The U.S. Navy's flight demonstration squadron, known as the Blue Angels, was established by the order of Admiral Chester W. Nimitz on April 24, 1946. The Blue Angels travel across the country and throughout the world to give flight demonstrations. Like all naval pilots, Blue Angel pilots are officers and receive pay based on pay grade and years of experience.
Blue Angel Pilots
Blue Angle pilots do not receive any additional pay during their service with the Navy's flight demonstration squadron. The pilots volunteer for the position and serve two to three year tours with the squadron. Once the pilots finish their tour they return to serve as pilots in the fleet. Pilots must be active-duty Navy or Marine Corps tactical jet pilots who have a minimum of 1,250 flight hours.
Officer Pay Grade
Like all other military personnel, Blue Angel pilots receive their pay based partially on their pay grade, which ranges from O-1, ensign, to O-10, admiral, though most pilots are somewhere in between. An O-3, lieutenant, for example, receives a base pay of $3,711.90 per month with less than two years of service while an O-3 with six years earns $5,188.80 per month, according to the Department of Defense.
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Blue Angel pilots, like other military personnel, are also entitled to housing allowances. Housing allowances are based on several factors, including where the pilot lives, how many dependents he has and his pay grade. For example, an O-3 living in Pensacola, Florida, the home of he Blue Angels, receives $1,173 per month in a housing allowance if he has no dependents, while a pilot of the same pay grade with dependents receives $1,305 per month.
In addition to pay and housing benefits, Blue Angel pilots also receive a range of benefits as do all members of the military. Pilots receive comprehensive health care, military commissary access, leave and vacation privileges, college loan repayment programs and veterans benefits. Dependents are entitled to many of these benefits as well.