Blue Diamonds (aerobatic team)
- For the Royal Air Force's Blue Diamond Aerobatic team (1960-1977) see No. 92 Squadron RAF
|The Blue Diamonds
Philippine Air Force Aerobatic Team
The Blue Diamonds "Sabre" emblem on an F-86F Sabre circa 1962
|Active||1953 – 2005|
|Branch||Philippine Air Force|
|Role||Aerobatic flight display team|
|Size||varies per season|
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. [clarification needed] 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.
|P-51D Mustang||5 aircraft||1953–1959|
|F-5 Freedom Fighter||12 aircraft||1968-late 2005|