Following World War II, Adm. Chester W. Nimitz, the US chief of naval operations, came up with the idea for the Blue Angels when he ordered the formation of a flight demonstration team, aiming to keep the public interested in naval aviation.
The Blue Angels performed their first flight demo in June 1946 at their home base, Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., flying Grumman F6F Hellcats led by Lt. Cmdr. Roy "Butch" Voris. Later that same year, the squad transitioned to the Grumman F8F Bearcat and introduced their famous diamond-shaped Delta formation.
The name "Blue Angels" originated in New York in 1946 when one of the crew stumbled upon the Blue Angel nightclub
in the New Yorker Magazine.
Here, the Blue Angels fly in the iconic Delta formation past the New York skyline on December 13, 2013.