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Blue Diamonds (aerobatic team)

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Active  1953 – 2005
Size  varies per season
Branch  Philippine Air Force
Country  Philippines
Founded  1953
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Role  Aerobatic flight display team
Base  Basa Air Base, Floridablanca, Pampanga, Philippines 1953–2005
Fighter  1953-1955 P-51D Mustang 1957–1967 F-86F Sabre 1968-2005 F-5A Freedom Fighter
Similar  Philippine Air Force, Royal Brunei Air Force, Snowbirds, Belarusian Air Force, Yugoslav Air Force

Blue diamonds aerobatic team


The Blue Diamonds was the national aerobatic team of the Philippine Air Force (PAF), based at Basa Air Base, in Floridablanca, Pampanga.

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History

Formed in 1953 by First Lieutenant Jose Gonzalez the Blue Diamonds first used P-51D Mustangs growing in popularity and strength, along with the PAF. The move into the jet age started in 1959, when the F-86F Sabre was acquired by the air force during its modernization. Lieutenant Lino C. Abadia commanded the team at the time of transition to the F-86, performing in every annual Aviation Week. Smoke was introduced in 1958 and on 1 August 1959, the team performed at a Republic of China Air Force air-show with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds .

In 1963, in response to the United Nations request for the Philippines to contribute to a peacekeeping mission in the Congo by deploying a squadron of fighter pilots and support personnel, The Philippine Air Force created the "LIMBAS" 9th Tactical Fighter Squadron. Pilots from the 6th TFS and 7th TFS were reassigned to form the core of this elite Fighter squadron and as a result, the Blue Diamonds were not able to perform that year.

The Blue Diamonds changed mounts in 1968, transitioning to the F-5 Freedom Fighter.

References

Blue Diamonds (aerobatic team) Wikipedia


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