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Annapolis in Anne Arundel County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Blue Angels

 
 
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By Devry Jones, December 29, 2018
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Inscription.  
[Plaque near the display:]
On the occasion of the 65th anniversary of the founding of the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, this aircraft display is dedicated in memory of all Blue Angels' aircrew lost in team flight operations.

1946-2011


[Plaque within display:]
Blue Angels

History


At the end of World War II, the Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, ordered the formation of a flight demonstration team to retain the public interest in Naval Aviation. The Blue Angels performed their first demonstration June 1946 at Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville FL. LCDR Roy "Butch" Voris lead the team, flying the Grumman F6F Hellcat. August 25, 1946, the Blue Angels transitioned to the Grumman F8F Bearcat.
By the end of the 40's, the Blue Angels flew their first jet aircraft, the Grumman F9F-2 Panther.
In 1950, responding to demands placed on naval aviation by the Korean Conflict, the team reported to the aircraft carrier USS Princeton as the nucleus of Fighter Squadron 191 "Satan's
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Kittens".
1951, the team reformed under Voris and reported to NAS Corpus Christi TX flying the F9F-5 Panther.
1954, the Blue Angels reocated to NAS Pensacola FL flying Swept Wring Grumman F9F-8 Cougars.
1957, the Blue Angels transitioned to F11F-1 Tigers.
1969, the team transitioned to the F4J Phantom II.
December 1974, the Blue Angels began flying McDonnell-Douglas A4F Skyhawk 11's and reorganized into the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron commanded by Cdr Tony Less.
November 8, 1986, the Blue Angels completed their 40th anniversary year unveiling their present aircraft, the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet, the first dual role fighter/attack aircraft.
To date, the Blue Angels have performed before more than 463 million fans.

Support for this memorial has been made possible by
Randie and Hank Nothhaft USNA '66
In memory of Randie's father, Captain Roy M. "Butch" Voris,
World War II fighter ace and the first flight leader of the Blue Angels.

 
Erected by Randie and Hank Nothhaft USNA '66.
 
Location. 38° 59.012′ N, 76° 30.424′ W. Marker is in Annapolis, Maryland, in Anne Arundel County. Memorial is on Taylor Avenue (Maryland Route 435) north of Melrose Street, on
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the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 580 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis MD 21401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Non Sibi Sed Patriae (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Class of 1956 Memorial Plaza (about 300 feet away); Alumni Arch (about 300 feet away); Jack Stephens Field (about 300 feet away); Smedberg Gate (about 300 feet away); This thirty-two pounder iron cannon barrel (about 300 feet away); Evoking Our Naval Heritage Past (about 400 feet away); Who was Henry Davis? (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Annapolis.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 31, 2018. This page originally submitted on December 29, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 62 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 29, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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