Duncan McCall Success Story: Blue Angels Pictorial History Book

Ready for the Blues? They are flying over the gulf this week preparing for their return to Pensacola Beach with their summer show July 12.

You can take a journey through more than 60 years of Blue Angels history with “Blue Angels: A Pictorial History” a book which follows the history of the Blues from their inception just after World War II though modern, thrilling airshows.

It includes never-before-published historic photographs, landmark artifacts and insights you’ll only find in the Blue Angels archives.

The book was written and designed by the team at Duncan McCall for the National Naval Aviation Museum on NAS Pensacola and quickly became one of the best-selling items in the Museum’s Flight Deck store.

The book features photography by Michael Duncan and research and writing by Jahna Jacobson. Several months of research were involved in the photo-heavy project.

“The Museum archives are amazing,” said Jacobson. “It was an enormous privilege to see these photographs and pieces of history firsthand, and to be a part of making them accessible to Blue Angels fans. ”

Hundreds of historic photographs from the archives were researched and scanned with the help of museum volunteers, most of whom are experts in their own right. Additional photos were taken of historical items from the Museum and from the Blue Angels official Ready Room on NAS Pensacola.

Duncan said he hopes that people who have their own Blues memorabilia and historic pieces will come forward and share their stories.

“We know there is a lot more stuff out there, and we’re hoping that people will contact us with their own pieces of history to include in future editions,” Duncan said. “We’re looking forward to expanding and updating the book every year.”

Duncan McCall also photographed and produced “The National Naval Aviation Museum Aircraft Collection” and “The National Naval Aviation Museum Historic Collection” for the Museum.

The Blue Angels book includes an autograph page, so pick one up before you go see the Blues and show your support for the Museum and Pensacola’s proud Naval Aviation history.

“Blue Angels: A Pictorial History” is available in the Flight Deck Store at the National Naval Aviation Museum or in the online store at www.navalaviation.com.


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