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October 12, 2005

Another Legend Has Passed

Original Blue Angel pilot dies at age 86

It appears that some of us in the MilBlogs community missed the passing of a legend.

Back on August 10, 2005 the first Blue Angel, the original demonstration demon, hand picked by the legend, Admiral Chester Nimitz, passed away at his home in Monterey, CA.

According to

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A man whose pioneering flying career with the U.S. Navy began in the age of biplanes and ended in the jet age has died. Retired Navy Capt. Roy "Butch" Voris, an original Blue Angel, died at his home in Monterey, California. He was 86.

Voris began his naval aviation career flying biplanes, and by the end of World War II, he had shot down at least eight Japanese fighter planes, earning himself the status of an "ace," as well as three Distinguished Flying Crosses, a Purple Heart and more than a dozen other medals.

In 1946, Adm. Chester Nimitz hand-picked Voris to organize a flight demonstration team to showcase naval aviation. He led the newly named "Blue Angels" in their first public performance that year in Jacksonville, Florida. In 1952, he once again was asked to lead the Blue Angels after they returned from combat duty in the Korean War.

He retired from the Navy as a captain and went to work with Grumman Aircraft Corporation, where he was instrumental in the early development of the F-14 Tomcat, which is still a key part of naval aviation.

His last career was as a spokesman for NASA during the historic 1970 Apollo moon missions.

Voris died on Wednesday.

He is survived by two daughters, their husbands and three grandsons. He is also survived by two brothers. His wife, Thea, passed away in 2003 after more than 50 years of marriage.

A legend like this deserves more than a mention and I apologize that it went unnoticed until being pointed out to me by one of my readers.

Readers 'Ten Hut, Present Arms, Order Arms

Capt. Voris we salute you, may you rest in peace.

superman s.giflagleRock Out!

Posted by SlagleRock at October 12, 2005 01:53 PM | TrackBack

Thanks for calling attention to this - I've put a post up on Iraq War Today (couldn't get trackback to work)

Posted by: Pam at October 18, 2005 12:29 PM

And in his days they were flying in the F6F HELLCAT a WW II fighter plane

Posted by: spurwing plover at October 21, 2005 03:22 PM
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