NATC Patuxent River

NATC (Naval Air Test Center)
Naval Air Station,
Patuxent River, MD

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Naval Air Station
Patuxent River, MD
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Naval Air Station
Patuxent River, MD
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Naval Air Station
Patuxent River, MD
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Naval Air Weapons Center
Patuxent River, MD
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Naval Air Test Center
Strike Aircraft Test
Patuxent River, MD
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Naval Air Test Center
Patuxent River, MD
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Naval Air Test Center
Service Test
Patuxent River, MD
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Naval Air Test Center
Weapon System Test
Patuxent River, MD
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Naval Air Center
ASW
Patuxent River, MD
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Heritage

  • Patuxent River Naval Air Station was born of an effort to centralize widely dispersed air testing facilities established during the pre-World War II years.

    Spurred by events of W.W.II, the consolidation effort was swift, and the farming operations at Cedar Point, Maryland, were replaced by flight test operations within a year after ground was broken in 1942.

    Rear Admiral John S. McCain, then chief of the Navy's Bureau of Aeronautics, called Patuxent "the most needed station in the Navy" during the commissioning ceremony on April 1, 1943.

    By mid-August 1943, Flight Test, Radio Test, Aircraft Armament and the Aircraft Experimental and Development squadrons were in place at Patuxent River. By the end of 1944, the station had formed the Service Test, Electronics Test, Flight Test and Tactical Test divisions.


Aircraft

  • Date First Received - - - Type of Aircraft:
  • NATC
  • O and R

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


    Commanding Officers

    • Assumed Command - - - - - - Name
    • June 1942- - - - - - Cdr Edward Rounds, USNR, civilian head of Flight Test Section in charge f Pax River until Cdr Rassieur arrived on 21 Sep. 1942
    • 21 September 1942- - Cdr William T. Rassieur - also commanding officer for all of the Test Divisions
    • 11 January 1944- - - Capt. Aaron P. Storrs - also commanding officer for all of the Test Divisions
    • 15 July 1946 - - - - Capt. Aurelius B. Vosseller
    • 11 August 1948 - - - Capt. Thomas A. Turner
    • 27 July 1950 - - - - Capt. Charles L. Lee
    • 28 July 1952 - - - - Capt. Jessee S. McClure
    • 28 September 1954- - Capt. Thomas B. Neblett
    • 12 June 1957 - - - - Capt. Thomas W. South
    • 23 October 1958- - - Capt. William P. Woods
    • 31 January 1961- - - Capt. James E. Vose Jr.
    • 8 February 1963- - - Capt. Roland W. Schumann Jr.
    • 17 June 1965 - - - - Capt. Charles L. Lambing
    • 28 October 1966- - - Capt. Vernon P. O'Neill
    • 29 October 1968- - - Capt. Leonard G. Graning Jr.
    • 28 October 1970- - - Capt. William Carrier Jr.
    • 18 August 1972 - - - Capt. Thomas J. Kilcline
    • 01 May 1974- - - - - Capt. Edward V. Laney Jr.
    • 18 June 1976 - - - - Capt. Charles R. Gillespie Jr.
    • 28 July 1978 - - - - Capt. Verle W. Klein
    • 18 April 1980- - - - Capt. Thomas N. Flanary II
    • 28 May 1982- - - - - Capt. Robert I. Heisner Jr.
    • 20 August 1984 - - - Capt. John M. Welch
    • 26 June 1986 - - - - Capt. Stuart J. Fitrell
    • 28 June 1989 - - - - Capt. Donald A. Wright
    • 30 June 1992 - - - - Capt. Roger D. Hill
    • 18 January 1995- - - Capt. Elmer L. Standridge
    • 01 August 1997 - - - Capt. Paul E. Roberts
    • 27 July 2000 - - - - Capt. Patrick J. Hovatter
    • 30 July 2002 - - - - Capt. Dane E. Swanson


