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VF-81 Black Cougar - 1955

VA-81 Black Cougar
Gary Verver

VA-81 Sunliner
 
VFA-81 Sunliner - 1988
Drawn by Bud Southworth
 


Patch

  • December 1955 - The Crusader Black Cougar patch was created.
    Crusader Black Cougar patch colors: a light blue background with an outer ring of alternating red and yellow sections, outlined in black; white cloud with black markings; black cougar with white markings and red eyes, mouth and claws; gray knight with black markings; red scarf; red and yellow helmet plume, shield and lance outlined in black; red scroll outlined in black, with yellow lettering.
  • Second Black Cougar Patch is probably during the Skyhawk period, 1959 to 1963.
  • November 1963 - The Mach Shock Wave patch was created.
    Mach Shock Wave patch colors were: a black background outlined in international orange; international orange mach wave design; orange scroll with black lettering.
  • March 30, 1988 - When VA-81 was redesignated VFA-81 the patch was modified with supersonic aircraft and celestial stars.
    Colors for the upgraded Mach Shock Wave patch: a dark blue background outlined in orange; orange scrolls with black lettering; silver stars and stylized aircraft; gold aircraft contrails and an orange mach wave design.
  • The patch with the panther was kept into 1963 with the orange one being adapted after return from the Med cruise. I guess "shock wave" is a more appropriate description but we referred to it as a "Supersonic Nothing"! Orange reflective tape lent itself nicely to being cut into that simple shape. Said cutouts then began to turn up "Anytime - Any place" including the seats in the women's room at the O club, doors, other readyrooms, etc.
    Comments from Bob Gohr.


Handle

  • 1955 - 1963 -- Crusaders
  • 1963 - present -- Sunliners
  • 1971 - present "Zappers" - an unofficial slang nickname.
  • 2001 - "Liners" - an unofficial slang nickname.
  • Squadron Motto: 1963 to present -- "Anytime, Anyplace."


Heritage

  • July 1, 1955 - Attack Squadron SIXTY SIX (VA-66) established.
  • July 1, 1955 (the same day VA-66 was established) - VA-66 redesignated Fighter Squadron EIGHTY ONE (VF-81).
  • July 1, 1959 - VF-81 redesignated Attack Squadron EIGHTY ONE (VA-81).
  • February 4, 1988 - VA-81 redesignated Strike Fighter Squadron EIGHTY ONE (VFA-81).


Home Ports

  • Date - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Location:

  • July 1, 1955 - - - - - - Naval Air Station Oceana
  • May 1, 1966- - - - - - - Naval Air Station Cecil Field
  • 199? - - - - - - - - - - Naval Air Station Oceana


Air Wings

  • Date - - - - - - - - - - - - Tail code - - - - - - - Air Wing

  • July 1, 1955 - - - - - - O - - - - - ATG-182
  • November 1956- - - - - - R - - - - - CVG-17
  • December 1956 - - - - - O/AN*- - - - ATG-182
  • March 15, 1958 - - - - - AM- - - - - ATG-181
  • August 8, 1958 - - - - - AJ- - - - - CVG-8/CVW-8†
  • August 25, 1968- - - - - AB- - - - - CVW-1
  • March 2, 1970- - - - - - - - - - - - COMFAIRJACKSONVILLE
  • June 1, 1970 - - - - - - - - - - - - COMLATWING 1
  • August 1, 1970 - - - - - AA- - - - - CVW-17
  • * July 1, 1957 the tail code was changed from O to AN.
  • † December 20 1963 CVG-8 was redesignated CVW-8 when Carrier Air Groups (CVG) were redesignated Carrier Air Wings (CVW).


Deployments

  • Departure and Return - - - - - - - - Air Wing - Carrier - Aircraft - - Area of Operations:

  • 07-02-56 to 12-30-56 - - ATG-181 - CVA 42 - F9F-8 -- - Mediterranean
  • 01-21-57 to 07-27-57 - - ATG-182 - CVA 39 - F9F-8/8B - Mediterranean
  • 05-09-58 to 08-08-58 - - ATG-181 - CVA 11 - F9F-8 -- - NorLant
  • 01-28-60 to 08-31-60 - - CVG-8 - - CVA 59 - A4D-2 -- - Mediterranean
  • 02-09-61 to 08-25-61 - - CVG-8 - - CVA 59 - A4D-2 -- - Mediterranean
  • 08-03-62 to 03-02-63 - - CVG-8 - - CVA 59 - A4D-2 -- - Mediterranean
  • 07-10-64 to 03-13-65 - - CVW-8 - - CVA 59 - A-4E - - - Mediterranean
  • 08-24-65 to 04-07-66 - - CVW-8 - - CVA 59 - A-4E - - - Mediterranean
  • 09-29-66 to 05-20-67 - - CVW-8 - - CVA 38 - A-4E - - - Mediterranean
  • 11-15-67 to 08-04-68 - - CVW-8 - - CVA 38 - A-4C - - - Mediterranean
  • 04-05-69 to 12-21-69 - - CVW-1 - - CVA 67 - A-4C - - - Mediterranean
  • 01-05-71 to 07-02-71 - - CVW-17- - CVA 59 - A-7E - - - Mediterranean
  • 09-22-72 to 07-06-73 - - CVW-17- - CVA 59 - A-7E - - - Mediterranean
  • 03-11-74 to 09-11-74 - - CVW-17- - CVA 59 - A-7E - - - Mediterranean
  • 03-05-75 to 09-22-75 - - CVW-17- - CV 59 -- A-7E - - - Mediterranean
  • 04-04-78 to 10-26-78 - - CVW-17- - CV 59 -- A-7E - - - Med/NorLant
  • 11-27-79 to 05-07-80 - - CVW-17- - CV 59 -- A-7E - - - Mediterranean
  • 03-02-81 to 09-15-81 - - CVW-17- - CV 59 -- A-7E - - - Med/NorLant
  • 05-08-82 to 11-16-82 - - CVW-17- - CV 59 -- A-7E - - - Mediterranean
  • 04-02-84 to 10-20-84 - - CVW-17- - CV 60 -- A-7E - - - Mediterranean
  • 08-26-85 to 04-16-86 - - CVW-17- - CV 60 -- A-7E - - - Mediterranean
  • 05-05-87 to 11-17-87 - - CVW-17- - CV 60 -- A-7E - - - Mediterranean
  • 08-07-90 to 03-28-91 - - CVW-17- - CV 60 -- F/A-18C -- Mediterranean
  • 05-06-92 to 11-06-92 - - CVW-17- - CV 60 -- F/A-18C -- Mediterranean
  • 01-01-94 to 06-24-94 - - CVW-17- - CV 60 -- F/A-18C -- Mediterranean
  • 06-28-96 to 12-20-96 - - CVW-17- - CVN 65-- F/A-18C -- Mediterranean
  • 06-10-98 to 12-10-98 - - CVW-17- - CVN 69-- F/A-18C -- Mediterranean
  • 06-21-00 to 12-19-00 - - CVW-17- - CVN 73-- F/A-18C -- Mediterranean

