"Blue Angels at High Alpha"
Boeing (McDonnell Douglas) F/A-18C Hornet

The Blue Angles, or the US Navy Flight Demonstration Team, was organized in 1946 to keep the publics interest, after World War II, in Naval Aviation.  The original Blue Angels flew the Grumman F6F Hellcat and F8F Bearcats.  These piston-engine fighters were soon replaced by the F9F-2 Panther, their first jet fighter.  Evolving through a  number of jet aircraft until, for the squadron’s 40th anniversary in 1986, they began to fly the F/A-18 Hornet,  the Navy’s first dual role fighter/attack aircraft.  Today the “Blues” continue to perform with the ‘C’ model Hornet.

Pictured in this painting is the squadron’s two Solo Pilots 5 and 6 performing their exciting ‘High Alpha’ or high angle of attack, close to the ground maneuver.