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VF-713 Vultures - pre 1951
from David Sheeley
VF-152 Vultures - 1951
VF-152 Fighting Aces - 1952
VA-152 Fighting Aces
VA-152/VF-152's first insignia, the "Hooded Falcon" of VF-713 was in use before 1951. Anyone out there have this patch? David Sheeley, son of VA-152 CO 1969; CDR. E.E. Sheeley, Jr.. The crest had a white and black background and was outlined in gold. The falcon was brown with white and light brown shadings; yellow feet and beak; the hood was crimson red with a gold edge and a white plume. The gauntlet was silver edged in blue with gray shadings.
A second patch, the "Vulture Carrying a Bomb" appeared before 1952. The "Vulture Carrying a Bomb" patch is illustrated above.
VA-152's third crest is the "Flying Ace of Spades." This patch appeared sometime before 1952 and was used until January 29, 1971, when VA-152 was dis-established. This patch was based upon Korean War Squadron experience. The Squadron's mission was close air support - by the end of the Korean deployment every squadron aircraft had be hit by enemy fire. Three VF-152 pilots lost their lives in the Korean combat. The lives of these three pilots is venerated in the patch design in the form of three drops of blood emanating from the spade that has been pierced by the arrow. Two Versions of "Flying Ace of Spades" patch is illustrated above.
An unofficial fourth patch, the "Maverick Cow" appeared in 1970. The "Maverick Cow" patch is illustrated above.
Harry S. Gann
Warren A. Harms
John W. Hayes
Falons - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - World War II
Vultures - - - - - - - - - - - - - - post World War II
Fighting Aces - - - - - - - - - - - - 1952 to 1971
The Friendly Squadron (Friendlies) - 1957 to 1968
The 152 Light Bombardment Brigade - - 1968 to 1971
Twilight Pursuit Squadron - - - - - - 1968 to 1971
Mavericks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1970
Fighter Squadron ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-TWO was established in 1943.
Fighter Squadron ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-TWO was dis-established October 1945.
Fighter Squadron ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-TWO was re-established in 1946.
Fighter Squadron ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-TWO was disestablished October 1949.
Reserve Fighter Squadron SEVEN HUNDRED THIRTEEN (VF-713) was established sometime in the late 1940s.
February 1, 1951, Reserve Fighter Squadron SEVEN HUNDRED THIRTEEN was called to active duty.
February 4, 1953, was re-designated as VF-152 - Fighter Squadron ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-TWO.
August 1, 1958, was re-designated as VA-152 - Attack Squadron ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-TWO.
February 9, 1968, VSF-3 Chessmen were disestablished and assets transferred to the VA-152 Mavericks.
January 29, 1971, VA-152 - Attack Squadron ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-TWO was disestablished.
Prior to 1951: - - - - - - - Naval Air Station Denver
April 11, 1951 - - - - - - - Naval Air Station Alameda
June 5, 1952 - - - - - - - - Naval Air Station Moffett Field
November 1963- - - - - - - - Naval Air Station Alameda
1943 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Grumman F6F Hellcat
1945 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Grumman F8F Bearcat
April 16, 1951 - - - - - - - - - Vought F4U-4 Corsair I
June 12, 1952- - - - - - - - - - Goodyear FG-1D Corsair I
October 1953 - - - - - - - - - - McDonnell F2H-3 Banshee
February 5, 1959 - - - - - - - - Douglas AD-6 (A-1H) Skyraider *
December 1962- - - - - - - - - - Douglas A-1J Skyraider
February 1968- - - - - - - - - - Douglas A4D-2 (A-4B) Skyhawk *
February 1968- - - - - - - - - - Douglas A4D-2N (A-4C) Skyhawk *
20 February 1969 - - - - - - - - Douglas A4D-5 (A-4E) Skyhawk *
23 June 1969 - - - - - - - - - - Douglas TA-4F Skyhawk
* November 30, 1962
The AD-6 designation was changed to A-1H
The A4D-2 designation was changed to A-4B
The A4D-2N designation was changed to A-4C
The A4D-5 designation was changed to A-4E
For A-4 Skyhawk aircraft assigned to this unit see lower in this page:
April 11, 1951 - - - - - - H- - - - - - CVG-15
October 14, 1957 - - - - - ND - - - - - ATG-4
February 1959- - - - - - - NL - - - - - CVG-15 / CVW-15*
October 1, 1964- - - - - - AH - - - - - CVW-16
February 1968- - - - - - - AA - - - - - CVW-17
April 1969- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - COMFAIRALAMEDA
December 1969- - - - - - - AJ - - - - - CVW-8
*CVG-I5 was redesignated CVW-16 when Carrier Air Groups (CVG were re-designated Carrie Air Wings (CVW) on December 20, 1963.
