NAVAL AVIATION NEWS

  DID YOU KNOW NEW BLUES

Published in the November 1973 issue of Naval Aviation News
Author and Artist Unknown

This month’s cover provides a first look at the proposed paint design for the Blue Angels’ newly assigned aircraft, the McDonnell Douglas A-4F. Although much of their 1973 season was cancelled due to an accident, which claimed the lives of three members, the Navy’s flight demonstration team will be back in business next year.

The design format may receive some minor modification from that depicted, but none of the excitement will be lost with the team’s transition from the Phantom to the Skyhawk. Powered by J52 P-408 engines and stripped on the upper fuselage electronics package, the A-4Fs will require less airspace for shows then that required with the F-4.

Administratively, the Blue Angels also will change. A commanding officer, vice an officer in charge, will be assigned. Slated to take over, as the first C.O. in Blue Angel history is Commander A. A. "Tony" Less, former skipper of VA-12. New pilots assigned to the team are Lieutenants Vance Parker and John Patton. The narrator for the team will fly the two-seat TA-4J for news media personnel demo rides.

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