Celebrities Take to the Skies with the Blue Angels
It’s a tradition for celebrities to go up with the Blue Angels during practice flights. Check out our list of celebrities who have taken on the challenge:
To prepare for his role in “Top Gun”, Cruise trained with the Blue Angels in an A-4F Skyhawk II. Some say, this gave Cruise the need for speed and pushed him to say yes to the role as Maverick.
Carlos Ray “Chuck” Norris is a martial art expert who has appeared in a number of action films and television roles. Not only did “Chuck” get his nickname after joining the USAF, he also learned how to fight while serving, thus the Force is responsible for making him into the only person who can slam revolving doors. He is photographed with the Blue Angels in 1986.
Janet Leigh was a film star best remembered for her shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller “Psycho,” an iconic role for which she was nominated for an Oscar and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress. She is also mother to actress Jamie Lee Curtis. She flew with the Blue Angels in 1958 in Key West, Florida.
Best known as Johnny Carson’s sidekick and announcer (Here’s Johnny!), Ed McMahon was sent by Carson to NAS El Centro in 1972 to report on high G maneuvers of the Blue Angels for a segment that was later shown on “The Tonight Show.”
Actor Christopher Reeve is best known for his role as Superman and its sequels. In 1987, he had the opportunity to fly with RADM David Anderson #7, #6, #5, U.S. Navy (Ret.).
Roy Clark is a country music star best known for hosting the hit variety television show “Hee Haw” from 1969–1992. Roy has had many adventures (professional boxer, race horse owner, guest host of “The Tonight Show”), and one of them was flying with the Blue Angels.
Clint Eastwood is Hollywood royalty, an actor, director, producer and living legend. He is the star of countless hit films and winner of four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director Oscars for the 1993 film “Unforgiven,” and 2005’s “Million Dollar Baby.” Clint Eastwood is pictured here with the Blue Angels flight demonstration team in 1982.
Known as the “First Lady of Country Music,” Tammy Wynette is a country music legend and one of its biggest-selling female singers, with twenty No. 1 songs to her credit, including her best-known smash “Stand by Your Man.” She is pictured on the day of her flight with the Blue Angels.
Jimmy Buffett is a folk/country singer and songwriter who is best known for his signature songs “Margaritaville” and “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” which are also popular restaurant chains. Pictured here, Buffett is strapped in and ready to fly with the Blue Angels.
A Blue Angel pilot was spotted on set of The Presidio is a 1988 American crime drama film starring Sean Connery. Sean Connery is best known for portraying the character James Bond, starring in seven Bond films between 1962 and 1983.
Bill Nye, the Science Guy
Host Bill Nye is known to get kids fired up about science, sharing his enthusiasm on the iconic PBS television series, “Bill Nye the Science Guy.” Bill Nye pulled nine “Gs” with the United States Navy’s Blue Angel and explored the study of the heart.
“Home Improvement” star, Tim Allen, rides with the Blue Angels in 1993. He is known for his role as Tim “The Toolman” Taylor in the ABC television show Home Improvement as well as for his starring roles in several films, including the role of Buzz Lightyear in the Toy Story franchise.