NARF - O and R - FASron-6 at NAS Jacksonville


(Naval Aviation Rework Facility)

O & R


NAS Jacksonville, FL

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NAS Jacksonville
Provided by James Frederick

Provided by John Gabbard

Overhaul & Repair
Provided by James Frederick


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  • NARF
  • O&R

  • FASron-6

  • * November 30, 1962
    • The A4D-1 designation changed to A-4A
    • The A4D-2 designation changed to A-4B
    • The A4D-2N designation changed to A-4C
    • The YA4D-5 designation changed to A-4E
    • The A4D-5 designation changed to A-4E

    Commanding Officers

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    • Late '60s
      I was assigned to NARF Jacksonville in the late '60's, we were the rework facility for A4's, TA4's, RA5C's, and just before I left A-7's. My duty assignment was Petty Officer in-charge of flight test office. Myself and three other enlisted received air crew status in A-4's and RA5C's. We flew back seat during flight tests as the planes were cycled out of rework. As far as I know we were the only enlisted to hold this flight status. All of us racked up stick time and touch-an-goes in the TA's it was the greatest time of my life!

      In the (above) article that we sent you it says that we didn't wear aircrew wings, but that's not true, at the time the Navy didn't have a designation for air crew of an attack aircraft and our requests were never completed before we were transfered out. We had engine start-up and taxi cards, completed all flight requirements (I think I still have my "O-my-ass-card"). And we did a pretty good job driving those scooters!!!!
      (Jim Fredreick)
    • I was stationed at NARF JAX in the late 60's with Jim Frederick. As Jim mentioned there were 4 of us enlisted men who flew on a regular basis in the backseat of the TA-4Fs and RA-5Cs. That was our sole job. We had on occasion the opportunity to fly down to Cape Canaveral when they launched the astronauts on moon missions. It's quite a site to see a space launch from the ground but to see one from the air was spectacular.

      The memories are unforgettable and I'm sure I speak for Jim when I say that if we could have done that for 20 years we would have been LIFERS.

      The TA-4F holds many a fond memory. We were able to grab some stick time and a few "touch and goes". And it was the perfect aircraft to watch the moon launches from. I am proud to have been a contributing part of the NARF.
      Bill Borgmann

    • I will have to dig very deep, in my mind the '60's were just a few months ago, but any records kept are in the dungeon, oh well!!

      I believe we were the only group at the time. We received returning combat pilots as they were cycling out, some with as little as three months and some with as much as 9 months. I believe there were five billets for pilots and a Commander as the chief test pilot. Our cockpit training and flight training was held at NARF and in the cockpit with our flight officer.

      The Navy company was about 50 to 75 enlisted and officers that ran the flight line, supply, flight test, weight & balance, leading chief and his staff, etc.

      Maybe we can ask the membership if there is a ferry pilot or squadron pilot that either served at NARF JAX or picked up a plane at Jax. We did receive a plane or two from the Forrestal while I was assigned there. Over the years I have lost contact with most of the guys, I remember a Bill Borgman (was living in Florida) and will try to find others.
      Jim Frederick
    • January 27, 1983:
      An unidentified NARF pilot was killed when his A-4F BuNo 154979 Skyhawk crashed in a cypress swamp 1.7 miles SE of Foley, AL during a post rework test flight from NAS Pensacola. The pilot radioed that he was in trouble moments before the crash.
      Tuscaloosa, AL, Tuscaloosa News, Saturday, January 27, 1983.


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    • John Gabbard
    • Jim Fredreick
    • Bill Borgmann

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