Navy Figher Weapons School

Navy Fighter Weapons School - "TOP GUN"

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  • NFWS and TOP GUN


Handle

  • TOP GUN


Heritage

  • ABOUT TOP GUN
    Sometimes confused with the VF-126 Fighting Seahawks / Bandits. NFWS (TOP GUN) and VF-126 are two different entities.

    Navy Attack Squadron 126 (VA-126) was established 1958 with the Grumman TF-9 Cougar for fleet instrument training. When the Skyhawk was being replaced as the fleet attack aircraft in 1967, "126", now VF-126, was already providing aircraft for aggressor training. The Skyhawk was chosen as the bandit aircraft because of its small size, maneuverability and smokeless trail, similiar to a MiG-17. VF-126 started providing the adversary mission from Miramar in April 1967. VF-126 continued the bandit mission until they were disestablished in April 1994.

    The Naval Fighter Weapons School (TOP GUN) was originally established as a "school" within VF-121, a F-4 Phantom Replacement Air Group (RAG) at NAS Miramar. NFWS was tasked with providing graduate level Air Combat Maneuvering (ACM) training and utilized VF-126 A-4 assests for the aggressor role. The first class started 03 MAR 1969.
    NFWS evolved in January 1972 into a separate VF-121 detachment, continuing to use VF-126 A-4’s and maintenance support personnel.
    The NFWS instructors flew the A-4’s, and each crew going through as students brought with them their own squadron maintenance personnel and own squadron aircraft.
    In July 1972 NFWS was given full squadron status as the Naval Fighter Weapons School. NFWS handled the graduate courses for Navy pilots, while VF-126 continued as the "day to day" adversary unit, supporting the F-4's & F-14's at Miramar.
  • 03 MAR 1969: VF-121, a F-4 RAG unit starts first NFWS class.
  • JAN 1972: NFWS becomes a separate detachment of VF-126.
  • 07 JUL 1972: NFWS awarded status as a separate squadron.
  • 1996: NFWS is integrated into the NSAWC (Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center) at NAS Fallon.


Home Ports

  • 1969: NAS Miramar
  • 1996: NAS Fallon (Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center)


Air Wings

  • 1961: VF-121 is Tail Code NJ


Deployments

  • None


Aircraft

  • 1969: - - - - - - - McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II. (VF-121)
  • 22 May 1972 - - - - Douglas A-4E* Skyhawk.
  • 1969: - - - - - - - USAF T-38 Talons
  • 2 March 1976: - - - Douglas A-4F* Skyhawk.
  • 30 October 1976 - - Douglas TA-4F Skyhawk.
  • 15 July 1992: - - - Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk.
  • 27 March 1992 - - - Douglas A-4M Skyhawk.
  • 1987 to 1994: - - - USAF F-16N (stripped down F-16)
  • 1974: - - - - - - - Northrop F-5E and F-5F.
  • 199?-OCT 2003 - - - Grumman F-14 Tom Cat.
  • 199?: - - - - - - - McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet.
  • 2002: - - - - - - - F-16A and F-16B
  • *Modified to "Mongoose" configuration.
     
    • A-4 Skyhawk aircraft assigned to this unit:
        • 142749 c/n 11811
          • 18 Jul 1963 - NAS - NAS Miramar, CA
          • 09 Sep 1963 - Storage - NAF Litchfield Park, AZ

      • Douglas A4D-5 (A-4E) Skyhawk
        • 149651 c/n 12976
          • 23 Jun 1975 - NavFitWepSchol - NAS Miramar, CA
          • 18 Aug 1975 - MARTD - NAS Memphis, TN
        • 149656 c/n 12981
          • 19 Jul 1972 - NavFitWepSchol - NAS Miramar, CA
          • Stricken - After 31 Mar 1990 and before 30 Jun 1990
        • 149964 c/n 13017
          • 19 Jul 1972 - NavFitWepSchol - NAS Miramar, CA
          • 17 Oct 1973 - NARF - NAS Pensacola, FL
        • 149969 c/n 13022
          • 09 Jun 1980 - NAVFITWEPSCHOL - NAS Miramar, CA
          • 13 Jan 1982 - Stricken - 1SO
        • 149971 c/n 13024
          • 19 Jul 1972 - NavFitWepSchol - NAS Miramar, CA
          • 17 Oct 1973 - NARF - NAS Pensacola, FL
        • 149990 c/n 13043
          • 22 May 1972 - NavFitWepSchol - NAS Miramar, CA
          • 17 Oct 1973 - NARF - NAS Pensacola, FL
        • 150009 c/n 13062
          • 18 May 1975 - NAVFITWEPSCHOL - NAS Miramar, CA
          • 17 Feb 1976 - Stricken - 1SO
        • 150023 c/n 13076
          • 06 Mar 1974 - NAVFITWEPSCH - NAS Miramar, CA
          • 17 Apr 1990 - VC-1 - NAS Barbers Point, HI
        • 150026 c/n 13079
          • 19 Jul 1972 - NavFitWepSchol - NAS Miramar, CA
          • 16 Oct 1973 - NARF - NAS Pensacola, FL
        • 150044 c/n 13097
          • 20 May 1978 - NavFitWepSch - NAS Miramar, CA
          • 05 Jan 1985 - VC-5 - NAS Cubi Point, RP
        • 150082 c/n 13135
          • 19 Jul 1972 - NavFitWepSchol - NAS Miramar, CA
          • 17 Oct 1973 - NARF - NAS Pensacola, FL
        • 150090 c/n 13143
          • 19 Jul 1972 - NavFitWepSchol - NAS Miramar, CA
          • 17 Oct 1973 - NARF - NAS Pensacola, FL
        • 151033 c/n 13203
          • 25 Jun 1984 - NAVFITWEPSCHOL - NAS Miramar, CA
          • 24 Mar 1992 - VA-45 - NAS Key West, FL
        • 151095 c/n 13265
          • 06 Mar 1985 - NAVFITWEPSCHOL - NAS Miramar, CA
          • 01 Sep 1989 - NADEP - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
        • 152010 c/n 13398
          • 18 Dec 1973 - NavFitWepSchol - NAS Miramar, CA
          • 27 Mar 1978 - Stricken - 1SO
        • 152061 c/n 13449
          • 31 Aug 1987 - NAVFITWEPSCHOL - NAS Miramar, CA
          • 17 Jan 1990 - VC-1 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 152080 c/n 13468
          • 02 Apr 1990 - NAVFITWEPSCHOL - NAS Miramar, CA
          • Stricken - After 31 Mar 1992 and before 30 Jun 1992

      • Douglas A-4F Skyhawk
        • 152101 C/N 13489
          • 20 Jul 1983 - NAVFITWEPSCHOL - NAS Miramar, CA
          • Stricken - After 30 Sep 1989 and before 31 Dec 1989
        • 154172 c/n 13629
          • 05 Dec 1989 - NAVFITWEPSCHOL - NAS Miramar, CA
          • 25 Aug 1992 - VF-43 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 154173 c/n 13630
          • 15 Feb 1990 - NAVFITWEPSCHOL - NAS Miramar, CA
          • 04 Sep 1992 - VF-126 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 154209 c/n 13666
          • 28 Mar 1989 - NAVFITWEPSCHOL - NAS Miramar, CA
          • 08 Sep 1992 - VF-126 - NAS Miramar, CA
      • Douglas A-4F Skyhawk (Continued)
        • 154970 c/n 13786
          • 21 Nov 1991 - NAVFITWEPSCHOL - NAS Miramar, CA
          • 13 Aug 1992 - VFC-12 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 154987 c/n 13803
          • 14 Nov 1991 - NAVFITWEPSCHOL - NAS Fallon, NV
          • Stricken - After 31 Mar 1992 and before 30 Jun 1992
        • 155000 c/n 13816
          • 06 Jul 1989 - NAVFITWEPSCHOL - NAS Miramar, CA
          • 14 Sep 1992 - NASC FSO, MASDC - Davis-Mothan AFB, Tucson, AZ
        • 155017 c/n 13833
          • 02 Mar 1976 - NavFitWepSchol - NAS Miramar, CA
          • 22 Nov 1976 - VC-7 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 155027 c/n 13843
          • 22 Aug 1989 - NAVFITWEPSCHOL - NAS Miramar, CA
          • 17 Sep 1992 - VF-43 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 155030 c/n 13846
          • 29 Nov 1989 - NAVFITWEPSCHOL - NAS Miramar, CA
          • 06 Aug 1992 - VF-126 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 155036 c/n 13852
          • 17 Sep 1980 - NAVFITWEPSCHOL - NAS Miramar, CA
          • 12 Jun 1984 - VF-126 - NAS Miramar, CA

