The U.S. Navy Blue Angels, one of the world’s most sought-after air show teams, will roar back to Oregon for the 2015 Oregon International Air Show presented by Standard TV & Appliance.
Led this year by Cdr. Thoms Frosch of Clinton Township, Michigan, the Blue Angels are based at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida, They fly six powerful Boeing F/A-18 Hornets during their tightly choreographed, high-energy demonstration—sometimes flying as little as 18 inches apart.
A Blue Angels flight demonstration exhibits choreographed refinements of skills possessed by all naval aviators. It includes the graceful aerobatic maneuvers of the four-plane Diamond Formation, in concert with the fast-paced, high-performance maneuvers of its two solo pilots. Finally, the team illustrates the pinnacle of precision flying, performing maneuvers locked as a unit in the renowned, six-jet Delta Formation.
It will be the second homecoming for Lt. Cdr. John Hiltz, who flies right wing as Blue Angels No. 2. A native of Fort Mitchell, Ky., and a 1998 graduate of Covington Catholic High School, Hiltz was also flying as No. 2 when the squadron performed here in 2012.