1943 - 1945- - - - - - CVG-15 - Essex CV 9 - - - - - F6F- - - Pacific
1946 - 1949- - - - - - CVG-15 - Boxer CV 21- - - - - F8F- - - Pacific
1946 - 1949- - - - - - CVG-15 - Valley Forge CV 45 - F8F- - - Pacific
09-08-51 to 05-02-52 - CVG-15 - Antietam CV 36 - - - F4U-4- - Korea
01-24-53 to 09-21-53 - CVG-15 - Princeton CVA 37 - - F4U-4- - Korea/WestPac
07-01-54 to 02-28-55 - CVG-15 - Yorktown CVA 10- - - F2H-3- - WestPac
04-23-56 to 10-15-56 - CVG-15 - Wasp CVA 18- - - - - F2H-3- - WestPac
01-06-58 to 06-30-58 - ATG-04 - Hornet CVA 12- - - - F2H-3- - WestPac
08-21-58 to 01-12-59 - ATG-04 - Bennington CVA 20- - F2H-3 - -WestPac
08-01-59 to 01-18-60 - CVG-15 - Hancock CVA 19 - - - AD-6 - - WestPac
09-19-60 to 05-27-61 - CVG-15 - Coral Sea CVA 43 - - AD-6 - - WestPac
12-12-61 to 07-17-62 - CVG-15 - Coral Sea CVA 43 - - AD-6 - - WestPac
04-03-63 to 11-25-63 - CVG-15 - Coral Sea CVA 43 - - A-1H/J - WestPac
04-22-64 to 08-01-64 - * - - - - * - - - - - - - - - A-1H/J - South Vietnam
04-05-65 to 12-16-65 - CVW-16 - Oriskany CVA 34- - - A-1H/J - WestPac/Vietnam
05-26-66 to 11-16-66 - CVW-16 - Oriskany CVA 34- - - A-1H - - WestPac/Vietnam
06-16-67 to 01-31-68 - CVW-16 - Oriskany CVA 34- - - A-1H/J - WestPac/Vietnam
07-22-68 to 04-29-69 - CVW-17 - Forrestal CVA 59 - - A-4B - - Mediterranean
03-05-70 to 12-17-70 - CVW-08 - Shangri-La CVS 38- - A-4E - - WestPac/Vietnam
*The squadron, along with 20 of its A-1s, was sent to Bien Hoa Air Force Base, South Vietnam, to train South Vietnamese pilots to fly the A-1. A detachment, VA-152 Det Zulu, was left at Naval Air Station Alameda. While operating in South Vietnam the squadron came under the control of Chief, Air Force Advisory Group, Saigon. On August 1, 1964 the squadron (VA-152) based at Bien Hoa was re-designated VA-152 Det Zulu and the detachment at Naval Air Station Alameda was designated VA-152. VA-152 Det Zulu continued to train South Vietnamese pilots until December 1, 1964
February 1, 1951 - - - - - - - LCDR Robert L. Doering was Commanding Officer of Reserve Fighter Squadron SEVEN HUNDRED THIRTEEN prior to activation.
May 2, 1952- - - - - - - - - - LCDR B. M. Richards
July 4, 1952 - - - - - - - - - LT W. M. Doss (acting)
August 5, 1952 - - - - - - - - LCDR Robert Stanek
September 1953 - - - - - - - - CDR Frank G. Edwards
Late 1954 or early 1955- - - - LCDR F. X. Bushner (acting)
April 1955 - - - - - - - - - - LCDR Robert G. Nester
September 27, 1956 - - - - - - CDR Robert M. Soule
July 23, 1958- - - - - - - - - CDR Royce A. Singleton
February 16, 1959- - - - - - - LCDR V. E. Sanderson
February 8, 1960 - - - - - - - LCDR R. M. Sullivan (acting)
March 4, 1960- - - - - - - - - CDR John A. Davenport
June 21, 1961- - - - - - - - - CDR John R. Bicknell
April 17, 1962 - - - - - - - - CDR Isaac N. Pell, Jr.
