VA-56

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The Champions - 1956
Patch drawn by Bud Southworth
 


Patch

  • June 1956:
    Attack Squadron FIFTY-SIX (VA-56) inaugurated a superbly designed patch that remained viable throughout the squadron's 30-year history and it's numerous assigned aircraft. A yellow boomerang with a dark blue speed arrow and black electron rings represent the squadron jet attack capabilities using modern electronic equipment. This patch is displayed above.


Handle

  • Boomerangs, 1957 - 1960.
  • Champions, 1960-1986.


Heritage

  • June 4, 1956, Attack Squadron FIFTY-SIX (VA-56), established at Naval Air Station Miramar, California.
  • August 31, 1986, Attack Squadron FIFTY-SIX (VA-56), disestablished at Naval Air Station Lemoore, California.


Home Ports
Date - - - - - - - - - - - - - Location:

  • Jun 1956 - - - - - - Naval Air Station Miramar
  • Jun 1961 - - - - - - Naval Air Station Lemoore
  • Jun 1973 - - - - - - Naval Station Yokosuka/Midway CV 41)*
  • May 1986 - - - - - - Naval Air Station Lemoore
  • * Under the Overseas Home Port Program, VA-56 and CVW-5 were permanently based aboard United States Ship Midway CV-41 and home ported with the carrier at Naval Station Yokosuka, Japan. The home-port was officially changed on June 30, 1973. However, Midway did not arrive in Japan until 5 October. Elements of VA-56, when not operating from Midway, were based ashore at Naval Air Facility Atsugi or Misawa, Japan.


Air Wings
Date - - - - - - Tail code - - - - - Air Wing

  • Jun 4, 1956 - - - S/NF- - - - CVG-5/CVW-5*
  • Jul 1, 1966 - - - NG - - - - - CVW-9
  • Oct 1968- - - - - B- - - - - - COMFAIRALAMEDA
  • Jun 9, 1969 - - - NE - - - - - CVW-2
  • Jun 1, 1970 - - - NF - - - - - CVW-5
  • * Carrier Air Groups were redesignated Carrier Air Wings on December 20, 1963, hence, CVG-5 became CVW-5.
  • CVG-5's tail code was changed from S to NF, probably in July 1957.


Deployments
Departure & Return - - - - - - - Air Wing - Carrier - Aircraft - - Area of Operations:

  • 07/12/57 - 12/09/57 - CVG-5 - CVA 31 - F9F-8 - WestPac
  • 03/06/60 - 10/10/60 - CVG-5 - CVA 14 - A4D-2 - WestPac
  • 05/10/61 - 01/15/62 - CVG-5 - CVA14 - A4D-2 -- WestPac
  • 01/03/63 - 07/15/63 - CVG-5 - CVA 14 - A-4B -- WestPac
  • 04/14/64 - 12/15/64 - CVW-5 - CVA 14 - A-4E -- WestPac/Vietnam
  • 09/28/65 - 05/13/66 - CVW-5 - CVA 14 - A-4E -- WestPac/Vietnam
  • 11/19/66 - 07/06/67 - CVW-9 - CVAN 65 - A-4C - WestPac/Vietnam
  • 01/03/68 - 07/18/68 - CVW-9 - CVAN 65 - A-4E - WestPac/Vietnam
  • 10/14/69 - 06/01/70 - CVW-2 - CVA 61 - A-7B - WestPac/Vietnam
  • 04/16/71 - 11/06/71 - CVW-5 - CVA 41 - A-7B - WestPac/Vietnam
  • 04/10/72 - 03/03/73 - CVW-5 - CVA 41 - A-7B - WestPac/Vietnam
  • 09/11/73 - 10/05/73 - CVW-5 - CVA 41 - A-7A - WestPac*
  • 11/26/73 - 12/22/73 - CVW-5 - CVA 41 - A-7A - WestPac
  • 01/29/74 - 03/06/74 - CVW-5 - CVA 41 - A-7A - WestPac
  • 10/18/74 - 12/20/74 - CVW-5 - CVA 41 - A-7A - WestPac
  • 01/13/75 - 03/18/75 - CVW-5 - CVA 41 - A-7A - WestPac
  • 03/31/75 - 05/29/75 - CVW-5 - CVA 41 - A-7A - WestPac
  • 10/04/75 - 12/19/75 - CVW-5 - CV 41 - A-7A - WestPac/IO
  • 03/13/76 - 04/26/76 - CVW-5 - CV 41 - A-7A - WestPac
  • 05/19/76 - 06/22/76 - CVW-5 - CV 41 - A-7A - WestPac
  • 07/09/76 - 08/04/76 - CVW-5 - CV 41 - A-7A - WestPac
  • 11/01/76 - 12/17/76 - CVW-5 - CV 41 - A-7A - WestPac
  • 01/11/77 - 03/01/77 - CVW-5 - CV 41 - A-7A - WestPac
  • 03/19/77 - 09/02/77 - CVW-5 - CV 41 - A-7E - WestPac†
  • 09/27/77 - 12/21/77 - CVW-5 - CV 41 - A-7E - WestPac/IO
  • 04/11/78 - 05/23/78 - CVW-5 - CV 41 - A-7E - WestPac
  • 11/09/78 - 12/23/78 - CVW-5 - CV 41 - A-7E - WestPac
  • 01/11/79 - 02/20/79 - CVW-5 - CV 41 - A-7E - WestPac
  • 04/07/79 - 06/18/79 - CVW-5 - CV 41 - A-7E - IO
  • 08/20/79 - 09/14/79 - CVW-5 - CV 41 - A-7E - WestPac
  • 09/30/78 - 02/20/80 - CVW-5 - CV 41 - A-7E - IO
  • 07/14/80 - 11/26/80 - CVW-5 - CV 41 - A-7E - WestPac/IO
  • 02/23/81 - 06/05/81 - CVW-5 - CV 41 - A-7E - WestPac/IO
  • 06/26/81 - 07/16/81 - CVW-5 - CV 41 - A-7E - WestPac
  • 09/03/81 - 10/06/81 - CVW-5 - CV 41 - A-7E - WestPac
  • 04/26/82 - 06/18/82 - CVW-5 - CV 41 - A-7E - WestPac
  • 09/14/82 - 12/11/82 - CVW-5 - CV 41 - A-7E - NorPac/WestPac
  • 06/02/83 - 08/13/83 - CVW-5 - CV 41 - A-7E - WestPac
  • 10/25/83 - 12/11/83 - CVW-5 - CV 41 - A-7E - WestPac
  • 12/28/83 - 05/23/84 - CVW-5 - CV 41 - A-7E - IO
  • 10/15/84 - 12/12/84 - CVW-5 - CV 41 - A-7E - WestPac
  • 02/01/85 - 10/14/85 - CVW-5 - CV 41 - A-7E - IO/WestPac
  • 11/15/85 - 12/12/85 - CVW-5 - CV 41 - A-7E - WestPac
  • 01/17/86 - 03/30/86 - CVW-5 - CV 41 - A-7E - WestPac**
  • * The squadron and United States Ship Midway CVA 41 arrived at their new homeport, Naval Station Yokosuka, Japan. Since the squadron was permanently forward deployed all future deployments for the squadron will cover only those operations outside the home waters of Japan.
  • † The squadron was shore based at Naval Air Station Cubi Point during the latter part of April to August 1977 undergoing transitional training in the A-7E.
  • **The squadron returned to CONUS in May 1986, ending its overseas basing assignment.