 


Aircraft

 

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

  • August 1955 - - - - - - - - - - Gruman F9F-8 Cougar
  • March 4, 1959 - - - - - - - - - Douglas A-4B Skyhawk
  • April 3, 1963 - - - - - - - - - Douglas A-4E Skyhawk
  • September 1967- - - - - - - - - Douglas A-4C Skyhawk
  • May 1970- - - - - - - - - - - - Vought A-7E Corsair II
  • March 30, 1988- - - - - - - - - Boeing F/A-18C Hornet
    Sunliner Boeing F/A-18 Hornet Instrument Pannel (800 wide x 600 high)
    USN Photograph


  • Commanding Officers

    • Date Assumed Command - - - - - - - Commanding Officer

    • July 1, 1955 - - - - - - CDR Merle M. Hershey
    • July 30 1957 - - - - - - LCDR Robert Godman
    • August 15, 1958- - - - - LCDR J. M. Scarborough
    • October 17, 1958 - - - - CDR Lawrence Heyworth, Jr.
    • November 4, 1959 - - - - CDR William P. Kiser
    • November 9, 1960 - - - - CDR Richard E. Rumble
    • October 31, 1961 - - - - CDR John N. Longfield
    • December 1, 1962 - - - - CDR Robert B. Gohr
    • October 1, 1963- - - - - CDR Grover K. Gregory
    • October 6, 1964- - - - - CDR Nicholas A. Castruccio
    • October 16, 1965 - - - - CDR Burton H. Sheperd
    • September 20, 1966 - - - CDR Edward A. Grunwald
    • September 19, 1967 - - - CDR Melville D. Cunningham
    • September 25, 1968 - - - CDR Lloyd M. Westphal
    • July 24, 1969- - - - - - CDR John J. Lahr
    • June 12, 1970- - - - - - CDR Richard J. Damico
    • April 14, 1971 - - - - - CDR Thomas C. Watson, Jr.
    • February 18, 1972- - - - CDR Jerry O. Tuttle
    • February 18, 1973- - - - CDR Kenneth A. Dickerson
    • February 21, 1974- - - - CDR Ralph E. Whitby
    • March 3, 1975- - - - - - CDR Robert V. Sallada
    • June 3, 1976 - - - - - - CDR Richard Birtwistle III
    • June 30, 1977- - - - - - CDR Jerry O. Yarborough
    • July 14, 1978- - - - - - CDR Philip H. Jacobs
    • July 26, 1979- - - - - - CDR James E. Killian
    • December 18, 1980- - - - CDR George J. Webb, Jr.
    • March 9, 1982- - - - - - CDR William C. Miller III
    • September 1983 - - - - - CDR William E. Beaty III
    • March 7, 1985- - - - - - CDR Kenneth C. Cech
    • July 2, 1986 - - - - - - CDR Jay M. Munninghoff
    • February 4 1988- - - - - CDR William N. Deaver, Jr.
    • May 11, 1989 - - - - - - CDR Gerald L. Hoewing
    • August 29, 1990- - - - - CDR Michael T. Anderson
    • September 4, 1991- - - - CDR W. L. McKee
    • November 12, 1992- - - - CDR P. B. O'Keefe
    • December 15, 1993- - - - CDR D. R. Moore, Jr
    • March 10, 1995 - - - - - CDR Mark I. Fox
    • November 4, 1996 - - - - CDR Kenneth C. Albright
    • March 8, 1998- - - - - - CDR Jack W. Holt
    • May 6, 1999- - - - - - - CDR Douglas M. Andre
    • September 7, 2000- - - - CDR Joseph M. Clarkson