April 1, 1963- - - - - - - - - CDR R. B. Bergner
March 19, 1965 - - - - - - - - CDR Albert E. Knutson
March 16, 1967 - - - - - - - - CDR Gordon H. Smith
February 14, 1968- - - - - - - CDR Philip E. Johnson
January 17, 1969 - - - - - - - CDR Elmer E. Sheeley, Jr.
January 28, 1970 - - - - - - - CDR Gerard M. Sturm
Presidential Unit Citation
Korean Service Medal
10-04-51 to 04-15-52
02-27-53 to 05-16-53
05-29-53 to 09-07-53
Navy Unit Commendation
03-13-53 to 05-15-53
06-11-53 to 07-27-53
05-10-65 to 12-06-65
06-12-66 to 11-01-66
07-14-67 to 12-12-68
11-24-58 to 12-03-58
09-14-59 to 09-17-59
04-25-61 to 04-28-61
04-30-61 to 05-01-61
05-04-61 to 05-09-61
01-12-62 to 01-19-62
01-24-62 to 01-27-62
04-22-64 to 07-31-64
05-07-65 to 06-02-65
06-10-65 to 07-03-65
09-17-65 to 09-18-65
AFEM (VA 152 Det Z)
07-31-64 to 09-01-64
04-11-70 to 11-06-70
VIETNAM SERVICE MEDAL
07-04-65 to 07-18-65
08-09-65 to 09-11-65
10-28-65 to 11-27-65
08-07-66 to 09-08-66
09-24-66 to 10-26-66
04-10-70 to 05-02-70
05-12-70 to 05-29-70
06-13-70 to 07-04-70
07-28-70 to 08-19-70
08-30-70 to 09-30-70
10-20-70 to 11-07-70
11-11-65 to 11-12-65
07-06-66 to 07-07-66
1943: Fighter Squadron ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-TWO established at Naval Air Station Denver.
1943 - 1945: VF-152 was part of Cdr. David McCampball's "Fabulous Fifteen," in the Pacific war against Japan. VF-152 participated in the famous "Marianas Turkey Shoot" where Navy pilots shot down 402 Japanese aircraft. VF-152 flying the Grumman F6F Hellcat was part of Navy strikes against Wake Island, Marcus Islands, Philippines Islands, Palau Island, Ryukyus Islands, Formosa, and the Bonin Islands.
October 15, 1951 to May 2, 1952: VF-713 was activated as VF-152 flying the Vought F4U-4 Corsair. The "Vultures" participated in Korean combat operations based aboard the United States Ship Antietam CV-36.
January 24, 1953 to September 21, 1953: The Squadron took the name of "The Fighting Aces" and deployed with their Goodyear F4U-4 Corsairs to the Korean War, this time aboard the United States Ship Princeton CVA-37.
February 1955: Squadron aircraft flew night surveillance operations from the "Fighting Lady the United States Ship Yorktown CVA-10 supporting the evacuation of Chinese Nationalists from the Tachen Islands.
March 1958: Due to revolts and unsettled conditions in Indonesia and the concern for the safety of Americans in the country, United States Ship Hornet CVA 12 with the VF-152 Friendlies embarked, departed Hong Kong to operate in the South China Sea.
September through October 1958: Due to the crisis between the Chinese Nationalists and Communists surrounding the Quemoy Islands, and the bombardment of these islands by the Chinese Communists, CVA 20, the United States Ship Bennington, with VF-152 embarked, operated in the area of Taiwan.
January 1961: Due to the crisis in Laos and the capture of strategic positions in the country by the Pathet Lao force, United States Ship Coral Sea CVA 43, with VA-152 embarked, was directed to operate in the South China Sea.
July 11 & 12, 1962: The Friendlies participated in the first carrier flight operations in the Bering Sea since the end of World War II.
April 22 through December 1, 1964: VA-152 with 20 of A-1H and A-1J Skyraiders, was sent to Bien Hoa Air Force Base, South Vietnam, to train South Vietnamese pilots to fly the Skyraider. A detachment, VA-152 Det Zulu, was left at Naval Air Station Alameda. While operating in South Vietnam the Squadron came under the control of Chief, Air Force Advisory Group, Saigon. On August 1, 1964 the squadron (VA-152) based at Bien Hoa was re-designated VA-152 Det Zulu and the detachment at Naval Air Station Alameda was designated VA-152. VA-152 Det Zulu continued to train South Vietnamese pilots until December 1, 1964.
