images overshoot your display, such as a laptop, just click on the image or the URL link and they'll resize to your screen from the host Flickr site. You can click a bit further into the image details on the Flickr page, if desired. EXIF data is available from the host Flickr pages as well. On the Flickr site, use your <L>key for Large and the <F11> for the full-screen.

If the images are not filling your widescreen display due to recent UHH changes, follow this link and update your UHH profile: https://www.uglyhedgehog.com/t-572300-1.html
The Blue Angels were originally formed as the i F... (show quote)

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Jan 25, 2019 12:01:23   #
Earnest Botello (a regular here)
 
Excellent and amazing captures Paul.

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Jan 25, 2019 12:21:55   #
Blaster34
 
[quote=CHG_CANON]The Blue Angels were originally formed as the Flight Exhibition Team in March 1946 at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida (NAS JAX) by Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Chester Nimitz, in an effort to raise awareness of naval aviation and boost morale. The team performed their first flight demonstration on June 15, 1946 in Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat aircraft. The squadron was officially redesignated as the United States Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron in December 1974.


Thanks Paul, great article and photos. I spent 25 years military and 21 of those in the navy as an A-6 BN and various staff/ship tours and have flown with a few of past BA pilots, even Space Shuttle pilots, all great aviators and superb individuals. One thing of note is that the BA get the worst of the fleet a/c and for good reason, the good a/c are needed for fleet operations. Current BA a/c require an extraordinary amount of maintenance and parts which sometimes have to cannabilized...

Unfortunately with the current sustained operations that the fleet a/c have been doing for the last 10+ years in the Mideast, the vast majority of the F-18 fleet have flown past their projected life span and modifications are being made annually to extend that life.

Good news is the Navy has contracted for 11 NEW Super Hornets designed strictly for the BA and is scheduled to be delivered in 2021....they do the Vero Beach air show every other year and their flt path is directly over our house, we just put out lawn chairs in the street and enjoy.

Thanks again for the great article and photos and..."Go Navy" ...

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Jan 25, 2019 12:28:18   #
rmalarz (a regular here)
 
An acquaintance of mine explained to me the difference between being a pilot and being a naval aviator. Pilots land at airfields. Aviators have to find the airfield, which is usually smaller than pilots use, and then land on it while it's moving. Definitely, a higher skill level is required.
--Bob
[quote=Blaster34]
CHG_CANON wrote:
The Blue Angels were originally formed as the Flight Exhibition Team in March 1946 at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida (NAS JAX) by Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Chester Nimitz, in an effort to raise awareness of naval aviation and boost morale. The team performed their first flight demonstration on June 15, 1946 in Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat aircraft. The squadron was officially redesignated as the United States Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron in December 1974.


Thanks Paul, great article and photos. I spent 25 years military and 21 of those in the navy as an A-6 BN and various staff/ship tours and have flown with a few of past BA pilots, even Space Shuttle pilots, all great aviators and superb individuals. One thing of note is that the BA get the worst of the fleet a/c and for good reason, the good a/c are needed for fleet operations. Current BA a/c require an extraordinary amount of maintenance and parts which sometimes have to cannabilized...

Unfortunately with the current sustained operations that the fleet a/c have been doing for the last 10+ years in the Mideast, the vast majority of the F-18 fleet have flown past their projected life span and modifications are being made annually to extend that life.

Good news is the Navy has contracted for 11 NEW Super Hornets designed strictly for the BA and is scheduled to be delivered in 2021....they do the Vero Beach air show every other year and their flt path is directly over our house, we just put out lawn chairs in the street and enjoy.

Thanks again for the great article and photos and..."Go Navy" ...
The Blue Angels were originally formed as the i F... (show quote)

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Jan 25, 2019 12:35:41   #
Blaster34
 
rmalarz wrote:
An acquaintance of mine explained to me the difference between being a pilot and being a naval aviator. Pilots land at airfields. Aviators have to find the airfield, which is usually smaller than pilots use, and then land on it while it's moving. Definitely, a higher skill level is required.
--Bob


So true Bob, and some scary nights. Also as the Cat & Arresting Gear Officer on the Ike, saw some wild and crazy happenings...

Also it's not as though Air Force pilots aren't as good as Naval Aviators, it's that they just don't have to be...

for all the others out there, thats a Joke...

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