Aircraft Date Type First Received - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Type of Aircraft:


Commanding Officers Assumed Command - - - - - - - Commanding Officer

  • Jun 1956 - - - - - CDR Richard O. Devine
  • Dec 1957 - - - - - CDR C. G. Mitchell
  • Dec 1958 - - - - - LCDR R. L. Walker
  • Dec 1959 - - - - - CDR R. McBride
  • Jan 1961 - - - - - CDR W. H. Hoover
  • Jan 1962 - - - - - CDR James A. Homyak
  • Mar 1963 - - - - - CDR Donald L. Campbell
  • Feb 1964 - - - - - CDR Wesley L. McDonald
  • Mar 1965 - - - - - CDR William G. Nealon
  • Feb 1966 - - - - - CDR Carl Ray Smith, Jr.
  • Mar 1967 - - - - - CDR Peter W. Sherman
  • Jun 1967 - - - - - CDR Ernest R. Seymour
  • Jul 1968 - - - - - CDR John L. Nicholson, Jr.
  • Dec 1969 - - - - - CDR Joseph E. Potosnak
  • Oct 1970 - - - - - CDR John W. Weed
  • Aug 1971 - - - - - CDR Neil L. Harvey
  • Aug 1972 - - - - - CDR Walter Lewis Chatham
  • Aug 1973 - - - - - CDR Charles G. Andres
  • Jul 1974 - - - - - CDR Ronald N. Artim
  • Sep 1975 - - - - - CDR Gary L. Starbird
  • Dec 1976 - - - - - CDR Robert E. Smith
  • Mar 1978 - - - - - CDR Roger P. Flower
  • Jun 1979 - - - - - CDR Leon C. Bryant
  • Aug 1980 - - - - - CDR Charles S. Mitchell IV
  • Dec 1981 - - - - - CDR Edwin E. Shipe III
  • Mar 1983 - - - - - CDR Garold S. McDaniel
  • Jul 1984 - - - - - CDR Paul R. Statskey
  • Jan 1986 - - - - - CDR J. R. Hutchison


Events

  • June 4, 1956:
    Attack Squadron FIFTY-SIX (VA-56), established at Naval Air Station Miramar, California.
  • November 1959:
    "Top Gun" all-Navy -MarCorps Weapons meet at Yuma, conducted by FAGU (Fleet Air Gunnery Unit) stationed at El Centro.
  • June, 1960 VA-56 becomes "Light Attack Bombing Champions" of the Navy. Information provided by Jerry Shelley via Scott Turchin.
  • For a 1960 CVA-14 cruise, off-loaded most all other attack A/C and on-loaded 78 Marine Corp A4D's. This rememberance from Jerry Shelley via Scott Turchin.
    Anyone else have information about this evolution?
  • October 25 through 31, 1961:
    VA-56 Champions participated in Operation Crosstie with HMS Victorious (R-38), conducting flight operations from the deck of Victorious to evaluate the compatibility of USN/RN aircraft, armament, and handling facilities.
  • July 16 through September 15, 1962:
    The Champions were embarked in United States Ship Constellation CVA 64 during her transit from the East Coast, via Cape Horn, to her new home port on the West Coast.
  • Jan. 07, 1963 through July 15, 1963:
    Ticonderoga 07 Jan 1963 to 15 July 1963 with A-4C's modex 40x's.
  • April 14, 1964 through December 15, 1964:
    The VA-56 Champions flying A-4E Skyhawks (modex40x) embarked with Carrier Air Wing 5 on United States Ship Ticonderoga CVA 14 to WestPac and the Champs first Vietnam combat cruise.
  • April 29, 1964:
    Lt(jg). G.W. Taylor was lost when his aircraft landed in the water starboard side after launch at 2016. Secured from launching aircraft. Commenced maneuvering in the vicinity of the crash while rescue destroyers searched for the pilot. Resumed flight operations at 2052.
    USS Ticonderoga log book, 29 April 1964
  • July 1964:
    VA-56 Champion A-4E Skyhawks participated in special Yankee Team operations, providing aerial refueling support and experimenting with the tactic of employing A-4Es as armed escorts for the RF-8 and RA-3 reconnaissance aircraft flying missions over Laos and South Vietnam to detect Communist military presence and operations.
  • August 2 through 4, 1964:
    During a Desoto Patrol mission (intelligence collection missions begun in 1962) United States Ship Maddox DD 731 was attacked by three motor torpedo boats on 2 August off the coast of North Vietnam. Following this incident, the Champs flew sorties in support of the destroyers on Desoto Patrol.
  • August 5, 1964:
    Champion Skyhawks participated in Pierce Arrow, retaliatory strikes against the North Vietnamese. Along with other aircraft from CVW-5, they were part of the first sortie that struck the antiaircraft gun emplacements at the Vinh oil storage facility. Ninety percent of the complex was destroyed by the sorties flown against this facility. The Champs also participated in strikes against the Ben Thuy naval base, resulting in the sinking and destruction of several torpedo boats.
  • August 13, 1964:
    Lt(jg). A.J. Shower ejected safely when his A-4E BuNo 150018 crashed in the water 500 yards starboard bow at 14-10N 11-13E and sank in 700 fathoms of water at 1306. Pilot was recovered by helo and returned on board. Pilot received no injuries and stated that he ejected due to a power loss after a normal catapult shot.
    USS Ticonderoga deck log, 13 August 1964. r/>
  • September 7, 1964:
    Lt. Donald Vol Hester was launched in A-4E BuNo 150024 and crashed on the horizon, lat 30-12.5N, long 133-17E at 2009. Commenced search 2020. Commenced maneuvering at various courses and speeds while conducting a search for the downed pilot 2140.
    USS Ticonderoga deck log, 6 September 1964.
    Presently conducting expanding rectangular area search perpendicular to axis 240 for downed aircraft and pilot (0000-0400)
    USS Ticonderoga deck log, 7 September 1964.
  • October 10 through 29; November 1 through 5 and 22 through 28, 1964:
    The Champs continued to participate in special Yankee Team operations off the coast of Vietnam.
  • September 28, 1965 through May 13, 1966:
    The VA-56 Champions flying A-4E Skyhawks (modex 46x) embarked with Carrier Air Wing 5 on United States Ship Ticonderoga CVA 14 to WestPac and the Champs second Vietnam combat cruise.
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  • April 20, 1965:
    XO Cmdr. Robert E. Tigner perished in A-4C BuNo 150030 in a crash 30 miles north of Twenty Nine Palms on an ordnance training mission.
    Hayward, CA The Daily Review article
  • July 19, 1965:
    Lt(jg). Virgil Jackson Jr. ejected safely from his A-4E BuNo 152026 before it crashed and burned five miles north of Woodlake, CA near Sequoia Park. The aircraft crashed in the front yard of a home owned by Leonard Hanson on Sentinel Butte.
    Long Beach, CA Press-Telegram, Thursday, July 20, 1965.

