I've been rewatching Science Ninja Team Gathcaman and my wife, who is Japanese, asked if the character of Red Impulse and his team of formation flying red jets was inspired by or named after the Japanese air display team called Blue Impulse. (If you don't know Blue Impulse they are the Japanese equivalent to the Red Arrows in the UK, or the Thunderbirds and the Blue Angels in the US.)
A quick Google search turned up this page which claims:
The mercenary air team "Red Impulse" and its leader from the anime series Science Ninja Team Gatchaman take their name from the Blue Impulse.
However this page does not seem to list any sources. Does anyone know if this is actually correct? If so can you point me to any more detailed information.