The Ambassadors

by Hank Caruso

The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels was established in 1946. Often referred to as "The Ambassadors in Blue" the Blue Angels have performed in front of millions of people around the world. in 1987 the unit transitioned to the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet from the Douglas A-4.

Hank Caruso flew with the Blue Angels in March 1990 when the team was under the command of Cdr. Pat Moneymaker. Caruso flew in the back seat of the number four aircraft in the slot position. What was most impressive to Caruso was not how close the team flies to each other, two feet of separation while flying hundreds of miles per hour, but how effortlessly these highly professional and practiced pilots made it seem.

The most punishing part of Caruso's flight was not the maneuvers while in show center, but the 7 G maneuvers to get the team positioned for the following maneuver, all without the benefit of G-suits. Caruso managed to stay with the aircraft for the first three high-G maneuvers but started to fall asleep during the fourth. He felt great until about an hour after the flight when his adrenaline quit pumping and his stomach faced reality!

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