Paying Tribute to the People Who Took Aviation
from the Flight Deck of a Navy Carrier to Man's First Steps on the Moon
Blue Angels Service Representative 1951 -1969,
Honorary Flight Leader,
Passed away on May 6, 2002
Know affectionately as "Grandfather" by every Blue Angels team member, past and present, Dave began his career with Grumman early in 1942 working on Hellcats and Avengers in Plants 2 and 4. Soon after that he joined the Field Service Department and covered Naval Air Stations along the East Coast of the United States.
In late 1951, Dave was asked to assist the Blue Angels, who were re-forming in Corpus Christi, Texas after the Korean War. There he assisted the Team while they operated Panthers, Cougars and Tigers until early 1969, when the Blues transitioned to the F-4 Phantom.