    Events

    • April 1, 1943
      Commissioning Day,
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    • June 16, 1945
      The Naval Air Test Center was established as a separate entity, organizationally dividing the test and support functions.
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    • 1948
      Formalized classroom instruction started with the establishment of a Test Pilot Training Division.
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    • The first U.S. all jet-powered airplane, the XP-59A was flight tested at Pax River in 1944.
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    • The FR-1 Fireball, a carrier-based fighter which combined a conventional engine and a General Electric jet engine, and the FH-1 Phantom, the first Navy all-jet airplane to operate from a carrier, were tested at Patuxent in 1945.
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    • The first U.S. test of the adaptability of jet aircraft shipboard operations was conducted by the Naval Air Test Center in 1946 when Lieutenant Commander James Davidson flew an FD-1 aboard the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt.
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    • In 1947
      Commander Turner F. Caldwell piloted a Douglas Skystreak D-558-1 to a world's speed record - 640.663 miles per hour.
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    • Nov. 7, 1949
      Captain W.V. Davis, director of the Flight Test Division, became the first Navy pilot to exceed the speed of sound. Test pilots were exposed to ejection seats in 1949, barrier engagements in 1951, and a simulated angled deck on the USS Midway in 1952.
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    • 1950s
      Several airborne early warning squadrons operated from Patuxent. Among them were VW-2, VW-11, VW-13 and VW-15. They patrolled the Atlantic Ocean along the DEW (Distant Early Warning) line.
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    • NATC's increased responsibility for development as well as pure testing was acknowledged as early as 1951. Rapidly advancing technology forced changes in test techniques and in the organizational structure.
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    • In 1953
      the Tactical Test Division was merged with the Service Test Division. The U.S. Naval Test Pilot School was established in 1958. The Weapons Systems Test Division was established in 1960 through the consolidation of the Armament Test and Electronics Test divisions.
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    • October 1, 1955
      Pax River Test Pilot LT Gordon L. "Gordo" Gray set the world 500Km closed course speed record of 695.163mph flying A4D-1 BuNo 137820.
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    • September 7, 1956
      Lt. John O. Long was killed when A4D-1 Skyhawk BuNo 137816, Florida 816, lost power in the break for runway 9 and commenced a wings nearly level, slightly nose high, descent at a steep angle, turned 50-60 degrees left and went in the river 600 yards off the end of runway 13, bounced once, and sank immediately.
      USN accident report.
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    • January 29, 1959
      LCdr. William Joseph Nichols' A4D-2 BuNo 142087 was presumed to have crashed in the Chesapeake Bay after a takeoff from NAS Patuxent. Search planes sighted an oil slick, a fuel tank and a pilot's helmet in the bay about 1.5 miles from the station.
      Cumberland, MD, Evening Times, Friday, January 30, 1959
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    • November 23, 1959:
      LCdr. John Lamar Switzer was killed when his A-4D-2N BuNo 145080 crashed into Chesapeake Bay while making an approach for a landing at NAS Patuxent.
      Annapolis, MD, The Capital, Monday, November 23, 1959
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    • In the 1960's a buildup of fleet antisubmarine warfare squadrons was taking place at Patuxent. Patrol Squadron 8, 24, 44, 49, and 56 formed Fleet Air Patuxent and later Fleet Air Wing Five. A VP training squadron, Patrol Squadron 30, was established in 1962.
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    • December 6, 1960:
      Maj. George Augustus Bacas (USMC) exited with minor injuries when NATC A4D-2N BuNo 145072 (Studio 072) landed 2,600' from the approach end of runway 24 at 130 KIAS (beyond the emergency chain gear) in a gusting 13-20 knot 90 deg. crosswind at idle power. During rollout a right crosswind lifted the right wing and the pilot attempted to abort the landing and couldn't because of the spool-up lag inherent in the J-65. The a/c departed the runway to the left, crossed the terrain to and crossed a 50' wide concrete section of runway 13-31, spanned an excavated area 25' wide by 2' deep, landed on an island of concrete in the center of runway 13-31, spanned another excavated area 25' wide by 2' deep, striking the far edge with the landing gear, travelled another 225' and struck a 6' earth embankment shearing the landing gear, became airborne for about 140' and finally came to rest about 2,400' from the point of departure from runway 24.
      Subsequent engine tests resulted in the following average spool-up times:
      Idle to 80% 8.0 seconds
      Idle to 100% 13.1 seconds
      US Navy accident report, Photo 1
      US Navy accident report, Photo 1
      US Navy accident report, Photo 1
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    • July 10, 1963:
      Lt. Grant Augustine III ejected safely from A-4E BuNo 149649 after it developed engine trouble and crashed in a Richmond County.
      Danville, VA, The Bee, Thursday, July 11, 1963
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    • October 23, 1964:
      Cmdr. Loran Craney ejected following engine failure in A4D-2N BuNo 145070, south of Williamsburg, KY while on a cross-country flight from NATC.
      Mt. Vernon, IL, Mt. Vernon Register-News, Saturday, October 24, 1964
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    • October 26, 1964
      Lt. Roy Seaman perished in a crash of A-4B BuNo 142887 soon after take-off from NAS Pax River
      Salisbury, MD, Salsbury Times, Friday, October 30, 1964
      A-4B BuNo 142887 - Salvage efforts by Army Corp of Engineers
      Cumberland, MD, Cumberland Evening Times, Wednesday, November 18, 1964
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    • November 28, 1964
      Cdr. T.M. Kastner based at NAS Patuxent River ejected safely from his disabled A-4E BuNo 149650 and splashed down into waist-deep water of the Rappahannock River not far upstream from where his Navy jet aircraft had plunged into the water near Weems, VA. A young woman on a pier heard the splash and looked up to see the pilot, about 50 yards away, gathering in his parachute. All she could say was "Good morning" and Kastner casually replied "Good morning."
      Bluefield, WV, Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Monday, 30 November 1964
      Cumberland, MD, Cumberland News
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    • 1968:
      Oceanographic Development Squadron Eight, then known as the Oceanographic Air Survey Unit, was home ported in Patuxent River in 1968 from a detachment left behind by Naval Air Transport Squadron One when that unit moved to Norfolk, VA.
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    • 1967 - 1968:
      Three divisions of the test center, Flight Test, Service Test and Weapons Systems Test, gave up assets to enable the Technical Support Division to form in 1967. Automation of NATC's data processing brought the Computer Services Division on line in 1968.
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    • December 31, 1969
      Lt. S. D. Griggs ejected safely from A-4E BuNo 151130 over Solomons Island, MD when the engine failed on takeoff from NATC Patuxent on a cross country flight to NAS New York.
      Salisbury, MD, The Daily Times, Thursday, January 1, 1970
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    • 1970s:
      In the 1970s, the SAW squadrons began leaving Patuxent for NAS Brunswick, Me., and NAS Jacksonville, Fla. VP-30 was the last to go in 1975. Helping offset the squadron departures, Air Test and Evaluation Squadron One moved to Pax River from Key West, Fla., in 1973 and the Naval Aviation Logistics Center was formed in 1977.
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    • October 23, 1974:
      USAF Maj. P. J. Vermaire was killed when his A-4E BuNo 148614 plunged into the Chesapeake Bay off Deal Island while on a routine training mission.
      Cumberland, MD, The Daily Times, Thursday, October 24, 1974
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    • 1975:
      A sweeping reorganization took place in 1975, preparing NATC for its role as the Naval Air Systems Command's principal site for development testing. Under the plan, Flight Test, Service Test and Weapons Systems Test divisions were disestablished and new directorates were formed to evaluate aircraft by type and mission.

      The "new" NATC was comprised of Strike Aircraft, Antisubmarine Aircraft, Rotary Wing Aircraft and Systems Engineering Test directorates. The Computer Services and Technical Support directorates and the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School remained intact.
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    • April 24, 1976
      Lt. George Chalke ejected safely after his A-4F BuNo 154175 malfunctioned just six minutes into a routine training flight and crashed and burned in a field near Drawbridge, MD.
      Salisbury, MD, The Daily Times, Monday, April 26, 1976
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    • Late 1970s:A major upgrading of test facilities began in the late 1970s with some of the largest construction appropriations in the history of the base. Reflecting changes spurred by this technological growth, the 1980s saw the Computer Services Directorate become the Computer Sciences Directorate, the Technical Support Directorate become the Range Directorate, and the Antisubmarine Aircraft Test Directorate become the Force Warfare Aircraft Test Directorate.
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    • September 30, 1981
      Lt. John B. Patterson and civilian photographer Randy Hepp of McDonnell Aircraft Co ejected safely from their TA-4J BuNo 156896 when a wing was torn off by a bomb rack jettisoned from a FA-18 Hornet over Chesapeake Bay, MD .
      Unknown City, MD, Unknown Newspaper
      Unknown City, MD, Unknown Newspaper
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    • 1991:
      In 1991, the Navy began consolidating its technical capabilities to improve its products and services, resulting in the creation of four large, warfare centers. Two Naval Air Warfare Centers were established to integrate sites and capabilities to improve services to the fleet and sponsors.  One of these, the Naval Air Warfare Center (NAWC), located in Washington, D.C., has integrated sites and capabilities to improve services to the fleet and sponsors. NAWC streamlined its resources into two divisions: the Aircraft Division located at Patuxent River and the Weapons Division, at China Lake, Calif.
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    • January 1, 1992:
      The standup of the NAWC Aircraft Division at Pax River took place on January 1, 1992. Thus began its role as the Navy's full spectrum research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E), engineering, and fleet support center for air platforms. The NAWC Aircraft Division integrated the Naval Air Test Center along with the Naval Air Development Center, Warminster, Pa.; Naval Air Engineering Center, Lakehurst, N.J.; Naval Air Propulsion Center, Trenton, N.J.; and the Naval Avionics Center, Indianapolis, Ind.
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    • August 4, 1994:
      I ferried the last Pax River A-4, TA-4J BuNo 153524, from the Test Pilot school to the storage facility at Davis Monthan. End of an era.
      John Patterson


    Awards

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    Photos


    circa 1956: NATC Pax River Strike Test YA4D-1 Skyhawk BuNo 137823 parked on the ramp during an open house.

