VA-34

VA-34 Blue Blasters

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VF-20 Joker - 1943
Drawn by Bud Southworth

VF-20 & VF-9A Skull - 1946
Drawn by Bud Southworth

VF-91 Trap or Die - 1950
Drawn by Bud Southworth

VA-34 Trap or Die - 1955
Drawn by Bud Southworth

VA-34 Trap or Die - 1970
Drawn by Bud Southworth

VFA-34 Trap or Die - 1960
Drawn by Bud Southworth


Patch

  • On March 15, 1944, VF-20 officially adopted a "Joker"with a machine gun emerging from a deck of playing cards patch. At that time the squadron was comprised of many inexperienced pilots referred to as Jokers - thus the connection. This patch is displayed above.
  • On February 1, 1946, VF-20 adopted a new patch the "Trap or Die" patch with a human skull. Superimposed on the nose of a skull was a human skeleton with the arms holding LSO paddles that became the eyes of the skull, while the teeth were represented by the word "Fighting 20." The colors were primarily black and white, with the exception of the paddles and lettering that were red.
  • In 1947, the basic "Trap or Die" patch was modified to reflect the squadron's redesignation to VF-9A. The name on the patch was changed the "Fighting 20" to "Fighting 9A."
  • On June 10, 1949, the basic "Trap or Die" patch was modified again to enhance the skull design. The background became a blue diamond outlined in black. Red stylized wings outlined in blue and white were added, as well as a black and white machine gun in the shape of a cigarette with a yellow ammunition belt and red bullets. The machine gun was held by the skeleton's hand that was outlined in black. Fighting 9A was dropped and replaced by regular shaped teeth. The skull remained white outlined in black and the LSO paddles were red and white. This patch was used until the squadron disestablished in 1969.
  • When VA-34 was reestablished in January 1970, it adopted the "Trap or Die" patch and Blue Blaster nickname used by the previous VA-34.
  • May 10, 1999 VFA-34 modified the "Trap or Die" patch to reflect the F/A-18 Hornet Strike Fighter.


Handle

  • Blue Blasters, 1949 - present.
  • Blasters, 2001 - slang use.


Heritage

  • October 15, 1943, Fighter Squadron TWENTY (VF-20) established.
  • November 15, 1946, VF-20 redesignated as Fighter Squadron NINE A (VF-9A).
  • August 12, 1948, VF-9A redesignated as Fighter Squadron NINETY ONE (VF-91).
  • February 15, 1950, VF-91 redesignated Fighter Squadron THIRTY FOUR (VF-34).
  • July 1, 1955, VF-34 redesignated Attack Squadron THIRTY FOUR (VA-34).
  • June 1, 1969, Attack Squadron THIRTY FOUR disestablished.
  • January 1, 1970, Attack Squadron THIRTY FOUR (VA-34) re-established.
  • September 30, 1996, Attack Squadron THIRTY-FOUR redesignated Strike Fighter Squadron THIRTY-FOUR (VFA-34).


Home Ports

  • Date - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Location:
  • Oct 1943 - - - - - - Naval Air Station San Diego
  • Apr 1945 - - - - - - Naval Air Station Atlantic City
  • Jun 1945 - - - - - - Naval Air Station Edenton
  • Nov 1945 - - - - - - Naval Air Station Elizabeth City
  • Mar 1946 - - - - - - Naval Auxiliary Air Station Charlestown
  • May 1947 - - - - - - Naval Air Station Quonset Point
  • Jun 1948 - - - - - - Naval Auxiliary Air Station Charlestown
  • Dec 1949 - - - - - - Naval Air Station Quonset Point
  • May 1951 - - - - - - Naval Auxiliary Air Station Sanford
  • Oct 1952 - - - - - - Naval Air Station Jacksonville
  • Feb 1953 - - - - - - Naval Air Station Cecil Field
  • Jan 1970 - - - - - - Naval Air Station Oceana
  • Sep 1996 - - - - - - Naval Air Station Cecil Field
  • Mar 1999 - - - - - - Naval Air Station Oceana


Air Wings

  • Date - - - - - - - - - - Tail code - - - - - - - Air Wing
  • Oct 15, 1943 ------ PS ----- CVG-20/CVAG-9/CVG-9*
  • Dec 01, 1949 ------ K ------ CVG-3
  • Nov 01, 1953 ------ ATG-181
  • Jun 18, 1955 ------ K/AC‡ ---- CVG-3/CVW-3†
  • Feb 01, 1967 ------ AK ------- CVW-10�
  • Jan 16, 1968 ------ AA ------- CVW-17
  • Mar 02, 1970 ------ AB ------- CVW-1
  • Oct 01, 1986 ------ AG ------- CVW-7
  • * November 15, 1946, Carrier Air Group 20 (CVG-20)
    was redesignated CVAG-9 and December 12, 1946,
    was assigned the tail code PS.
  • September 1, 1948, CVAG-9 was redesignated CVG-9.
  • † December 20, 1963, Carrier Air Groups were
    redesignated Carrier Air Wings hence CVG-3 became CVW-3.
  • ‡ In late 1957, CVG-3's tail code changed from K to AC.


Deployments

  • Departure & Return - - - - - - - - Air Wing - Carrier - Aircraft - - Area of Operations:
  • 08/16/44 to 11/21/44 - CVG-20 - CV 6 - - F6F-3 - WestPac
  • 12/11/44 to 01/26/45 - CVG-20 - CV 16 -- F6F-3 - WestPac
  • 02/20/48 to 06/26/48 - CVAG-9 - CV 47 -- F8F-1 - Mediterranean
  • 09/03/51 to 12/50/51 - CVG-3 -- CV 32 -- F9F-2 - Mediterranean
  • 08/28/52 to 02/04/53 - CVG-3 -- CVA 40 - F2H-2 - Mediterranean
  • 11/30/54 to 06/18/55 - ATG-181- CVA 15 - F2H-2 - Mediterranean
  • 02/01/58 to 10/01/58 - CVG-3 -- CVA 60 - A4D-1 - Mediterranean
  • 08/15/59 to 02/16/60 - CVG-3 -- CVA 60 - A4D-2 - Mediterranean
  • 08/22/60 to 02/15/61 - CVG-3 -- CVA 60 - A4D-2 - Mediterranean/NorLant
  • 11/28/61 to 05/12/62 - CVG-3 -- CVA 60 - A4D-2 - Mediterranean
  • 03/29/63 to 10/25/63 - CVG-3 -- CVA 60 - A-4C -- Mediterranean
  • 11/28/64 to 07/12/65 - CVW-3 -- CVA 60 - A-4C -- Mediterranean
  • 03/11/66 to 10/26/66 - CVW-3 -- CVA 60 - A-4C -- Mediterranean
  • 05/11/67 to 12/30/67 - CVW-10 - CVS 11 - A-4C -- Mediterranean/IO/WestPac/ Vietnam
  • 07/22/68 to 04/29/69 - CVW-17 - CVA 59 - A-4C -- Mediterranean
  • 09/14/70 to 03/01/71 - CVW-1 -- CVA 67 - A-6A/B - - - - Caribbean/Mediterranean/ NorLant
  • 12/01/71 to 10/06/72 - CVW-1 -- CVA 67 - A-6A/B/C - - - Mediterranean/NorLant
  • 04/16/73 to 12/01/73 - CVW-1 -- CVA 67 - A-6A/B/C - - - Mediterranean/NorLant
  • 06/28/75 to 01/27/76 - CVW-1 -- CV 67 -- A-6E & KA-6D - Mediterranean
  • 09/02/76 to 11/09/76 - CVW-1 -- CV 67 -- A-6E & KA-6D - NorLant
  • 01/15/77 to 08/01/77 - CVW-1 -- CV 67 -- A-6E & KA-6D - Mediterranean
  • 06/29/78 to 02/08/79 - CVW-1 -- CV 67 -- A-6E & KA-6D - Mediterranean
  • 08/04/80 to 03/28/81 - CVW-1 -- CV 67 -- A-6E & KA-6D - Mediterranean
  • 08/23/82 to 10/30/82 - CVW-1 -- CV 66 -- A-6E & KA-6D - NorLant/Med/ Caribbean
  • 12/08/82 to 06/02/83 - CVW-1 -- CV 66 -- A-6E & KA-6D - Mediterranean/IO
  • 04/24/84 to 11/14/84 - CVW-1 -- CV 66 -- A-6E & KA-6D - Caribbean/Mediterranean/IO
  • 08/24/85 to 11/09/85 - CVW-1 -- CV 66 -- A-6E & KA-6D - NorLant
  • 03/10/86 to 09/10/86 - CVW-1 -- CV 66 -- A-6E & KA-6D - Mediterranean
  • 02/29/88 to 08/29/88 - CVW-7 - CVN 69 -- A-6E & KA-6D - Mediterranean
  • 03/08/90 to 09/12/90 - CVW-7 - CVN 69 -- A-6E & KA-6D - Mediterranean/Red Sea

Aircraft

  • Date Type First Received - - - - - - Type of Aircraft:
  • Oct 1943 - - - - - - Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat.
  • Jul 1944 - - - - - - Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat.
  • Apr 1946 - - - - - - Grumman F8F-1 Bearcat.
  • Dec 1948 - - - - - - Grumman F8F-2 Bearcat.
  • Nov 1950 - - - - - - Grumman F9F-2 Panther.
  • Feb 1952 - - - - - - McDonnell F2H-2 Banshee.
  • Oct 1955 - - - - - - Chance Vought F7U-3 Cutlass.
  • Jan 1957 - - - - - - Douglas A4D-1 Skyhawk (A-4A)*
  • Nov 1958 - - - - - - Douglas A4D-2 Skyhawk(A-4B)*
  • Jul 1962 - - - - - - Douglas A4D-2N Skyhawk (A-4C)*
  • Apr 1970 - - - - - - Grumman A-6A Intruder.
  • May 1970 - - - - - - Grumman A-6B Intruder.
  • 1971 - - - - - - - - Grumman KA-6D Intruder.
  • 1971 - - - - - - - - Grumman A-6C Intruder.
  • 1973 - - - - - - - - Grumman A-6E Intruder.
  • Sep 1996 - - - - - - Boeing FA-18 Hornet.
  • * November 30, 1962
    • A4D-1 Skyhawk designation changed to A-4A.
    • A4D-2 Skyhawk designation changed to A-4B.
    • A4D-2N Skyhawk designation changed to A-4C.

  • A-4 Skyhawk aircraft assigned to this unit:
    • Douglas A4D-1 (A-4A) Skyhawk
      • 139928 C/N 11293
        • 02 Feb 1957 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 24 Feb 1959 - VF-21 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 139953 C/N 11318
        • 26 May 1958 - VA-34 - USS Saratoga
        • 12 Feb 1959 - O&R BUAER M&S - NAS Quonset Point, RI
      • 139960 C/N 11325
        • 24 Jan 1957 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 24 Feb 1959 - VF-21 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 139961 C/N 11326
        • 02 Feb 1957 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 14 Mar 1959 - VF-21 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 139963 C/N 11328
        • 07 Mar 1957 - VA-34 K-307 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 16 Mar 1958 - Stricken - 1AA2
      • 139965 C/N 11330
        • 27 Feb 1957 - VA-34 AE-306 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 15 Jan 1959 - Stricken - Code 1AA1
      • 139966 C/N 11331
        • 12 Mar 1957 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 24 Feb 1959 - VF-21 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 139968 C/N 11333
        • 23 Feb 1957 - VA-34 AC-305 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 24 Feb 1959 - VF-21 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 139969 C/N 11334
        • 15 Mar 1957 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 24 Feb 1959 - VF-21 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 139970 C/N 11335
        • 14 Feb 1957 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 17 Feb 1959 - VF-21 - NAS Oceana, VA

    • Douglas A4D-2 (A-4B) Skyhawk
      • 142145 c/n 11399
        • 13 Mar 1957 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 24 Feb 1959 - VF-21 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 142150 c/n 11404
        • 12 Mar 1957 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 17 Feb 1959 - VF-21 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 142151 c/n 11405
        • 11 Mar 1957 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 16 Mar 1959 - VF-21 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 142152 c/n 11406
        • 12 Mar 1957 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 25 Mar 1959 - VF-21 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 142154 c/n 11408
        • 12 Mar 1957 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 23 Mar 1959 - VF-21 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 142418 C/N 11603
        • 03 Nov 1959 - VA-34 - USS Saratoga
        • 01 Dec 1959 - VA-36 - USS Saratoga
      • 142680 c/n 11742
        • 09 Aug 1961 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 08 Nov 1961 - VA-133 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 142682 c/n 11744
        • 25 Jul 1961 - VA-34 - USS Saratoga
        • 02 Jan 1962 - VA-134 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 142690 c/n 11752
        • 14 Jun 1961 - VA-34 - USS Saratoga
        • 12 Nov 1961 - VA-133 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 142729 c/n 11791
        • 19 Mar 1960 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 12 Aug 1960 - VA-44 - NAS Jacksonville, FL
      • 142731 c/n 11793
        • 14 Mar 1960 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 16 Jun 1960 - Stricken - 1AA1
      • 142733 c/n 11795
        • 14 Mar 1960 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 23 Aug 1960 - VA-44 - NAS Jacksonville, FL
      • 142742 c/n 11804
        • 19 Mar 1960 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 25 Oct 1960 - VA-164 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 142743 c/n 11805
        • 14 Mar 1960 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 02 Nov 1961 - VA-134 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 142745 c/n 11807
        • 19 Mar 1960 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 10 Nov 1961 - VA-12 - NAS Cecil Field, FL

        • 08 Jun 1962 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 13 Sep 1962 - NART - NAS South Weymouth, MA
      • 142748 c/n 11810
        • 15 Oct 1959 - VA-34 - USS Saratoga
        • 10 Nov 1961 - VA-12 - USS Saratoga
      • 142755 c/n 11817
        • 10 Nov 1958 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 08 Apr 1959 - VA-44 - NAS Jacksonville, FL
      • 142759 c/n 11821
        • 08 Jun 1962 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 31 Aug 1962 - VA-44 - NAS Jacksonville, FL
      • 142763 c/n 11825
        • 30 Nov 1958 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 08 Apr 1959 - VA-44 - NAS Jacksonville, FL
      • 142821 c/n 11883
        • 05 Nov 1958 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 06 Mar 1959 - VA-44 - NAS Jacksonville, FL
      • 142838 c/n 11900
        • 07 Nov 1958 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 25 Mar 1959 - VA-86 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 142885 c/n 11947
        • 07 Jun 1961 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 05 Dec 1961 - VA-133 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 142896 c/n 11958
        • 22 May 1961 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 10 Nov 1961 - VA-133 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 144885 C/N 12131
        • 06 Feb 1959 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 15 Aug 1962 - NART - NAS South Weymouth, MA
      • 144889 C/N 12135
        • 06 Feb 1959 - VF-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 26 Sep 1962 - NART - NAS South Weymouth, MA
      • 144891 C/N 12137
        • 06 Feb 1959 - VF-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 31 Aug 1962 - NART - NAS South Weymouth, MA
      • 144892 C/N 12138
        • 03 Feb 1959 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 10 Aug 1962 - VA-44 - NAS Jacksonville, FL
      • 144894 C/N 12140
        • 06 Feb 1959 - VF-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 22 Aug 1962 - VA-44 - NAS Jacksonville, FL

        • 31 Aug 1962 - VA-34 - NAS Jacksonville, FL
        • 12 Sep 1962 - VA-44 - NAS Jacksonville, FL
      • 144895 C/N 12141
        • 05 Feb 1959 - VF-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 04 Sep 1962 - NART - NAS South Weymouth, MA
      • 144899 C/N 12145
        • 05 Feb 1959 - VF-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 04 Sep 1962 - NART - NAS South Weymouth, MA
      • 144900 C/N 12146
        • 06 Feb 1959 - VF-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 14 Feb 1960 - VA-172 - USS FD Roosevelt
      • 144905 C/N 12151
        • 04 Mar 1959 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 31 Oct 1959 - Stricken - 1AA2
      • 144906 C/N 12152
        • 04 Mar 1959 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 15 Feb 1960 - NAVSTA - NAS Rota, Spain
      • 144913 C/N 12159
        • 04 Mar 1959 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 16 Aug 1962 - NART - NAS South Weymouth, MA
      • 144920 C/N 12166
        • 04 Mar 1959 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 30 Jan 1961 - Stricken - 1AA2
      • 144939 C/N 12185
        • 22 Sep 1961 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 16 Aug 1962 - NART - NAS South Weymouth, MA
      • 144952 C/N 12198
        • 29 Sep 1961 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 24 Aug 1962 - VA-44 - NAS Jacksonville, FL
      • 144997 C/N 12243
        • 17 Nov 1961 - VA-34 - USS Saratoga
        • 27 Apr 1962 - NAV STA - NS Rota, Spain
      • 144998 C/N 12244
        • 14 Oct 1961 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 30 Apr 1962 - Stricken - 1AA1
      • 145083 c/n 12329
        • 09 Dec 1966 - VA-34 - USS Intrepid
        • 03 Apr 1967 - VA-172 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 145122 c/n 12368
        • 03 Oct 1967 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 05 Jan 1968 - VA-66 - USS Intrepid
      • 145141 c/n 12387
        • 12 Sep 1967 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 20 Oct 1967 - NAS - NAS Atsugi, Japan
      • 144906 C/N 12152
        • 04 Mar 1959 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 15 Feb 1960 - NAVSTA - NAS Rota, Spain
      • 144913 C/N 12159
        • 04 Mar 1959 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 16 Aug 1962 - NART - NAS South Weymouth, MA
      • 144920 C/N 12166
        • 04 Mar 1959 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 30 Jan 1961 - Stricken - 1AA2
      • 144939 C/N 12185
        • 22 Sep 1961 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 16 Aug 1962 - NART - NAS South Weymouth, MA
    • Douglas A4D-2 (A-4B) Skyhawk (Continued)
      • 144952 C/N 12198
        • 29 Sep 1961 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 24 Aug 1962 - VA-44 - NAS Jacksonville, FL
      • 144997 C/N 12243
        • 17 Nov 1961 - VA-34 - USS Saratoga
        • 27 Apr 1962 - NAV STA - NS Rota, Spain
      • 144998 C/N 12244
        • 14 Oct 1961 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 10 Apr 1962 - Stricken - 1AA1
      • 145083 c/n 12329
        • 09 Dec 1966 - VA-34 - USS Intrepid
        • 03 Apr 1967 - VA-172 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 145122 c/n 12368
        • 03 Oct 1967 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 05 Jan 1968 - VA-66 - USS Intrepid

    • Douglas A4D-2N (A-4C) Skyhawk
      • 147681 C/N 12445
        • 03 Oct 1967 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 08 Jan 1968 - VA-66 - USS Intrepid
      • 147697 C/N 12461
        • 27 Dec 1966 - VA-34 - USS Intrepid
        • 27 Mar 1967 - VA-172 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 147726 C/N 12490
        • 15 Dec 1966 - VA-34 - USS Intrepid
        • 03 Apr 1967 - VA-172 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 147741 C/N 12505
        • 27 Dec 1966 - VA-34 - USS Intrepid
        • 03 Apr 1967 - VA-172 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 147745 C/N 12509
        • 29 Feb 1968 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 28 May 1968 - VA-15 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 147746 C/N 12510
        • 14 Mar 1968 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 22 Mar 1969 - Stricken - 1S
      • 147747 C/N 12511
        • 28 Jan 1968 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 08 Nov 1969 - MARTD - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 147809 C/N 12573
        • 17 Mar 1967 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 16 Jul 1968 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 147824 C/N 12588
        • 29 Jan 1968 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 21 Apr 1969 - VA-12 - USS Shangri La
      • 148304 C/N 12614
        • 22 Jan 1968 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 08 Jun 1969 - VC-8 - NS Roosevelt Roads, PR
      • 148311 C/N 12621
        • 19 Apr 1966 - VA-34 - USS Saratoga
        • 20 Mar 1967 - VA-172 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 148316 C/N 12626
        • 16 Jul 1966 - VA-34 - USS Intrepid
        • 14 Aug 1966 - NAVSTA - NAS Rota, Spain

        • 31 Oct 1966 - VA-34 - USS Intrepid
        • 14 Jun 1968 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 148483 C/N 12676
        • 20 Feb 1968 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 16 Jul 1969 - VA-64 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 148487 C/N 12680
        • 08 May 1967 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 20 Oct 1967 - NAS - NAS Atsugi, Japan
      • 148503 C/N 12696
        • 22 Mar 1968 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 13 May 1969 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 148520 C/N 12713
        • 15 Jan 1968 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 06 Mar 1968 - Stricken - 1S
      • 148526 C/N 12719
        • 09 Dec 1966 - VA-34 - USS Intrepid
        • 08 Mar 1967 - VA-172 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 148558 C/N 12751
        • 11 Nov 1963 - VA-34 - USS Enterprise
        • 30 Nov 1964 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 148566 C/N 12759
        • 22 Jul 1967 - VA-34 - USS Intrepid
        • 07 Nov 1967 - Stricken - 1S
      • 148588 C/N 12781
        • 22 Jul 1967 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 18 Oct 1967 - NAS - NAS Atsugi, Japan
      • 148594 C/N 12787
        • 14 Nov 1963 - VA-34 - USS Saratoga
        • 15 Apr 1964 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL

        • 17 Aug 1965 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 17 Feb 1966 - VA-15 - USS Intrepid
      • 148598 C/N 12791
        • 17 Jan 1967 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 13 May 1969 - VA-64 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 149489 c/n 12814
        • 19 Feb 1968 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 26 May 1969 - VC-8 - NS Roosevelt Roads, PR
      • 149499 c/n 12824
        • 18 Jan 1968 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 26 Jan 1969 - Stricken - 1S
      • 149518 c/n 12843
        • 02 Dec 1966 - VA-34 - USS Intrepid
        • 10 Jan 1968 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 149519 c/n 12844
        • 28 Nov 1966 - VA-34 - USS Intrepid
        • 12 May 1969 - VA-36 - USS Forrestal
      • 149544 c/n 12869
        • 18 Jan 1967 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 26 May 1969 - VC-8 - NS Roosevelt Roads, PR
      • 149546 c/n 12871
        • 03 Aug 1965 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 17 Nov 1967 - Stricken - 1S
      • 149553 c/n 12878
        • 20 Oct 1967 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 08 Jan 1968 - VA-66 - USS Intrepid
      • 149587 c/n 12912
        • 04 Jul 1962 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 24 Jul 1967 - NAS COSA - NAS Atsugi, Japan
      • 149588 c/n 12913
        • 08 Oct 1965 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 12 May 1969 - VA-36 - USS Forrestal
      • 149590 c/n 12915
        • 25 Jul 1962 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 18 Sep 1967 - Stricken - 1S
      • 149591 c/n 12916
        • 21 Aug 1963 - VA-34 - USS Saratoga
        • 30 Aug 1967 - NAS - NAS Cubi Point, RP
      • 149592 c/n 12917
        • 01 Aug 1963 - VA-34 - USS Saratoga
        • 15 Nov 1963 - Stricken - 1AA2
      • 149593 c/n 12918
        • 18 Jul 1962 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 15 Jun 1968 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 149594 c/n 12919
        • 10 Jul 1962 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 25 Apr 1967 - NARF - NAS Jacksonville, FL
      • 149595 c/n 12920
        • 04 Jul 1962 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 13 Mar 1967 - VA-172 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 149596 c/n 12921
        • 10 Aug 1962 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 05 Dec 1963 - Stricken - 16J1
      • 149597 c/n 12922
        • 11 Jul 1962 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 27 Oct 1962 - VA-36 - USS Lexington
      • 149598 c/n 12923
        • 26 Jul 1962 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 28 Feb 1965 - VA-34 - USS Saratoga
        • Assume Stricken - No further records found
      • 149599 c/n 12924
        • 14 Aug 1962 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 20 Oct 1967 - NAS - NAS Atsugi, Japan
      • 149600 c/n 12925
        • 18 Jul 1962 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 22 Sep 1965 - VA-46 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 149601 c/n 12926
        • 25 Jul 1962 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 27 Oct 1966 - NARF - NAS Jacksonville, FL
      • 149603 c/n 12928
        • 15 Aug 1962 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 09 Jul 1967 - Stricken - 1S
      • 149617 c/n 12942
        • 25 Jan 1968 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 15 Nov 1969 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 149618 c/n 12943
        • 15 Mar 1968 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 12 May 1969 - VA-36 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 149624 c/n 12949
        • 16 Jul 1966 - VA-34 - USS Intrepid
        • 14 Jun 1968 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 149626 c/n 12951
        • 05 Oct 1967 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 30 Aug 1968 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 149640 c/n 12965
        • 26 Oct 1962 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 12 Jan 1968 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 149642 c/n 12967
        • 20 Feb 1966 - VA-34 - USS Saratoga
        • 27 Apr 1967 - VA-172 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 150590 c/n 13001
        • 06 Jan 1964 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 28 Feb 1965 - VA-34 - USS Saratoga (Last)
        • Assume stricken - No further records found
      • 150595 c/n 13006
        • 22 Sep 1963 - VA-34 - USS Saratoga
        • 15 Jan 1964 - VA-46 - USS Shangri La
      • 150596 c/n 13007
        • 27 Oct 1964 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 03 Jul 1965 - NAVSTA - NS Rota, Spain
      • 150598 c/n 13009
        • 10 Jan 1964 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 22 Oct 1964 - O&R BUWEPS FR - NAS Jacksonville, FL
      • 150600 c/n 13011
        • 21 Aug 1963 - VA-34 - USS Saratoga
        • 11 Oct 1963 - NAVSTA - NS Rota, Spain



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Commanding Officers

  • Date Assumed Command - - - - - - - Commanding Officer
  • Oct 1943 - - - - - - - - LCDR Frederick E. Bakutis
  • Apr 1945 - - - - - - - - LCDR Herbert D. Remington
  • Feb 1946 - - - - - - - - LCDR T. W. Ramsay
  • Oct 1947 - - - - - - - - LCDR W. W. Brehm
  • Jul 1948 - - - - - - - - LCDR Thomas C. Provost, III
  • Dec 1949 - - - - - - - - LCDR Donald K. Olson
  • Feb 1951 - - - - - - - - LCDR Robert A. Sweatt
  • May 1952 - - - - - - - - LCDR H. B. Gibbs
  • May 1953 - - - - - - - - LCDR F. H. O'Brien
  • Jul 1955 - - - - - - - - CDR A. L. Detweiller (acting)
  • Oct 1955 - - - - - - - - CDR Charles W. Pittman
  • Jan 1957 - - - - - - - - CDR Ernest L. McClintock
  • Oct 1958 - - - - - - - - CDR George C. Talley, Jr.
  • Mar 1960 - - - - - - - - CDR Mitchell C. Griffin
  • May 1961 - - - - - - - - CDR William J. Forgy
  • May 1962 - - - - - - - - CDR Hector W. Davis, Jr.
  • May 1963 - - - - - - - - CDR Walter T. Zebrowski
  • May 1964 - - - - - - - - CDR Grant C. Young
  • May 1965 - - - - - - - - CDR Rodney B. Carter
  • May 1966 - - - - - - - - CDR Robert A. Zajichek
  • May 1967 - - - - - - - - CDR Richard A. Wigent
  • May 1968 - - - - - - - - CDR Mark E. Perrault
  • Feb 1970 - - - - - - - - CDR Robert W. Miles
  • Jun 1971 - - - - - - - - CDR Samuel L. Sayers
  • Jul 1972 - - - - - - - - CDR Philip M. Shannon
  • Jul 1973 - - - - - - - - CDR Lester T. Jackson
  • Jul 1974 - - - - - - - - CDR William R. Westerman
  • Oct 1975 - - - - - - - - CDR Gary F. Wheatley
  • Jan 1977 - - - - - - - - CDR Robert H. Byng
  • Apr 1978 - - - - - - - - CDR John M. McNabb
  • Jul 1979 - - - - - - - - CDR John G. Hawley
  • Oct 1980 - - - - - - - - CDR Brinley K. McDanel
  • Nov 1981 - - - - - - - - CDR Bennice L. Liner
  • Feb 1983 - - - - - - - - CDR Garth A. Van Sickle
  • Aug 1984 - - - - - - - - CDR James B. Dadson
  • Jan 1986 - - - - - - - - CDR Richard G. Coleman
  • Jun 1987 - - - - - - - - CDR Bernis H. Bailey
  • Nov 1988 - - - - - - - - CDR Eugene K. Nielsen
  • May 1990 - - - - - - - - CDR Ronald K. Alexander


Events

  • October 15, 1943:
    Fighter Squadron TWENTY (VF-20) established at Naval Air Station San Diego. VF-20 was assigned the Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat.

  • April 16, 1944:
    Fighter Squadron TWENTY departed Naval Air Station Alameda with their Grumman Hellcat aboard the United States Ship Essex CV 9 to Hawaii for per combat training before deploying to Asia.

  • August 16, 1944 to November 21, 1944:
    Fighter Squadron TWENTY flying the F6F-3 Hellcat with Carrier Air Group 20 embarked in United States Ship Enterprise CV-6 first World War II western pacific combat cruise.

  • August 31, 1944:
    VF-20's first combat action was combat strikes against the Bonin Islands.

  • October 24 and 25, 1944:
    Fighter Squadron 20 participated in the Battle for Leyte Gulf also referred to as the Second Battle of the Philippines Sea. Enterprise VF-20 Hellcats struck elements of all three Japanese Task Forces which were converging on Leyte Gulf.

  • August to November 1944:
    VF-20 flew strikes against targets on the Bonin Islands, Yap and Palau Islands, Peleliu Island, Okinawa, Formosa, Luzon, and Leyte.

  • December 11, 1944 to January 26, 1945:
    Fighter Squadron TWENTY flying the F6F-3 Hellcat with Carrier Air Group 20 embarked in United States Ship Lexington CV-16 second World War II western pacific combat cruise.
  • December 14, 1944:
    Lieutenant Junior Grade Douglas Baker while on a strike mission against Clark Field on Luzon encountered Japanese fighter opposition. During this engagement Baker destroyed four Japanese aircraft before being shot down by antiaircraft fire and Baker was killed in the action. Lieutenant Bakers' final action brought his air-to-air kills to 16, making him one of the highest-ranking Navy aces. Only eight other Navy pilots equaled or exceeded Lieutenant Bakers' record.

  • December 1944 to January 1945:
    VF-20 engaged in another series of combat actions, flying missions against targets on and around Luzon, Formosa, French Indochina (Vietnam), Hong Kong, the South China Sea, and Okinawa. Many of these operations were in support of the Lingayen Gulf landings.

  • January 22, 1945:
    The last day of combat action for VF-20 during World War II.

  • From August 31, 1944, to wars' end the squadron compiled a formidable combat record. There were 8 aces (nine counting the Commander of CVG-20 who flew the squadron's aircraft), 12 individuals received the Navy Cross and 22 individuals received the Silver Star. VF-20 credits itself with the destruction of over 15 ships and 407 aircraft, not counting an even greater number that were damaged but not destroyed.

  • February 1945:
    VF-20 set sail on the United States Ship Kwajalein CVE 98 at Ulithi for the United States, arriving there several weeks later.

  • April 1945:
    VF-20 moved to Naval Air Station Atlantic City, New Jersey.

  • June 1945:
    VF-20 moved to Naval Air Station Edenton.

  • November 1945:
    VF-20 moved to Naval Air Station Elizabeth City.

  • March 1946:
    VF-20 moved to Naval Auxiliary Air Station Charlestown, South Carolina.

  • April 1946:
    VF-20 moved to Naval Air Station Atlantic City and was assigned the Grumman F8F-1 Bearcat.

  • November 15, 1946:
    VF-20 was redesignated as Fighter Squadron NINE A (VF-9A).

  • May 1947:
    Fighter Squadron NINE A moved to Naval Air Station Quonset Point, Rhode Island.

  • June 1948:
    VF-9A moved to Naval Auxiliary Air Station Charlestown, South Carolina.

  • February 20, 1948 to June 26, 1948:
    Fighter Squadron NINE A flying the F8F-1 Bearcat with Carrier Air Group 9 embarked in United States Ship Philippine Sea CV-47 on a Mediterranean cruise.

  • July to September 1948:
    In cooperation with Commander Operational Development Force, Atlantic Fleet, Fighter Squadron NINE A participated in the experimental radar carrier controlled approach CCA program aboard United States Ship Philippine Sea CV 47.

  • August 12, 1948:
    VF-9A was redesignated as Fighter Squadron NINETY ONE (VF-91).

  • December 1949:
    Fighter Squadron NINETY ONE moved to Naval Air Station Quonset Point, Rhode Island.

  • February 15, 1950:
    VF-91 was redesignated Fighter Squadron THIRTY FOUR (VF-34).

  • November 1950:
    VF-34 was assigned the Grumman F9F-2 Panther.

  • May 1951:
    Fighter Squadron THIRTY FOUR moved to Naval Auxiliary Air Station Sanford, Florida.

  • September 3, 1951 to December 5, 1951:
    Fighter Squadron THIRTY FOUR flying the F9F-2 Panther with Carrier Air Group 3 embarked in United States Ship Leyte CV-32 on a Mediterranean cruise.

  • February 1952:
    VF-34 was assigned the McDonnell F2H-2 Banshee.

  • August 28, 1952 to February 4, 1953:
    Fighter Squadron THIRTY FOUR flying the F2H-2 Banshee with Carrier Air Group 3 embarked in United States Ship Tarawa CV-40 on a Mediterranean cruise.

  • October 1952:
    Fighter Squadron THIRTY FOUR moved to Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida.

  • February 1953:
    Fighter Squadron THIRTY FOUR moved to Naval Air Station Cecil Field, Florida.

  • April 1953:
    VF-34 embarked on United States Ship Antietam CVA 36 with its F2H Banshees to conduct evaluation tests on the Navy's first angled deck carrier.

  • May 26, 1954:
    Fighter Squadron THIRTY FOUR was aboard United States Ship Bennington CVA 20,on the way to the Mediterranean Sea, when an explosion aboard ship resulted in the death of 7 squadron personnel. The ship returned to the States and VF-34 disembarked.

  • October 31, 1954:
    Ensign Duane L. Varner in a VF-34 F2H-2 Banshee flew a 1,900 mile nonstop, non-refueling, transcontinental flight from Los Alamitos, California, to Naval Air Station Cecil Field, Florida. The flight took 3 hours and 58 minutes and set a long distance record for the Banshee.

  • November 30, 1954 to June 18, 1955:
    Fighter Squadron THIRTY FOUR flying the F2H-2 Banshee with ATG-181 embarked in United States Ship Randolph CVA-15 on a Mediterranean cruise.

