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Old August 31st, 2013, 10:04 AM
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The Blue Angels is the United States Navy's flight demonstration squadron. It was formed in the year 1946.

Members of the 2013 U.S. Navy Blue Angels are:

Flight Surgeon, Lieutenant Commander Mark DeBuse, MC USN
Administrative Officer, Lieutenant Holly Taylor, USN
Supply Officer, Lieutenant Scott Adams, USN
Flying Blue Angel No.4, Captain Brandon Cordill, USMC (Slot)
Flying Blue Angel No.5, Lieutenant Commander David Tickle, USN (Lead Solo)
Flying Blue Angel No.1, Commander Thomas Frosch, USN (Commanding Officer/Flight Leader)
Flying Blue Angel No.2, Lieutenant Commander John Hiltz, USN (Right Wing)
Flying Blue Angel No.3, Lieutenant Nate Barton, USN (Left Wing)
Flying Fat Albert, M3, Captain Mike Van Wyk, USMC
Maintenance Officer, Lieutenant Commander Richard Mercado, USN
Flying Blue Angel No.6, Lieutenant Mark Tedrow, USN (Opposing Solo)
Flying Blue Angel No.7, Lieutenant Ryan Chamberlain, USN (Advance Pilot/Narrator)
Events Coordinator, Blue Angel No.8, Lieutenant Commander Michael Cheng, USN
Flying Fat Albert, M1, Captain John Hecker, USMC
Flying Fat Albert, M2, Captain A. J. Harrell, USMC
Public Affairs Officer, Lieutenant Katie Kelly, USN

Demonstration aircraft
Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat: June–August 1946
Grumman F8F-1 Bearcat: August 1946 – 1949
Grumman F9F-2 Panther: 1949 – June 1950 (first jet); F9F-5 Panther: 1951 - Winter 1954/55
Grumman F9F-8 Cougar: Winter 1954/55 - mid-season 1957 (swept-wing)
Grumman F11F-1 (F-11) Tiger: mid-season 1957 – 1969 (first supersonic jet)
McDonnell Douglas F-4J Phantom II: 1969 – December 1974
Douglas A-4F Skyhawk: December 1974 – November 1986
McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) F/A-18A-D Hornet: November 1986 – present

Support aircraft
Lockheed C-130 Hercules "Fat Albert": 1970–present
Lockheed C-121 Super Constellation: 1969–1973
Douglas R5D Skymaster: 1956–1968
Curtiss R5C Commando: 1953
Douglas R4D Sky Train: 1949–1955

Miscellaneous aircraft
F7U Cutlass
SNJ Texan
Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star

Notable alumni
Captain Chuck Brady – Astronaut
Captain Donnie Cochran – first African-American Blue Angels aviator and commander
Rear Admiral Edward L. Feightner – World War II fighter ace and Lead Solo
Captain Robert L. Rasmussen – Aviation Artist
Captain Roy Marlin Voris – First Blue Angel leader
Admiral Patrick M. Walsh – Left Wingman and Slot Pilot, 1985–1987
Commander Raleigh Rhodes —World War II veteran and third leader of the Blue Angels

Contact Info:
Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron
390 San Carlos Road Suite A
Florida 32508-5508
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