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Smoke On! Midshipmen’s Uniforms to honor Blue Angels at Army-Navy Game

PENSACOLA, Fla. — As the Midshipmen take the field for the 118th Army-Navy Game, their uniforms and helmets will honor the Navy’s elite flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels.

The annual football game will be played from Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field on December 9 (CBS-TV).

“Although the uniform departs from our customary characteristics, this tribute to the Blue Angels reflects the enthusiastic pride and appreciation we have for the Navy’s premier flying team and the motivation they convey to Navy football and the fleet at large,” said Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk on Monday.

The hand-painted blue helmets will depict the Blue Angels delta formation with smoke-on, and include a golden visor similar to that used by the pilots and a golden mask. The six demonstration pilots perform at air shows across North America each year aboard the F/A-18C Hornet jets.

“This year we partnered with the Naval Academy to use the Army-Navy Game to honor the incredible pilots that make up the Blue Angels,” Gladchuk added. “Anyone who has had the privilege of watching the Blue Angels perform knows there is no show quite like it. It inspires and excites all who stand witness and we couldn’t think of a better way to pay homage to their great feats than creating a uniform that pays tribute to them.”

The Midshipmen will wear the American flag on their left sleeve, and the official Blue Angels insignia shield on their Under Armor uniform’s right sleeve. Their jersey number font will match that on the jet’s vertical stabilizer.
The Blues pilots have worn blue Under Armor gloves while in the cockpit during their forty-minute flight demo for the past few years. The Blue Angels wrapped up their 71st airshow season on Nov. 11 over their home base at Naval Air Station Pensacola.

(Charles A. Atkeison reports on aerospace and technology. Follow his updates via social media @Military_Flight.)

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Charles Atkeison

Written by Charles Atkeison

Charles A Atkeison is a long time aerospace journalist having covered both military and civilian aviation, plus 30 space shuttle launches from Cape Canaveral. He has produced multimedia aerospace content for CNN, London's Sky News, radio, print, and the web for twenty years. From flying with his father at age 5 to soaring as a VIP recently with the Navy's Blue Angels and USAF Thunderbirds, Charles continues to enjoy all aspects of flight.

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