April 5 to December 16, 1965: The Friendlies with A-1H and A-1J Skyraiders embarked with CVW-16 on United States Ship Oriskany CVA 34 to the South China Sea near Vietnam.Patch from Dave Fox.
November 6 & 7, 1965: Commander Gordon H. Smith was awarded the Silver Star for his participation as Flight Leader in directing and assisting in the first night rescue of a downed aviator in enemy territory on 6 November. This was followed by an attempt to rescue another aviator the following day in the same area.
November 7, 1965: Lieutenant Gordon C. Wileen was awarded the Silver Star for his participation in an attempted air rescue of a downed aviator deep in enemy territory.
November 13, 1965: Commander Albert E. Knutson was awarded the Silver Star for his attempt to locate and rescue a downed pilot in enemy territory. During the rescue attempt his aircraft sustained 26 hits.
May 26 to November 16, 1966: VA152 with A-1H Skyraiders embarked with CVW-16 on United States Ship Oriskany CVA 34 to the South China Sea near Vietnam.
October 26, 1966: While on Yankee Station and preparing to launch her first strike of the day United States Ship Oriskany CVA 34 suffered a disastrous fire on the starboard side of the forward hangar bay. The squadron lost two personnel in the fire and the damage to the carrier was so extensive that it returned to the States for repairs.
June 16, 1967 to January 31, 1968: The Friendlies with A-1H and A-1J Skyraiders embarked with CVW-16 on United States Ship Oriskany CVA 34 to the South China Sea near Vietnam.
VA-152 had been a A-1 Skyraider squadron. I don't know how many pilots made the transition to the A-4, but George Fenzl told me that at one point in Alameda 152 had a mix of A-1s, A-4B's and A-4E's. George was with me in VSF-3. VSF-3 only made one deployment and the personnel scattered with many going to VA-152. I have annotated the ones I know from VSF-3. Phil Johnson (XO?) was also VSF, but had stayed in VSF-1 when they deployed in Shangri la. Boom Powell
February 1968: The VA-152 Friendlies were assigned a mixed bag of Douglas A-4B Skyhawk and Douglas A-4C Skyhawk aircraft.
April 5, 1968: LCdr. Robert Lewis Elich, 33, ejected safely and was rescued from the waters near Berkley Marina when his jet (BuNo 147720) flamed out and plunged into San Francisco Bay 400 yards SW of Brooks Island, off Richmond Harbor. His A4C Skyhawk (attached to VA-152) departed NAS Alameda at 1:59 p.m. on a training mission and flamed out 2 minutes later. Elich was picked up by a 31 foot cabin cruiser operated by Edgar Guthrey. Oakland Tribune, Saturday, April 6, 1968.
May 1969: VA-152 replaced the A-4B and A-4C Skyhawks with Douglas A-4E Skyhawks.
May 27, 1970: Lt(jg). J.A. Sears ejected safely from VA-152 A-4E BuNo 149993. 0455 hours Received report of downed A/C 210 deg. 5 miles. 0502 directed USS Waddell (DDG-24) and USS Brinkley Bass (887) to proceed to scene of downed pilot. 0513 USS Waddell reports she has picked up pilot by boat in good condition. 0532 Received details of downed aircraft. Aircraft was an A-4E BUNO # 149993 attached to VA-152. Pilot was LT(jg) J.A. Sears. Pilot not injured. Position of downed aircraft 17-27.2N, 107-26,5E. USS Shangri-La deck log, Wednesday, 27 May 1970. (engine failure from fuel ingestion during in-flight refueling.)
January 29, 1971: Attack Squadron ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-TWO (VA-152) dis-established.
Fighter Squadron One Fifty-two, VF-152 pilots (1952). Photograph from Bob Stanek. Description: Korean Combat Cruise. Front Row, Left to Right: F. E. Fergeson, W. M. Doss, R. L. Evans, F. L. Holmberg, LCdr. Robert Stanek, Commanding Officer R. C. Dennehy, R. W. Hopson, B. Carroll, R. W. Turner. Back row gaggle, Left to Right: H. H. Wiefels, J. K. Lanley, J. G. Priest, G. P. Bordelon Jr.*, P. Killkullens, T. D. Fosdick, D. D. Smith, R. E. Stockbine, I. H. Lee, W. A. Jensen, E. B. Purcell Jr., C. L. Keck, E. T. Shook, C. B. Holman, O. Joiner, W. M. Quinley, T. S. Wallis Jr., W. E. Hobbs, W. C. Blackford Jr., L. R. Richey. * Guy Bordelon (wearing the bridge cover) was the Navy's first night ace, flying F4U Corsairs while aboard the USS Princeton.