    1956: Pax River Skyhawk BuNo 137823 parked on the ramp during an open house.

    circa 1956-1957: NATC Patuxent River Electronice Test Division Skyhawk BuNo 137824 on display at an open house.

    Circa 1958: BuNo 142089 on display at an open house with the Douglas refueling store on the centerline.
    Mike Wilson

    Circa 1959-62: left side view of Patuxent River Flight Test Skyhawk BuNo 142678, in tension on the catapult.
    U.S. Navy

    SEP58 NAN photo of a tandem air to air refueling.
    SEP58 NAN photo.

    1961: right side view of Patuxent River Skyhawk BuNo 142170, WST-170, assigned to Weapons System Test parked on the ramp.
    U.S. Navy

    right front view of Naval Air Test Center, Weapons Systems Test, Skyhawk BuNo 147826, #826, parked on the ramp.
    Lionel Paul

    NATC Patuxent River System Test Division Skyhawk BuNo 149652 in flight with drop tanks and a buddy store.
    Mike Wilson

    APR 1963: NATC Patuxent River Weapons Division Skyhawk BuNo 147826 on display at an open house.
    Mike Wilson

    1965: right front view of Naval Air Test Center Flight Test Skyhawk BuNo 142834, #837, parked on the ramp with eighteen 250 pound bombs during an open house.
    Jim Burridge

    Circa 1965: BuNo 152102 Prototype TA-4E Skyhawk in the Pax River hangar.
    Mike Wilson

    Circa 1965: BuNo 152103 prototype TA-4E Skyhawk and Naval Air Test Center RA-5 Vigilante, modex 823, in the Pax River hangar.
    Mike Wilson

    Skyhawk at NAS Anacostia for the inauguration of Presiden J.F. Kennedy. NAS Anacostia shut down her runways in 1962 to fixed wing a/c.
    JAN66 NAN photo.

    30 MAR 1966: left front view of Patuxent River Skyhawk BuNo 151118, #118, on the cat with a SHRIKE missile on #1 and an MBER on #3.
    Mike Wilson Collection

    22 APR 1966: BuNo 142120 Weapons test Skyhawk on the catapult at NATC Patuxent River.
    Verver Collection

    22 APR 1966: BuNo 142120 Weapons test Skyhawk being catapulted with Briteye flares at NATC Patuxent River.
    Verver Collection

    22 AUG 1966: Head on view of Skyhawk BuNo 137818 at Pax River.

    SEP66 NAN photo of a NATC A-4E Skyhawk loaded with pyrotechnics.
    SEP66 NAN Photo

    circa 1966: NAN photo of a nose wheel door mounted camera, afixed to a TA-4F.
    NAN photo.

    BuNo 151130 A-4E at NATC.

    Circa 1967: right front view of Naval Air Test Center Skyhawk BuNo 137813 assigned to Strike Test. Note that it still carries the Navy/Marine Reserve lettering on the aft fuselage.
    Nick Williams

    MAY 1967: left side in flight view of Patuxent River Strike Division Skyhawk BuNo 154174 over NAS Patuxent.
    U.S. Navy

    15 July 1967: left side view of Pax River Skyhawk BuNo 151064 parked on the ramp, p/c is J.E. Strausbaugh.
    R. Besecker

    29 August 1967: NATC Patuxent River A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 151130 "Diamond Jim" with a MER and six Snakeyes on the center line and a Mk-81 Snakeye in each outboard station and drop tanks from TA-4F 152848, NAS Paxtuxent River, MD.
    Official U.S. Navy photo.

    1968 -1986: NATC 619, BuNo 154619, on the ramp.

    circa 1968: NATC Patuxent River Flight Test TA-4F Skyhawks BuNo 152103 and 152102 parked on the ramp.
    Photographer unknown

    03 AUG 1968: right side view of Naval Air Test Center, Flight Test, Skyhawk BuNo 145031 parked on the ramp during an open house.
    Lionel Paul

    20 MAY 1968:
    Patuxent River Skyhawk BuNo 151118 and Walleye TV guided bomb undergoing cat tests.
    Patuxent River Skyhawk BuNo 151118 and Walleye TV guided bomb undergoing cat tests.
    Patuxent River Skyhawk BuNo 151118 and Walleye TV guided bomb undergoing cat tests.
    U.S. Navy

    12 AUG 1968:
    Patuxent River Skyhawk BuNo 151118 and Walleye TV guided bomb undergoing cat tests.
    Patuxent River Skyhawk BuNo 151118 and Walleye TV guided bomb undergoing cat tests.
    Patuxent River Skyhawk BuNo 151118 and Walleye TV guided bomb undergoing cat tests.
    close-up left rear view of Patuxent River Skyhawk BuNo 151118 and Walleye TV guided bomb undergoing cat tests.
    close-up right front view of Patuxent River Skyhawk BuNo 151118 and Walleye TV guided bomb undergoing cat tests.
    close-up right rear view of Patuxent River Skyhawk BuNo 151118 and Walleye TV guided bomb undergoing cat tests.
    close-up left rear view of Patuxent River Skyhawk BuNo 151118 and Walleye TV guided bomb undergoing cat tests.
    U.S. Navy

    OCT 1969: Patuxent River Weapons Division Skyhawk BuNo 151064 at left behind unknown A-7 Corsair II.
    Naval Aviation News

    21 NOV 1969: prototype NA-4E Skyhawk BuNo 148614 assigned to the NATC Patuxent River Weapons Division parked on the flight line next to TV-2 BuNo 137956.
    Dick Hill via Tailhook Association

    21 APR 1971: Pax River Weapons Test Skyhawk BuNo 151064 parked on the ramp.
    Lionel Paul

    20 MAR 1973:BuNo 158425 marked with "Black Sheep", but really serving with PAX River. Per contributor, this a/c was being used for testing by the French Navy for use on their aircraft carrier.
    Stephen Miller

    Date Unknown, perhaps MAR73: Believed to be at PAX River.
    R. Esposito

    12 NOV 1973: Patuxent River Skyhawk BuNo 151990, #06, parked on the flight line in a hi vis paint scheme.
    Jim Sullivan via Tailhook Association

    AUG 1974: prototype NA-4F Skyhawk assigned to the Naval Air Test Center, Patuxent River, MD on display at an open house.
    Verver Collection

    MAR 1975: Patuxent River Strike Division Skyhawk BuNo 154180 parked on the ramp.
    Tailhook

    1975: NATC Pax River Skyhawk BuNo 158148, #148, parked on the flight line and painted in the black white paint scheme.
    From W. Muza

    1976:Pax River Skyhawk BuNo 158426, parked on the line during an open house.
    From W. Muza

    1976: Pax River Skyhawk BuNo 154619, parked on the ramp.
    From W. Muza

    Blues at Pax.