    Events

    • July 1, 1955:
      Attack Squadron SIXTY SIX (VA-66) established at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia. Later that same day, July 1, 1955, VA-66 was redesignated Fighter Squadron EIGHTY ONE (VF-81) and took the Crusaders moniker. The VF-81 Crusaders were assigned the Grumman F9F-8 Cougar which sported the orange "Supersonic Nothing" on the vertical stabilizer.
    • November through December 1956:
      VF-81 Crusaders embarked on United States Ship Franklin D. Roosevelt CVA 42, deployed off the coast of Spain during the Suez Canal crisis.
    • January 21 through July 27, 1957:
      The VF-81 Crusaders deployed to the Mediterranean with ATG-182 on United States Ship Lake Champlain CVA 39. Lake Champlain and VA-81 operated off the coast of Lebanon during the Jordan crisis.
    • May 9 through August 8, 1958:
      The VF-81 Crusaders deployed to the North Atlantic with ATG-181 on United States Ship CVA 11.
    • March 4, 1959:
      VF-81 Crusaders are assigned the Douglas A4D-2 (A-4B) Skyhawk.
    • July 1, 1959:
      VF-81 Crusaders with the Douglas A4D-2 (A-4B) Skyhawk were redesignated Attack Squadron EIGHTY ONE (VA-81) Crusaders.
    • November 16, 1959:
      LTJG Lawrence Gerald Stable, flying A4D-2 BuNo 145006 (AJ-408) disappeared 17 km (10 mi) astern of the USS Forrestal,
    • January 28 through August 31, 1960:
      The VA-81 Crusaders flying the Douglas A-4B Skyhawk deployed to the Mediterranean with CVG-8 on United States Ship Forrestal CVA 59.
    • February 9 through August 25, 1961:
      The VA-81 Crusaders flying the A-4B Skyhawk deployed to the Mediterranean with CVG-8 on United States Ship Forrestal CVA 59.
    • October 1961 through February 1962:
      VA-81 Det 45 deployed to the North Atlantic embarked aboard United States Ship Essex CVS 9. The detachment was part of CVSG-56, and with it's A-4B Skyhawks employing Sidewinder missiles, provided air cover for antisubmarine units embarked aboard Essex. The detachment was the first jet unit to function as part of an antisubmarine killer force.
    • February 26, 1962:
      Lt. Hilding E. Wendelen was reported missing when his A4D-2 BuNo 144912 disappeared 50 miles south of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba while on a tactical mission involving practice night delivery of atomic weapons from the USS Forrestal.
      Oneonta, NY, Thursday, January 16, 1964. The Oneonta Star Thursday, January 16, 1964. article.
    • November 16, 1962:
      LTJG. Lawrence Gerald Stable was killed when he crashed A4D-2 BuNo 145006 17 km (10 mi) astern of the USS Forrestal, side number AJ-408.
      Ken Killmeyer (USS Forrestal Historian)
    • August 3, 1962 through March 2, 1963:
      The VA-81 Crusaders flying the A-4B Skyhawk deployed to the Mediterranean with CVG-8 on United States Ship Forrestal CVA 59.
    • April 3, 1963:
      The VA-81 Crusaders were renamed the Sunliners. The Sunliners were assigned the Douglas A-4E Skyhawk.
    • January 15, 1964:
      LCDR N. A. Castruccio ejected safely after his aircraft caught fire while flying over Tangier Sound, MD and was rescued by NAS Patuxent helicopter piloted by Marine Capt. P.L. James.
      Frederick, MD., Frederick News-Post, Thursday, January 16, 1964.
    • May 11, 1964:
      Lt. John F. Fetterman ejected from A-4E BuNo 150005 over Chesapeake Bay and was recovered
      US Armed Forces ,The Stars and Stripes article.
      Connersville, PA., The Daily Courier article.
      New Castle, PA., The News article.
      Cumberland, MD., The Cumberland News article.
    • August 27, 1964:
      Lt. Norton ejected from A-4E BuNo 151048 and was reported in good condition on board USS Conyngham DDG-17.
      Ken Killmeyer (USS Forrestal Historian)
    • December 29, 1964:
      LTJG Perry Newton Baker ejected into the water when his A-4E BuNo 151071 slid over the port side into the sea. HU-2 helicopter recovered Lt(jg). Baker from water who was pronounced dead as a result of injuries.
      Ken Killmeyer (USS Forrestal Historian)
    • July 10, 1964 through March 13, 1965:
      The VA-81 Sunliners flying the A-4E Skyhawk deployed to the Mediterranean with CVG-8 on United States Ship Forrestal CVA 59.
    • 29 DEC 1964:
      LTJG Newton Baker was killed when his A4E BuNo 151071 was blown over the side of the USS Forrestal (CVA-59) by the jet blast of another aircraft. He ejected and the seperation bladder did not work properly. He landed in the sea and was apparently hit by the seat. He was alive when brought aboard, but died later in sick bay.
      I was a Sergeant attached to VMA-331 at the time. This occurred during the Med Cruise.
      Robert Job, MGySgt USMC (Ret'd)
    • August 18, 1965:
      LTJG Michael H. Hinchman crashed A-4E BuNo BuNo 151092 into the sea 31 miles from USS Forrestal. USS Furse retrieved parachute and helmet from water. Pilot not recovered.
      Ken Killmeyer (USS Forrestal historian)
    • August 24, 1965 through April 7, 1966:
      The VA-81 Sunliners flying the A-4E Skyhawk deployed to the Mediterranean with CVG-8 on United States Ship Forrestal CVA 59.
    • May 1, 1966:
      The VA-81 Sunliners moved to Naval Air Station Cecil Field, Florida.
    • September 29, 1966 through May 20, 1967:
      The VA-81 Sunliners flying the A-4E Skyhawk deployed to the Mediterranean with CVG-8 on United States Ship Shangri La
    • September 29, 1966 through May 20, 1967:
      The VA-81 Sunliners flying the A-4E Skyhawk deployed to the Mediterranean with CVG-8 on United States Ship Shangri La CVA 38.
    • September 1967:
      The Sunliners were assigned the Douglas A4D-2N (A-4C) Skyhawk.
    • November 15, 1967 through August 4, 1968:
      The VA-81 Sunliners flying the A-4C Skyhawk deployed to the Mediterranean with CVG-8 on United States Ship Shangri La CVA 38.
    • April 5 through December 21, 1969:
      The VA-81 Sunliners flying the A-4C Skyhawk deployed to the Mediterranean with CVW-1 on United States Ship John F. Kennedy CVA 67. In September Kennedy and her air group were ordered to operate off the coast of Libya following a September 1, 1969 coup that overthrew Libya's monarchy.
    • February 1970:
      The Sunliners were awarded the Navy Battle "E" for the East Coast A-4 Skyhawk squadrons and were selected to be the first East Coast squadron to receive the Navy's newest attack aircraft.
    • May 1970:
      The Sunliners were assigned the Vought A-7E Corsair II.
    • January 5 through July 2, 1971:
      The VA-81 Sunliners flying the Vought A-7E Corsair II deployed to the Mediterranean with CVW-17 on United States Ship John F. Kennedy CVA 67.
    • September 22 1972 through July 6, 1973:
      The VA-81 Sunliners flying the A-7E Corsair II deployed to the Mediterranean with CVW-17 on United States Ship John F. Kennedy CVA 67. December 2 through 5, 1972 the Sunliners conducted cross-deck operations with the British carrier HMS Ark Royal.
    • March 11 through September 11, 1974:
      The VA-81 Sunliners flying the A-7E Corsair deployed to the Mediterranean with CVW-17 on United States Ship Forrestal CVA 59. The air group operated in the vicinity of Cyprus following a coup in that country and its invasion by Turkish forces. Surveillance and cover missions were flown by the Sunliners during the crisis.
    • Fall 1974:
      The VA-81 Sunliners had won three Light Attack Wing ONE bombing derbies and were awarded a second Navy Battle "E".
    • March 5 through September 22, 1975:
      The VA-81 Sunliners flying the A-7E Corsair deployed to the Mediterranean with CVW-17 on United States Ship Forrestal CV 59.
    • April 4 through October 26, 1978:
      The VA-81 Sunliners flying the A-7E Corsair deployed to the Mediterranean and North Atlantic with CVW-17 on United States Ship Forrestal CV 59.
    • November 27, 1979 through May 7, 1980:
      The VA-81 Sunliners flying the A-7E Corsair deployed to the Mediterranean with CVW-17 on United States Ship Forrestal CV 59.
    • May through June 1981:
      Embarked in United States Ship Forrestal CVA-59, VA-81 operated in the eastern Mediterranean following Israeli reprisal raids against Syrian missile batteries located in southern Lebanon.
    • August 1981:
      The squadron participated a Freedom of Navigation Exercise in the Gulf of Sidra. During this exercise two F-14 Tomcats from Nimitz CVN 68 shot down two Libyan SU-22 Fitters on 18 August. Tensions escalated and VA-81 flew reconnaissance missions over potentially hostile Libyan ships.
    • March 24, 1986:
      Following a Libyan SA-5 missile firing against United States naval aircraft operating in the Gulf of Sidra during a Freedom of Navigation exercise, VA-81 aircraft participated in a retaliatory strike against the missile site at Surt, Libya. Squadron aircraft acted as the decoy group for VA-83's HARM strike against the Libyan missile radar site.
    • 1987:
      In the last year of Corsair II operation, the VA-81 Sunliners were awarded the COMNAVAIRLANT Battle "E".
    • February 4, 1988:
      VA-81 was redesignated Strike Fighter Squadron EIGHTY-ONE (VFA-81) Sunliners.
    • March 30, 1988:
      Strike Fighter Squadron EIGHTY-ONE Sunliners were assigned the Boeing F/A-18C Hornet.
      Sunliner Boeing F/A-18 Hornet Instrument Pannel.
      USN Photograph
    • August 7, 1990 to January 17, 1991:
      VFA-81 Sunliners and Carrier Air Wing Seventeen (CVW-17), deployed on the United States Ship Saratoga CV-60 to the Mediterranean. VFA-81 operating the Boeing F/A-18C Hornet participated in Operation Desert Shield. Desert Shield was the American and Allied force build-up to counter a threatened Saudi Arabian invasion by Iraq and as part of an economic blockade of Iraq to force withdrawal from Kuwait.
    • January 17, through March 27, 1991:
      VFA-81 participated in Operation Desert Storm. The Sunliners were one of the first carrier based squadrons to fly combat missions during Desert Storm. While on a bombing mission over Iraq two Sunliners scored two head-on MIG kills and then proceeded to hit their ground targets. These were the only Navy MIG kills during Operation Desert Storm. VFA-81 lost Lieutenant Commander Michael Scott Speicher during the first hours of Desert Storm on January 17, 1991. Commander Speicher failed to return from the first carrier strike into Iraq. VFA-81 returned to Naval Air Station Cecil Field on 27 March 1991.
    • May 6 through November 6, 1992:
      The Sunliners s and Carrier Air Wing Seventeen (CVW-17), deployed to the Mediterranean onboard the United States Ship Saratoga (CV-60) to participate in several NATO exercises.
    • 1994:
      VFA-81 Sunliners and Carrier Air Wing Seventeen (CVW-17), deployed to the Mediterranean onboard the United States Ship Saratoga (CV-60). The squadron participated in Operations DENY FLIGHT and PROVIDE PROMISE supporting United Nations (UN) resolutions in Bosnia-Herzegovina during the last deployment of the Sarah. This was VFA-81's third Hornet cruise, and the first Atlantic Fleet deployment with the AMRAAM missile.
    • 1996:
      VFA-81 Sunliners and Carrier Air Wing Seventeen (CVW-17), deployed to the Mediterranean onboard the United States Ship Enterprise CVN-65. VFA-81 participated in Operation SOUTHERN WATCH and made the first carrier port call to Bahrain. This was VFA-81's 26th Mediterranean Cruise.
    • June 10, 1998:
      VFA-81 Sunliners and Carrier Air Wing Seventeen (CVW-17), deployed to the Mediterranean onboard the United States Ship Dwight D. Eisenhower CVN-69 to operate in the Operation SOUTHERN WATCH arena. This was the first East Coast cruise using the new Joint Stand-Off Weapon (JSOW), a long range glide cluster bomb.
    • September 1999:
      The Sunliners deployed to Naval Air Station Boca Chica at Key West, Florida for Inter-deployment Training Cycle training with the strike fighter advanced readiness program (SFARP) Air-to-Air Det. The Sunliners flew mock combat against Air Force and VFC-12 bandits.
    • October 1999:
      The Air-to-Ground portion continued at Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada. At Fallon the Sunliners were able to add to lessons learned at Key West as well as to put steel on the desert.
    • December 1999:
      The Sunliners deployed on the United States Ship George Washington CVN-73 for carrier qualifications, cyclic operations, and the initial ship/air wing integration.
    • Winter 2000:
      The VFA-81 Sunliners deployed to Naval Air Station Fallon to participate in a pre-deployment CVW-17 Air Wing work-up.
    • June 21 through December 22, 2000:
      VFA-81 Sunliners and Carrier Air Wing Seventeen (CVW-17), deployed aboard United States Ship George Washington CVN-73 with the FA-18 Hornet for a Mediterranean cruise.
    • June 28 and 29, 2000:
      The Sunliners participated in two days of airwing strikes on the Vieques Island Puerto Rico target range.
    • July 5, 2000:
      The George Washington arrived in the Straits of Gibraltar. A few days of Mediterranean operations followed enroute to the Adriatic Sea to support operations in that theater.


    Awards

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

    • NAVY E:
      • July 1, 1968 to December 31, 1969
      • January 1, 1973 to June 30, 1974
      • January 1, 1987 to December 31, 1987

    • Navy Unit Commendation:
      • October 10, 1985 to October 11, 1985
      • March 23, 1986 to March 29, 1986
      • January 17, 1991 to February 28, 1991

    • Military Unit Commendation:
      • February 28, 1979 to May 7, 1980

    • NEM:
      • September 5, 1982 to September 10, 1982
      • October 13, 1982 to November 5, 1982
      • January 20, 1986 to March 29, 1986

    • SASM:
      • August 22, 1990 to September 21, 1990
      • October 23, 1990 to December 9, 1990
      • January 6, 1991 to March 11, 1991

    • KLM:
      • January 17, 1991 to February 28, 1991


    Photographs
    VF-81 Crusader F9F-8 Cougar - 1957.
    Led by F9F-8 Cougar BuNo. 141099 side number O 113 two VF-81 Crusaders fly over the Mediterranean near United States Ship Lake Champlain CVA-39. During the January through July 1957 cruise Lake Champlain with ATG-182 and VF-81 operated off the coast of Lebanon during the Jordan crisis.
    USN picture from Harry S. Gann collection.

    VA-81 Skyhawks in Diamond Formation.
    The photo of the VA-81 diamond is stamped Official photograph U.S. Navy, CVA-59-14474-(L) 6-3-60, A4D's of VA-81 in flight. A-4's are: AJ-402 is A-4B BuNo 144923, AJ-403 is A-4B BuNo 144931, AJ-407 is A-4B BuNo 144922, AJ-411 is A-4B BuNo 144951.
    Photo courtesy of Gary Verver

    VA-81 Skyhawks in perfect formation.
    Photo is stamped Official photograph U.S. Navy, CCA-59-144 (L) 6-?-60, A4D's of VA-81 in flight. Same A-4's as the diamond photo.
    Photo courtesy of Gary Verver

    BuNo.150125
    VA-81 A-4E AJ-402, BuNo 150125 aboard the USS Shangra-la.
    Looks like Mk-81's on the centerline TER, drop tanks on #2 and #4, and an MBER with practice bombs on #5.
    Gary Verver Collection.