1953: Fighter Squadron One Fifty-two Chiefs. The Chiefs are pictured on-board the USS Princeton CV-37 during the January 1953 to September 1953 Korean War cruise. Photograph from Bob Stanek.
1953: Fighter Squadron One Fifty-two Men. The Men are pictured on-board the USS Princeton CV-37 during the January 1953 to September 1953 Korean War cruise. Photograph from Bob Stanek.
1953: United States Ship Princeton CV-37 Turns Into The Wind.Four F9F Panthers are spotted and ready to launch as Princeton turns into the wind during the January 1953 to September 1953 Korean War cruise. VF-152 Corsairs are parked over the fantail. Photograph from Bob Stanek.
1953: Fighter Squadron One Fifty-two Interesting Corsair Touch-N-Go. The T&G taking place on USS Princeton CV-37 during the January 1953 to September 1953 Korean War cruise.Photograph from Bob Stanek. Pic1; Pic2; Pic3; Pic4; Pic5; Pic6; Pic7; Pic8.
18 MAY 1968: Left front view of Fighting Aces Skyhawk BuNo 142676, AA-514, assigned to LT Ken Peters parked on the ramp at Offutt AFB. Clyde Gerdes
1968: VA-152 A-4B BuNo. 144994 Going Flying. Fighting Aces A-4B Skyhawk BuNo. 144994 side number AA 504 is pictured lifting off the port catapult. This action took place on USS Forrestal CVA 59 1968 - 1969 Mediterranean cruise. Photograph by and from Lieutenant Warren A. Harms, United States Navy Retired.
1968: VA-152 A-4B BuNo. 145022 Skyhawk. VA-152 Fighting Aces A-4B Skyhawk BuNo. 145022, side number AA 511 stands manned and ready to go. The USS Forrestal CVA-59 and Carrier Air Wing 17, 1968 - 1969 Mediterranean cruise was probably the last ever A-4B Skyhawk cruise. In the background VALion A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 148543 readies for flight. This was VA-15's last cruise using the Skyhawk. Also in this picture is North American RA-5C Vigilante BuNo. 148281, side number 605. Photograph by and from Lieutenant Warren A. Harms, United States Navy Retired
VA-152 A-4B Pulls a Whale and Phantom. A favorite family day occupation is an air wing refueling fly-by. Here a Fighting Aces Tinker Toy's drogue is plugged by a Swordsman KA-3B Whale's probe --- while a Phantom pilot hunts for the basket. While appearing to be fun and games, tanking becomes deadly serious in the night bolter pattern or when returning from a mission - all shot up and leaking (gushing) fuel. Photograph by and from Lt. Warren A. Harms, United States Navy Retired.
1969: Warm and Sunny Mediterranean SNOW. The Forrestal's flight deck after a snowstorm near Istanbul in February 1969. Pictured are A-4B Skyhawks: BuNo. 142815, side number AA 515; BuNo. 147783, side number AA 514; BuNo. 147792; and BuNo. 147704, side number AA 504. Photograph from Ernie Shuldhiess.
1969: A-4B Skyhawk BuNo. 145024 abeam the wires. A-4B Skyhawk BuNo. 145024, side number AA 501 is abeam the numbers with gear, flaps and hook down in the warm, sunny Mediterranean skies -- ready for the ball. March 1969. Photograph from Ernie Shuldhiess.
1969: A-4B Skyhawk BuNo. 144996 three wire. A-4B Skyhawk BuNo. 144996, side number AA 510 in the Forrestal's three wire on a warm sunny Mediterranean afternoon. March 1969. Photograph from Ernie Shuldhiess.
SEP 1969: Mavericks Skyhawk BuNo 151040, AJ-201, parked on the ramp. Jim Brady.
1970: Beautiful scenic Subic Bay, Philippines - 1970. The Shang docked at the Cubi Point Naval Air Station pier in May 1970. Looking above the flight deck you can see the infamous Cubi Point Officer's Club on the hill overlooking Subic Bay. On the flight deck are a number of A-4E Skyhawks, a F-8 Crusader and a Willie Fudd. Photograph from Ernie Shuldhiess.
MAY 1970: A-4E Humpback BuNo. 150001, side number AJ 500. The Skipper's A-4E Skyhawk BuNo. 150001, side number AJ 500 chained to the Shang's deck May 1970. The hump contained electronic gear used in combat.