    BuNo 152103 Flight Test TA-4J from NATC Pax River at NAS Weymouth.

    Pax River UC-880 tanker BuNo 161572 refueling a TA-4.


    NATC Patuxent River Skyhawk BuNo 156896, #323.
    U.S. Navy

    Pax River Skyhawk BuNo 152103 parked on the ramp during an open house.
    Jim Burridge

    26 JUL 1969:
    BuNo 154175 over the runway at NATC Patuxent River.
    Stephen Miller

    NATC A-4M BuNo 158148, 7T-304, undated.
    From W. Munzenmaier

  • 20MAR73: A-4M at "PAX" for test flights by the French to evaulte possible purchase.

    18 AUG 1973:
    left side view of NATC Flight Test Patuxent River TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 152103
    , parked on the ramp at NAS South Weymouth, Massachusetts.
    Photo by I. Ward.

    19 SEP 1973:
    left side view of NATC Flight Test Patuxent River TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 152103
    , parked on the ramp at NAS South Weymouth, Massachusetts.
    Photo by R. W. Harrison.

    03 AUG 1974:
    BuNo 152101 started life as an A-4E, was converted to the "F" configuration, and served as a test platform for the "Foxtrot" config before it went on to serve with the NWFS at Miramar.
    Stephen Miller

    20 SEP 1975:
    NATC Pax River NA-4F BuNo 152101, 20 SEP 1975.
    Photographer unknown from G. Verver collection.

    20 SEP 1975: Left rear view of NATC Pax River A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 158426, NATC-426, on the ramp, NAS Patuxent River, 20 September 1975. Copyright R.W. Harrison.

    BuNo 156896, NATC 323, in flight.

    BuNo 158148, PAX NATC SD-304, on the ramp.

    14 MAY 1979
    BuNo 158425, NATC 425, on the ramp.
    Stephen Miller

    Circa 1980: right side air to air view of Patuxent Riiver Skyhawk BuNo 158425, #301, refueling from the USAF KC-10A tanker prototype s/n 79-0433, N110KC.
    Harry Gann

    Circa 1980:close-up right side air to air view of Patuxent Riiver Skyhawk BuNo 158425, #301, refueling from the USAF KC-10A tanker prototype s/n 79-0433, N110KC.
    Harry Gann

    1981: Pax River Skyhawk BuNo 158425, 7T-301, parked on the line during an open house.
    Jim Burridge

    OCT 1981:
    NATC Pax River TA-4F BuNo 153524, 7T-321, OCT 1981 at Dobbins AFB.
    Photographer unknown, from Gary Verver Collection. 02 MAY 1981:
    BuNo 158425 7T-301 taxi at NATC.
    Stephen Miller

    NA-4F, an A-4E converted to the A-4F configuration on the production line, at an openhouse at PAX. Photo courtesy of Gary Verver.

    03 OCT 1983:
    Naval Air Test Center BuNo 160264, the last Skyhawk built, starting to taxi at Patuxent River.
    Stephen Miller

    DEC 1991:
    A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 158180 in the hangar at NAS Alameda December 1991
    , unsure of the custodian as the records indicate it was SOC between June and September 1991 and was last assigned to NATC Strike at Patuxent.
    copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

    01 JUN 1983:
    An air-to-air right side view of a TA-4 Skyhawk (BuNo 152868, NTPS-06) aircraft, top, a TA-7 Corsair II (BuNo 154544, NTPS-01) aircraft, right, a T-2 Buckeye (BuNo 157032, #20) aircraft, bottom, and a T-38 Talon (BuNo 158200, NTPS-12) aircraft in flight near the Naval Air Test Center, Patuxent River, Maryland.
    Photo by JOCS Kirby, from Gary Verver.

    03 OCT 1983: NATC Pax River A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 160264, 7T-305, NAS Patuxent River.

    APR 1983: Pax River Skyhawk BuNo 152847, 7T-320.
    Mike Wilson Collection

    MAY 1984: f NATC Patuxent River Skyhawk BuNo 160264, 7T-302, parked on the ramp with a centerline tank.
    Verver Collection

    AUG 1985: right front view of NATC Pax River Skyhawk BuNo 158148, SD-304, assigned to CAPT Dunton, parked on the flight line and painted in the gray/hi-vis scheme.
    close-up right side tail section view of NATC Pax River Skyhawk BuNo 158148, SD-304, painted in the gray/hi-vis scheme.
    close-up left side tail fin view of NATC Pax River Skyhawk BuNo 158148, SD-304, painted in the gray/hi-vis scheme.
    Jim Burridge

    01 AUG 1985:
    Patrick Air Force Base, FL.
    Captain James N. Miller, left, and Chief Warrant Officer Eric D. Dauphine, center, both of the 2348th Transportation Co., Mississippi National Guard, discuss the airlift operation of a damaged Marine Corps A-4 Skyhawk (Pax River A-4M BuNo 158430, 7T-303) aircraft with Major Jack G. Merrell Jr., airfield manager and chief of base operations. The aircraft was struck by lighting while parked on the flight line.
    Personnel from the 2348th Transportation Co., Mississippi National Guard, prepare a damaged Marine Corps A-4 Skyhawk (Pax River A-4M BuNo 158430, 7T-303) aircraft for airlift by a CH-54 Skyhook helicopter. The aircraft was struckby lighting while parked on the flight line.
    Photos by A1C James S. Smorto

    A winch hook from a CH-54 Skyhook (looks to be CH-54A s/n 67-18430 and I think it is a Tarhe aka Skycrane) helicopter of the 2348th Transportation Co., Mississippi National Guard, is attached to a damaged Marine Corps A-4 Skyhawk (Pax River A-4M BuNo 158430, 7T-303) aircraft. The aircraft was struck by lightning while parked on the flight line.
    An air-to-air left side view of a CH-54 Skyhook (looks to be CH-54A s/n 67-18430 and I think it is a Tarhe aka Skycrane) helicopter of the 2348th Transportation Co., Mississippi National Guard, transporting a damaged Marine Corps A-4 Skyhawk (Pax River A-4M BuNo 158430, 7T-303) aircraft to Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida, from Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. The aircraft was struck by lighting while parked on the flight line.