  • July 1, 1955:
    VF-34 was redesignated Attack Squadron THIRTY FOUR (VA-34).

  • October 1955:
    VA-34 was assigned the Chance Vought F7U-3 Cutlass.

  • January 1957:
    VF-34 was assigned the Douglas A4D-1 (A-4A) Skyhawk.

  • MAR 1957: Fifteen Blue Blasters of VA-34 earned the first "E"s ever awarded an A4D Skyhawk squadron during a recent deployment to BAS Leewars Point, Cuba. They scored 22 "E"s in three competitive exercises which covered over-the-shoulder, loft and high altitude bombing. The squadron extended 3,641 bombs and didn't miss a single sortie.
    Pilots who qualified for "E"s in over-the-sholder bombing were LCDRs C.D. Turner, S.N. Groves, R.S. Smith; LTs W.L. Harris, M.M. McLeod, L.E. Morrison, F.C. Andrews; and LTJGs J.M. Gleim, D.T. Jackson, J.T. Anderson. Loft bombing "E" winners were LTs Turner, Harris, McLeod, Andrews, Gleim; LTJGs D.L. Felt, J.R. Tuttle, W.A. Cargile, and Ens. I.D. Lewey. Top Blue Blasters, CDR E.L. McClintock, CO of VA-34, Felt, and Cargile were the high altitude dive bombing "E" qualifiers of the outfit.
    Naval Aviation News JAN 1958, from Ed Wilburn.

  • Four Pilots Score Six E’s.
    First Such Award to A4D Squadron.
    One year after they earned Navy wings, four pilots of VA-34 contributed more than a fourth of their squadron’s total 22 E’s. They are LT Donald L. Felt, Ltjgs. William A. Cargile, John T. Anderson and Ens. IraD. Lewey. They won six E’s, the first ever awarded an A4D squadron. Each of the pilots had less than 600 hours total flight time.
    See photo page for more.
    NavAirNews - January 1958

  • February 1, 1958 to October 1, 1958:
    Attack Squadron THIRTY FOUR flying the A-4A (A4D-1) Skyhawk with Carrier Air Group 3 embarked in United States Ship Saratoga CVA-60 on a Mediterranean cruise.

  • March 4, 1958:
    Attack Squadron THIRTY FOUR conducted cross-deck operations on the British aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal with the squadron's new A4D-1 Skyhawks.

  • March 7, 1958:
    Lt(jg). Donald T. Jackson in A4D-1 BuNo 139963 crashed into the sea off starboard quarter at latitude 38-51N, longitude 10-48.3E, at 2111 and sank in 680 fathoms of water. The USS Ingram (DD-694) commenced search for pilot. The USS Saratoga was steaming in TF 60 enroute from Naples to Barcelona.
    USS Saratoga Deck Log, Friday, 7 March 1958.
    On the second Med. cruise of the CVA 60 USS Saratoga 1959. I was a plane captain with VA-34 out of Cecil Field part of CAG 3. I believe the plane squadron number was 309 on LT. Jackson's aircraft. I prepared the aircraft and helped LT. Jackson mount and strap in. It was a unusual night operation as we normally did not fly at night at that time. After launch I returned to the line shack which was behind the island near the starboard catwalk to await his return. About 9pm. I left the shack and entered the catwalk and walked a short distance to a spot near the island to get out to the plane on landing. The night was pitch black, the seas were moderate. Observing the approach area I noticed that an approaching aircraft was showing reversed lights. I remarked to the others with me that "that aircraft is flying away or is upside down" I could see only lights and the red - green was reversed for an approaching plane. Seconds after that I observed an inverted A-4 fly into the sea even with the island about 100 yards out. Nothing was recovered by the destroyer escort. It was the LT's aircraft. I suspected vertigo. But no explanation was ever given. After joining the A-4 organization I was contacted by another VA-34 member who was next to me at the time but I did not know him, he was in the shop and I was on the line. He saw the same as I and remembered that a F-8 was ahead of LT. Jackson and took a wave off. At the wave off it hit afterburner and the resulting flame in his opinion destroyed LT. Jackson's night vision throwing him into vertigo. I believe that he knew he was going into the ship and was able to veer off to starboard but did not recover. When he went in he was inverted with the wing next to the ship at about a 45 degree angle to the water. I believe if he did not veer off he would have gone into the stern at deck level or about right where I was. Glad to help. Any other questions, feel free. Ed. Wilburn discharged from VA-34 Jan 61 as AD-J 2.
    Ed Wilburn

  • July 1958:
    VA-34 flew support missions during the amphibious landings in Beirut, Lebanon, by United States Marines.

  • June 1959:
    Operating from Naval Auxiliary Air Station Mayport, VA-34 conducted the first operational firing of the Bull Pup air-to-ground missile in the Atlantic Fleet.

  • August 15, 1959 to February 16, 1960:
    Attack Squadron THIRTY FOUR flying the Douglas A4D-2 (A-4B) Skyhawk with Carrier Air Group 3 embarked in United States Ship Saratoga CVA-60 on a Mediterranean cruise.

  • September 1959:
    LTJG George Ball Jr. an A4D Skyhawk pilot of VA-34 aboard the USS Saratoga, became the ship's first jet double centurion. He made his 200th arrested landing during routine operations with the Sixth Fleet.

  • October 21, 1959:
    A4D-1 BuNo 144905, night tanker from the carrier Saratoga, crashed in the Mediterranean and Lt(jg) Andrew J. Goodwin, Jr. went missing.
    US Armed Forces, Pacific Stars & Stripes , Sunday, October 25, 1959.

  • A Blue Blaster pilot of VA-34 fires the first operational Bullpup in the Atlantic Fleet from an A4D-2. LTJG Sam Hawkins scored the historic hit off the Florida coast. CDR G.C. Tally, Jr., Squadron Skipper, hailed the missile as a valuable addition to the weapons capability of the versatile Skyhawk.
    Naval Aviation News September 1959
    Provided by John "Gabby" Gabbard

  • August 22, 1960 to February 15, 1961:
    Attack Squadron THIRTY FOUR flying the Douglas A4D-2N (A-4C) Skyhawk with Carrier Air Group 3 embarked in United States Ship Saratoga CVA-60 on a Mediterranean/NorLant cruise.

  • April 1961:
    VA-34's A4D-2 Skyhawks operated from United States Ship Essex CVS 9 in the Caribbean Sea during the Bay of Pigs invasion. This operation involved the first use of jet attack aircraft as part of an ASW Air Group, CVSG-60, operating aboard an ASW designated carrier.

  • November 28, 1961 to May 12, 1962:
    Attack Squadron THIRTY FOUR flying the Douglas A4D-2 (A-4B) Skyhawk with Carrier Air Group 3 embarked in United States Ship Saratoga CVA-60 on a Mediterranean/NorLant cruise.

  • April 10, 1962:
    Lt(jg). Carlton Stewart Hall was killed when his A4D-2 BuNo 144998 crashed near Akseki, in the mountainous region of south central Turkey while on an operational training flight from the USS Saratoga.
    Harrisburg, PA, Harrisonburg Daily News Record, Thursday, April 12, 1962.

  • October 26 to November 18, 1962:
    During the Cuban missile crisis the entire squadron flew aboard the United States Ship Enterprise CVAN 65 to augment the assigned air wing. Enterprise had departed for the Caribbean on 19 October. VA-34 flew numerous missions in support of the Cuban quarantine.

  • November 18 to 26, 1962:
    VA-34 transferred from United States Ship Enterprise CVAN 65 to United States Ship Independence CVA 62 during the quarantine operations. VA-34 continued to fly quarantine missions aboard Independence until her return to the States on 26 November.

  • March 29, 1963 to October 25, 1963:
    Attack Squadron THIRTY FOUR flying the A-4C Skyhawk with Carrier Air Group 3 embarked in United States Ship Saratoga CVA-60 on a Mediterranean/NorLant cruise.

  • August 15, 1963
    While being towed through the landing area, VA-36 A-4C BuNo 148554 was struck by landing F3H-2 BuNo 146716. The ensuing fire destroyed both aircraft and 6 other aircraft were damaged. Two crewmen were killed and six others injured. The dead were, Jack Augusta Sherrill, AMS3, of V-1 division and Donald William Cors, ADJAN. Two other Skyhawks were stricken due to fire damage. VA-34 A-4C BuNo 149592 and VA-34 A-4C BuNo 149596.
    USS Saratoga Deck Log, Thursday, 15 August 1963

    US Armed Forces, European Stars and Stripes, Monday, August 19, 1963
    Lancaster. OH, Lancaster Eagle-Gazette, Tuesday. August 20 1963

  • December 1963 and January through February 1964:
    Attack Squadron 34 provided detachments of A-4C Skyhawks aboard United States Ship Intrepid CVS 11 and United States Ship Randolph CVS 15. The aircraft were used for Combat Air Patrol (CAP) to provide a fighter capability (VSF) for the ASW carriers.

