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Voris, Roy Marlin (Butch / First Blue), CAPT.
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Home Town Los Angeles, California
Last Address Monterey, California
Date of Passing Aug 10, 2005
Location of Interment Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates Cremated
Last Known Activity
"Butch" Voris passed away in Salinas, California.
Blue Angels in the famous "diamond" formation. Aircraft: Grumman F8F Bearcat-1946
The Blue Angels exhibit their signature "diamond" formation during a 1952 show.
The Father of the Blue Angels. Captain Voris, by direction of Chief Of Naval Operations, FADM Chester Nimitz who ordered the formation of a flight exhibition team (the first such official venture by any of the Armed Services) to boost Navy morale, demonstrate naval air power, and maintain public interest in naval aviation.
Captain Voris on the Blue Angels:
"You fly as close together as a couple of feet...every once in a while you do a little bump and so forth. People ask me, 'How close do they fly?' and I'll say if we hit each other, it's too close and if we don't, we're too far apart."
"It's the precision and perceived daring and high risk that you see in the team. We come down to ground level so people can see the types of maneuvers fighters do in combat. I think the public deserves to see what their taxes are paying for."
Inducted into the International Air Show Hall of Fame, in 2000, and into the National Museum of Naval Aviation, in 2002.