U.S. Navy Blue Angels
The Blue Angels are the Navy's Flight Demonstration Team and have been flying as a team since 1946. The Blue Angels have flown over 10 different aircraft in the team's 65 year history. Originall, the team flew four aircraft in the signature "Diamond" formation and expanded to six aircraft to showcase the diamond and solos high performance capability as well as the precision formation flying taught to all Naval Aviators.
Today, the squadron flies the Boeing F/A-18 Hornet and the Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules. When the squadron receives a F/A-18 Hornet from the fleet, which are at the end of their carrier arrestment functionality, we make a variety of modifications, including removing the nose cannon to install a smoke-fluid system, inverting a fuel pump, installing a stop watch and adjustable constant-tension stick spring, as well as the world-wide recognizable paint scheme.
The mission of the Blue Angels is to enhance Navy recruiting, and credibly represent Navy and Marine Corps aviation to the United States and its Armed Forces to America and other countries as international ambassadors of good will.
U.S. Navy's F/A-18 Super Hornet Tactical Demo- The F/A-18 Super Hornet is a multi-role aircraft designed to attack air, ground and sea-based targets. The team will showcase the jet's capabilities and make lots of noise at our show in July.
F-22 Raptor- The F-22 Raptor is the Air Force's newest fighter aircraft. Its combination of stealth, supercruise, maneuverability, and integrated avionics, coupled with improved supportability, represents an exponential leap in warfighting capabilities.
John Mohr- John is a Minnesota native and flies his 1943 Stearman PT-17 to its limits and is a legend on the Air Show circuit.
Sean Tucker- Sean flies the Oracle Challenger biplane and has flown in over 1000 performances at over 400 Air Shows in front of over 80 million fans.
Gene Soucy & Teresa Stokes- Gene flies his specialty Grumman biplane "Showcat" with wingwalker Terese Stokes. He's a two-time world aerobatic champion for the U.S.
Kyle Franklin- Kyle will bring some humor to the show with his 1956 PA-18A Super Cub comedy act.
Jacquie B- Jacquie began her Air Show solo career at the age of 50 and flies an Extra 300. She has over 100 Air Show performances to her credit.
A-4B Skyhawk- Paul Wood flies this former Cold War warrior built in the 50's. The Skyhawk also served as the demo plane for the Blues from '75-'86.
B-25J Miss Mitchell- The Miss Mitchell is part of the Commerative Air Force based in the Minneapolis area and flew 130 missions in World War II.
Mike Goulian- Mike flies the Goodyear Extra 330SC with a top speed of 260mph. Mike has been flying in Air Shows for over 20 years, and he was also a member of the US Aerobatic Team in 1994, 1996 and 1998. He was awarded the prestigious Art Scholl Memorial Award for airshow showmanship by the International Council of Airshows (ICAS) in 2006.
John Klatt- John is from Owatonna, and is also know as Lt. Colonel John Klatt, pilot of F-16s in Air National Guard in Duluth. He has flown in three combat tours in F-16s Iraq. He also flies the Air National Guard MXS, and is well known and respected Air Show pilot all over the U.S.
Mike Wiskus- Mike is from Buffalo, MN and flies the Lucas Oil S-1-11BSS modified Pitts biplane. Mike has been flying Air Shows for nearly 10 years, and was the 2002 U.S. National Aerobatic Champion.
Matt Younkin- Matt flies a Twin Beech 18 that flew in World War ll. He has flown over 758 different types of airplanes ranging from Piper Cub to the Boeing B-17. He is also a fully rated flight instructor, and has over 3000 hours of total flying time.
Red Tail Squadron P-51C Mustang- This aircraft is flown by the Tuskegee Airmen in World War ll, the all-black squadron. From 1942 to 1945, the Tuskegee Airmen flew over 1500 missions. The aircraft also belongs to the Commemorative Air Force in Minnesota.
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