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Watch: Threshold: The Blue Angels Experience Immerses You in Blue

Considered By Many to Be the Best Blues Film, Threshold Portrays the Blues at Their Best

Blue Angels F-4Js. Image via McDonnell Douglas/Boeing

Threshold:  The Blue Angels Experience was produced during the Blue Angels F-4J Phantom II era. Widely recognized as the best Blue Angels film, it portrays not only the all-business jet pilot Blues, but also the relaxed on-their-own-downtime Blue Angels. Directed by Paul Marlow and narrated by Leslie Nielsen, Threshold paints the Blue Angels as the extraordinary human beings they are, but not as super-humans. The film, shot during the 1972 and abbreviated 1973 show seasons and released in 1975, was uploaded in two parts to YouTube by Raider 21.

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The film also portrays the Blue Angels elite ground crews and maintainers working on the team’s jets. In 1972, the Blue Angels were awarded the Navy’s Meritorious Unit Commendation for the two-year period from 1 March 1970 through 31 December 1971. The team’s F-4Js were replaced by the Douglas A-4F Skyhawk for the 1974 show season- somewhat ironically before the release of the film to the public. The Blue Angels also went from being a flight demonstration team to a flight demonstration squadron in 1974. The team went on to fly their A-4F Skyhawks for twelve years before their transition to the McDonnell Douglas (Boeing) F/A-18A/B/C/D Hornet strike fighter- their current jets.

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BONUS- Behind the Scenes of Threshold The Blue Angels Experience uploaded to YouTube by Blue Angel Phantoms.

Blue Angels F-4J. Image via Boeing

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Bill Walton

Written by Bill Walton

Bill Walton is a life-long aviation enthusiast and expert in aircraft recognition. As a teenager Bill helped his engineer father build an award-winning T-18 homebuilt airplane in their Wisconsin basement. Bill is a freelance writer, an avid sailor, engineer, announcer, husband, father, uncle, mentor, coach, and Navy veteran. Bill lives north of Houston TX with his wife and son under the approach path to KDWH runway 17R, which means they get to look up at a lot of airplanes. A very good thing.

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