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The patch was designed in early 1965 in a Squadron contest. Big deal prize was 30 days of no SDO duty.
Harry S. Gann.
LCDR Lumpy Sudbeck.
James W. Perrine
John J. Kresse
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Before 1952 Utility Squadron FOUR (VU-4) Detachment Quonset Point, Rhode Island.
January 18, 1952, VU-4 Detachment Quonset Point, Rhode Island re-designated Utility Squadron TWO (VU-2).
July 1, 1965, VU-2 was re-designated Navy Fleet Support Squadron TWO (VC-2).
September 30, 1980, Navy Fleet Support Squadron TWO, Blue Falcons, were disestablished.
Date - - - - - - - - - - Location:
1952 - - - - - Naval Air Station Quonset Point, Rhode Island.
1960 - - - - - Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Tail Code- - - - - - - - - JE
Date Type First Received - - - - - - Type of Aircraft:
Date Type First Received - - - - - - Type of Aircraft:
1952 - - - - - - - - - - - - Douglas JD-1 Invader Photo by Harry S. Gann.
1952 - - - - - - - - - - - - Grumman F9F Cougar.
1960 - - - - - - - - - - - - North American FJ-3 Fury.
1961 - - - - - - - - - - - - Vought F-8U Crusader.
18 March 1971- - - - - - - - Douglas A4D-5 (A-4E) Skyhawk *
30 April 1971- - - - - - - - Douglas A4D-2N (A-4C) Skyhawks *
1971 - - - - - - - - - - - - Grumman US2-A and US2-C Tracker.
23 February 1974 - - - - - - Douglas A-4L Skyhawk.
02 October 1973- - - - - - - Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk.
19?? - - - - - - - - - - - - Grumman S2-F Tracker.
Starting in 1971, the "Blue Falcons" flew A-4, TA-4 Skyhawks and S2 Trackers from Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia Beach, Virginia. VC-2 in addition to providing towed targets and "service flights" for the Atlantic Fleet, also provided dissimilar ACM training for both VF-101 (RAG) and the Air Farce from Langley, Virginia.
Photographs from Harry S. Gann; 3-view drawings from Harry S. Gann, redrawn by Bud Southworth.
*November 30, 1962
The A4D-2N designation was changed to A-4C
The A4D-5 designation was changed to A-4E
For A-4 Skyhawk aircraft assigned to this unit see lower in this page:
1952 - - - - - - Lcdr. Carlton Soderholm, USN
1960 - - - - - - Cdr. Kirk Hershey
1961 - - - - - - Cdr. P. O. Harwell
1962 - - - - - - Cdr. R. J. Mattus
1964 - - - - - - Cdr. W. F. Tobin
1965 - - - - - - Cdr. D. E. Cummings
1965 - - - - - - Cdr. W. E. McLuckie
1966 - - - - - - Cdr. R. I. McFarland
1967 - - - - - - Cdr. R. N. Andresen
1968 - - - - - - Cdr. W. C. Larry
1969 - - - - - - Cdr. H. C. Wyhelchel Jr.
1970 - - - - - - Cdr. R. Clifton Jones, USN
1971 - - - - - - Cdr. Larry Renner, USN
1976-1977- - - - CDR Whittiker
1977-1978- - - - CDR P.R. Black
1977-1978- - - - CDR P.R. Black
1978-1979- - - - CDR Wallace T. LeSeur(sp?) (Affectionally known as "Uncle Wally")
1979-1980- - - - CDR M. B. Brooks
Meritorious Unit Commendation:
1952: FLECOMPRON TWO (VU-2) was originally a Utility Squadron FOUR Detachment stationed at Quonset Point, Rhode Island. On January 8, 1952 demand for utility services had grown to the point where VU-4's Quonset Point detachment was re-designated Utility Squadron TWO (VU-2). Lcdr. Carlton Soderholm, USN was the first Blue Falcon Commanding Officer.
VU-2's mission was to train aircraft controllers and ship gun crews; provide flights to assist in the completion of functional radar tests for Atlantic Fleet and NATO naval units; conduct of transition training in the FS aircraft for newly designated aviators; and aerial combat maneuvering flights in conjunction with fleet fighter squadron combat readiness training.
The newly commissioned squadron had a complement of 30 officers and 185 enlisted men operating the Douglas JD-1 "Invader" and Grumman F9F "Cougar." VU-2 pilots towed bright red and white targets past firing batteries of U. S. ships from Maine to Puerto Rico. Cougars flew high-speed intercepts for stations and ships in the Atlantic Fleet.
1959: VU-2 acquired the KD2R5 and the KDBI target systems to provide experience for Atlantic Fleet gunners. When launched from the fantail of ships, KD's presented small, fast moving, recoverable targets for radar and gunfire tracking.
June 1960: VU-2 moved to the Naval Air Station Oceana at Virginia Beach, Virginia, leaving VU-2 Detachment Quonset Point, Rhode Island with the squadron's Douglas JD Invaders. The move enabled the Blue Falcons to increase service to the Fleet Anti-Air Warfare Training Center at Dam Neck, Virginia and the fleet in the Norfolk area. Utility Squadron TWO pilots stowed their tow-targets and became "BOGIES" flying the North American FJ-3 "Fury" North American FJ-3 "Fury" for radar tracking exercises and air-to-air intercepts.
July 1961: Utility Squadron TWO became the first supersonic utility squadron on the Atlantic coast when VU-2 received the Vought F-8U "Crusader." The Crusader's increased performance enabled the Fleet Anti-Air Warfare Training Center to accomplish the complexities of high speed aircraft intercepts.
May 1962: Utility Squadron TWO was tasked to provide DELMAR tow targets to the fleet. The DELMAR tow profile provided realistic air-to-air and sea-to-air missile firing training for the Atlantic Fleet.
