Thanks a lot. When "Blue Angels" begun to perform in June 1946 the routine included "shooting down" yellow painted North American SNJ-6 'Texan' with hinomarus applied on the wings and fuselage, that descended trailing fake smoke and parachuted a dummy pilot, who was next "captured" by a detachment of Marines on the ground. Since a plane with hinomarus was still not very much welcomed by the spectators, these were next removed from the yellow Texan and substituted with blue titles "US Navy" and the plane earned a nickname "Beetle Bomb". When the team transitioned to Bearcats (August 1946!) one of them inherited the name and the role - allegedly the "dummy" pilot was carried under the wing and dropped after being "shoot down" - but I have found no photos to confirm that. Interestingly - the "Beetle Bomb" Bearcat was a part of the team still when "Blue Angels" flew F7U-1 "Cutlass"-es, but only as a support plane (whatever it means).
15. March, 12:30