A-4E BuNo. 150001 was later used by Marine VMA-131 squadron based at El Toro, California. Photograph from Ernie Shuldhiess.
In May 1970, Ernie Shuldhiess was responsible for A-4E Skyhawk BuNo. 149977, side number AJ 507. Ernie's Scooter Lives! Today A-4E Skyhawk BuNo. 149977 is on display near the Naval Air Station Key West Boca Chica Tower. Photograph from Ernie Shuldhiess.
1970: Flight Deck Punch Out., USS Shangri-La (CVS-38). Lieutenant (Junior Grade) William Belden ejects from his Douglas A-4E "Skyhawk" attack aircraft (Bureau # 150117) as it rolls into the carrier's port catwalk after suffering a brake failure following recovery, 2 July 1970. LTJG Belden ejected safely and was rescued by Shangri-La's helicopter. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
VA-152 1970 PUNCH OUT! USS SHANGRI-LA (CVA 38) COMBAT CRUISE: From the November 1970 Naval Aviation News, page 25: It was just like one of any of the more than 118,000 arrested landings aboard Shangri La - until LTJG Bill Belden's right brake failed and his A-4E Skyhawk veered toward the water. On the flight deck, ABC Joe Hammond, realizing the jet's brakes had failed, rushed to the mis-directed Skyhawk, grabbed the wing and attempted to straighten the aircraft. "The jet was hanging on the catwalk when I heard an explosion. For a second, I thought I was a goner. Then I saw Ltjg. Belden fly out and I realized he had ejected." Chief Hammond suffered a badly bruised right arm and a five-inch cut above the elbow when he was knocked to the deck by flying debris from the ejection seat.
1970: Taxi to the Cat - 1970. A-4E Skyhawk side number AJ 513, taxies up the Shang's flight deck to go flying in July 9, 1970. Photograph from Ernie Shuldhiess.
1970: VA-152 Maverick A-4E Skyhawk BuNo. 150087, side number AJ 506, arrives at Naval Air Station Atsugi, Japan. CAG 8's birds flew to Atsugi during the Shang's May 10 to 24, 1970 port call at Yokosuka, Japan. The starboard drop tank was painted primer yellow.
1970: A-4E Skyhawk BuNo. 150009 - 1970. Maverick AJ 510 approaching a landing at NAS Atsugi, Japan, July 16, 1970. Color photograph by and from Takafumi Hiroe of Yokohama, Japan.
JUN70: BuNo.150125. In-flight right front view of Mavericks Skyhawk BuNo 150125, AJ-504, on final approach to NAS Atsugi, Japan. By Isamu Yatsuhashi via Masaaki Hayakawa.
JUL70: Mavericks Skyhawk BuNo 149977, AJ-507, taxis by the photographer at NAS Atsugi, Japan. Photo by Masaaki Hayakawa.
JUL70: Mavericks Skyhawk BuNo 150001, AJ-500, approaches the runway. Photo by Masaaki Hayakawa.
JUL70: Mavericks Skyhawk BuNo 150009, AJ-510, approaches the runway. Photo by Masaaki Hayakawa.
1970: Excellent over the "round-down" shot of Mavericks Skyhawk AJ-502 returning from a tanking mission during the WestPac Cruise of 05 March 1970 to 12 December 70 aboard the USS Shangri-La, CVS-38. Photo from Ernie Shuldhiess.
JUN71: Mavericks Skyhawk BuNo 149978, AJ-513, with the gear and flaps down and the speed brakes out. Nick Williams.
1966: SPAD Driver LTJG Bud Watson hanging out with VA-163 Saints.
VA 152 DET ZULU AND 65 WESTPAC: "I served with 152 Det Zulu in 1964. I had reported to VA 152 in Alameda the day before we left. My orders of transfer from NAS Brunswick to VA 165 had been changed while on travel and 15 days leave.I reported to NAS Alameda for the purpose of replacing lost ID card. I was escorted to the Skipper of 152. I had been asked by 4 Officers where had I been. By the time I met the Skipper and answered the same question about being on travel and leave, it was explained that I was leaving for Viet Nam the next day at 0800 as a "special advisor." I asked if it was on Crash and Rescue, my previous billet at Brunswick. The Skipper said "NO, it was on the A-1". I asked what that was, and he said I would know by the time I got there.
A-4 Skyhawk aircraft assigned to this unit: