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Robert Pearlman

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posted 09-08-2004 09:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Though not specifically space-related, astronaut James Lovell contributes the foreword to this new biography...
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 website 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. Martins Press in mid September 2004.

The mission of the site is to generate funds for The Navy Marine Corps Relief Fund and the Naval Academy Foundation. This will be accomplished by selling autographed copies of "First Blue." All costs for operating have been underwritten by members of Butch's family, all net proceeds from the sales of "First Blue" and the Blue Angels photographs will be donated to the Navy Marine Corps Relief Fund and the Naval Academy Foundation.

"First Blue," the story of WWII Ace Butch Voris and the creation of the Blue Angels is the rollicking saga of a true American hero -- part Rocket Boys, part military history, part the Right Stuff. According to Jim Lovell, Commander of multiple Apollo Lunar Missions, this book should appeal to anyone who has felt the thrill of aviation in their veins. With a great story to tell, Wilcox has crafted a stirring naval action narrative that often reads like an adventure novel covering Voris' remarkable life. The story ranges from heroic, tragic and humorous to inspirational, but is always spellbinding.

Anyone can enjoy the extensive Blue Angels memorabilia on display at, acquire an autographed copy of "First Blue" and support a good cause all at the same time.

The official launch event for "First Blue" will take place at The California Air Show in Salinas, Calif. October 2nd and October 3rd. He will also be feted at the Jacksonville NAS Air Show October 30-31.


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posted 09-09-2004 07:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Carrie   Click Here to Email Carrie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This reminds me, I've been curious which (if any) astronauts were Blue Angels or Air Force Thunderbirds prior to their space careers?

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posted 09-09-2004 11:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul   Click Here to Email Paul     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Skylab Astronaut Bill Pogue was an Air Force Thunderbird pilot a long time ago... back when they were flying the F-100 Super Sabre!


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posted 04-18-2013 10:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMacKinnon   Click Here to Email BMacKinnon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just found a copy of this book via eBay. I am interested to read about his post Navy days, for he does have a space connection!

The following is from his Wikipedia bio:

Upon his retirement from the Navy, Captain Voris went to work for the Grumman Corporation in Bethpage, New York, assisting in the development of the Navy's F-14 Tomcat and NASA's Lunar Module. In 1973 he accepted a position in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Office of Industry Affairs. In 1985, Voris retired and he and his wife moved to Monterey, California.)
It will be interesting to see how much is covered in the book on his 12 years with NASA! Sadly he passed away in August of 2005.


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posted 04-18-2013 11:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Count the late shuttle astronaut Lacy Veach as a former Thunderbird, having flown with the team in 1976-77. I saw him perform during the Bicentennial at the former Homestead AFB in Florida.


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posted 04-18-2013 01:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for thump   Click Here to Email thump     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Charles Brady was a member of the Blue Angels, selected in 1988 and served through 1990. I actually have a signed by Butch Voris copy of this book that I got from his website shortly before he passed away. While it's been some time since I've read it, I enjoyed the read.

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