Flying as part of the Blue Angels flight demonstration squadron, a Navy pilot learns about teamwork, honesty, and striving for excellence.
From September 1994 to November 1996, I had the privilege of being part of the Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy's Flight Demonstration Squadron. An outstanding organization with a 52-year tradition, this team was formed after World War II, when Admiral Chester Nimitz realized that many Americans did not know that the Navy even had airplanes. Since then, the Blues have performed for more than 100 million spectators all over the world, traveling to 35 show sites per air show year. As goodwill ambassadors, naval recruiters, and dedicated officers, they show the American public and the world the pride and professionalism of the U.S. Navy.
I learned many important lessons from the Blue Angel experience—lessons that have to do with the way you think about life, the way you fly your aircraft, and the way you help make the Navy team the best it can be.