10 things to know about the US Navy Blue Angels

Blue Angels
U.S. Navy flight demonstration team, The Blue Angels perform during the 2010 Air Show at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on Saturday, May 15, 2010. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels are the star attraction of the Dayton Vectren Air Show this weekend.

Six Boeing F/A-18 Hornets will perform aerial acrobatics as little as 18 inches apart. The commanding officer or ‘boss’ is Cdr. Thoms Frosch from Clinton Township, Michigan.

You already know how amazing they look in the sky, but did you know:

  • 16 officers volunteer with the Blue Angels
  • The boss must have 3,000 tactical jet flight hours
  • Jet pilots must have 1,250 tactical jet flight hours
  • Demonstration pilots serve a two year stint with the team
  • The Blue Angels accelerate to 170 mph in a Dirty Roll takeoff
  • The team have flown more than 10 different aircraft in the team’s 65 year history
  • The original “Diamond” formation was made up of four aircraft and later expanded to six
  • Lt. Cdr. John Hiltz is making his second homecoming. He is a native of Fort Mitchell, Kentucky
  • The ‘Fat Albert’ C-130 is an unsung hero of the fleet. It is the team’s support aircraft.
  • Fat Albert first flew in demonstrations in 1975

For all things air show, stick with WDTN.com and 2 NEWS.

Visit the Blue Angels’ official website for more.

Visit the Dayton Vecten Air Show online.


WDTN.com provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s