F11F Tiger

The story of the Blue Angels F11F pilots that developed the team’s trademark Back-to-Back Pass maneuver

The story of the Blue Angels F11F pilots that developed the team’s trademark Back-to-Back Pass maneuver

The two solo pilots on the 1958 team, John Damian and John Dewenter developed the back-to-back pass. The origins of… Read More

9 months ago

F-8 Pilot recalls how a good brief by his Flight Lead saved his bacon during a night carrier landing with his Crusader radio not working

‘A second or two later there is a big, wonderful thump and pull as I catch a wire. I’m the… Read More

11 months ago

The story of the F11F Tiger Test Pilot who Shot Himself Down by Overtaking his Bullets in a Dive

Part of the flight test program to get the F11F Tiger operational involved clearing the performance envelope for the firing… Read More

1 year ago

Blue Angels flying the F-8 Crusader would have been awesome, but it never happened. Here’s why.

At some point the Crusader was considered as replacement for Blue Angels Grumman F11 Tigers. One of the most capable… Read More

3 years ago

The Blue Angels F11F Back-to-Back Pass that thrilled SAC General Curtis Lemay

General Curtis LeMay threw his cigar down and said, ‘I don’t believe this.’ The Blue Angels traded the F9F-8 Cougar… Read More

5 years ago

That time an F11F Tiger test pilot shot himself down

Examination of the F11F showed it had been hit by at least three 20-millimeter rounds- one in the windshield, one… Read More

5 years ago