Tuesday, May 22, 2001

Meet the Blue Angel pilots

Identification and background information is provided for each of the "Blues" performing this weekend.

No.1
Robert A. Field

#1 Flight Leader/
Commanding Officer

Commander Robert A. Field is a native of Orchard Park, N.Y. He graduated from Orchard Park High School in 1977.

He continued his education by attending Clarkson University, graduating in 1981 with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. Following college, Rob worked as a flight-test engineer for Boeing Aircraft Corporation in Seattle, Wash. He entered the Navy through the Aviation Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Fla., and was commissioned an ensign in June 1982. He earned his wings of gold in January 1984.

He attended the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) at NAS Miramar, Calif., and was selected as the Commander Naval Air Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet Pilot of the Year for 1987. Rob attended the Naval War College, Newport, R.I., where he graduated in 1997 with a master's degree in national security and strategic studies.

Rob has logged more than 4,000 tactical jet aircraft flight hours and 850 carrier arrested landings.

No.2
Hunter Hobson

#2, Right Wing

Major Hunter Hobson is from Chicago, Ill., and was born in Waco, Texas. Throughout his childhood, he and his parents moved all over the country. He graduated from Glenbrook South High School in Glenview, Ill., in 1984. He attended Illinois State University and graduated in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science degree in anthropology.

After graduation, Hunter reported to Quantico, Va., for Officer Candidate School, earning his commission as a second lieutenant in 1989. Upon completion of The Basic School in Quantico, Hunter reported for aviation indoctrination at Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Fla., and then completed primary flight training at nearby NAS Whiting Field. He transferred to NAS Meridian, Miss., for intermediate and advanced flight training where he earned his wings of gold in June 1993.

Hunter completed the Marine Corps University's Amphibious Warfare School at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., in May 1998.

Hunter joined the Blue Angels in September 1999. He has accumulated more than 2,000 flight hours and 430 carrier-arrested landings.

No.3
Max McCoy

#3, Left Wing

Lieutenant Max McCoy, from Orlando, Fla., graduated as valedictorian from Oviedo High School in 1987. He attended the United States Naval Academy and graduated with distinction in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in oceanography.

He completed primary flight training at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, and transferred to NAS Meridian, Miss., for intermediate and advanced flight training. He received his wings of gold in July 1994.

Max reported to the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN), NAS Fallon, Nev., in October 1998 for training. Upon graduating in December 1998, he was designated a strike fighter tactics instructor and reported to Strike Fighter Weapons School Pacific at NAS Lemoore, Calif.

Max joined the Blue Angels in September 2000. He has accumulated more than 1,600 flight hours and 225 carrier landings.

No.4
Chip Boogerd

#4, Slot Pilot

Lieutenant Chip Boogerd is a native of Grand Rapids, Mich. Chip graduated from Grand Rapids Christian High School in 1982 where he swam on the varsity swim team. He attended Calvin College and graduated from Western Michigan University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science degree in aviation technology.

Chip reported to Aviation Officer Candidate School at Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Fla., in September 1989 and was commissioned an ensign in December 1989. He completed primary flight training at NAS Whiting Field, Fla., and transferred to NAS Meridian, Miss., for intermediate and advanced flight training. He received his wings of gold in November 1991.

Chip joined the Blue Angels in November 1999. He has accumulated more than 2,500 flight hours and 291 carrier arrested landings.

No.5
Keith Hoskins

#5, Lead Solo

Lieutenant Commander Keith Hoskins, from Parkville, Mo., graduated from Park Hill High School in 1984 where he participated in varsity track, tennis and football. He was also a four-year varsity letterman in football for Missouri Western State College where he graduated with Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering.

After graduation, Keith worked as an engineering assistant for Maxon Electronics in Kansas City, Mo. In June of 1989, he attended Aviation Officer Candidate School at Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Fla., and was commissioned an ensign in October 1989. After completing primary flight training at NAS Whiting Field, Fla., he transferred to NAS Kingsville, Texas, for intermediate and advanced jet training. He earned his wings of gold in February 1992

Keith joined the Blue Angels in October 1998 serving as number seven, the narrator, during the 1999 show season, and as number six, the opposing solo, for the 2000 season. He has accumulated more than 2,410 flight hours and 240 carrier arrested landings.

No.6
Scott Kartvedt

#6, Opposing Solo

Lieutenant Scott Kartvedt, from El Cajon, Calif., graduated from Valhalla High School in 1986 where he lettered in varsity water polo and track. He attended Pepperdine University, earning a bachelor's degree in accounting. After graduating in 1990, Scott worked at Peat Marwick as a management consultant in Century City, Calif. In August, he attended the Aviation Officer Candidate School at Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Fla., and was commissioned an ensign in November 1991.

Scott completed primary flight training at NAS Whiting Field, Fla., and transferred to NAS Kingsville, Texas, for intermediate and advanced flight training. He earned his wings of gold in March 1994. He also attended the School of Aviation Safety at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif.

Scott joined the Blue Angels in September 1999 serving as number seven, the narrator, for the 2000 show season. He has accumulated more than 2,210 tactical jet flight hours and 313 carrier landings.