    1987: NATC Patuxent River Skyhawk BuNo 160264, 7T-302, parked on the ramp with a centerline tank.
    M. Wilson

    JUL 1987: Patuxent River Skyhawk BuNo 158148, SD-304, parked on the flight line in a hi-vis paint scheme.
    Verver Collection

    JUL 1989: Patuxent River Skyhawk BuNo 153524, parked on the ramp.
    Verver Collection

    JUL 1990: NATC Patuxent River Skyhawk BuNo 158425 parked on the flight line.
    Verver Collection

    NA-4M Skyhawk BuNo 155049 (Salty Dog 300) spent its entire operational life involved in test and evaluation work. It was built as a A-4F, then converted to a prototype A-4M the same year, and immediately instrumented for A-4M development flight test and structural demonstration requirements. After conversion, its first flight was on 14 May 1970.
    BIS #1
    BIS #2
    BIS #3
    This A-4M aircraft commenced flight testing at Patuxent River in February 1971 as the Board of Inspection and Survey (BIS) Trials aircraft. Flight testing continued until its retirement to Patuxent River Naval Air Museum in November 1990. Over the years, this particular aircraft was involved in many tests and evaluations. Primarily, it was instrumented and utilized as the test aircraft for the Pratt & Whitney J-52-P-408 turbojet engine Component Improvement Program.
    Photo Courtesy Patuxent River Naval Air Museum. Photographed by Joe Gherrity, Museum Photographer.

    Sources

    • J. Grohsmeyer
    • Bud Southworth
    • Gary Verver
    • Robert Zafran

     

     

  • A-4 Skyhawk aircraft assigned to NATC:
    • Douglas XA4D-1 (A-4A) Skyhawk
      • 137813 C/N 10710
        • 19 May 1967 - NATC SVC TST - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 01 Dec 1968 – NATC SVC TST - Converted to TA-4A
        • 24 Feb 1969 - NATC SVC TST - NAS Patuxent River, MD (Last)
        • Assume Stricken - No further records found

    • Douglas YA4D-1 (A-4A) Skyhawk
      • 137816 C/N 11286
        • 01 Apr 1955 - NATC R&D - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 15 Mar 1956 - Stricken - Code 1KA1
      • 137818 C/N 11288
        • 17 Mar 1956 - NATC R&D - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 28 Feb 1958 - BAR FA - El Segundo, CA
      • 137819 C/N 11289
        • 23 Mar 1956 - NATC R&D - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 21 Sep 1959 - O&R BUAER M&S - NAS Quonset Point, RI
      • 137820 C/N 11290
        • 28 Feb 1958 - NATC R&D - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 19 May 1958 - O&R BUAER FA - NAS Quonset Point, RI
      • 137822 C/N 11292
        • 31 Aug 1955 - NATC R&D - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 24 Oct 1955 - BAR FA - El Segundo, CA
      • 137823 C/N 11293
        • 04 Apr 1956 - NATC R&D - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 13 Aug 1957 - NAOTC - NAS Chincoteague, VA
      • 137824 C/N 11294
        • 22 Mar 1956 - NATC R&D - Patuxent River, MD
        • 28 Feb 1958 - BAR R&D - NAS Dallas, TX
      • 137825 C/N 11295
        • 07 Mar 1956 - NATC R&D - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 14 May 1957 - FASron-2 - NAS Quonset Point, RI
      • 137826 C/N 11296
        • 18 Jun 1956 - NATC R&D - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 09 May 1958 - O&R BUAER M&S - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 137828 C/N 11298
        • 12 May 1956 - NATC R&D - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 14 Jan 1957 - BAR R&D - El Segundo, CA

    • Douglas A4D-1 (A-4A) Skyhawk
      • 139919 C/N 11284
        • 23 Jul 1956 - NATC LANT - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 09 Jun 1960 - O&R BUAER FA - NAS Quonset Point, RI
      • 139920 C/N 11285
        • 30 Jul 1956 - NATC FAC - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 29 Sep 1956 - VMA-224 - MCAS El Toro, CA
      • 139921 C/N 11286
        • 23 Jul 1956 - NATC Lant - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 27 Sep 1956 - VA-72 - NAS Quonset Point, RI
      • 139922 C/N 11287
        • 27 Jul 1956 - NATC PAC - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 27 Sep 1956 - VFAW-3 - NAS Moffett Field, CA
      • 139923 C/N 11288
        • 25 Jul 1956 - NATC Lant - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 27 Sep 1956 - VA-72 - NAS Quonset Point, RI
      • 139924 C/N 11289
        • 01 Aug 1956 - NATC Pac - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 31 Mar 1957 - Stricken - Code 1AA1
      • 139939 C/N 11304
        • 24 Jan 1957 - NATC R&D - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 27 Aug 1957 - NASWF - Kirkland AFB, NM

        • 28 Feb 1958 - NATC R&D - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 17 Feb 1959 - O&R BUAER M&S - NAS Alameda, CA

    • Douglas A4D-2 (A-4B) Skyhawk
      • 142085 c/n 11339
        • 10 Dec 1964 - NATC SVC TST - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 30 Jul 1966 - NATC TST PLT SCH - NAS Patuxent River, MD
      • 142087 c/n 11341
        • 26 Mar 1957 - NATC R&D - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 12 Feb 1959 - Stricken - 1KA1
      • 142088 c/n 11342
        • 17 Jun 1960 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 28 Jul 1961 - O&R BUWEPS FR - NAS Norfolk, VA
      • 142089 c/n 11343
        • 28 Mar 1957 - NATC R&D - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 10 Dec 1959 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 09 Dec 1965 - NATC WPN SYS TST - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 02 Jun 1966 - NATFSI - NAS Lakehurst, NJ
      • 142090 c/n 11344
        • 27 Mar 1957 - NATC R&D - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 09 Aug 1957 - NASWF - Kirtland AFB, NM
      • 142091 c/n 11345
        • 27 Mar 1957 - NATC R&D - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 25 Sep 1958 - O&R BUAER M&S - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 142108 c/n 11362
        • 29 Jul 1959 - NATC LANT - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 31 Aug 1959 - NATC R&D - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 30 Nov 1959 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 142120 c/n 11374
        • 22 Jan 1958 - NATC R&D - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 31 Dec 1959 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 23 Dec 1965 - NATC WPN SYS TST - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 20 May 1969 - Nav Test Pilot Sch - NAS Patuxent River, MD
      • 142170 c/n 11424
        • 01 Jul 1958 - NATC R&D - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 31 Dec 1959 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 16 Feb 1962 - Pool BUWEPS FR - NAS Patuxent River, MD
      • 142678 c/n 11740
        • 30 Dec 1959 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 05 Aug 1964 - O&R BUAER M&S - NAS Quonset Point, RI
      • 142709 c/n 11771
        • 13 Mar 1958 - NATC R&D - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 31 Dec 1959 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 30 Jul 1960 - NARTU - NAS South Weymouth, MA