  • December 5, 1965:
    "While the USS TICONDEROGA is en route from operations off Vietnam to Yokosuka, Japan, an A-4E aircraft of VA-56 loaded with one B43 nuclear weapon goes overboard. The aircraft was being rolled from the number 2 hangar bay to the number 2 elevator when it rolled off the elevator with the pilot LTJG D. M. Webster and the bomb and sank in 2700 fathoms of water. A search fails to find the pilot. The Department of Defense states this accident took place "more than 500 miles from land" when it reveals the accident in 1981. However, Navy documents show the accident occurred about 80 miles east of the Japanese Ryuku Island chain and 250 miles south of Kyushu Island, Japan, and about 200 miles east of Okinawa."
    Quoted from U.S.S. Ticonderoga Site
    Skyhawk BuNo.151022 was the aircraft involved in this incident.

    Doug Webster was a native of Warren, Ohio where he was in the Boy Scouts and the Warren YMCA, serving as a river guide on Y-sponsored whitewater canoe trips. He was vice president of his class at Warren G. Harding High School as well as one of the finest gymnasts in school history, excelling in the iron ring exercise.
    Doug graduated from Harding in 1960 and enrolled at Ohio State University where he was named the co-captain of the Ohio State University gymnastics team. He received his degree in 1964 and married his college girlfriend soon thereafter.
    Doug received his pilot training in California and shipped out from there on his first assignment, where his death occurred three months later near Ruyku Island off the coast of Yokosuka, Japan.

    Doug Webster cared deeply about his country. He was a young man of strong beliefs, character and firm ethics who valued physical fitness and hard work.

    This endowed memorial fund has been established in Doug's memory by family, friends and fellow members of the naval air corps. It will be used to help young people of Warren, Ohio develop their personal ethics and physical abilities through participation in YMCA and High School athletic activities.
    How to contribute:
    Tax laws passed by Congress make charitable giving attractive for many people. Your contributions to the Douglas M. Webster Memorial Fund at the Community Foundation gives you an income tax deduction in the year you make the contribution.
    Kindly make your checks payable to the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, indicate the Douglas M. Webster Memorial Fund in the memo line, and mail to:
    Douglas M. Webster Memorial Fund
    Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley
    11 Federal Plaza Central
    Youngstown, OH 44503

  • February 7, 1966:
    Lieutenant Commander Render Crayton was awarded the Silver Star (in absentia) for his actions while engaged in a combat mission over North Vietnam.
  • 17 April 1966:
    LCDR V.Q. Hough was flying BuNo.151058 when he was struck by AAA. The LCDR ejected from the aircraft and was recovered.
  • 18 August 1966:
    US Navy A-4C Skyhawk BuNo 148570 with the VA-56, piloted by LCDR Arthur K. Tyszkiewicz was on a scheduled two plane combination navigation and bombing/strafing flight. The flight departed Lemoore Naval Air Station and flew the navigation phase of the flight to the bombing range. The flight made three 45 degree MK76 bombing runs on selected targets. On the fourth run, the flight made a 15 degree individual strafing runs with 20mm ball ammunition. As LCDR Tyszkiewicz commenced his second strafing run, he noticed the utility hydraulic system warning light flickering. As he aborted the run he noticed the fire warning light and flight control hydraulic warning light had also had come on. He reduced the power control level to idle, but the hydraulic system warning and fire warning lights remained on. He then secured the engine and successfully ejected at approximately 2500 AGL at 190 knots. The aircraft impacted at 30 degrees nose down angle and was completely destroyed.
    Sadly less than six months after surviving this accident, at the age of 33, LCDR Arthur Kasimi Tyszkiewicz was killed in action on January 14, 1967 in Laos. LCDR Tyszkiewicz was buried at sea from the U.S.S. Enterprise.
  • November 19, 1966 through August 6, 1967:
    The VA-56 Champions flying A-4C Skyhawks embarked with Carrier Air Wing 9 on United States Ship Enterprise CVAN 65 to WestPac and the Champs third Vietnam combat cruise.
  • January 14, 1967:
    Lt(jg). Karl Alfred Vogelgro III in Champion 407 and LCdr. Arthur Kasimir Tyszkiewicz in Champion 411 reported down over Laos, Mayday from both. 0601 SAR forces have contact with both pilots, rescue attempts will be made at first light. 0631 received word that Lt(jg). Vogelgro has been picked up. pick-up in progress on LCdr Tyszkiewicz in progress.