1963: UTRON TWO flew 4,539 accident free hours during fiscal 1963, receiving a COMNAVAIRLANT citation for the outstanding achievement. In August VU-2 was chosen to "pilot" the Navy Maintenance Data Collection System, a counterpart of the Air Force 66-1 Program.
1964: Utility Squadron TWO established UC-2 Detachment 33 Jacksonville, Florida and VU-2 Detachment Key West, Florida. The VU-2 Jacksonville Detachment serviced ships from Charleston, South Carolina and Mayport, Florida as well as air units from Naval Air Station Cecil Field, Florida. The VU-2 Key West Detachment towed DELMAR targets providing air-to-air missile firing training for fleet squadrons.
January 1965: UTRON TWO flew an all time record 570 "Crusader" hours. The record was achieved using the F-8C Crusader which had been assigned in April 1964. The hour accumulated as UC-2 trained Blue Falcon pilots for all-weather high-speed intercepts in the enhanced radar ability F-8C Crusader. Meanwhile the Blue Falcons performed high-speed intercepts to train and evaluate sea and land based student air controllers.
July 1, 1965: UTRON TWO (VU-2)was re-designated Fleet Composite Squadron TWO (VC-2).
December 1965: Fleet Composite Squadron TWO increased emphasis on Crusader squadron pilot weapon platform training. VC-2 became the first Composite Squadron to fire live Sidewinder missiles. All squadron pilots participated in live Sidewinder firing exercises with a 76% kill record. Sidewinder training was accomplished while the squadron perfected techniques to tow a new supersonic Hayes target. These two demanding tasks did not hinder the squadron's busy aircraft service mission.
1967: VC-2 transitioned from F-8C Crusaders to F-8A Crusaders while the squadron provided its traditional Atlantic Fleet service. The Blue Falcons also flew service missions for the German Navy ships "Z-2" and "Z-3" and the Spanish ship DEDALO.
August 1968: VC-2 Blue Falcons received a COMNAVAIRLANT aviation safety citation for flying 3240 accident-free hours.
July 1969: The Blue Falcons transitioned from the F-8A Crusader to a modernized F-8K Crusader.
1969: VC-2 Detachment Quonset Point, Rhode Island completed its 10th year of accident free operation.
December 1969: Even with austere funding which limited Blue Falcon potential the squadron operated accident free, transitioned eight pilots to the F-8K Crusader and was often commended for its outstanding services.
1970: Commanding Officer Cdr. R. C. Jones guided the Blue Falcons through a series of major evolutions, including transitioning from the F-8K Crusader to the Douglas A-4E & A-4C "Skyhawks" and US-2C "Tracker."
VC-2 formed a new permanent VC-2 Detachment at Naval Air Station Cecil Field, Florida.
VC-2 Detachment Quonset Point received a COMNAVAIRLANT aviation safety citation for its 1970 accident-free operations.
May 1971: FLECOMPRON TWO became the only East Coast utility squadron when sister squadron, VC-4, was disestablished. VC-2 met increased tasking for the Atlantic Fleet and NATO units spread along the United States coast from Maine to Mexico.
July 1971: While transitioning to new aircraft types and meeting increased mission tasking, VC-2 continued operating accident free for a second consecutive year.
VC-2 Detachment Quonset Point completed its 11th year of accident free operation, having flown more than 16,000 hours since forming July 1960.
1971: Fleet Composite Squadron Two Officer Roster:
CDR R. C. Jones, JR. - Commanding Officer
CDR L. E. Renner - Executive Officer
LCDR S. T. Clinton
LCDR R. G. Snow
LT R. L. Carter
LT R. L. Corper
LT J. B. Flaherty
LT J. C. Larson
LT W. J. Neville, JR.
LT D. J. Nielsen
LT R. L. Sanborn
LTJG M. A. Akin
LTJG J. R. Altemus
LTJG S. F. Buck
LTJG M. Cheikin
LTJG M. D. Fowler
LTJG H. W. Jones, JR.
LTJG K. J. Reed
LTJG M. R. Willis
CW02 G. H. Baron
CWO2 F. E. Roach, JR.
June 23, 1972: Lt. Kenneth J. Reed flew his damaged A-4C BuNo 148609 to NAS Cecil Field after a mid-air collision with an A-7 Corsair II off St. Augustine, FL, but was unable to land because of control problems and ejected. The pilot of the A-7 ejected but perished.
May 27, 1974: Lt. Robert E. Rhode, ejected safely, was rescued and taken aboard USS Independence, after his TA-4J BuNo 158114 was accidently shot down off Jacksonville, FL. Rhode was flying a safety plane, near another craft towing an eight-foot long target device, when the unarmed Sidewinder missile fired from an A7 Corsair attack jet went astray and hit his plane.
December 10, 1976: Lt. Jerome L. Petykowski ejected safely when his A-4E BuNo 139983 was accidentally struck by an unarmed AIM-9 missile fired from a Marine F-4J during a training mission and crashed into the Atlantic ocean off North Carolina.
September 30, 1980: Navy Fleet Support Squadron TWO the Blue Falcons, was disestablished. The unit had 5,000 plus accident free flight hours.
May 1980 156924, JE-07, parked on the flight line.
03 MAY 1980: VC-2 BuNo 155110 on the ramp at NAS Oceana. Stephen Miller.
BuNo.147754 takes on a new role.
VC-2 A-4L BuNo 145115, JE-11, spotted in front of the tower at NAS Oceana, VA with a F-14 Tomcat, F-4 Phantom II and a A-6 Intruder.
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A-4 Skyhawk aircraft assigned to this unit: