Shop now Learn more Shop now Shop All Amazon Fashion Shop Suki Ad Campaign Pieces Cloud Drive Photos Shop now Amazon Fire TV Shop now Shop now Shop Fire Shop Kindle Voyage Listen in Prime Discover more Shop now
Buy Used
+ £2.80 UK delivery
Used: Good | Details
Sold by EliteDigital UK
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Book is in average Used-Good Condition. Sent Airmail from New York. Please allow 7-15 Business days for delivery. Also note: This book may or may not contain highlighting, writing, or other various markings and/or show normal wear for a book in this condition grade. Excellent Customer service.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

The Blue Angels: A Fly-by History: Sixty Years of Aerial Excellence Hardcover – 30 Sep 2005

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
"Please retry"
£52.86 £12.50
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Special Offers and Product Promotions

  • Save £20 on with the aqua Classic card. Get an initial credit line of £250-£1,200 and build your credit rating. Representative 32.9% APR (variable). Subject to term and conditions. Learn more.

No Kindle device required. Download one of the Free Kindle apps to start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet and computer.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your e-mail address or mobile phone number.

Product details

More About the Authors

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Product Description


There cannot be many aviation enthusiasts who have not heard of the Blue Angels and their US counterparts the Thunderbirds. Unlike most national display teams the Americans use combat aircraft, consequently to follow the history of the Blue Angels is to follow the progress of the uS Navy's fighter planes. The book starts with the reasons why the Navy thought a display team an advantage and how it was first set up. The first sircraft chosen was the F6F Hellcat, which they considered the ideal aeroplane for that purpose. The overall colour was decided on and, belive it or not, at that time the gold leaf lettering was actually 'gold leaf'! The next aircraft was of course the Bearcat. Then they progressed to jets with the F9F-2 Panther. For a while they had the F7U-1 Cutlass, a machine definatly not suitable for formation flying ( the resons for this are explained in the text). The Bue Angels history reads like the history of the US Navy, with such machines as the Lockhead TV-2, Grummman F9F-6 Cougar, F11F-1 Tiger, the big boys, the F-4 Phantom, then back to the smaller stuff with the A-4 Skyhawk and then to the ultimate aeroplane the F/A-18 Hornet. It is not only the 'first team' that is covered. There is also the support aircraft - a vital part of this formidable unit. The 'Fat Albert' C-130-T makes for a stunning subject in its dark blue, yellow, and white livery, as does the Lockhead C-121 Constellation. But of course there were others, the Douglas R5D-3 and, in early times, the R4D-8 Super Skytrain. This book tells it all, with its informative text and numerous photographs it will I am sure be an inspiration to any modeller wishing to build the complete story. Belive me, it would be a lifetimes work! --Model Aircraft Monthly, April 2008 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Inside This Book

(Learn More)
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt | Index | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

Customer Reviews

There are no customer reviews yet on
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star

Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) 6 reviews
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Great Book About America's favorite Aviators - The Blue Angels! 4 Aug. 2006
By W. H. McDonald Jr. - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Nicholas Veronico has produced a marvelous collection of photos, history, stories and reference data on America's most popular aviation group in his coffee table sized book "The Blue Angels - A Fly-By History: Sixty Years Of Aerial Excellence." It is sure to please all Blue Angel fans world wide. There is so much more to his book than some cold history about the group. This book gives you both the men and their flying machines in a perfect and balanced presentation.

The book not only looks great with many photos of the planes in action but the text digs deeply into the history and personalities involved with making this team a sixty year hit. The author uses some good editing and an easy to follow format to share this group's story. It is obvious that there was some detailed research that enshrines this whole book project. It feels like a labor of love from the author and comes across in an entertaining style. The book is a tribute to a wonderful group of aviators.

It will sit proudly on your coffee table or in your book shelf but if you leave it lying around the office or the house, people will begin picking it up and browsing through it - the temptation is just too great to fondle and ogle it. The good thing about this book is that it is just as much fun to look at and read the second or the third time or even the first one hundred times you pick it up. It is a collector's book to be cherished and displayed.

The MWSA gives this book its highest rating of FIVE STARS!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great book 15 July 2009
By Eric W. Trumpler - Published on
Format: Hardcover
As a US Navy veteran and a HUGE fan of the Blue Angels, I found the book filled with well-researched stories and history of the world's foremost flight demonstration team. The photos are also spectacular. It's definitely a must-have for Blue's fans.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Good overall summary of Blue Angels history 9 Nov. 2011
By Emmanuel N. Rodriguez - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A good overall summary of the Blue Angels history from the inception of the team in 1946 all the way to the 1990's. The coverage of the early years from 1946 under the leadership of Butch Voris is well represented, and there are lots of excellent pictures from that era. This book can be improved with more in-depth coverage of the later years with the fast jets, including the F-4 Phantom. A chapter devoted to the evolution to the Blue Angel maneuvers would've been preferred. Anyone looking for more comprehensive information on team schedules, rosters, and major historical air shows should consult other texts, including the more dated, but well illustrated work by Jim Mcguire, "A Pictorial History of the Blue Angels" or the book, "Phantoms and Angels" if you want detailed first hand accounts of the development and execution of many of the trademark flight maneuvers. Overall, I would recommend this book to someone who wants to get an overview of the Blue Angels history.
Great Aviation Book on the Blue Angels 26 Nov. 2012
By Wesley Alan Taylor - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Better book than the original which covered the first 50 years of the Blue Angels by the same author. The hardback verison
along with great photos makes this a must have for any true Blue Angel fan.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Blue Angels: A fly-by history: Sixty years of aerial excellence 18 May 2008
By Bon Gianni - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Very, very interesting in history of the aerobatic team from first year.
A little minus in pictures that thay would be a little more great.

Conclusion: an interesting work over Blue Angels
Were these reviews helpful? Let us know