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Jan 25, 2019 14:17:26   #
Toment (a regular here)
 
Very impressive group of men and aircraft!
Thanks

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Jan 25, 2019 15:27:17   #
CHG_CANON (a regular here)
 
Hey Jimbo, the equipment details of each image are available from Flickr via the URL link that are the titles of the individual images. For the posts over the past few weeks identified as Oct - Dec, 2018, the images come from an EOS 5DIII using one of the only four primes I took on my recent travel: 35L, 50L, 135L and 300L, with 1.4x and 2x extenders on the 135 and 300, two lenses I've found particularly well-suited with the two Canon extenders. For these two Blue Angels posts, the images mix both minor and significant cropping for composition, leveraging the quality and pixel resolution of the original image. Regarding closeness, if you compare the 6-pilots in line by the plane, this the original frame at 189mm, just leveled slightly. The image of Cdr Doyle in the cockpit is from 600mm and then cropped. The image of the ground crewman behind the plane gives a sense how 'close' 600mm brought me to the planes before cropping. Thank you for your interest and glad you enjoyed.

Blair Shaw Jr wrote:
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
Dear Paul: br br As usual your photos are fabulou... (show quote)

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Jan 25, 2019 15:28:04   #
CHG_CANON (a regular here)
 
photophile wrote:
Great images, my husband and son were in the Navy and served on carriers.

Thank you Karin! My grandfather was a 20-year navy veteran from WWII through Korea, including a scary few months as a radio operator on Guadalcanal during the fighting for the island. Go Navy!

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Jan 25, 2019 15:29:12   #
CHG_CANON (a regular here)
 
Blaster34 wrote:
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" ...
Thanks Paul, great article and photos. I spent 25 ... (show quote)


Thank you Blaster34! In my research I was surprised to learn the Blue Angels aircraft were actual front-line equipment, just repainted and slightly modified for demonstration use. Go Navy!

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Jan 25, 2019 15:29:49   #
CHG_CANON (a regular here)
 
Thank you Jules, Bob, Earnest, Toment ! The Jacksonville set-up was as close as I've been to the flight-line at any airshow. Too bad they all can't be like NAS JAX including being free . Glad you enjoyed.

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Jan 25, 2019 16:42:00   #
photophile (a regular here)
 
CHG_CANON wrote:
Thank you Karin! My grandfather was a 20-year navy veteran from WWII through Korea, including a scary few months as a radio operator on Guadalcanal during the fighting for the island. Go Navy!



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Jan 25, 2019 17:16:04   #
Jimmy T (a regular here)
 
These pics of the Blue Angels are as good as I have ever seen!!!
Bravo Zulu,
JimmyT Sends
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.

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The Blue Angels were originally formed as the i F... (show quote)



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Jan 25, 2019 18:10:18   #
ggab (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)


Great Sequence and story.

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Jan 25, 2019 18:43:21   #
rmalarz (a regular here)
 
Paul, those shows aren't free. These are yours, mine, and everyone else's tax dollars at work. I'd be irate if they charged admission for a show like this on an airbase.
--Bob
CHG_CANON wrote:
Thank you Jules, Bob, Earnest, Toment ! The Jacksonville set-up was as close as I've been to the flight-line at any airshow. Too bad they all can't be like NAS JAX including being free . Glad you enjoyed.

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Jan 25, 2019 19:09:49   #
Blaster34 (a regular here)
 
rmalarz wrote:
Paul, those shows aren't free. These are yours, mine, and everyone else's tax dollars at work. I'd be irate if they charged admission for a show like this on an airbase.
--Bob


Absolutely....used to do static displays at other bases and I've never known any mil base to charge admission...

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Jan 25, 2019 19:46:34   #
aellman (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)


Nicely done! They fly wingtip to wingtip with 3 feet separation. Makes you
wonder how that's even possible. >Alan

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Jan 25, 2019 20:32:29   #
CHG_CANON (a regular here)
 
rmalarz wrote:
Paul, those shows aren't free. These are yours, mine, and everyone else's tax dollars at work. I'd be irate if they charged admission for a show like this on an airbase.
--Bob

Agreed. I guess I'm used to civilian events and hadn't considered whether an air show on a base should be open to the public and whether it should charge admission. There was a good deal of discussion about the Friday show being 'closed' just to the base families and local school children, something I think is a wonderful idea.

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Jan 26, 2019 00:04:29   #
timcc
 
Enjoyed the photos and the history -- thanks for sharing. I caught the Blue Angels, as well as the Canadian Snowbirds and the privately owned Patriots Jet Team, during Fleet Week over San Francisco Bay. I posted some shots on my Shutterfly page. It was a spectacular show in a great setting.

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Jan 26, 2019 00:15:30   #
CHG_CANON (a regular here)
 
timcc wrote:
Enjoyed the photos and the history -- thanks for sharing. I caught the Blue Angels, as well as the Canadian Snowbirds and the privately owned Patriots Jet Team, during Fleet Week over San Francisco Bay. I posted some shots on my Shutterfly page. It was a spectacular show in a great setting.

Thank you Tim! Excellent collection from SF, thanks for the tip!

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Jan 26, 2019 11:07:05   #
Blair Shaw Jr (a regular here)
 
Thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions. I love your photos and their history that you include with them and you could easily become a Photo - Journalist for any publisher you would choose I'll bet.

I consider you to be my favorite resource for this medium and I am so grateful for your good works.

Thank you again sir and I look forward to more of your exhibits.




Jimbo

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