    VA-81 A-4B Skyhawk BuNo. 144930 - 1960.
    A4D-2 / A-4B Skyhawk BuNo. 144930 off of United States Ship Forrestal CVA 59 getting ready to pass gas to a Skywarrior. A-4 with belly hose reel and extra tanks under the wings. A-4s did the majority of the tanking until A-3s took over.
    3 shot photo sequence by Joel McEachen VAH-3

    VA-81 A-4B Skyhawk BuNo. 144930 - 1960.
    A4D-2 / A-4B Skyhawk BuNo. 144930 off of United States Ship Forrestal CVA 59 starting to pass gas to a Skywarrior.
    A highlight of our Air Power demos both off the Virginia capes and in the Med was a flyby of a Whale refueling from a Scooter (the standard tanker in 1961 with two wing tanks and a buddy store with drogue). In this one, you can see we are plugged in, Forrestal is 10 o'clock low.
    Joel McEachen, BN, 61-63, VAH-3 and VAH-5

    28 JUL 1960: VA-83 Rampagers A4D-2 Skyhawk BuNo 142138, AJ-306, in-flight off the USS Forrestal (CVA-59).

    VA-81 A-4B Skyhawk BuNo. 144930 - 1960.
    A4D-2 / A-4B Skyhawk BuNo. 144930 off of United States Ship Forrestal CVA 59 passing gas to a Skywarrior who is getting up close and personal.
    Comments: "I had the good fortune to fly with LT C. N. "Charley" James, now CAPT, USN (ret.). He could make the A3D do anything in the sky except the Flogger's or Flanker's (?) tail stand. On a refueling flyby, he asked if I wanted to count the A4d-5's rivets. I did. This picture is my pride and joy. One looker asked if the A-4 was riding our bow wave."
    Joel McEachen, BN, 61-63, VAH-3 and VAH-5.
    "CAG-8, USS Forrestal, Fire Power demos always had an flyby of an A4 refueling an A3. LT Charles James liked to push the basket back into buddy tank! One time he was a spare for live bomb run and got launch with no bombs, plugged into Scooters 108 times, no fuel just plugged in."
    Don Pierce, Operations Chief VAH-3 and RVAH-3 1964/66.

    1960: USS Forrestal VA-83 Rampagers A4D-2 Skyhawk BuNo 145004, AJ-304, and VA-81 Sunliners A4D-2 BuNo 144951, AJ-411, refueling VF-103 Sluggers F8U-2 Crusaders BuNo 145597, AJ-209, and BuNo 146909, AJ-204, January-August 1960. Official U.S. Navy photo.

    1961 Crusaders Skyhawk BuNo 144919, AJ-405, with a Bullpup missile ready to launch from the Forrestal.
    Naval Aviation News Photo.

    1961 Crusaders Skyhawk BuNo 144912, AJ-405, trapping aboard the USS Forrestal.
    USN Photo.

    VA-81 A-4B Skyhawk BuNo. 142715, 144927, and 144951 in fomration.
    Note the Buddy Store on AJ411. U.S. Navy photograph from "NavAirNews" dated March 1961.
    Provided by John Gabbard.

    Circa 1961: VA-81 144927 AJ-01; 144951 AJ-411; 142715 AJ-412; 142726 AJ-414; in formation near NAS Oceana, Virginia Beach VA.
    Forrestal Association Historian

    1961: Sunliners Skyhawk BuNo 144927, AJ-402, parked on the ramp.
    Unknown photographer via W. Mutza

    11 NOV 1961: Sunliners Skyhawk BuNo 144930, AJ-406, assigned to LTJG B.G. Hodges aboard the USS Essex at Southampton.
    Unknown photographer via W. Mutza

    02 JAN 1962: VA-81 Sunliners A4D-2 Skyhawk BuNo 144927, AJ-402, about to launch from the USS Essex (CVS-9).

    1964: steam rises from the Forrestals cat track as the deck crew moves VA-81 Skyhawk AJ-408 into position for launch.
    Naval Aviation News photo

    1964:
    left side view of Sunliners A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 151072
    , AJ-405, parked on the ramp.
    Photographer unknown.

    Circa 1964-65: AJ-409 preparing to "tank".
    Tom Meyers

    VA-81, VA-83 and VMA-311 onboard the Forrestal in 1965 - 1966
    Squadrons embarked during FORRESTAL's CVW-8, 1965-1966 deployment were VF-74, VF-103,
    VA-83, VA-81, VMA-331, VAH-11, VAW-12, VAW-33, VFP-62, AND HU-2. CVW-8 had a tail code
    of AJ. But there are two sets of tailcodes pictured. AA & AJ.
    Photo by Tony Redman 1965-1966 time frame.

    16 MAY 1965: Right side view of USS Forrestal VA-81 Sunliners A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 150109, AJ-404, on the ramp, Bradley Field. Copyright R.W. Harrison.

    Circa 1965: Right side view of VA-83 Rampagers A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 152023, AJ-310, on the ramp next to a USAF Delta Dart/Dagger, McGuire AFB, circa 1965. Copyright R.W. Harrison.

    1966-67: Sunliners BuNo 151027, AJ-400, as she taxies by the photographer.
    Howie Houserman

    1966-67: VSF-1 Skyhawk BuNo 144893, AJ-500, and Sunliners A-4E BuNo 151052, AJ-405, parked near the Shang's island.
    (What these two guys are up to is not known, but it appears there was a fresh water shortage aboard the "Shang".)
    "Boom" Powell

    1967: BuNo 150125, AJ-402, as the deck crew hooks her up to one of the Shang's catapults.
    Howie Houserman

    1967-68: Sunliners Skyhawk BuNo 147829, AJ-401 provides the background for a photo of the squadron officers aboard the Shang.
    Howie Houserman

    1967-68: Sunliners Skyhawk BuNo 149646, AJ-410, provides the backdrop for a squadron officers photo aboard the Shang.
    Howie Houserman

    1967-68: right side in-flight view of Sunliners Skyhawk formation, cw from top: BuNo 147829, AJ-401; BuNo 145076, AJ-403; BuNo 149531, AJ-412 and BuNo 149646, AJ-410.
    Howie Houserman

    BuNo 149531 A-4C.

    1968: VA-81 Sunliners A-4C Skyhawk BuNo 149531, AB-400, aboard the USS John F. Kennedy (CVA-67) in the Caribbean Sea. 1968.

    21 October 1968: VA-81 Sunliners A-4C Skyhawk BuNo 149500, AB-402, trapping aboard the USS John F Kennedy (CVA-67).
    Official U.S. Navy photo.