    Other info is that Vogelgro survived mid-air collision with 145087 and LCdr. Arthur Kasimir Tyszkiewicz was KIA in mid-air collision with A-4C 147724.
    USS Enterprise deck log, 14 January 1967.
  • June 10, 1967:
    The squadron's commanding officer, Commander Peter Sherman, failed to return from a strike in North Vietnam and was listed as missing in action, presumed dead.
    An update from "Viet Nam Air Losses" by Chris Hobson:
    10 June 1967
    A-4C 145145 VA-56, USN, USS Enterprise
    CDR Peter Woodbury Sherman (KIA)
    The series of raids on the Van Dien SAM support depot continued. CDR Sherman was the CO of VA-56 and was leading an Iron Hand flight in support of a raid on the depot. As CDR Sherman and his wingman reached a point about 10 miles southwest of Hanoi they had to take evasive action to avoid numerous SAMs that had been fired at them. During the maneuvering the wingman lost sight of his leader. No ejection was seen or SAR beeper heard but it was assumed that CDR Sherman's aircraft had been the victim of an SA-2 missile and that he had been killed. The remains of CDR Sherman were eventually handed over by the Vietnamese on 19 January 1991. Pete Sherman had only taken over command of the squadron on 17 March 1967.
  • January 3, 1968 through August 18, 1968:
    The VA-56 Champions flying A-4E Skyhawks embarked with Carrier Air Wing 9 on United States Ship Enterprise CVAN 65 to WestPac and the Champs fourth Vietnam combat cruise.
  • January and February 1968:
    While embarked in United States Ship Enterprise CVAN 65 and en route to Yankee Station, the Enterprise was ordered to the Sea of Japan for operations following the seizure of Pueblo (AGER 2) by the North Koreans on 23 January.
  • May 7, 1968:
    During a rocket attack, A-4E BuNo 152005 was lost to ground fire. Lt. D.A. Lawrence was rescued by USS Jouett (CG-29) HC-7 Seadevils Det. 110 SH‑3A Sea King, 40 miles 160⁰ from Vinh, 19 miles inland.
  • June 19, 1968:
    Lieutenant Commander Crater received the Silver Star for his actions in coordinating the successful night rescue of a downed F-4 Phantom crewman in North Vietnam. This action was part of the rescue operations in which helicopter pilot Lieutenant Lassen received the Medal of Honor for his exploits.
  • November 1, 1968:
    The squadron's last A-4E Skyhawk was transferred and training began for the transition to the A-7 Corsair II.
  • October 14, 1969 through June 1, 1970:
    The VA-56 Champions flying A-7B Corsair II embarked with Carrier Air Wing 2 on United States Ship Ranger CVA 61 to WestPac and the Champs fifth Vietnam combat cruise.
  • April 16, 1971 through November 6, 1971:
    The VA-56 Champions flying A-7B Corsair II embarked with Carrier Air Wing 5 on United States Ship Midway CVA 41 to WestPac and the Champs sixth Vietnam combat cruise.
  • April 10, 1972 through March 3, 1973:
    The VA-56 Champions flying A-7B Corsair II embarked with Carrier Air Wing 5 on United States Ship Midway CVA 41 to WestPac and the Champs seventh Vietnam combat cruise.
  • May 12, 1972:
    United States Ship Midway CVA 41, with the Champs embarked, shifted its operations from the area of An Loc, South Vietnam to targets in North Vietnam. It participated in the mining and interdiction of Haiphong Harbor and North Vietnam's extensive coastal waterway system. This was an extension of operation Pocket Money which was initiated on 9 May by squadrons from United States Ship Kitty Hawk CVA 63 and United States Ship Coral Sea CVA 43. It also participated in operation Linebacker I, the concentration of heavy strikes against targets in North Vietnam to interdict the flow of supplies into the country and reduce its ability to prosecute the war. Linebacker I operations lasted until 22 October.
  • April 29 and 30, 1975:
    United States Ship Midway, including the Champions, participated in operation Frequent Wind, the evacuation of American citizens from Saigon, South Vietnam.
  • August 1976:
    VA-56, embarked in United States Ship Midway, operated in Korean waters following the killing of two American officers in the DMZ by the North Koreans.
  • April and May 1979:
    United States Ship Midway, with VA-56 embarked, deployed to the Gulf of Aden to relieve United States Ship Constellation CV 64 and maintain a U.S. carrier presence following the out break of fighting between North and South Yemen and the fall of the Shah of Iran.
  • October 1979:
    As a response to anti-American demonstrations in Iran, United States Ship Midway and its air wing, including VA-56, were ordered to deploy to the Indian Ocean for the second time in 1979.
  • November 1979 through February 1980:
    Following the Iranian seizure of the American Embassy in Teheran and the taking of American hostages on 4 November, United States Ship Midway proceeded to the Gulf of Oman and remained on station until relieved in early February 1980.
  • May and June 1980:
    United States Ship Midway, with VA-56 embarked, operated off the coast of Korea due to the civil unrest in South Korea and the massacre of several hundred people in the town of Kwangju.
  • May 1986:
    The Champions were reassigned to Naval Air Station Lemoore as a result of the change in CVW-5's composition from A-7 and F-4 aircraft to FA-18A. It began the transfer of its personnel and aircraft in preparation for the disestablishment of the squadron on 31 August.
  • August 31, 1986:
    Attack Squadron FIFTY-SIX (VA-56) disestablished at Naval Air Station Lemoore, California.


Awards

  • NAVE
    • 01 Jul 1959 to 30 Jun 1960
    • 01 Jul 1977 to 31 Dec 1978
  • AFEM
    • 26 Sep 1961 to 30 Sep 1961
    • 27 Sep 1961 to 01 Oct 1961
    • 10 Oct 1961 to 14 Oct 1961
    • 16 Oct 1961 17 Oct 1961
    • 02 Aug 1964 to 05 Aug 1964
    • 11 Aug 1964 to 22 Sep 1964
    • 07 Oct 1964 to 29 Oct 1964
    • 02 Nov 1964 to 06 Nov 1964
    • 21 Nov 1964 to 28 Nov 1964
    • 10 Jan 1970 to 13 Jan 1970
    • 12 Apr 1970 to 13 Apr 1970
    • 29 Apr 1975 to 30 Apr 1975
  • HSM
    • 29 Apr 1975 to 30 Apr 1975
  • MUC
    • 27 Oct 1969 to 12 May 1970
    • 07 May 1971 to 28 Oct 1971
    • 01 Jan 1978 to 20 May 1979
    • 13 Nov 1979 to 08 Feb 1980
    • 27 Jul 1982 to 01 May 1984
  • NEM
    • 15 Apr 1979 to 06 Jun 1979
    • 21 Nov 1979 to 07 Feb 1980
    • 19 Aug 1980 to 13 Nov 1980
    • 12 Mar 1981 to 19 May 1981
  • NUC
    • 02 Aug 1964 to 05 Aug 1964
    • 18 Dec 1966 to 20 Jan 1967
    • 14 Jan 1968 to 26 Jun 1968
    • 29 Apr 1975 to 30 Apr 1975
    • 01 Jan 1978 to 30 Jun 1979
  • PUC
    • 30 Apr 1972 to 09 Feb 1973
  • RVNGC
    • 30 Mar 1972 to 15 Jul 1972
  • VNSM
    • 05 Nov 1965 to 01 Dec 1965
    • 22 Dec 1965 to 14 Jan 1966
    • 22 Jan 1966 to 16 Feb 1966
    • 06 Mar 1966 to 31 Mar 1966
    • 10 Apr 1966 to 21 Apr 1966
    • 17 Dec 1966 to 17 Jan 1967
    • 31 Jan 1967 to 03 Mar 1967
    • 20 Mar 1967 to 18 Apr 1967
    • 28 Apr 1967 to 26 May 1967
    • 04 Jun 1967 to 21 Jun 1967
    • 21 Feb 1968 to 17 Mar 1968
    • 26 Mar 1968 to 24 Apr 1968
    • 11 Jun 1972 to 07 Jul 1972
    • 16 Jul 1972 to 13 Aug 1972
    • 23 Aug 1972 to 10 Sep 1972
    • 23 Oct 1972 to 23 Nov 1972
    • 03 Dec 1972 to 22 Dec 1972
    • 31 Dec 1972
    • 04 Jan 1973 to 24 Jan 1973
    • 30 Apr 1968 to 21 May 1968
    • 30 May 1968 to 27 Jun 1968
    • 07 Jan 1969 to 30 Jan 1969
    • 15 Feb 1969 to 16 Mar 1969
    • 04 Apr 1969 to 17 Apr 1969
    • 16 Nov 1969 to 07 Dec 1969
    • 17 Dec 1969 to 12 Jan 1970
    • 29 Jan 1970 to 18 Feb 1970
    • 27 Feb 1970 to 30 Mar 1970
    • 16 Apr 1970 to 14 May 1970
    • 17 May 1971 to 09 Jun 1971
    • 29 Jun 1971 to 20 Jul 1971
    • 31 Jul 1971 to 17 Aug 1971
    • 26 Sep 1971 to 11 Oct 1971
    • 01 May 1972 to 01 Jun 1972
    • 11 Jun 1972 to 07 Jul 1972
    • 16 Jul 1972 to 13 Aug 1972
    • 23 Aug 1972 to 10 Sep 1972
    • 23 Oct 1972 to 23 Nov 1972
    • 03 Dec 1972 to 22 Dec 1972
    • 31 Dec 1972
    • 04 Jan 1973 to 24 Jan 1973
    • 03 Feb 1973 to 09 Feb 1973
     

    Photographs


    NOV56: VA-56 Champions F9F-8B Cougar NF-304, Armitage Field, China Lake, November 1956. Top: Cumbie, Meigs, unknown, Shanahan, unknown, Font, Estocin, Mitchell, Jennings, __nell, Dean, Titcomb and Cheisty. Bottom: unknown, unknown, Devine (CO), Short, Ettinger and Joyce.
    Navy Photo.