  • November 28, 1964 to July 12, 1965:
    Attack Squadron THIRTY FOUR flying the A-4C Skyhawk with Carrier Air Group 3 embarked in United States Ship Saratoga CVA-60 on a Mediterranean cruise.

  • September 28, 1965:
    Lt(jg) Calvin C. Mahnke and Lt(jg) Robert F. Silvestri were killed when their A-4Cs 149598 & 150590 collided in the overcast. One pilot experienced radio failure and the second pilot tried to guide him to the runway. Both aircraft crashed six miles south of Cecil Field.
    Manitowoc, WI, Manitowoc Herald Times & Janesville Daily Gazette, Wednesday, Sept. 29, 1965.

  • 1966
    CAG-3 LSOs group photo on the platform of USS Saratoga in 1966.

  • March 11, 1966 to October 26, 1966:
    Attack Squadron THIRTY FOUR flying the A-4C Skyhawk with Carrier Air Wing 3 embarked in United States Ship Saratoga CVA-60 on a Mediterranean cruise.

  • May 11 to December 30, 1967:
    VA-34 Blue Blaster with the A-4C Skyhawk as a component of an Attack Carrier Air Wing (CVW-10) deployed to Vietnam on United States Ship Intrepid CVS-11. This was the squadron's first combat action since 1945.

  • July 9, 1967:
    A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 149603-side number AK 312 was shot down by a North Vietnamese Surface to Air Missile. The pilot, Lieutenant Commander E. A. Martin, successfully ejected, was captured and made Prisoner of War.

  • September 18, 1967:
    VA-34 Blue Blaster A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 149590-side number AK 301 was shot down by a North Vietnamese Surface to Air Missile. The pilot, Lieutenant Commander S. A. Hawkins, successfully ejected and was rescued.

  • November 7, 1967:
    A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 148566-side number AK 314 was shot down by North Vietnamese Triple A fire. The pilot, Lieutenant Junior Grade M. A. Krebs, successfully ejected and was rescued.

  • November 17, 1967:
    VA-34 Blue Blaster A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 149546-side number AK 306 was shot down by a North Vietnamese Surface to Air Missile. The pilot, Lieutenant W. D. Key, successfully ejected and was captured and made Prisoner of War.

  • March 6, 1968:
    Following a mid-air collision with A-4C BuNo 149626 over the Southern California desert near Ludlow, CA, Lcdr Hawkins ejected safely from A-4C BuNo 148520. Lt(jg) Gill in 149626 landed safely at NOTS China Lake.
    Long Beach, CA, Independent Press-Telegram, Tuesday, March 7, 1968
    US Navy, Accident Report
    US Navy, 149646 damage
    US Navy, 149646 damage

    A-4C BuNo 148520 piloted by LCdr. Sam H. Hawkins and A-4C BuNo 149626 piloted by Lt. Jim M. Gill took off from NAAS Fallon, Nevada as a section and as part of a twenty two plane air group coordinated strike force participating in a simulated Alfa strike. The take off, rendezvous, tanking and subsequent flight to the target complex were normal and uneventful. The flight proceeded to the Twenty Nine Palms tactical Range E and as the last section in the flight, these two aircraft made the final bombing runs of the strike. While retiring from the target, LCdr. Hawkins in BuNo 148520 commenced jinking to avoid simulated AAA fire. Lt. Gill attempting to maintain bearing and close the distance on the lead, suddenly found himself slightly ahead of bearing. The lead commenced a fake right turn followed by a descending left turn into the wingman. The aircraft collided while Lt. Gill was attempting to cross under to the outside of the turn. BuNo 148520 lost the outboard four feet of the left wing along with the left drop tank and the aircraft immediately went into a violent left spin. LCdr. Hawkins ejected almost immediately at approximately 3000 feet AGL. The aircraft impacted at the base of a ridge of mountains between two peaks. Lt. Gill circled the scene of the crash to determine LCdr. Hawkins condition and then was escorted by a participating A-6 aircraft and led to an uneventful landing at NOTS China Lake. LCdr. Hawkins was picked up by a power line worker and later transferred to an Air Force helicopter and taken to George AFB hospital. (photos on the web site as well)

  • July 22, 1968 to April 29, 1969:
    Attack Squadron THIRTY FOUR flying the A-4C Skyhawk with Carrier Air Wing 17 embarked in United States Ship Forrestal CVA-59 on a Mediterranean cruise.

  • January 26, 1969:
    In 1969 after we returned from a Med cruise on the Forrestal, the squadron was in process of being dis established when LCDR Al Hospes was on a practice dive bombing mission at Pinecastle in Central Florida in A-4C BuNo 149499 when his engine quit and he had to eject. His RAPAC seat malfunctioned and he fell to his death.
    Bob Hall

  • March 22, 1969:
    Lt. James M. Gill reported a flame out and ejected from A-4C BuNo 147746 (AA-310), bearing 229, range 37 miles. Helo recovered downed pilot in satisfactory condition.
    Ken Killmeyer (USS Forrestal Historian)

  • June 1, 1969:
    VA-34 was disestablished.

  • January 1, 1970:
    Attack Squadron THIRTY FOUR (VA-34) Blue Blasters re-established at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia.

  • April 1970:
    VA-34 was assigned the Grumman A-6A Intruder.

  • September 14, 1970 to March 1, 1971:
    Attack Squadron THIRTY FOUR flying the A-6A/B Intruder with Carrier Air Wing 3 embarked in United States Ship John F. Kennedy CVA-67 on a Caribbean/Mediterranean/NorLant cruise.

  • September 14, 1970:
    VA-34 boarded the United States Ship Kennedy CVA 67 for its Operational Readiness Inspection prior to its scheduled November deployment to the Mediterranean. While sailing to the Caribbean, the Kennedy and VA-34 were ordered to deploy to the Mediterranean after Syria invaded Jordan.

  • December 1, 1971 to October 6, 1972:
    Attack Squadron THIRTY FOUR flying the A-6A/B/C Intruder with Carrier Air Wing 1 embarked in United States Ship John F. Kennedy CVA-67 on a Mediterranean/NorLant cruise.

  • September 1972:
    A VA-34 A-6 Intruder conducted cross-decking operations on HMS Ark Royal while operating in the Norwegian Sea.

  • April 16, 1973 to December 1, 1973:
    Attack Squadron THIRTY FOUR flying the A-6A/B/C Intruder with Carrier Air Wing 1 embarked in United States Ship John F. Kennedy CVA-67 on a Mediterranean/NorLant cruise.

  • October through November 1973:
    During the Yon Kippur War VA-34 and United States Ship Kennedy departed the Norwegian Sea and reentered the Mediterranean, conducting surveillance operations south of Crete.

  • June 28, 1975 to January 27, 1976:
    Attack Squadron THIRTY FOUR flying the A-6E & KA-6D Intruder with Carrier Air Wing 1 embarked in United States Ship John F. Kennedy CVA-67 on a Mediterranean cruise.

  • September 2, 1976 to November 9, 1976:
    Attack Squadron THIRTY FOUR flying the A-6E & KA-6D Intruder with Carrier Air Wing 1 embarked in United States Ship John F. Kennedy CVA-67 on a NorLant cruise.

  • January 15, 1977 to August 1, 1977:
    Attack Squadron THIRTY FOUR flying the A-6E & KA-6D Intruder with Carrier Air Wing 1 embarked in United States Ship John F. Kennedy CVA-67 on a Mediterranean cruise.

  • June 29, 1978 to February 8, 1979:
    Attack Squadron THIRTY FOUR flying the A-6E & KA-6D Intruder with Carrier Air Wing 1 embarked in United States Ship John F. Kennedy CVA-67 on a Mediterranean cruise.

  • August 4, 1980 to March 28, 1981:
    Attack Squadron THIRTY FOUR flying the A-6E & KA-6D Intruder with Carrier Air Wing 1 embarked in United States Ship John F. Kennedy CVA-67 on a Mediterranean cruise.

  • August 23, 1982 to October 30, 1982:
    Attack Squadron THIRTY FOUR flying the A-6E & KA-6D Intruder with Carrier Air Wing 1 embarked in United States Ship America CV-66 on a NorLant/Mediterranean/Caribbean cruise.

  • September through October 1982:
    During the deployment to the North Atlantic, United States Ship America CV 66, was diverted to the Mediterranean due to the continuing crisis in Lebanon.

  • December 8, 1982 to June 2, 1983:
    Attack Squadron THIRTY FOUR flying the A-6E & KA-6D Intruder with Carrier Air Wing 1 embarked in United States Ship America CV-66 on a Mediterranean/IO cruise.

  • January and May 1983:
    While in the Eastern Mediterranean VA-34 conducted air operations from United States Ship America in support of the multinational peace-keeping forces in Beirut, Lebanon.

