By Jim McGuire, Don Greer
This publication offers basically with a gift day staff of fellows and plane that symbolize the epitome of military and Marine Corps aviation. so as to extra absolutely comprehend the place they got here from, this publication additionally takes a short glance again to the very starting of naval aviation and early precision acrobatic flying. in the course of these early years the boys of these acrobatic groups, and the airplane they flew, ventured right into a realm of flight that bore a resemblance to the early days of yankee house pioneering. males with constrained wisdom and machines with constrained expertise joined jointly to lead to a naval culture. it's a culture of teamwork , and it truly is in this very foundation that those targeted teams of aviators and airplane have come jointly over the last part century and every left their mark within the heritage of army and Marine aviation. every one group, of their personal precise manner, has carried the inspirations in their forefathers in aerial screens of precision formation flying. they've got flown their breathtaking performances via an evolution of guys, machines and maneuvers whereas always striving for the final word objective of perfection. An try to compile the heritage of army and Marine Corps flight demonstration groups, looked as if it would this writer, from the 1st, to be a really specified venture. It was once felt that to assemble all naval flight demonstration groups from the previous to the current will be a salute to Navy-tradition, that's the foundation on which this publication has been written.
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