    NOV 56: VA-56 Champions F9F-8B Cougar BuNo 138xxx, NF-301, Armitage Field, China Lake, 08 November 1956. Top: Jewell, Thomas, Dean, Shanahan and Joyce. Bottom: Ettinger, Titcomb, Mitchell, Akers and Font.

    MAR62 NAN photo of a VA-56 crew working on a J-65 engine.
    MAR62 NAN

    JUL59 NAN photo of VA-56 mounting a J-65 engine into the a/c.
    JUL59 NAN photo

    1959: VA-56 A4D-2 BuNo 144971, NF-401, 1959 Weapons Meet light attack winners of the Kane trophy.
    l-r: Ed Leutschwager, Gracey, Walker, Harper, Phillips & Tony Tambini.
    Gary Verver

    1959: VA-56 Champions A4D-2 Skyhawk BuNo 144980, NF-409, MCAAS Yuma, 03 December 1959. Photo by W.L. Swisher.

    FEB60 NAN photo of Westcoast 1959 Champions, winner of the Kane Trophy. Pilots l to r are Luetschwager, Gracey, Wlaker, Harper, Phillips and Tambini.
    FEB60 NAN

    Probably Naval Air Station Miramar, VA-56 ground crew works on starting a J-65.
    FEB60 NAN Photo

    1960: VA-56 BuNo 144980 takes a ride on elevator 3.

    1960-61: Boomerangs Skyhawk BuNo 144964, NF-402, in-flight with a special weapons shape.
    Douglas

    1961-62: Champions Skyhawk formation from l-r: NF-403, NF-405, NF-406 & NF-412.
    Naval Aviation News Photo

    1961-62: Champions Skyhawk formation from r-l: NF-403, NF-405, NF-406 & NF-412.
    Naval Aviation News Photo

    VA-56 Pilots circa April 1961
    Note: Herb Foreman, Bill Wesley, and Denny Cook were members of the VA 56 team that claimed the Light Attack Top Gun award at the November 1959 all Navy-Marine Corps Weapons meet in Yuma (hence the call sign "Champ"). Lou Racy was a member of the Host Fleet Air Gunnery Unit (FAGU) out of El Centro.
    Provided by Ross Cooper

    1961 Champions Skyhawk BuNo 144976, NF-405.
    Naval Aviation News Photo.

    MAR62 NAN photo of a VA-56 crew working on a J-65 engine.
    MAR62 NAN


    BuNo.144976 and 144980 in formation, 1962-63.

    1963-65: BuNo 150030, NF-401, over the Sierras.
    Douglas Aircraft

    1964 BuNo.150030 VA-56 A-4E NF-401 with the USS Constellation in the background.
    Dated 1964 and the carrier the photo was taken from must be the Ticonderoga, VA-56 was the
    only A-4E squadron using modex NF-4nn in 1964 and they were on the Tico.
    Official U.S. Navy photo from the Don Scott Collection.

    BuNo.150030 & VA-56 Champions - March 1964.
    VA-56 Champion Officers pose by Skipper Don Campbell's A-4E Skyhawk. This photograph was taken just before the Champions embarked with Carrier Air Wing 5 on United States Ship Ticonderoga CVA 14 to WestPac and the Champs first Vietnam combat cruise.
    Official Navy photograph from Roland Schmidt.

    1965: VA-56 Champions, 1965. Photo taken just prior to 1965-1966 Vietnam deployment aboard U.S.S. Ticonderoga (CVA-14). My father Dale Palmer was a pilot in this squadron during the 1965-66 Vietnam deployment. He is second..
    Photo from Dennis Palmer.

    USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14) and CVW-5 (NF) aircraft including VA-56 Champions A-4E Skyhawks and VA-55 Warhorses A-4E Skyhawks, 1964-1966.
    The Air Group squadrons/aircraft were VF-51 Screaming Eagles F-8E Crusaders, VF-53 Iron Angels F-8E Crusaders, VA-52 Knightriders A-1H Skyraiders, VA-56 Champions A-4E Skyhawks, VA-55 Warhorses A-4E Skyhawks, VAH-4 Four Runners Det. B A-3B Skywarriors, VFP-63 Eyes of the Fleet Det. B RF-8A Crusaders, VAW-11 Early Elevens Det. B E-1B Tracers and HU-1 Pacific Fleet Angels Det. B UH-2A Seasprites.

    Circa 1966: Photo taken from the "Island" on CVA-14 looking over some of her Skyhawks at CVA-64, USS Constellation.
    VA-56 19NOV66 to 06JUL67 Enterprise Cruise


    1966-67: right side view of Skyhawk BuNo 145078, NG-404, assigned to LTJG Bob Simmons parked on the ramp.
    Unknown photographer via W. Mutza

    APR 1967: right side view of Skyhawk BuNo 145078, NG-404, assigned to LTJG Bob Simmons parked on the ramp.
    Unknown photographer via W. Mutza

    1967: right side view of Skyhawk BuNo 147683, NG-400, assigned to CAG CDR J.E. Whipman parked on the flightline.
    Neil Schnieder

    1967: LTJG Gerald Hausmann inspects the damage to the wing of his Champions Skyhawk after he took a 37mm round in the starboard wing panel which left the pilot sized hole and knocked out the starboard aileron and flap.
    Naval Aviation News Photo
    "I was there when this happened. This incident is what led to the air-frame change that allowed the transfer of fuel from the drop tanks without going into the wing. The A-3 brought him by the ship and he didn't unplug till more than half through the 180 turn. They told him he needed to catch the wire on the first pass or else. This picture was in my cruise book. I got out of the Navy in July 68 and went to work at the Naval Air rework Facility NAS Alameda. This plane was still in Emergency Repair when I went to work there in Sept 68." Randy Wilson VA-56 65-68
    Note: LCDR Hausmann was latered killed in an A-7 crash.

    1967: hook runner prepares to disengage the arresting wire from Champions Skyhawk NG-412 after a successful trap
    Naval Aviation News Photo

    JUN67 NAN photo of CDR P.W. Sherman of VA-56.
    JUN67 NAN

    JUN67 NAN photo of CDR C.R. Smith of VA-56.
    JUN67 NAN

    OCT 1967: Left side view of VA-56 Champions A-4C Skyhawk BuNo 148605, NG-402, on the ramp, NAS North Island.
    Copyright R.W. Harrison.

    A-4E BuNo.152005 was lost to AAA over North Vietnam.
    Pilot LT D A Lawrence ejected and was rescued.

