A Memorial to Honor Fallen Blue Angels
Since the squadron's inception in 1946, a total of 28 United States Navy Blue Angels have lost their lives in the line of duty. Currently, there is no permanent Memorial dedicated to paying tribute to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. We want to change that.
For nearly 50 years, the Blue Angels have called El Centro their Winter Training Home, and for as long as the Blues have been coming to El Centro, the Navy League's Imperial Valley Council has been doing their part to support the squadron. During these 50 years, there have been six Team members who have died while training at El Centro.
The original concept sketch was drawn by Master Chief Ted Gallinat while he was serving as NAF El Centro’s Command Master Chief. The design was developed by the Rainforest design team into the “Missing Angel” memorial.
The classic obelisk shape is created in stainless steel, with a richly contrasting black granite base. Within the polished steel framework is a swirling blue sky created in translucent glass mosaic, which is mounted on clear tempered glass. Within the mosaic sky, the jets, sculpted in steel, are honoring their fallen brother with the Missing Man formation. Their contrails show their ascending path encircling the memorial.
On the front of the memorial, above the inscriptions is the “Missing Angel”. Directly above him is the prism-cut clear glass, pyramid shaped peak of the memorial, which points directly to the sky and symbolizes his entry into the celestial realm. By day the mosaic, polished metal and black granite will provide beautiful contrasts of reflective color and texture, while by night, the entire monument will be softly lit from the inside, revealing the inspiring silhouette of the Missing man formation surrounded by a deep blue mosaic sky.
The memorial will be constructed in Blue Angels Park at NAF El Centro.