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Blue Angels' Flight Suit

Tue Sep 12, 2006 7:14 am

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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RE: Blue Angels' Flight Suit

Tue Sep 12, 2006 10:44 am

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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RE: Blue Angels' Flight Suit

Tue Sep 12, 2006 9:36 pm

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.
 
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RE: Blue Angels' Flight Suit

Tue Sep 12, 2006 11:09 pm

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?

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RE: Blue Angels' Flight Suit

Wed Sep 13, 2006 9:18 am

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.

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RE: Blue Angels' Flight Suit

Wed Sep 13, 2006 10:54 am

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.

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RE: Blue Angels' Flight Suit

Wed Sep 13, 2006 11:54 am

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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RE: Blue Angels' Flight Suit

Thu Sep 14, 2006 8:48 am

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?

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RE: Blue Angels' Flight Suit

Thu Sep 14, 2006 8:51 am

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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RE: Blue Angels' Flight Suit

Mon Sep 18, 2006 2:45 am

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.

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RE: Blue Angels' Flight Suit

Mon Sep 18, 2006 6:32 am

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


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RE: Blue Angels' Flight Suit

Tue Sep 19, 2006 12:19 pm

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
 
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RE: Blue Angels' Flight Suit

Mon Apr 23, 2007 3:17 am

My old neighbor is in that show. He was #7, LT Justin Otto. He still has his suit.
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RE: Blue Angels' Flight Suit

Mon Apr 23, 2007 5:55 am

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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RE: Blue Angels' Flight Suit

Mon Apr 23, 2007 11:09 am

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.
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RE: Blue Angels' Flight Suit

Mon Apr 23, 2007 12:08 pm

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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