IWC Schaffhausen congratulates the “Blue Angels®” U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron on their 75th Anniversary. Since 1946, the “Blue Angels®” are showcasing the pride and professionalism of the United States Navy and Marine Corps by inspiring a culture of excellence and service to the country through flight demonstrations and community outreach. Since it became an official licensee in 2019, IWC has launched two special edition Pilot’s Watches.
In 1946, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Chester W. Nimitz envisioned creating a flight demonstration squadron in the U.S. Navy. Today, the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, commonly known as the Blue Angels®, comprises 140 Sailors and Marines. Each member brings experience and expertise from their service in the fleet and strives to ensure the flight demonstration exemplifies the teamwork, professionalism and precision found in every facet of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. The “Blue Angels®” demonstrate their impressive skills in front of approximately 11 million spectators every year. A relentlessly positive attitude, strong work ethic, and dedication to the mission are all values that have stood the test of time on the “Blue Angels®”.
Throughout their history, the “Blue Angels®” have flown an immense variety of aircraft. They started with the F6 Hellcat, the F8 Bearcat, and the F9 Panther. During the 1950s, they refined their demonstrations in the F9 Cougar and F-11 Tiger and introduced the first six-plane delta formation, a spectacular aerobatic manoeuvre that they still fly today. By the end of the 1960s, the “Blue Angels®” were flying the F-4 Phantom before transitioning to the A-4 Skyhawk. In 1986, the year of their 40th Anniversary, they transitioned to the F/A-18 Hornet. In 2021, the “Blue Angels® transitioned to and now perform in the F/A-18 Super Hornet. Every one of their jets showcases blue and gold, the official colours of the U.S. Navy.