Casey Kenny | Nov. 1, 2013 | ND Today
The gleaming blue and yellow paint scheme of the lightning fast F/A-18 Hornet might evoke visions of a certain football rival in Ann Arbor to many Domers. But when Lt. John Hiltz ’02 lowers himself into the cockpit as a new member of the U.S. Navy’s renowned Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, precision flying will be the only thing on his mind.
Formed in 1946 to enhance Navy and Marine Corps recruiting efforts and public relations, the six pilots who comprise the Blue Angels squadron execute precision maneuvers during aerobatic performances at air shows and other events throughout the U.S. and the world. These maneuvers include high-speed passes, fast rolls, slow rolls, very tight turns, opposing passes, mirror formations, and a variety of other hair-raising practices and techniques.