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User currently offlineMemphis From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 143 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 20316 times:

I've watched with much interest the story of the Blue Angels 04' on the "Military Channel." I am curious to know what happens to their flight suits once they have completed their "Blue Angel Tour?" In the last episode, the narrator, if I remember correctly, talks about today, their last flight of the season, being the last time that Cmdr. Russ Bartlett will ever put the suit on. So, once again, my question is this, what happens to the suit?


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User currently offlineUsnseallt82 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 4891 posts, RR: 52
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 20273 times:

Quoting Memphis (Thread starter):
So, once again, my question is this, what happens to the suit?

He'll keep it. Those suits are issued to them like everything else in the military, so unless they ask for it back, which they may, he'll probably keep it. Their suits are custom-made for each of them, so there's not much use in trying to use it again.

After a couple of years of normal sweat, blood, tears and the occasional g-induced soil stain, flight suits are ready for replacement. Either that or I just wear the shit out of mine.

Regardless, it is the Navy's policy to retrieve all issued items at the end of the person's time, but they rarely enforce this. That being said, he'll either keep it, turn it in, or donate it to the museum down the road.



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User currently offlineMD88Captain From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1338 posts, RR: 20
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 20195 times:

I've got every bit of my Navy issued stuff including the original flight boots. Man were those boots tough. The kids like to play with the helmet. Man was that thing uncomfortable.

User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 20175 times:

Not a pilferer or anything but I walked with a couple pair of boots, two or three flight suits, two helmets and some miscellany like kneeboard, computer, blood chit, issue AO sunglasses and that spiffy little orange-handled switchblade knife with the hook blade for parachute risers.

I've kept one flight suit and the determination to remain able to fit in it. One chipped and battered helmet, still in bag is out in the garage somewhere.

Now if I'd had a Blue Angels flight suit I think it would be proudly displayed somewhere!

edit: Can anyone tell me why the USAF's "ambassadors in blue" wear RED flight suits?

[Edited 2006-09-12 16:11:25]

[Edited 2006-09-12 16:12:03]


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User currently offlineCruiser From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 1001 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 20092 times:

A friend was telling me that the Blue Angels do indeed as for everything back...flight suit, patches, everything! They are burned so as not to turn the Blue Angels into a commercial enterprise whereby previous pilots will auction stuff off on eBay and such to turn a profit. Not sure if this is true, but this is what I have heard.

James



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User currently offlineF4wso From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 974 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 20069 times:

Quoting SlamClick (Reply 3):
Can anyone tell me why the USAF's "ambassadors in blue" wear RED flight suits?

They also wear blue, white, and gray.

Quoting Cruiser (Reply 4):
so as not to turn the Blue Angels into a commercial enterprise

I have heard this about the Thunderbirds also. The story I got from a former Tbird crew chief that lived across the street was they were allowed to keep one patch. He was on the team in their F-4 era.

A lot of flightsuits get donated to museums and such. Trader Jon's in Pensacola had a nice collection of Blue Angel memorabilia. Trader's was probably to Pensacola what Pancho Barnes' place was to Edwards.

Gary
Cottage Grove, MN, USA



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User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 20051 times:

Quoting F4wso (Reply 5):
He was on the team in their F-4 era.

That narrows it down pretty good. Now if you'd said a year when both the Thunderbirds and the Blue Angels flew F-4s...

Quoting F4wso (Reply 5):
Trader Jon's in Pensacola had a nice collection of Blue Angel memorabilia.

flew out of IPL and kept a place in El Centro for a year or two. There were times when I thought I was the only guy in the Imperial Valley, from the Salton Sea to Mexico who did not have an authographed Blue Angels picture. Every store, bar, restaurant, realtor, car dealer, and Mexican restaurant had one.



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User currently offlineF4wso From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 974 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 19962 times:

Quoting SlamClick (Reply 6):
That narrows it down pretty good. Now if you'd said a year when both the Thunderbirds and the Blue Angels flew F-4s...

I don't remember exactly the year he was on the team. I lived across the street from him in 1978-1980 when I was in college. He gave me some pictures and a yearbook.

I have seen pictures of the Thunderbirds flying practices in the green flightsuits with a full size color Thunderbird patch where they wear it on their show suits. Do the Blue Angels have a practice flight suit?

Gary
Cottage Grove, MN, USA



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User currently offlineUsnseallt82 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 4891 posts, RR: 52
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 19961 times:

Quoting F4wso (Reply 7):
Do the Blue Angels have a practice flight suit?

When I was at NPA, they always practiced in their blues. The entire show is done exactly how it would be game day to keep it consistent.



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User currently offlineDeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 19803 times:

I've known 2 Blues (now former) in my time, and both have kept at least one flightsuit...I understand that most of them get destroyed unless they snag some of them.

Only time I've ever seen one in civilian hands was from a prominent civilian collector who had some third party dealing with a Blue and somehow got one- very rare indeed.

One of the guys I know had a set of his blue flight gloves (pretty sharp looking, you don't see those everywhere), he had ripped the very tips of the fingers off the gloves...he said it was so he could pick his nose or something...after watching some videos from inside his jet, I believe him.

DeltaGuy


User currently offlineDeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 19789 times:

I thought I remembered them wearing the yellow suits on occasion...


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User currently offlineBeefer From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 390 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 19710 times:

Quoting DeltaGuy (Reply 10):
I thought I remembered them wearing the yellow suits on occasion...

I do know that this past summer they wore the yellow flight suits for the Sunday performance at the Sioux Falls, SD airshow. This would have been July 23, 2006.

This link takes you to a very nice picture of the team doing their walkdown in their yellow suits at Sioux Falls.

http://www.siouxfallsairshow.com/Air...06%20pics%202_files/FSDAS443-1.JPG


User currently offlineKevinSmith From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 18817 times:

My old neighbor is in that show. He was #7, LT Justin Otto. He still has his suit.

User currently offlineFlyUSCG From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 656 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 18747 times:

Quoting DeltaGuy (Reply 9):
One of the guys I know had a set of his blue flight gloves (pretty sharp looking, you don't see those everywhere)

Well the ones I saw in the show "A year in the life" a couple years ago were just blue wide-receiver gloves. I know because they were "newmans" and had the big "N" on the top of the hand. I had the exact same pair when I played football in high school, just black. But I don't know what era the ones you're talking about are from DeltaGuy.

Quoting KevinSmith (Reply 12):
My old neighbor is in that show. He was #7, LT Justin Otto. He still has his suit.

I heard him at Miramar in 2005 (before the show ever aired) I believe and I have to say, he was one of the MOST annoying narrators I've ever heard.



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User currently offlineCF188A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (7 years 8 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 18616 times:

Quoting Usnseallt82 (Reply 1):
Regardless, it is the Navy's policy to retrieve all issued items at the end of the person's time, but they rarely enforce this. That being said, he'll either keep it, turn it in, or donate it to the museum down the road.

they get to keep their Blue Angel helmet upon departure from the team as well.


User currently offline320tech From Turks and Caicos Islands, joined May 2004, 491 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (7 years 8 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 18582 times:

Quoting SlamClick (Reply 3):
edit: Can anyone tell me why the USAF's "ambassadors in blue" wear RED flight suits?

Snowbirds envy... (snicker)



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