    1968 Champions Skyhawk BuNo 151151, NG-400, launches from the USS Enterprise.
    Naval Aviation News Photo.

    A-4E BuNo.151151 at NAS Atsugi

    A-4E Skyhawk BuNo. 151184 - 1968
    VA-56 Champion A-4E Skyhawk BuNo. 151184, side number NG-401 visits Naval Air Station Atsugi, Japan on February 3, 1968. Champ A-4E NG-401 was based aboard United States Ship Enterprise CVAN-65.
    Photograph by Masaaki Hayakawa, Webmaster of the Jet Intake Website.

     

    Off-Duty Info

     

    Taken after last "Hook" attended in August 2000 which celebrated the first (ever) reunion of VF 791/142, circa '52--'60. Speaker, "Bean Bag" Bill Nelson with great photos of his inspection duties in Iraq as part of the UN nuke Team. Bill did an outstanding job in presentation, but more importantly in getting all of us together after so many years of apathy.
    J. Richard Powell Jr.


    Sources:
    • Harry Gann
    • Masaaki Hayakawa
    • Takafumi Hiroe
    • Roland Schmidt
    • Randy Bob Wilson
    A-4 Skyhawk aircraft assigned to this unit:
    • Douglas A4D-1 (A-4A) Skyhawk
      • 139920 C/N 11285
        • 04 Feb 1959 - VA-56 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 20 Jul 1959 - VA-112 - NAS Miramar, CA
      • 139947 C/N 11312
        • 23 Dec 1958 - VA-56 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 27 May 1959 - VA-112 - NAS Miramar, CA
      • 139948 C/N 11313
        • 07 Jan 1959 - VA-56 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 21 Jul 1959 - VA-112 - NAS Miramar, CA
      • 139950 C/N 11315
        • 14 Jan 1959 - VA-56 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 27 May 1959 - VA-112 - NAS Miramar, CA
      • 139950 C/N 11315
        • 14 Jan 1959 - VA-56 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 27 May 1959 - VA-112 - NAS Miramar, CA
      • 142159 c/n 11413
        • 15 Jan 1959 - VA-56 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 27 May 1959 - VA-112 - NAS Miramar, CA
      • 142160 c/n 11414
        • 24 Mar 1959 - VA-56 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 02 Jun 1959 - VA-125 - NAS Moffett Field, CA
      • 142205 c/n 11459
        • 27 Feb 1959 - VA-56 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 28 May 1959 - VA-125 - NAS Moffett Field, CA

    • Douglas A4D-2 (A-4B) Skyhawk
        • 22 Mar 1962 - VA-56 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 05 Apr 1962 - NAS - NAS Lemoore, CA

        • 23 Apr 1962 - VA-56 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 13 Jul 1962 - NAS - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 144872 C/N 12118
        • 17 Apr 1961 - VA-56 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 01 May 1961 - VA-126 - NAS Miramar, CA
      • 144878 C/N 12124
        • 08 Nov 1960 - VA-56 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 05 May 1961 - VA-55 - USS Ticonderoga
      • 144879 C/N 12125
        • 08 Nov 1960 - VA-56 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 19 May 1961 - NAS - NAS Moffett Field, CA
      • 144964 C/N 12210
        • 29 Apr 1959 - VA-56 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 06 Aug 1963 - NAS - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 144965 C/N 12211
        • 23 Apr 1959 - VA-56 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 05 Aug 1963 - Storage - NAF Litchfield Park, AZ
      • 144966 C/N 12212
        • 18 May 1959 - VA-56 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 01 Jul 1963 - NAS - NAS Atsugi, Japan
      • 144971 C/N 12217
        • 29 Apr 1959 - VA-56 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 18 Jul 1963 - NAS - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 144972 C/N 12218
        • 29 Apr 1959 - VA-56 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 18 Jan 1963 - NAS 14 NAV STA - NAS Barbers Point, HI
      • 144973 C/N 12219
        • 25 Apr 1959 - VA-56 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 22 Jul 1963 - NAS - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 144974 C/N 12220
        • 29 Apr 1959 - VA-56 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 02 Jul 1963 - NAS - NAS Atsugi, Japan
      • 144976 C/N 12222
        • 25 Apr 1959 - VA-56 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 01 Jul 1963 - NAS - NAS Atsugi, Japan
      • 144979 C/N 12225
        • 29 Apr 1959 - VA-56 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 05 Aug 1963 - Storage - NAF Litchfield Park, AZ
      • 144980 C/N 12226
        • 29 Apr 1959 - VA-56 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 05 Aug 1963 - Storage - NAF Litchfield Park, AZ
      • 144982 C/N 12228
        • 29 Apr 1959 - VA-56 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 01 Jul 1963 - NAS - NAS Atsugi, Japan
      • 144986 C/N 12232
        • 29 Apr 1959 - VA-56 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 01 Jul 1963 - NAS - NAS Atsugi, Japan
      • 145043 C/N 12289
        • 23 Jul 1959 - VA-56 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 17 Aug 1959 - Fl Air Gun Sch - MCAS Yuma, AZ

        • 17 Sep 1959 - VA-56 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 05 Feb 1960 - VA-55 - NAS Miramar, CA
      • 145046 C/N 12292
        • 21 Mar 1963 - VA-56 - USS Ticonderoga
        • 01 Jul 1963 - NAS - NAS Atsugi, Japan
      • 145078 c/n 12324
        • 29 Jun 1966 - VA-56 - USS Enterprise
        • 07 Jul 1967 - NAS R&T -- NAS Alameda, CA
      • 145087 c/n 12333
        • 04 Aug 1966 - VA-56 - USS Enterprise
        • 14 Jan 1967 - Stricken – 1S
      • 145106 c/n 12352
        • 22 Mar 1967 - VA-56 - USS Enterprise
        • 12 Dec 1967 - VA-125 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 145113 c/n 12359
        • 27 Jun 1967 - VA-56 - USS Enterprise
        • 22 Dec 1967 - VA-76 - USS Independence
      • 145114 c/n 12360
        • 23 Jun 1966 - VA-56 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 21 Mar 1967 - VA-76 - USS Bon Homme Richard
      • 145128 c/n 12374
        • 30 Jan 1967 - VA-56 - USS Enterprise
        • 24 Oct 1967 - VA-112 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 145145 c/n 12391
        • 05 Oct 1966 - VA-56 - USS Enterprise
        • 10 Jun 1967 - Stricken – 1S