    15 December 1968: VA-81 Sunliners A-4C Skyhawks BuNo 149500, AB-402, BuNo 149531, AB-400, BuNo 148498, AB-411, and BuNo 147717, AB-404, in-flight over the USS John F. Kennedy (CVA-67).
    Official U.S. Navy photo.

    1969: VA-81 Sunliner A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 147748.
    Sunliner A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 147748 side number AB 401 on the deck of United States Ship John F. Kennedy CVA 67. The Sunliners operated off the coast of Libya following a September 1, 1969 coup that overthrew Libya's monarchy.
    USN picture from Harry S. Gann collection.

    BuNo 147814, AB-412, Skyhawk launching.
    Launch-Bow catapault officer gives launch signal to an Attack Squadron Eighty One (VA-81) Skyhawk aboard the USS John F. Kennedy during fleet training exercises off Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
    Official U.S. Navy photo by PHC B.M. Andersen, Gary Verver Collection.

    1969: Steam rises from the catapult as an VA-81 A-4C Skyhawk attack aircraft (1477xx) AB-404 is readied for launching from the flight deck of the attack aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CVA-67). Near Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

    VA-81 Sunliner FA-18 Hornet Catapult - 2000.
    A VFA-81 Sunliner FA-18 Hornet AA-407 is photographed on the George Washington CVN-73 catapult during the June through December 2000 Mediterranean cruise.
    USN Photograph.

    VA-81 Sunliner FA-18 Hornet With JSOW - 2000.
    VFA-81 Sunliner FA-18 Hornet AA-412 is photographed hauling a Joint Stand-Off Weapon (JSOW), a long range glide cluster bomb.
    USN Photograph.

    German Air Force MiG - 2000.
    A German Airforce MiG joins the exercise
    USN Photograph.

    Air-to-Air Refueling - 2000.
    A VFA-81 Sunliner FA-18 Hornet AA-402 is photographed waiting for the Lockheed S3 Viking to finish refueling from the Air Farce KC-135 tanker during the Mediterranean cruise.
    USN Photograph.

    VA-81 Sunliner FA-18 Hornet Overhead - 2000.
    VFA-81 Sunliner FA-18 Hornet AA-414 is photographed overhead the George Washington CVN-73.
    USN Photograph.

    VA-81 Sunliner FA-18 Hornet Approach - 2000.
    A VFA-81 Sunliner FA-18 Hornet AA-402 is photographed from the LSO platform while in the groove to land on the George Washington CVN-73.
    USN Photograph.

    VA-81 Sunliner FA-18 Hornet Landing - 2000.
    A VFA-81 Sunliner FA-18 Hornet is photographed from the LSO platform while over the United States Ship George Washington CVN-73 arresting wires.
    USN Photograph.



    Sources:

    Skyhawks Assigned to this Unit:
    • Harry S. Gann
    • Bob Gohr
    • Howie Houserman
  • Skyhawks Assigned to Unit:
    • Douglas A4D-2 (A-4B) Skyhawk
      • 142715 c/n 11777
        • 13 Sep 1960 - VA-81 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 15 Feb 1961 - VA-43 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 142717 c/n 11779
        • 13 Sep 1960 - VA-81 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 16 Feb 1961 - VA-43 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 142726 c/n 11788
        • 14 Sep 1960 - VA-81 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 27 Feb 1961 - VA-43 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 142759 c/n 11821
        • 18 Aug 1963 - VA-81 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 03 Sep 1963 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 142836 c/n 11898
        • 14 Sep 1960 - VA-81 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 14 Feb 1961 - VA-43 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 142848 c/n 11910
        • 01 Nov 1959 - VA-81 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 09 Nov 1959 - FASron-104 - NS Rota, Spain
      • 144892 C/N 12138
        • 18 Aug 1963 - VA-81 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 01 Sep 1963 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 144906 C/N 12152
        • 25 Nov 1962 - VA-81 - USS Forrestal
        • 07 May 1963 - NARTU - NAS Jacksonville, FL
      • 144912 C/N 12158
        • 17 Mar 1959 - VF-81 - USS Intrepid
        • 31 Aug 1959 - VA-81 - USS Forrestal
        • 30 Mar 1962 - Stricken - 1AE2
      • 144918 C/N 12164
        • 08 May 1959 - VF-81 - USS Intrepid
        • 31 Aug 1959 - VA-81 - USS Forrestal
        • 10 May 1963 - NARTU - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 144919 C/N 12165
        • 06 Mar 1959 - VF-81 - USS Intrepid
        • 06 Mar 1959 - VF-81 - USS Intrepid
        • 06 May 1963 - NARTU - NAS Jacksonville, FL
      • 144922 C/N 12168
        • 06 Mar 1959 - VF-81 - USS Intrepid
        • 31 Aug 1959 - VA-81 - USS Forrestal
        • 27 May 1963 - NART - NAS Twin Cities, MN
      • 144923 C/N 12169
        • 05 Mar 1959 - VF-81 - USS Intrepid
        • 31 Aug 1959 - VA-81 - USS Forrestal
        • 31 Aug 1962 - VA-43 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 144925 C/N 12171
        • 17 Mar 1959 - VF-81 - USS Intrepid
        • 31 Aug 1959 - VA-81 - USS Forrestal
        • 13 May 1963 - NAF - NAF China Lake, CA
      • 144927 C/N 12173
        • 04 Mar 1959 - VF-81 - USS Intrepid
        • 31 Aug 1959 - VA-81 - USS Forrestal
        • 07 May 1963 - NARTU - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 144930 C/N 12176
        • 06 Mar 1959 - VF-81 - USS Intrepid
        • 31 Aug 1959 - VA-81 - USS Forrestal
        • 07 May 1963 - NARTU - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 144931 C/N 12177
        • 06 Mar 1959 - VF-81 - USS Intrepid
        • 31 Aug 1959 - VA-81 - USS Forrestal
        • 31 May 1963 - NARTU - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 144943 C/N 12189
        • 04 Feb 1963 - VA-81 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 29 Apr 1963 - NARTU - NAS Jacksonville, FL
      • 144947 C/N 12193
        • 03 Apr 1959 - VF-81 - USS Intrepid
        • 31 Aug 1959 - VA-81 - USS Forrestal
        • 08 May 1963 - RDT&E - NAF China Lake, CA
      • 144950 C/N 12196
        • 03 Apr 1959 - VF-81 - USS Intrepid
        • 31 Aug 1959 - VA-81 - USS Forrestal
        • 01 May 1963 - NARTU - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 144951 C/N 12197
        • 03 Apr 1959 - VF-81 - USS Intrepid
        • 31 Aug 1959 - VA-81 - USS Forrestal
        • 02 May 1963 - NARTU - NAS Jacksonville, FL
      • 145004 C/N 12250
        • 12 Oct 1961 - VA-81 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 10 May 1963 - NARTU - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 145006 C/N 12252
        • 12 Oct 1961 - VA-81 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 16 Oct 1962 - Stricken - 1ME2
      • 145056 C/N 12302
        • 14 Mar 1962 - VA-81 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 04 Aug 1962 - VA-43 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 145057 C/N 12303
        • 22 Aug 1963 - VA-81 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 31 Aug 1963 - H&MS-32 - MCAS Beaufort, SC

