California Air Show Launches First Blue in Style-See Event Photos @

Posted on Oct 10, 2004

Amidst the hussle and bussle of the California Air Show, a gala program was conducted on October 1st, celebrating and honoring the life and service of the First Blue Angel, Butch Voris. Butch Voris made a symbolic arrival aboard the Blue Angels C130 transport aircraft, affectionately known as Fat Albert. As he deplaned, Butch was flanked by current and former Blue Angel Team members and accompanied by Rear Admiral Steve Turcotte. With over 500 people in attendance, Jim Vanderzwann, the master of ceremonies, introduced a range of speakers that inclued Harry Wardwell, Executive Director of the...

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Posted on Sep 8, 2004

(Palo Alto, CA) September 8, 2004: An extensive website featuring a wide range of photographs, maps, flight logs and other memorabilia has been launched to honor Captain Roy M. “Butch” Voris, USN (retired) founder of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels Flight Team. The website, which features a “retro” design motif, is located at The Web site is being launched in conjunction with the official introduction of Voris’ biography. Written by award winning author, Robert Wilcox, with a forward by renowned astronaut James Lovell, “First Blue” will be published by St....

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First Blue Angel Posts Voris’ Flight Logs

Posted on Aug 11, 2004

First Blue Angel adds a new gallery to the site, Butch Voris Flight Logs. Here you will find images of Butch’s flight logs from 1942-1954.

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First Blue Launches at the California Air Show

Posted on Jul 3, 2004

After three years of work by Bob Wilcox ( “First Blue”, the biography of Butch Voris, WWII fighter ace and founder of the US Navy Blue Angels, is about to be officially launched. “First Blue”, to be published by Thomas Dunne Books of St. Martins Press (, will debut in conjunction with the California Air Show ( in Salinas, CA, on October 2nd and 3rd, 2004. This year’s show will feature none other than the Navy’s World Famous Blue Angels ( in their only appearance...

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Posted on Jun 25, 2004

Today marks the launch of This site is not meant to be a commercial e-commerce site, but rather a portal for people who wish to know the story of Butch Voris, the First Blue Angel. Yes, we will be selling his book here, but all of the net proceeds will be donated to charities listed on the site. Here you will find Butch’s personal photo collection, many of which have never been seen before. We will continue to add photographs to the gallery and work on making the captions even more specific than they already are. In the August time frame we will be posting...

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