  • April 24, 1984 to November 14, 1984:
    Attack Squadron THIRTY FOUR flying the A-6E & KA-6D Intruder with Carrier Air Wing 1 embarked in United States Ship America CV-66 on a Caribbean/Mediterranean/IO cruise.

  • August 24, 1985 to November 9, 1985:
    Attack Squadron THIRTY FOUR flying the A-6E & KA-6D Intruder with Carrier Air Wing 1 embarked in United States Ship America CV-66 on a NorLant cruise.

  • March 10, 1986 to September 10, 1986:
    Attack Squadron THIRTY FOUR flying the A-6E & KA-6D Intruder with Carrier Air Wing 1 embarked in United States Ship America CV-66 on a Mediterranean cruise.

  • March 24, 1986:
    Libyan missiles were fired at United States Navy forces operating in the Gulf of Sidra. As a result retaliatory strikes were initiated against Libya by the American naval forces. VA-34's A-6E Intruders, operating from United States Ship America, attacked and damaged a Libyan Combattante II G-class fast attack missile craft with a Harpoon missile. A follow-up attack by VA-85 aircraft with Rockeye bombs resulted in the sinking of the Combattante II. The Harpoon firing was the first use of this missile in combat and the squadron's first combat action since its re-establishment in 1970.

  • April 14, 1986:
    Due to continued Libyan sponsorship of terrorist activity the United States initiated Operation Eldorado Canyon. VA-34 participated in this operation with its A-6Es, conducting a night, low level high speed attack against terrorists targets at the Benina airfield and military barracks in Banghazi, Libya.

  • February 29, 1988 to August 29, 1988:
    Attack Squadron THIRTY FOUR flying the A-6E & KA-6D Intruder with Carrier Air Wing 7 embarked in United States Ship Eisenhower CVN-69 on a Mediterranean cruise.

  • March 8, 1990 to September 12, 1990:
    Attack Squadron THIRTY FOUR flying the A-6E & KA-6D Intruder with Carrier Air Wing 7 embarked in United States Ship Eisenhower CVN-69 on a Mediterranean/Red Sea cruise.

  • August 1990:
    The squadron flew missions in support of Operation Desert Shield, the build up of American and Allied forces to counter a threatened invasion of Saudi Arabia by Iraq and as part of an economic blockade of Iraq to force its withdrawal from Kuwait.

  • September 1990:
    The squadron returned to Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia.

  • September 1991 to April 2, 1992:
    The Blue Blasters deployed to Southwest Asia. The squadron participated in North Star.

  • May to November 1994:
    The Blue Blasters' deployed in United States Ship GEORGE WASHINGTON CVN 73 for her maiden cruise. In June, the Blasters performed a "missing man" formation over Omaha Beach to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of D-Day.

  • 1994 and 1995:
    The Blue Blasters were awarded the Commander, Naval Air Force, United States Atlantic Fleet Battle "E" for 1994 and 1995.

  • 1995:
    VA-34 operated over Bosnia and Southern Iraq. Operational sorties were flown in both theaters enforcing United Nations mandates. Missions included Close Air Support over the former Yugoslavia, working closely with multi-national Forward Air Controllers and UN forces on the ground, and strike familiarization missions to targets below the 32nd parallel in Iraq.

  • January to September 1996:
    The Blue Blasters had their last deployment flying the venerable A-6E Intruder aboard United States Ship George Washington CVN 73. VA-34 flew in support of Operation DECISIVE ENDEAVOR over Bosnia Herzegovina and Operation SOUTHERN WATCH over Iraq

  • September 30, 1996:
    Attack Squadron THIRTY-FOUR was redesignated Strike Fighter Squadron THIRTY-FOUR (VFA-34) and based at Naval Air Station Cecil Field, Florida. The Blue Blasters transition into the Boeing FA-18C Hornet.

  • June to December 1998:
    Strike Fighter Squadron THIRTY-FOUR deployed in United States Ship Dwight D. Eisenhower CVN 69 --- the first squadron to deploy in the new Boeing FA-18 Lot XIX and XX Hornets. VFA-34 participated over Bosnia-Herzegovina in support of Operation DELIBERATE FORGE, and over Iraq during Operation SOUTHERN WATCH.

  • March 1999:
    The VFA-34 Blue Blasters moved their home port from Naval Air Station Cecil Field, Florida to Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia.

  • June 2000:
    The VFA-34 Blue Blasters deployed on United States Ship George Washington CVN 73 to the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf.


Awards

  • Award - - - - - - - - - Inclusive Dates:

  • MUC
    • 29 Sep 1970 to 31 Oct 1970
    • 01 Dec 1977 to 01 Mar 1979
    • 29 Aug 1985 to 20 Sep 1985
  • NAVE
    • 01 Jul 1948 to 30 Jun 1949
    • 01 Jan 1970 to 30 Jun 1971
    • 01 Jan 1982 to 31 Dec 1982
  • NUC
    • 10 Oct 1944 to 22 Nov 1944
    • 12 Jun 1967 to 08 Dec 1967
    • 23 Mar 1986 to 17 Apr 1986
  • PUC
    • 14 Dec 1944 to 16 Dec 1944
    • 03 Jan 1945 to 22 Jan 1945
  • AFEM
    • 17 Jul 1958 to 25 Jul 1958
    • 29 Jul 1958 to 11 Aug 1958
    • 19 Aug 1958 to 07 Sep 1958
    • 26 Oct 1962 to 18 Nov 1962
    • 18 Nov 1962 to 20 Nov 1962
    • 03 Dec 1962 to 20 Dec 1962
  • RVNGC
    • 21 Jun 1967 to 13 Jul 1967
    • 29 Jul 1967 to 27 Aug 1967
    • 14 Sep 1967 to 12 Oct 1967
    • 31 Oct 1967 to 24 Nov 1967
  • VNSM
    • 21 Jun 1967 to 13 Jul 1967
    • 29 Jul 1967 to 27 Aug 1967
    • 14 Sep 1967 to 12 Oct 1967
    • 31 Oct 1967 to 24 Nov 1967
  • NEM
    • 13 Apr 1961 to 26 Apr 1961
    • 01 Jan 1983 to 20 Jan 1983
    • 06 May 1983 to 08 May 1983
    • 21 Mar 1986 to 27 Jun 1986
  • SLOC
    • 04 Aug 1980 to 28 Mar 1981
    • 23 Aug 1982 to 02 Jun 1983
  • SASM
    • 08 Aug 1990 to 24 Aug 1990
  • TEN-PLANE formation of F7U-3 Cutlasses, piloted by VA-34, headed for NAS Cecil Field. Several days earlier the squadron participated in an air show over Brunswick, Ga. Skippered by CDR C. W. Pittman, the fighter squadron is now engaged in intensive bombing training.
    NavAirNews November 1956, US Navy Photo, Provided by John Gabbard

    First "E"s awarded A-4Ds!

    Four Pilots Score Six E's - First Such Award to A4D Squadron
    One year after they earned Navy wings, four pilots of VA-34 contributed more than a fourth of their squadron's total 22 "E"s. They are LT Donald L. Felt, LTJGs William A. Cargile, John T. Anderson (lower center in the photo) and ENS Ira D. Lewey.
    Flying the A4D Skyhawk in special weapons bombing competition, they won six "E"s, the first ever awarded an A4D squadron. Each of the pilots had less than 600 hours total flight time.
    Naval Aviation News January 1958.
    Provided by John Gabbard.

    First E's Awarded A4D's - Earned by VA-34 in Cuba Exercise
    Fifteen Blue Blasters of VA-34 earned the first "E"s ever awarded an A4D Skyhawk squadron during a recent deployment to BAS Leewars Point, Cuba.
    They scored 22 "E"s in three competitive exercises which covered over-the-sholder, loft and high altitude bombing. The squadron extended 3,641 bombs and didn't miss a single sortie.
    Pilots who qualified for "E"s in over-the-sholder bombing were LCDRs C.D. Turner, S.N. Groves, R.S. Smith; LTs W.L. Harris, M.M. McLeod, L.E. Morrison, F.C. Andrews; and LTJGs J.M. Gleim, D.T. Jackson, J.T. Anderson. Loft bombing "E" winners were LTs Turner, Harris, McLeod, Andrews, Gleim; LTJGs D.L. Felt, J.R. Tuttle, W.A. Cargile, and Ens. I.D. Lewey.
    Top Blue Blasters, CDR E.L. McClintock, CO of VA-34, Felt, and Cargile were the high altitude dive bombing "E" qualifiers of the outfit.
    Naval Aviation News January 1958.
    Provided by John Gabbard.
     

    NOV 1957: A-4A 139965 of VA-34 being launched from catapult. Pilot: LT. Murdoch M. McLeod, USN. He holds four E's for Excellence in bombing.