    • Douglas A4D-2N (A-4C) Skyhawk
      • 147683 C/N 12447
        • 01 Sep 1966 - VA-56 - USS Enterprise
        • 06 Feb 1967 - NAS COSA - NAS Cubi Point, RP
      • 147691 C/N 12455
        • 01 Sep 1966 - VA-56 - USS Enterprise
        • 10 Oct 1966 - VA-112 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 147698 C/N 12462
        • 01 Jul 1966 - VA-56 - USS Enterprise
        • 10 Oct 1966 - VA-112 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 147709 C/N 12473
        • 10 Oct 1966 - VA-56 - USS Enterprise
        • 24 Jun 1967 - VA-76 - USS Bon Homme Richard
      • 147724 C/N 12488
        • 24 Oct 1966 - VA-56 - USS Enterprise
        • 14 Jan 1967 - Stricken – 1S
      • 147728 C/N 12492
        • 18 Feb 1967 - VA-56 - USS Enterprise
        • 26 Jul 1967 - VA-22 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 147764 C/N 12528
        • 15 Dec 1966 - VA-56 - USS Enterprise
        • 24 Jun 1967 - VA-76 - USS Bon Homme Richard
      • 148314 C/N 12624
        • 12 Jul 1966 - VA-56 - USS Intrepid
        • 21 Mar 1967 - VA-76 - USS Bon Homme Richard
      • 148479 C/N 12672
        • 05 Jul 1966 - VA-56 - USS Enterprise
        • 24 Oct 1966 - VA-112 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 148541 C/N 12734
        • 23 Jun 1966 - VA-56 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 27 Jun 1966 - VA-56 - USS Enterprise
      • 148570 C/N 12763
        • 15 Jul 1966 - VA-56 - USS Enterprise
        • 18 Aug 1966 - Stricken – 1S
      • 148605 C/N 12798
        • 27 Jun 1966 - VA-56 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 24 Oct 1967 - VA-66 - USS Intrepid
      • 148606 C/N 12799
        • 23 Jun 1967 - VA-56 - USS Intrepid
        • 07 Dec 1967 - VA-195 - USS Ticonderoga
      • 148611 C/N 12804
        • 08 Feb 1967 - VA-56 - USS Enterprise
        • 31 May 1967 - NAS COSA - NAS Cubi Point, RP
      • 149497 c/n 12822
        • 12 Aug 1966 - VA-56 - USS Enterprise
        • 18 Aug 1967 - VSF-1 - USS Independence
      • 149498 c/n 12823
        • 23 Mar 1967 - VA-56 - USS Enterprise
        • 31 Jul 1967 - VA-22 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 149506 c/n 12831
        • 07 Jun 1966 - VA-56 - USS Enterprise
        • 14 Oct 1966 - VA-125 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 149573 c/n 12898
        • 31 May 1967 - VA-56 - USS Enterprise
        • 29 Sep 1967 - VSF-1 - USS Independence
      • 149579 c/n 12904
        • 24 May 1966 - VA-56 - USS Enterprise
        • 13 Sep 1966 - NAS COSA - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 149633 c/n 12958
        • 07 Jun 1967 - VA-56 - USS Enterprise
        • 25 Oct 1967 - VA-125 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 149635 c/n 12960
        • 05 Jul 1966 - VA-56 - USS Enterprise
        • 24 Oct 1966 - VA-112 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 149644 c/n 12969
        • 27 Jun 1966 - VA-56 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 30 Jan 1968 - VA-195 - USS Ticonderoga

    • Douglas A-4E Skyhawk
      • 149647 c/n 12972
        • 05 Nov 1967 - VA-56 - USS Enterprise
        • 15 Dec 1967 - VA-94 - USS Bon Homme Richard
      • 149665 c/n 12990
        • 15 Aug 1967 - VA-56 - USS Enterprise
        • 15 Jun 1968 - Stricken – 1S
      • 149959 c/n 13012
        • 16 Jun 1966 - VA-56 - USS Enterprise
        • 05 Aug 1966 - VA-192 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 149967 c/n 13020
        • 14 Mar 1966 - VA-56 - USS Ticonderoga
        • 29 Jun 1966 - VA-192 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 149968 c/n 13021
        • 03 Sep 1963 - VA-56 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 11 Feb 1965 - VMA-211 -- MCAS El Toro, CA
      • 149970 c/n 13023
        • 03 Sep 1963 - VA-56 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 17 Mar 1964 - VMA-211 - MCAS El Toro, CA
      • 149973 c/n 13026
        • 18 Dec 1965 - VA-56 - USS Ticonderoga
        • 23 Jun 1966 - VA-192 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 149975 c/n 13028
        • 23 Jul 1963 - VA-56 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 12 Mar 1964 - VA-125 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 149978 c/n 13031
        • 01 Mar 1966 - VA-56 - USS Ticonderoga
        • 11 Mar 1966 - NAS - NAS Cubi Point, RP

        • 15 Mar 1966 - VA-56 - USS Ticonderoga
        • 28 Apr 1966 - NAS - NAS Atsugi, Japan

        • 06 Sep 1967 - VA-56 ---- USS Enterprise
        • 02 Aug 1968 - VA-776 - NAS Los Alamitos, CA
    • Douglas A-4E Skyhawk (Continued)
      • 149979 c/n 13032
        • 17 Sep 1968 - VA-56 - USS Enterprise
        • 02 Aug 1968 - VA-776 - NAS Los Alamitos, CA
      • 149981 c/n 13034
        • 21 Aug 1967 - VA-56 - USS Enterprise
        • 19 Jun 1968 - VA-125 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 149983 c/n 13036
        • 09 Mar 1966 - VA-56 - USS Ticonderoga
        • 24 Jun 1966 - VA-192 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 149983 c/n 13036
        • 10 Oct 1967 - VA-56 - USS Enterprise
        • 04 Dec 1967 - NARF - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 149989 c/n 13042
        • 23 Jul 1963 - VA-56 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 12 Mar 1964 - VA-125 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 149989 c/n 13042
        • 25 Dec 1965 - VA-56 - USS Ticonderoga
        • 29 Jun 1966 - VA-192 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 149993 c/n 13046
        • 15 Nov 1967 - VA-56 - USS Enterprise
        • 03 Dec 1967 - VA-94 - USS Bon Homme Richard
      • 150009 c/n 13062
        • 03 Aug 1967 - VA-56 - USS Enterprise
        • 19 Nov 1968 - NAS A&T - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 150010 c/n 13063
        • 01 Aug 1967 - VA-56 - USS Enterprise
        • 29 Nov 1967 - NAS COSA - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 150011 c/n 13064
        • 23 Jul 1963 - VA-56 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 28 Apr 1966 - NAS - NAS Atsugi, Japan
      • 150018 c/n 13071
        • 23 Jul 1963 - VA-56 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 13 Aug 1964 - Stricken – 1NA2
      • 150019 c/n 13072
        • 23 May 1963 - VA-56 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 11 Feb 1964 - VMA-311 - MCAS El Toro, CA
      • 150024 c/n 13077
        • 24 Jul 1963 - VA-56 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 06 Sep 1964 - Stricken – 1AE2
      • 150026 c/n 13079
        • 24 Jul 1963 - VA-56 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 16 Aug 1966 - VA-192 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 150027 c/n 13080
        • 25 Jul 1963 - VA-56 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 24 Mar 1964 - VA-56 - NAS Lemoore, CA (Last)
        • Assume stricken - No further records found
      • 150028 c/n 13081
        • 25 Jul 1963 - VA-56 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 09 Dec 1965 - NAS - NAS Atsugi, Japan
      • 150030 c/n 13083
        • 26 Jul 1963 - VA-56 NF-401 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 20 Apr 1965 - Stricken - 1AA1
      • 150036 c/n 13089
        • 25 Jul 1963 - VA-56 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 19 May 1965 - VMA-121 -- MCAS El Toro, CA
      • 150037 c/n 13090
        • 26 Jul 1963 - VA-56 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 18 Feb 1966 - NAS - NAS Cubi Point, RP
      • 150038 c/n 13091
        • 26 Jul 1963 - VA-56 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 03 Apr 1965 - NAS - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 150038 c/n 13091
        • ?? Jun 1966 - VA-56 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 14 Sep 1966 - VA-93 - USS Hancock
      • 150039 c/n 13092
        • 09 Nov 1967 - VA-56 - USS Enterprise
        • 22 Dec 1967 - NAS COSA - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 150088 c/n 13141
        • 27 Jan 1964 - VA-56 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 28 Apr 1966 - NAS - NAS Atsugi, Japan
      • 150587 c/n 12998
        • 01 Jul 1966 - VA-56 - USS Enterprise
        • 24 Oct 1966 - VA-112 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 151022 c/n 13192
        • 15 Jan 1964 - VA-56 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 23 Jun 1965 - VA-56 - NAS Lemoore, CA (Last)
        • Assume stricken - No further records found
      • 151025 c/n 13195
        • 10 Feb 1964 - VA-56 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 09 Dec 1965 - NAS - NAS Atsugi, Japan
      • 151026 c/n 13196
        • 10 Feb 1964 - VA-56 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 23 Oct 1964 - FAWPRA - NAS Atsugi, Japan
      • 151029 c/n 13199
        • 12 Feb 1964 - VA-56 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 20 Sep 1965 - NAS - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 151029 c/n 13199
        • 12 Feb 1964 - VA-56 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 20 Sep 1965 - NAS - NAS Alameda, CA