        • 31 Aug 1961 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 31 Oct 1961 - BWR RDT&E - El Segundo, CA
      • 142738 c/n 11800
        • 23 Dec 1959 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 25 Apr 1960 - Pool BUWEPS FR - NAS Patuxent River, MD
      • 142821 c/n 11883
        • 28 Feb 1964 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 30 Nov 1965 - NATC TST PIL SCH - NAS Patuxent River, MD
      • 142837 c/n 11899
        • 16 Jul 1965 - NATC Flight Test - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 21 Aug 1968 - NATC Flight Test - Convert to NA-4B
        • 18 Sep 1968 - NATC Flight Test - Convert to TA-4B
        • 06 Feb 1969 - NAF - NAF Johnsville, PA
      • 142887 c/n 11949
        • 09 Apr 1964 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 28 Oct 1964 - Stricken - 1KA2
      • 142892 c/n 11954
        • 06 Jan 1967 - NATC Svc Test - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 26 Apr 1967 - NAF - NAF Johnstown, PA
      • 144947 C/N 12193
        • 20 May 1968 - NATC SVC TST - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 13 Feb 1969 - NATC SVC TST - Convert to TA-4B
        • 09 Mar 1970 - MASDC - Davis-Mothan AFB, Tucson, AZ
      • 144961 C/N 12207
        • 20 Sep 1963 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 16 Aug 1965 - NATC WPN SYS TST - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 17 Aug 1965 - NATC TST PLT SCH - NAS Patuxent River, MD
      • 145031 C/N 12277
        • 16 Oct 1964 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 17 Oct 1964 - NATC FLT TST - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 18 Sep 1968 - NATC FLT TST - Convert to TA-4B
        • 19 Sep 1968 - NAS - NAS Twin Cities, MN
      • 145047 C/N 12293
        • 19 Jul 1963 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 13 Mar 1965 - NATC TST PLT SCH - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 21 Aug 1967 - NAVAIRSYSCOM RE - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 25 Sep 1967 - NARF - NAS Norfolk, VA

    • Douglas A4D-2N (A-4C) Skyhawk
      • 145062 c/n 12308
        • 28 Mar 1967 - NATC SVC TST - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 17 Jun 1968 - NAF - NAF Johnsville, PA
      • 145069 c/n 12315
        • 10 Jul 1965 - NATC WPN SYS TST - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 10 Jul 1965 - NAF - NAF China Lake, CA

        • 12 Nov 1969 - NATC Flt Tst - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 03 Dec 1969 - NATFSI - NAS Lakehurst, NJ
      • 145070 c/n 12316
        • 30 Nov 1959 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 23 Oct 1963 - Stricken - 1JA0
      • 145071 c/n 12317
        • 22 Nov 1959 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 30 Nov 1960 - BWR RDT&E - El Segundo, CA

        • 13 Apr 1962 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 07 Oct 1963 - USNMC RDT&E - NAS Point Mugu, CA

        • 17 Feb 1970 - NATC Flt Tst - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 04 Mar 1970 - RDT&E - NAS Point Mugu, CA
      • 145072 c/n 12318
        • 23 Nov 1959 - NATC - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 06 Dec 1960 - POOL BUWEPS FR - NAS Patuxent River, MD
      • 145073 c/n 12319
        • 16 Dec 1959 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 19 Aug 1960 - USNMC RDT&E - NAS Point Mugu, CA

        • 31 Dec 1969 - NATC Flt Tst - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 26 Jan 1970 - RDT&E - NAS Point Mugu, CA

        • 07 May 1970 - NATC Flt Tst - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 07 May 1970 - RDT&E - NAS Point Mugu, CA

        • 07 May 1970 - NATC Flt Tst - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 04 Feb 1971 - MASDC - Davis-Mothan AFB, Tucson, AZ
      • 145080 c/n 12326
        • 22 Nov 1959 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 31 Dec 1959 - Stricken - 1JA2
      • 145128 c/n 12374
        • 19 Jul 1960 - NATC - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 31 Aug 1960 - VA-43 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 147826 C/N 12590
        • 07 Nov 1960 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 04 Nov 1964 - BWR RDT&E - Long Beach, CA

        • 05 Aug 1966 - NATC FLT TST - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 17 Jul 1969 - NATC SVC TST - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 13 May 1971 - MASDC - Davis-Mothan AFB, Tucson, AZ
      • 148446 C/N 12639
        • 29 Sep 1970 - NATC Flt Test - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 16 Oct 1970 - VA-206 - NAS Glenview, IL
      • 148483 C/N 12676
        • 08 Sep 1961 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 26 Oct 1961 - O&R BUWEPS FR - NAS Pensacola, FL
      • 148543 C/N 12736
        • 02 Jul 1971 - NATC Flt Tst - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 25 Aug 1971 - MARTD - NAS South Weymouth, MA
      • 148581 C/N 12774
        • 10 Feb 1971 - NATC Flt Tst - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 25 Jan 1972 - MARTD - NAS Memphis, TN
      • 148585 C/N 12778
        • 17 Nov 1961 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 23 Aug 1962 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA
      • 150598 c/n 13009
        • 19 Oct 1970 - NATC Flt Tst - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 18 Nov 1970 - VA-203 - NAS Jacksonville, FL

    • Douglas YA4D-5 (A-4E) Skyhawk
      • 148614 C/N 12807
        • 08 Nov 1963 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 16 Feb 1965 - NATC WPN SYS TST - NAS Patuxent River, MD

        • 16 Oct 1967 - NATC WPN Sys TST - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 01 Sep 1972 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 23 Oct 1974 - Stricken - 1SO

    • Douglas A4D-5 (A-4E) Skyhawk
      • 149647 c/n 12972
        • 22 Aug 1962 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 21 Feb 1963 - VA-43 - NAS Oceana, VA

        • 22 Feb 1963 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 28 Feb 1963 - VA-43 - NAS Oceana, VA

        • 31 May 1963 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 16 Aug 1963 - VA-43 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 149648 c/n 12973
        • 11 Oct 1962 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 20 May 1964 - O&R BUWEPS FR - NAS Norfolk, VA
      • 149649 c/n 12974
        • 16 Aug 1962 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 10 Jul 1963 - Stricken - 1KA1
      • 149650 c/n 12975
        • 19 Feb 1963 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 28 Nov 1963 - Stricken - 1KA0
      • 149651 c/n 12976
        • 27 Aug 1962 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 25 Mar 1963 - O&R BUWEPS FR - NAS Quonset Point, RI
      • 149652 c/n 12977
        • 23 Aug 1962 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 01 Apr 1965 - NATC SVC TST - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 15 Aug 1966 - NAS - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 150050 c/n 13103
        • 12 Feb 1971 - NATC Flt Tst - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 01 Sep 1972 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 30 Jul 1973 - Stricken - 1S
      • 150117 c/n 13170
        • 03 Apr 1964 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 06 May 1964 - VA-43 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 150135 c/n 13188
        • 24 Oct 1968 - NATC Wpn Sys Tst - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 09 Jan 1969 - NWEF - Kirtland AFB, NM
      • 151061 c/n 13231
        • 09 Feb 1971 - NATC Flt Tst - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 07 Jul 1971 - VF-101 Det Key West - NAS Key West, FL
    • Douglas A4D-5 (A-4E) Skyhawk (Continued)
      • 151064 c/n 13234
        • 12 Dec 1966 - NATC WPN SYS TST - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 30 Jun 1969 - NATC Flt TST - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 11 Dec 1969 - NATC WPN SYS TST - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 25 May 1970 - NATC Svc TST - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 17 Jul 1970 - NATC Wpn Sys Tst - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 01 Sep 1972 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 06 Mar 1974 - MARTD - NAS South Weymouth, MA
      • 151118 c/n 13288
        • 03 Jul 1964 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 11 Feb 1969 - NATC Flt Tst - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 29 Jul 1969 - NATC Wpn Sys Tst - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 25 Aug 1969 - NATC Flt Tst - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 10 Sep 1969 - NATC Wpn Sys Tst - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 24 Feb 1970 - NATC Flt Tst - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 08 Apr 1970 - NATC Wpn Sys Tst - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 09 Jun 1970 - NATC Flt Tst - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 11 Jun 1970 - NATC Svc Tst - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 09 Mar 1971 - NATC Flt Tst - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 01 Sep 1972 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 23 Apr 1974 - MARTD - NAS South Weymouth, MA
      • 151130 c/n 13300
        • 31 May 1966 - NATC Flt Tst - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 31 Dec 1969 - Stricken - 1S
      • 152072 c/n 13460
        • 06 Nov 1965 - NATC WPN SYS TST - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 05 May 1968 – NAF R&T - NAF China Lake, CA

    • Douglas NA-4F Skyhawk
      • 152101 C/N 13489
        • 01 Feb 1972 - NATC Wpn Sys Tst - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 01 Sep 1972 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 26 Sep 1972 - NATF - NAS Lakehurst, NJ

        • 07 Dec 1972 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 15 Sep 1977 - NWC - NWC China Lake, CA

    • Douglas NTA-4F Skyhawk
      • 152102 C/N 13490
        • 22 Nov 1976 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 28 Dec 1978 - NAEC - NAS Lakehurst, NJ

    • Douglas TA-4E Skyhawk
      • 152103 C/N 13491
        • 06 Nov 1965 - NATC FLT TST - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 21 Jul 1971 - NATC Flt Test - Convert to TA-4J
        • 01 Sep 1972 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 30 Oct 1973 - Stricken - 1S0

    • Douglas TA-4F Skyhawk
      • 152846 C/N 13492
        • 03 Mar 1966 - NATC Flt Tst - NAS Patuxent River, MD (JTA-4F)
        • 04 Aug 1966 - VA-127 - NAS Lemoore, CA (TA-4F)
      • 152847 C/N 13493
        • 24 Feb 1966 - NATC Flt Tst - NAS Patuxent River, MD (JTA-4F)
        • 19 May 1967 - VA-127 - NAS Lemoore, CA (TA-4F)

        • 01 Jun 1971 - NWEF Kirtland - Convert to TA-4J

        • 18 Jun 1979 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 01 Oct 1986 - COMTRAWING-2 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 152848 C/N 13494
        • 12 Apr 1966 - NATC Flt Tst - NAS Patuxent River, MD (JTA-4F)
        • 08 Nov 1966 - RDT&E - NAF China Lake, CA
      • 152856 C/N 13502
        • 21 Aug 1990 – NATC Strike Test – NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 28 Jan 1991 – NASC FSO, MASDC -– Davis-Mothan AFB, Tucson, AZ
      • 152858 C/N 13504
        • 24 Jul 1988 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 25 Sep 1989 – COMTRAWING-2 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 152874 C/N 13520
        • 21 Aug 1990 – NATC Strike Test – NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 14 Jan 1991 – NASC FSO, MASDC -– Davis-Mothan AFB, Tucson, AZ
      • 152878 C/N 13524
        • 20 Sep 1978 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 01 Jan 1979 – Nav Tst Plt Sch - NAS Patuxent River, MD
      • 153507 c/n 13573
        • 26 Jun 1990 – NATC Strike Test – NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 01 May 1991 – NASC FSO, MASDC -– Davis-Mothan AFB, Tucson, AZ
      • 153524 c/n 13590
        • 15 Jan 1979 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 12 Jul 1983 - NATC Test Pil Sch - NAS Patuxent River, MD
      • 154294 c/n 13682
        • 14 Apr 1978 - H&MS-31 - Convert to OA-4M

        • 06 Jun 1978 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 10 Aug 1979 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA

        • 20 Jun 1990 – NATC Strike Test – NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 14 Apr 1991 – NASC FSO, MASDC -– Davis-Mothan AFB, Tucson, AZ
      • 154306 c/n 13694
        • 07 Sep 1990 – NATC Strike Test – NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 24 Apr 1991 – NASC FSO, MASDC -– Davis-Mothan AFB, Tucson, AZ
      • 154331 c/n 13719
        • 11 Apr 1977 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 27 Jun 1977 - H&MS-13 - MCAS El Toro, CA
      • 154333 c/n 13721
        • 20 Sep 1990 – NATC Strike Test – NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 05 Jun 1991 – NASC FSO, MASDC -– Davis-Mothan AFB, Tucson, AZ
      • 154619 c/n 13737
        • 09 Apr 1968 - NATC Wpn Sys Tst - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 13 Feb 1969 - NATC Svc Tst - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 01 Oct 1970 - NATC Wpn Sys Tst - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 03 Nov 1970 - NATC Wpn Sys Tst Patuxent River - Convert to TA-4J
        • 19 Jan 1971 - NATC Svc Tst - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 01 Sep 1972 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 08 Oct 1973 - NAF RDT&E - NAF China lake, CA

        • 05 May 1975 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 22 Jun 1976 - NAV Test Pilot school- NAS Patuxent River, MD