    VA-34 & USS Saratoga (CVA-60)
    At sea on 17 February 1958, as four Douglas AD4-1 "Skyhawk" aircraft from Attack Squadron 34 (VA-34) fly past in formation. These planes are Bureau #s 139928, 139968, 139970 and 142152.
    Official U.S. Navy Photograph - Photo #: USN 1034275.
    Photo from Gary Verver

    1958 U.S.S. Saratoga: BuNo 139969, AC-312.
    Unkonwn photographer via W. Mutza

    1958 BuNo 139961, AC-302, aboard the USS Saratoga.
    Tailhook Association.

    VA-34 A-4C BuNo 149603, AC-312, taxied into position for launching aboard USS Saratoga (CVA-60). VA-36 AC-607 in the right background. Photo courtesy of Bob Lawson.

    VA-34 A4D-2 BuNo 144900, AC-305, with Mk-7 bomb on USS Saratoga cat. VAH-9 A3D-1 Skywarrior BuNo 138491, AC-507, is parked on the deck at left.

    Dec 1958 Blue Blasters Skyhawk BuNo 139928, AC-303, in formation with F8U-1 Crusader BuNo 143705, AC-202, F9F-8P Cougar, AC-966, and F3H-2N Demon BuNo 136922, AC-102.
    Naval Aviation News Photo.

    March 1960 Blue Blasters LTJG George B. Ball, jr., the Saratogas 1st jet double centurion, poses by Blue Blasters Skyhawk BuNo 144891, AC-312.
    Naval Aviation News Photo.

    JUL61 NAN article of placing Skyhawks on CSV carriers for CAP duty.
    JUL61 NAN

    Circa 1962: A U.S. Navy Douglas A4D-2 Skyhawk (BuNo 144900) of VA-34 Blue Blasters, armed with a Mk-7 nuclear weapon, prepares to launch from the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga (CVA-60). VA-34 was assigned to Carrier Air Group 3 (CVG-3) aboard Saratoga, and equipped with A4D-2's between 1959 and 1962 (A4D-2 was redesignated A-4B after September 1962).

    1962: USS Saratoga (CVA-60) with aircraft from CVW-3 (AC) including VF-31 Tomcatters F3H-2 Demons, VF-32 Swordsmen F8U-1E Crusaders, VA-34 Blue Blasters A4D-2 Skyhawks, VA-35 Panthers AD-6 Skyraiders, VAH-9 Hoot Owls A3D-2 Skywarriors, VA-36 Roadrunners A4D-2 Skyhawks, VFP-62 Eyes of the Fleet Det. F8U-1P Crusaders, VAW-12 Det. WF-2 Trackers, VAW-33 Det. 41 and HU-2 Det. HUP-2 Retrievers, 1961-1962.

    BuNo.144894, 144891, 144998 and 144892 (A-4Bs) in formation.
    Photo time frame was given as 1963 and was taken by VFP-62, but records show VA-34 received A-4Cs in July of 1962.
    Modex is AC302, AC312, AC309 and AC301.
    Provided by Frank "Spike" Buesing.

    A4D-2N construction number 912, future BuNo 149587, in forward fuselage final assembly at Douglas before delivery to VA-34 on 04JUL1962.

    OCT 1962: Skyhawks parked forward on CVN-65 during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Skyhawk units of CVW-6 (VA-66 and VA-76), along with VMA-225, not normally a part of CVW-6, were deployed aboard to provide additional fire-power. Also, VA-34 Skyhawks were assigned to Enterprise in OCT and in NOV they were replaced by VA-64.
    Dave Leiber of VMA-225

    1966-67: BuNo 149590, AK 304, aboard the Intrepid, CVS 11.
    Intrepid Cruise Book from "Boom" Powell

    JUN 1967: CAPT John Fair, Intrepid CO, chalks a greeting to Ho Chi Minh on a 750 pound USAF M-117 before Airwing-10 Skyhawk BuNo 149587 launches on the 1st mission of the 1967 deployment. M-117 was used because of the bomb shortage that officially did not exist.
    "Boom" Powell

    1966-67: Blue Blaster Skyhawks BuNo 149624, AK-308, and BuNo 149588, AK-309, aboard the Intrepid, CVS 11.
    Intrepid Cruise Book from "Boom" Powell

    1967: Blue Blaster Skyhawk BuNo 149590, AK 301, moments after trapping aboard the Intrepid, CVS 11.
    Intrepid Cruise Book from "Boom" Powell

    BuNo 149519 AK-304, aboard the Intrepid, CVS 11.
    Intrepid Cruise Book from "Boom" Powell

    A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 149590 - 1967.
    VA-34 Blue Blaster A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 149590, side number AK 301 on the deck of United States Ship Intrepid CVS 11, 1967.
    United States Navy photograph from John Hayes

    1966-67: Blue Blaster Skyhawk BuNo 149591, AK-302, as she is maneuvered into position on one of the Intrepids forward cats.
    Intrepid Cruise Book from "Boom" Powell

    1966-67: Blue Blaster Skyhawk BuNo 149626, AK-303, parked alongside the Intrepids island.
    Intrepid Cruise Book from "Boom" Powell

    1966-67: Blue Blaster Skyhawk BuNo 149640, AK-311, as she launches from the Intrepid.
    Intrepid Cruise Book from "Boom" Powell
    The deckman in the middle assisting with the launch bridle is Samuel Taylor, ADJ-3.

    1966-67: Blue Blaster Skyhawk BuNo 149640, AK-311, as she taxies across the Intrepids deck with a load of conventional bombs.
    Intrepid Cruise Book from "Boom" Powell

    VA-34 Drivers in the Med - 1967.


    1967: Blue Blaster Skyhawk AK-307 tied down on the Intrepids deck as the pilot uses the ladder to take a breather.
    U.S.S. Intrepid Cruise Book 1967.

    1966-67 U.S.S. Intrepid: Blue Blasters Skyhawk BuNo 149593, AK-310, being moved into position for launch from the Intrepid.
    "Boom" Powell

    1967 U.S.S. Intrepid: BuNo 145141, AK-302, tied down on the Intrepids flight deck.
    USS Intrepid Cruise Book via "Boom" Powell

    1967 U.S.S. Intrepid: Blue Blaster Skyhawk AK-307 tied down on the Intrepids deck as the pilot uses the ladder to take a breather. Note the plane captain is preparing to insert the starter probe. BuNo 149518 was identified by Samuel Taylor.
    USS Intrepid Cruise Book via "Boom" Powell

    1967 U.S.S. Intrepid: Blue Blaster Skyhawk AK-315 taxies forward aboard the Intrepid.
    "Boom" Powell

    1967: Blue Blasters Skyhawk BuNo 149640, AK-311, parked on the line.
    Unknown via W. Mutza

    1967:
    VA-34 Blue Blasters A-4C Skyhawk BuNo 149593, AK-305
    , configured as a tanker aboard the USS Intrepid during the May 1967 - December 1967 cruise.
    Photo by Sam Taylor.

    VA-34 A-4C on the Cat - 1968
    Blue Blaster A-4C Skyhawk side number AA 304 on the United States Ship Forrestal CVA-59 starboard catapult. The man in the foreground with his hands in the air is the one that pushes the button that fires the catapult. During the 1968 - 1969 Forrestal Mediterranean cruise.
    Photograph by and from Warren A. Harms

    VA-34 A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 149544 - 1968
    Blue Blaster A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 149544 side number AA 301 of Carrier Air Wing 17 approaches the United States Ship Forrestal CVA-59 three wire during the 1968 - 1969 Mediterranean cruise.
    Photograph by and from Warren A. Harms

    Blue Blaster A-4C Skyhawk Three Wire - 1968
    A VA-34 A-4C Skyhawk pulls out the Forrestal three wire during the 1968 - 1969 Mediterranean cruise.
    Photograph by and from Warren A. Harms

    May 1968 BuNo 148316, AA-316, parked on the ramp.
    Clay Jansson via Tailhook Association.

    2 Sept 1968 Blue Blasters Skyhawk BuNo 149626 minus the canopy in hangar #3 at NAF China Lake. Piloted by LTJG Gill, it landed safely at NOTS China Lake after a mid-air collision with A-4C BuNo 148520
    Photo via Wayne Mutza.

    JUN 1969: Disestablishment picture of VA-34 Blue Blasters pilots.
    NAN JUN 1969

    A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 149519 - 1970
    Ernie Shuldhiess snapped this picture of A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 1149519, side number AA 311 pulling out the Forrestal's three wire during the 1970 cruise.
    Picture by Ernie Shuldhiess

    A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 149544 - 1970
    Ernie snapped this picture of A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 149544, side number AA 301 over but missing the Forrestal's three wire during the 1970 cruise.
    Picture by Ernie Shuldhiess



    Sources:
    • Steve Dallas
    • Harry S. Gann
    • Warren A. Harms
    • John Hayes
    • Bob Hall

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