    • Douglas A4D-2N (A-4C) Skyhawk
      • 145076 c/n 12322
        • 20 Sep 1967 - VA-81 - USS Shangri La
        • 24 Oct 1968 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 145095 c/n 12341
        • 13 Sep 1967 - VA-81 - USS Shangri La
        • 18 Sep 1968 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 145117 c/n 12363
        • 19 Sep 1967 - VA-81 - USS Shangri La
        • 24 Sep 1968 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 147717 C/N 12481
        • 12 Oct 1967 - VA-81 - USS Shangri La
        • 14 Mar 1968 - NARF - NAS Norfolk, VA

        • 23 Aug 1968 - VA-81 - USS John F Kennedy
        • 26 Jan 1970 - NAS - NAS Los Alamitos, CA
      • 147748 C/N 12512
        • 13 Aug 1968 - VA-81 - USS John F Kennedy
        • 05 Feb 1970 - NAS - NAS Los Alamitos, CA
      • 147754 C/N 12518
        • 26 Sep 1967 - VA-81 - USS Shangri La
        • 13 Sep 1968 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 147790 C/N 12554
        • 05 Sep 1968 - VA-81 - USS John F Kennedy
        • 25 Feb 1970 - NAS - NAS Los Alamitos, CA
      • 147814 C/N 12578
        • 24 Sep 1968 - VA-81 - USS John F Kennedy
        • 06 Feb 1970 - NAS - NAS Los Alamitos, CA
      • 147829 C/N 12593
        • 06 Sep 1967 - VA-81 - USS Shangri La
        • 11 Oct 1968 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 147847 C/N 12611
        • 16 May 1968 - VA-81 - USS John F Kennedy
        • 03 Feb 1970 - NAS - NAS Los Alamitos, CA
      • 148307 C/N 12617
        • 26 Sep 1967 - VA-81 - USS Shangri La
        • 14 Nov 1967 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 148468 C/N 12661
        • 20 Sep 1968 - VA-81 - USS John F Kennedy
        • 01 Feb 1970 - NAS - NAS Los Alamitos, CA
      • 148498 C/N 12691
        • 28 Aug 1968 - VA-81 - USS John F Kennedy
        • 01 Feb 1970 - MARTD - NAS Los Alamitos, CA
      • 148517 C/N 12710
        • 15 Jun 1967 - VA-81 - USS Shangri La
        • 05 Jul 1967 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 148525 C/N 12718
        • 19 Sep 1967 - VA-81 - USS Shangri La
        • 06 Sep 1968 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 148546 C/N 12739
        • 01 Jun 1967 - VA-81 - USS Shangri La
        • 26 Jul 1967 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 148555 C/N 12748
        • 19 Sep 1967 - VA-81 - USS Shangri La
        • 03 Oct 1968 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 148600 C/N 12793
        • 05 Sep 1967 - VA-81 - USS Shangri La
        • 15 Oct 1968 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 149500 c/n 12825
        • 07 Sep 1967 - VA-81 - USS Shangri La
        • 25 Jan 1970 - NAS - NAS Los Alamitos, CA
      • 149502 c/n 12827
        • 23 Sep 1967 - VA-81 - USS Shangri La
        • 01 Feb 1970 - MARTD - NAS Los Alamitos, CA
      • 149503 c/n 12828
        • 06 May 1968 - VA-81 - USS Shangri La
        • 02 Feb 1970 - MARTD - NAS Los Alamitos, CA
      • 149518 c/n 12843
        • 03 Oct 1968 - VA-81 - USS John F Kennedy
        • 05 Mar 1970 - VA-81 - Convert to A-4L
        • 29 Apr 1970 - NAS - NAS Glenview, IL
      • 149526 c/n 12851
        • 20 Sep 1968 - VA-81 - USS John F Kennedy
        • 22 May 1970 - NAS - NAS Los Alamitos, CA
      • 149531 c/n 12856
        • 25 Sep 1967 - VA-81 - USS Shangri La
        • 23 Jan 1970 - NAS - NAS Los Alamitos, CA
      • 149559 c/n 12884
        • 07 Sep 1967 - VA-81 - USS Shangri La
        • 18 Nov 1968 - Stricken - 1SA
      • 149626 c/n 12951
        • 02 Dec 1968 - VA-81 - USS John F Kennedy
        • 02 Feb 1970 - NAS - NAS Los Alamitos, CA
      • 149636 c/n 12961
        • 17 Oct 1967 - VA-81 - USS Shangri La
        • 01 Apr 1970 - MARTD - NAS Los Alamitos, CA
      • 149646 c/n 12971
        • 26 Sep 1967 - VA-81 - USS Shangri La
        • 29 Oct 1968 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
    • Douglas A4D-2N (A-4C) Skyhawk (Continued)
      • 150593 c/n 13004
        • 02 Jul 1964 - VA-81 - USS Forrestal
        • 24 Jul 1964 - NAVSTA - NS Rota, Spain

    • Douglas A4D-5 (A-4E) Skyhawk
      • 149647 c/n 12972
        • 10 Jul 1967 - VA-81 - USS Shangri La
        • 05 Nov 1967 - VA-56 - USS Enterprise
      • 149974 c/n 13027
        • 30 Apr 1963 - VA-81 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 15 Jan 1964 - Stricken - 1AA1
      • 149982 c/n 13035
        • 11 Mar 1966 - VA-81 - USS Forrestal
        • 14 May 1966 - VA-12 - NAS Cecil Field, FL

        • 14 Jun 1966 - VA-81 - NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
        • 30 Jul 1966 - NAS - NAS Cubi Point, RP
      • 149985 c/n 13038
        • 23 Apr 1963 - VA-81 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 13 Mar 1964 - VA-43 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 149988 c/n 13041
        • 30 Apr 1963 - VA-81 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 13 Mar 1964 - VA-43 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 149990 c/n 13043
        • 23 Apr 1963 - VA-81 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 15 Nov 1963 - O&R BUWEPS FR - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 149992 c/n 13045
        • 23 Apr 1963 - VA-81 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 08 Jun 1964 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 149993 c/n 13046
        • 24 Apr 1963 - VA-81 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 14 May 1964 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 149993 c/n 13046
        • 24 Apr 1963 - VA-81 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 14 May 1964 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA

        • 11 Jul 1967 - VA-81 - USS Shangri La
        • 15 Nov 1967 - VA-56 - USS Enterprise
      • 149999 c/n 13052
        • 23 Apr 1963 - VA-81 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 14 May 1964 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 150002 c/n 13055
        • 03 Apr 1963 - VA-81 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 08 Jun 1964 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 150005 c/n 13058
        • 03 Apr 1963 - VA-81 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 11 May 1964 - Stricken - 1AA1
      • 150007 c/n 13060
        • 03 Apr 1963 - VA-81 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 08 Jun 1964 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 150009 c/n 13062
        • 19 Feb 1965 - VA-81 - USS Forrestal
        • 02 Apr 1965 - VA-12 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 150010 c/n 13063
        • 02 May 1963 - VA-81 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 28 Apr 1964 - VA-86 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 150013 c/n 13066
        • 23 Apr 1963 - VA-81 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 08 Jun 1964 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 150021 c/n 13074
        • 24 Apr 1963 - VA-81 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 19 May 1964 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 150069 c/n 13122
        • 12 Nov 1963 - VA-81 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 08 Jun 1964 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 150070 c/n 13123
        • 15 Aug 1967 - VA-81 - USS Shangri La
        • 10 Oct 1967 - VA-106 - USS Intrepid
      • 150076 c/n 13129
        • 30 Aug 1965 - VA-81 - USS Forrestal
        • 23 Sep 1966 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL

        • 10 Jul 1967 - VA-81 - USS Shangri La
        • 03 Oct 1967 - VA-195 - USS Ticonderoga
      • 150089 c/n 13142
        • 02 Aug 1967 - VA-81 - USS Shangri La
        • 10 Oct 1967 - VA-106 - USS Intrepid
      • 150100 c/n 13153
        • 01 Aug 1967 - VA-81 - USS Shangri La
        • 10 Oct 1967 - VA-106 - USS Intrepid
      • 150109 c/n 13162
        • 09 Jan 1965 - VA-81 - USS Forrestal
        • 07 Sep 1965 - NAVSTA - NS Rota, Spain

        • 11 Mar 1966 - VA-81 - USS Forrestal
        • 22 Jul 1966 - VA-125 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 150116 c/n 13169
        • 23 Aug 1965 - VA-81 - USS Forrestal
        • 12 Oct 1966 - VA-212 - USS Bon Homme Richard
      • 150117 c/n 13170
        • 26 Jul 1967 - VA-81 - USS Shangri La
        • 01 Nov 1967 - VA-106 - USS Intrepid
      • 150120 c/n 13173
        • 04 Aug 1967 - VA-81 - USS Shangri La
        • 10 Oct 1967 - VA-106 - USS Intrepid
      • 150125 c/n 13178
        • 19 Aug 1967 - VA-81 - USS Shangri La
        • 05 Oct 1967 - VA-106 - USS Intrepid
      • 150127 c/n 13180
        • 29 Jul 1967 - VA-81 - USS Shangri La
        • 07 Oct 1967 - VA-106 - USS Intrepid
      • 151027 c/n 13197
        • 03 Feb 1964 - VA-81 - USS Forrestal
        • 05 Oct 1967 - VA-106 - USS Intrepid
      • 151028 c/n 13198
        • 11 Aug 1965 - VA-81 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 13 Sep 1967 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 151035 c/n 13205
        • 09 Mar 1964 - VA-81 - USS Forrestal
        • 17 May 1965 - VMA-331 - MCAS Beaufort, SC
      • 151048 c/n 13218
        • 09 Mar 1964 - VA-81 - USS Forrestal
        • 27 Aug 1964 - Stricken - 1AA2
      • 151052 c/n 13222
        • 22 Jul 1966 - VA-81 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 22 Jul 1966 - VMA-311 - Chu Lai, South Vietnam

        • 01 Dec 1966 - VA-81 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 10 Oct 1967 - VA-212 USS Bon Homme Richard
      • 151071 c/n 13241
        • 08 May 1964 - VA-81 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 29 Dec 1964 - Stricken - 1AA1
      • 151072 c/n 13242
        • 05 May 1964 - VA-81 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 26 May 1965 - VMA-324 - MCAS Beaufort, SC
      • 151077 c/n 13247
        • 05 May 1964 - VA-81 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 01 Jul 1965 - VMA-324 - MCAS Beaufort, SC
      • 151081 c/n 13251
        • 05 May 1964 - VA-81 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 13 Sep 1965 - VMA-332 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 151082 c/n 13252
        • 08 May 1964 - VA-81 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 22 Jun 1965 - VMA-332 - NS Roosevelt Roads, PR
      • 151090 c/n 13260
        • 01 Aug 1964 - VA-81 - USS Forrestal
        • 13 Jun 1967 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 151092 c/n 13262
        • 01 Jun 1964 - VA-81 -- USS Forrestal
        • 28 Feb 1965 - VA-81 -- USS Forrestal (Last)
        • Assume stricken - No further records found
      • 151095 c/n 13265
        • 01 Jun 1964 - VA-81 - USS Forrestal
        • 15 Dec 1967 - VA-106 - USS Intrepid
      • 151097 c/n 13267
        • 17 Jun 1966 - VA-81 - NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
        • 22 Sep 1967 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 151100 c/n 13270
        • 11 Jun 1965 - VA-81 - NAS Oceana, VA (Last)
        • Assume stricken - No further records found
      • 151101 c/n 13271
        • 01 Jun 1964 - VA-81 - USS Forrestal
        • 06 Jun 1967 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 151103 c/n 13273
        • 11 Jun 1965 - VA-81 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 02 Aug 1966 - VA-83 - USS Shangri La
      • 151110 c/n 13280
        • 02 Jul 1964 - VA-81 - USS Forrestal
        • 31 Aug 1967 - VA-83 - USS Shangri La
      • 151111 c/n 13281
        • 28 May 1966 - VA-81 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 05 Jul 1966 - Stricken : 1S
      • 151121 c/n 13291
        • 17 May 1965 - VA-81 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 14 Aug 1967 - VA-83 - USS Shangri La
      • 151122 c/n 13292
        • 20 May 1965 - VA-81 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 08 Aug 1967 - VA-83 - USS Shangri La
      • 151126 c/n 13296
        • 24 Mar 1965 - VA-81 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 14 Jun 1967 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 151131 c/n 13301
        • 19 May 1965 - VA-81 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 19 Oct 1967 - VA-125 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 151135 c/n 13305
        • 02 May 1965 - VA-81 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 25 Jul 1967 - VA-83 - USS Shangri La

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