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.

This riveting biography recounts the epic journey of an unassuming man whose desire to fly and strong character lead him into a life of drama and heroism. He was one of the brave and courageous few who held off the Japanese in the South Pacific in the early part of the war. He is in the same class as the more recognized aviator heroes such as Chuck Yeager and Pappy Boyington. After the war, Voris was personally chosen by Admiral Nimitz to head the Blue Angels and he led them in prop planes and later in jets. The story of his efforts is stunning, at times hilarious, and inspirational.

Robert K. Wilcox is an award-winning journalist, screenwriter and novelist living in Los Angeles. He is the author of six other nonfiction books, including Scream of Eagles, Wings of Fury and Black Aces High. His website is

9 1/4″ x 6 1/8″ / 352 pages
16-page b&w photo insert
Thomas Dunne Books
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