“Blue Angels Decades: Volume 1 - 1946-1955” by Mat “Irish” Garretson

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Over the years, many books have been written about the Blue Angels. Most offer only cursory details about the team’s history, and tend to include the same familiar photographs. Recognizing both this fact and with a strong desire to truly document the team's history, we have created Blue Angels Decades

Part scrapbook, part reference guide, each Volume of Blue Angels Decades will follow the Blue Angels year by year, in ten-year increments. Diving deep into the archives, Blue Angels Decades tells the story of the world’s finest flight demonstration squadron in a manner not yet explored in other books on the subject. Blue Angels Decades is  filled with photos, documents, and images of memorabilia...airshow brochures, artifacts and other items unique to each season. 

Blue Angel Decades has been given full access to the team's extensive archives housed at the Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola. In addition, former team members have contributed greatly to this effort, ensuring both a rich quantity and quality of material, most of which has never been seen before in print. The project has the approval and support of the U.S. Navy, and the Blue Angels themselves.


The inaugural volume of Blue Angels Decades - Volume One - covers the team from its inception in 1946 through the 1955 season. It will be released on November 4th during the team's 75th anniversary celebration in Pensacola. Marking this special anniversary, 1,000 'Plankowner Edition' copies of Volume One will be released in addition to the regular edition.


VOLUME ONE - PLANKOWNER EDITION

 

  • $120.00 + tax and shipping
  • 154 pages - A3 Format (16.5" wide by 11.7" tall)
  • Hard-bound book with matching sleeve
  • Each copy signed and numbered by the author
  • Commemorative challenge coin, each individually numbered, with number of coin matching the book number
  • Domestic orders - your choice of shipping USPS Book Rate ($12) or Priority Mail ($40)
  • International orders may require additional shipping charge - will advise prior to shipment
  • Please allow 7-10 days for processing

    Coinciding  the release of each  softbound Volume, we are creating a very special, 'Plankowner' Edition for those who are die-hard fans of the Blue Angels. Limited to just 1,000 copies worldwide, each Plankowner Edition is a  hardback book that comes in a striking book sleeve. Each is numbered and signed by the author, and comes with a similarly-numbered, 2” metal commemorative challenge coin. 

Destined to become a sought-after collectors’ item, the Volume One Plankowner Edition is being offered while supplies last. 

Future Volumes will also debut with Plankowner Editions, and those who purchase Volume One will have the right of first refusal on purchase of future Plankowner Volumes. That right will remain in effect for as long as you preorder future Volumes.

VOLUME ONE - REGULAR EDITION

 

  • $50 + tax and shipping
  • 154 pages -  A4 Format (12" wide by 8.5" tall)
  • Softcover, 'perfect' binding
  • Domestic orders - your choice of shipping USPS Book Rate ($8) or Priority Mail ($25)
  • International orders may require additional shipping charge - will advise prior to shipment
  • Please allow 7-10 days for processing