        • 16 Sep 1977 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 06 Jun 1986 - NATC Test Pilot School - NAS Patuxent River, MD
      • 154628 c/n 13746
        • 29 Sep 1990 – NATC Strike Test – NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 18 Jan 1991 – NASC FSO, MASDC -– Davis-Mothan AFB, Tucson, AZ
      • 154645 c/n 13763
        • 20 Sep 1990 – NATC Strike Test – NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 18 Apr 1991 – NASC FSO, MASDC -– Davis-Mothan AFB, Tucson, AZ
      • 154651 c/n 13769
        • 20 Sep 1990 – NATC Strike Test – NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 20 Feb 1991 – NASC FSO, MASDC -– Davis-Mothan AFB, Tucson, AZ

    • Douglas A-4F Skyhawk
      • 154174 c/n 13631
        • 25 Apr 1967 - NATC FLT TST - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 17 May 1967 - NWEF - Kirtland AFB, NM
        •  
      • 154175 c/n 13632
        • 24 Apr 1967 - NATC FLT TST - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 18 Dec 1969 - NATC WpnSysTst - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 25 Mar 1970 - NATC FLT TST - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 01 Sep 1972 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 25 Apr 1976 - Stricken - 1SO
      • 154176 c/n 13633
        • 01 May 1967 - NATC FLT TST - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 16 Oct 1967 - NATC SVC TST - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 25 Apr 1968 - NATC WpnSysTst - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 05 Jun 1968 - R&T - NAS Point Mugu, CA

        • 05 May 1968 - NATC WpnSysTst - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 07 Jan 1972 - RDT&E - NAS Point Mugu, CA
      • 154180 c/n 13637
        • 27 Jul 1971 - NATC Svc Tst - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 01 Sep 1972 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 19 Dec 1975 - VF-43 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 154190 c/n 13647
        • 07 Jul 1971 - NATC Flt Tst - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 10 Sep 1971 - VMA-214 - MCAS El Toro, CA
      • 154991 c/n 13807
        • 10 Apr 1985 – NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 01 Jul 1985 - MAG-42 Det Cecil Field - NAS Jacksonville, FL
      • 155006 c/n 13822
        • 29 Dec 1972 - RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 26 Jan 1973 - VA-212 - USS Hancock
      • 155049 c/n 13865
        • 13 Jan 1969 – NPRO Long Beach - Convert to A-4M prototype
        • 22 Feb 1971 – NPRO Long Beach - Convert to JA-4M prototype
        • 27 Aug 1971 – NPRO Long Beach - Convert to A-4M prototype
        • 07 Oct 1971 – NPRO Long Beach - Convert to NA-4M prototype

        • 07 Oct 1971 - NATC Flt Tst - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 01 Sep 1972 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • Stricken - After 31 Jul 1988 and before 30 Sep 1989

    • Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk
      • 156896 c/n 13989
        • 13 Aug 1979 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 20 Sep 1981 – Stricken - 1SO
      • 158126 c/n 14163
        • 17 Aug 1973 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 12 Jul 1974 - NATF - NAS Lakehurst, NJ

        • 20 Mar 1975 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 15 Mar 1976 - NAV TST PIL SCH - NAS Patuxent River, MD
      • 158491 c/n 14296
        • 15 Dec 1991 – NATC Strike Test -– NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 01 Jan 1992 – NAWCAD PR Strike Test – NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 21 Mar 1993 – NASC FSO, MASDC -– Davis-Mothan AFB, Tucson, AZ
      • 158723 c/n 14344
        • 05 Nov 1982 – NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 16 May 1983 - VT-24 - NAS Chase Field, TX

    • Douglas A-4M Skyhawk
      • 158148 c/n 14185
        • 03 Nov 1970 - NATC Flt Tst - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 15 Jul 1971 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 15 Jan 1974 - NWEF - Kirtland AFB, NM

        • 30 Jan 1975 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 15 Nov 1977 - NAS (PMTC) - NAS Point Mugu, CA

        • 01 Jan 1982 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 27 Sep 1989 – NATC Strike Test - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • Stricken - After 31 Mar 1991 and before 30 Jun 1991
      • 158150 c/n 14187
        • 09 Dec 1970 - NATC Svc Tst - NAS Patuxent River, MDv
        • 30 Dec 1970 - VMA-331 - MCAS Beaufort, SC
      • 158151 c/n 14188
        • 08 Mar 1972 - NATC Svc Tst - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 02 May 1972 - H&MS-32 - MCAS Beaufort, SC
      • 158152 c/n 14189
        • 01 Jan 1971 - NATC Flt Tst - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 08 Jul 1971 - H&MS-32 - MCAS Beaufort, SC
      • 158153 c/n 14190
        • 28 Jan 1971 - NATC Flt Tst - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 05 Aug 1971 - VMA-331 - MCAS Beaufort, SC
      • 158161 c/n 14198
        • 03 Apr 1973 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 25 Jun 1974 - VMA-324 - MCAS Beaufort, SC
      • 158180 c/n 14217
        • 25 Jun 1979 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 14 Apr 1984 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA

        • 11 Mar 1985 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 08 Aug 1986 – VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA

        • 27 Feb 1989 – NATC Strike Test – NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • Stricken - After 30 Jun 1991 and before 30 Sep 1991
      • 158195 c/n 14232
        • 25 Jun 1977 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 31 Jan 1979 - MASDC - Davis-Mothan AFB, Tucson, AZ

        • 23 Sep 1982 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 24 Sep 1989 – NATC Strike Test – NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • Stricken - After 30 Jun 1991 and before 30 Sep 1991
      • 158425 c/n 14247
        • 01 Sep 1972 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 29 Sep 1976 - NAF RDT&E - NAF Warminster, PA

        • 10 Oct 1977 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 01 Mar 1983 - VMA-214 - MCAS El Toro, CA
      • 158426 c/n 14248
        • 28 Mar 1975 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 22 Jul 1976 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA

        • 13 May 1978 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 21 Jul 1978 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA
      • 158430 c/n 14252
        • 01 Dec 1981 – NATC RDT&E -–-– NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • ?? Dec 1985 – NATC FS -–-– NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 18 Apr 1986 – NATC RDT&E -–-– NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 05 Mar 1987 - NARF -–- NAS Pensacola, FL

        • 30 Aug 1989 – NATC Strike Test -– NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 26 Mar 1991 – MAG-42 Det B Memphis – NAS Memphis, TN
      • 159470 c/n 14411
        • 27 Jun 1975 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 08 Jan 1976 - VMAT-102 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
      • 159485 c/n 14426
        • 28 Sep 1977 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 21 Sep 1978 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA
      • 160264 c/n 14607
        • 22 Sep 1983 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 31 Jul 1985 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA

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