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Blue Angels U.S. Navy Blue Angels

At the end of World War II, the Chief of Naval Operations, Chester W. Nimitz, 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. LCDR Roy "Butch" Voris led the team, flying the Grumman F6F Hellcat.


By the end of the 1940s, the Blue Angels were flying their 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 Kittens," in 1950.


Today the Blue Angels fly the Boeing F/A-18 Hornet.


Since 1946, the Blue Angels have performed for more than 463 million fans.


Fat Albert


Fat Albert

Transporting Blue Angels maintenance and support personnel, communication equipment and spare parts is a United States Marine Corps C-130T Hercules nicknamed, “Fat Albert Airlines.” The aircraft travels at 320 knots – approximately 360 miles per hour – at an altitude of 27,000 feet. Powered by four turbo-prop engines which produce 16,000 shaft-horsepower, Fat Albert has the power to land and depart on runways as short as 2,500 feet. In past Kaneohe Bay Airshows, Fat Albert has demonstrated its jet-assisted takeoff (JATO) capability which enables the plane to takeoff from as little as 1,500 feet of runway, climb at a steep 45-degree angle, and attain an altitude of 1,000 feet within 15 seconds. JATO is made possible with eight solid-fuel rocket bottles (four on each side), attached near the rear paratrooper door. This quick departure is a demonstration of the aircrafts’ capability in hostile environments or on short, unprepared runways.