      • Douglas TA-4F Skyhawk
        • 152877 C/N 13523
          • 08 Jan 1991 - NAVFITWEPSCHOL - NAS Miramar, CA
          • Stricken - After 30 Sep 1991 and before 31 Dec 1991
        • 153488 c/n 13554
          • 08 Oct 1991 - NAVFITWEPSCHOL - NAS Miramar, CA
          • 15 Sep 1992 - NASC FSO, MASDC - Davis-Mothan AFB, Tucson, AZ
        • 153663 c/n 13601
          • 30 Oct 1976 - NAVFITWWEPSCHOL - NAS Miramar, CA
          • 01 Jul 1978 - VC-1 - NAS Barbers Point, HI
        • 153685 c/n 13623
          • 28 Apr 1988 - NavFitWepSch - NAS Miramar, CA
          • 17 Apr 1990 - VC-1 - NAS Barbers Point, HI

      • Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk
        • 155115 c/n 13931
          • 15 Jul 1992 - NAVFITWEPSCHOL - NAS Miramar, CA
          • 24 May 1994 - NASC FSO, MASDC - Davis-Mothan AFB, Tucson, AZ

      • Douglas A-4M Skyhawk
        • 158171 c/n 14208
          • 19 May 1992 - NAVFITWEPSCHOL - NAS Miramar, CA
          • Stricken - After 31 Mar 1994 and before 30 Jun 1994
        • 158417 c/n 14239
          • 24 Jul 1992 - NAVFITWEPSCHOL - NAS Miramar, CA
          • Stricken - After 31 Mar 1994 and before 30 Jun 1994
        • 158426 c/n 14248
          • 27 Mar 1992 - NAVFITWEPSCHOL - NAS Miramar, CA
          • Stricken - After 31 Mar 1994 and before 30 Jun 1994
        • 159472 c/n 14413
          • 24 Jul 1992 - NAVFITWEPSCHOL - NAS Miramar, CA
          • Stricken - After 31 Mar 1994 and before 30 Jun 1994
        • 159473 c/n 14414
          • 24 Jul 1992 - NAVFITWEPSCHOL - NAS Miramar, CA
          • Stricken - After 31 Mar 1994 and before 30 Jun 1994
        • 159475 c/n 14416
          • 27 May 1992 - NAVFITWEPSCHOL - NAS Miramar, CA
          • Stricken - After 31 Mar 1994 and before 30 Jun 1994
        • 160034 c/n 14536
          • 15 Jul 1992 - NAVFITWEPSCHOL - NAS Miramar, CA
          • Stricken - After 30 Sep 1992 and before 31 Dec 1992
        • 160045 c/n 14547
          • 15 May 1992 - NAVFITWEPSCHOL - NAS Miramar, CA
          • Stricken - After 31 Mar 1994 and before 30 Jun 1994

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