        • 16 Nov 1965 - VA-56 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 07 Aug 1966 - VMA-311 -- Chu Lai, South Vietnam
      • 151031 c/n 13201
        • 12 Feb 1964 - VA-56 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 29 Apr 1964 - Stricken – 1AA2
      • 151035 c/n 13205
        • 03 Nov 1967 - VA-56 - USS Enterprise
        • 02 Aug 1968 - VA-776 - NAS Los Alamitos, CA
      • 151056 c/n 13226
        • 20 Jan 1965 - VA-56 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 08 Jul 1965 - VMA-121 - MCAS El Toro, CA
      • 151058 c/n 13228
        • 29 Sep 1965 - VA-56 - USS Ticonderoga
        • 17 Apr 1966 - Stricken – 1S
      • 151079 c/n 13249
        • 10 Dec 1965 - VA-56 - USS Ticonderoga
        • 07 Sep 1966 - VA-192 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 151084 c/n 13254
        • 02 Feb 1965 - VA-56 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 05 Apr 1965 - NAS Alameda - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 151085 c/n 13255
        • 28 Jan 1965 - VA-56 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 08 May 1965 - H&MS-12 - MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
      • 151088 c/n 13258
        • 30 Jul 1965 - VA-56 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 30 Jul 1965 - VMA-121 - MCAS El Toro, CA
      • 151104 c/n 13274
        • 08 Feb 1965 - VA-56 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 02 Apr 1965 - NAS - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 151133 c/n 13303
        • 03 Oct 1964 - VA-56 - USS Ticonderoga
        • 27 Jul 1965 - VMA-223 - MCAS El Toro, CA
      • 151137 c/n 13307
        • 03 Aug 1967 - VA-56 - USS Enterprise
        • 08 Nov 1968 - VA-195 - USS Oriskany
      • 151143 c/n 13313
        • 29 Apr 1966 - VA-56 - USS Ticonderoga
        • 22 Jul 1966 - VA-192 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 151148 c/n 13318
        • 02 May 1966 - VA-56 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 01 Sep 1966 - VA-192 - USS Ticonderoga
      • 151151 c/n 13321
        • 21 Aug 1967 - VA-56 - USS Enterprise
        • 19 Jun 1968 - VA-125 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 151156 c/n 13326
        • 26 Oct 1967 - VA-56 - USS Enterprise
        • 15 Nov 1968 - VA-195 - USS Oriskany
      • 151164 c/n 13334
        • 05 Nov 1967 - VA-56 - USS Enterprise
        • 09 Dec 1967 - VA-94 - USS Bon Homme Richard
      • 151169 c/n 13339
        • 05 Apr 1966 - VA-56 - USS Ticonderoga
        • 06 Jul 1966 - VA-192 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 151184 c/n 13354
        • 21 Aug 1967 - VA-56 - USS Enterprise
        • 10 Jan 1969 - VA-125 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 151186 c/n 13356
        • 02 Oct 1967 - VA-56 - USS Enterprise
        • 23 Dec 1967 - VA-125 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 151187 c/n 13357
        • 16 Oct 1967 - VA-56 - USS Enterprise
        • 02 Aug 1968 - VA-776 - NAS Los Alamitos, CA
      • 151194 c/n 13364
        • 29 Apr 1966 - VA-56 - USS Ticonderoga
        • 05 Aug 1966 - VA-192 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 152005 c/n 13393
        • 30 Oct 1967 - VA-56 - USS Enterprise
        • 08 May 1968 - Stricken – 1S
      • 152014 c/n 13402
        • 29 Jul 1965 - VA-56 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 01 May 1966 - NAS - NAS Cubi Point, RP
      • 152026 c/n 13414
        • 24 May 1965 - VA-56 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 20 Jul 1965 - Stricken – 1AA1
      • 152027 c/n 13415
        • 01 Jun 1965 - VA-56 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 07 Feb 1966 - Stricken - 1S
      • 152028 c/n 13416
        • 01 Jun 1965 - VA-56 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 14 Mar 1966 - NAS - NAS Atsugi, Japan
      • 152034 c/n 13422
        • 01 Jun 1965 - VA-56 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 28 Apr 1966 - NAS - NAS Atsugi, Japan
      • 152035 c/n 13423
        • 18 Jun 1965 - VA-56 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 28 Apr 1966 - NAS - NAS Atsugi, Japan
      • 152037 c/n 13425
        • 31 Jan 1966 - VA-56 - USS Ticonderoga
        • 18 Feb 1966 - NAS - NAS Cubi Point, RP
      • 152038 c/n 13426
        • 25 Jun 1965 - VA-56 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 09 Dec 1965 - NAS - NAS Atsugi, Japan
      • 152080 c/n 13468
        • 13 Nov 1967 - VA-56 - USS Enterprise
        • 09 Dec 1967 - VA-94 - USS Bon Homme Richard
      • 152090 c/n 13478
        • 25 Oct 1967 - VA-56 - USS Enterprise
        • 07 Nov 1968 - VA-144 - USS Bon Homme Richard
      • 152097 c/n 13485
        • 26 Oct 1967 - VA-56 - USS Enterprise
        • 02 Aug 1968 - VA-776 - NAS Los Alamitos, CA

    • Douglas TA-4F Skyhawk
      • 154314 c/n 13702
        • 06 Sep 1968 - VA-56 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 31 Oct 1968 - VA-195 - USS Oriskany
      • 154616 c/n 13734
        • 06 Sep 1968 - VA-56 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 31 Oct 1968 - VA-195 - USS Oriskany

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