First Blue

First Blue – The Story of World War II Ace Butch Voris and the Creation of the Blue Angels
by Robert K. Wilcox, Introduction by James Lovell

The U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels are the most famous flight demonstration team in the world. Millions of aviation enthusiasts see their show every year. Yet the story of the man who formed them has never been told. He is Roy Marlin “Butch” Voris, a World War II Ace and the first man to command the Blue Angels twice.

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Roy Marlin “Butch” Voris (1919-2005)

Capt. (Retired) Roy Marlin “Butch” Voris, creator of the famed Navy Blue Angels air demonstration team and a World War II flying ace from the Pacific War, died Tuesday at his home in Monterey, CA. Voris, 86, had been ill for several years but was still drawing huge crowds at air shows whenever he attended. The 2004 California Air Show at Salinas, CA had been dedicated in his honor.

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We have refreshed and redesigned “The First Blue Angel” website for the first time since going live in 2004. We hope you enjoy it.
The redesign was done for us by Site-Spin. We intend to update the “First Blue Angel” going forward as appropriate relevant information becomes available.

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“Once a Blue, always a Blue,” members of the Blue Angels proudly proclaim.

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