VMT-103

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  Provided by Mike Perna&lt


Patch

  • No Data to date


Handle

  • "Sky Chickens"? (unofficial)


Heritage

  • Korea:
    VMT-10 flew (and/or) F9F-2Bs, F9F-4s, F9F-5s as a training squadron supporting the Marine Corps involvment in Korea.
  • Oct 1954:
    VMT-10 was at Marine Corps Air Station, El Toro, California.
  • 1956:
    Marine Training Squadron VMFT-10 was assigned to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing.
  • April 1958:
    VMFT-10 was redesignated VMT-2, and assigned to the Air Fleet Marine Force Pacific.
  • May 1966:
    VMT-2, relocated from Marine Corps Air Station, El Toro, California to Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona.
  • July 1, 1966:
    VMT-2, was redesignated VMT-103 at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona.
  • October 1967:
    VMT-103 was reassigned to the 3rd Marine Air Wing at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona.


Home Ports

  • Date - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Location:
  • 1956 - - - - - - - - - - - Marine Corps Air Station, El Toro, California.
  • May 1966 - - - - - - - - - Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona.


Air Wings

  • Date - - - - - - - - - - - - Tail code - - - - - - - Air Wing
  • 19? (was in use 1969-70 [Linder]) - SC
  • 19? (was in use VMT-2 from Sept. 1961- June 30, 1964 At El Toro [Coffey]) - - - - - - - - SD


Deployments

  • Departure & Return - - - - - - - - Air Wing - Carrier -Aircraft - - Area of Operations:
  • No Data to Date

 


<Aircraft

 

  • >Date Type First Received - - - - - - Type of Aircraft:
  • 1 November 1966 - - - - - - Douglas TA-4F Skyhawk
  • 22 October 1971 - - - - - - Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk
  • <* November 30, 1962
    • The A4D-1 designation changed to A-4A
  • A-4 Skyhawk aircraft assigned to VMT-103:
    • Douglas TA-4F Skyhawk
      • 152850 C/N 13496
        • 26 Jun 1969 - VMT-103 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
        • 01 Jun 1972 - VMAT-102 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
      • 152861 C/N 13507
        • 31 Oct 1969 - VMT-103 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
        • 13 Apr 1971 - VMT-103 - Convert to TA-4J
        • 16 Mar 1972 - VF-126 - NAS Miramar, CA
      • 152865 C/N 13511
        • 12 Jun 1970 - VMT-103 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
        • 28 Jun 1971 - VMT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 153459 c/n 13525
        • 23 Jun 1969 - VMT-103 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
        • 11 Jun 1972 - VMAT-102 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
      • 153483 c/n 13549
        • 08 May 1967 - VMT-103 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
        • 01 Jun 1972 - VMAT-102 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
      • 153484 c/n 13550
        • 05 May 1967 - VMT-103 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
        • 10 Jan 1970 - H&MS-15 - MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
      • 153485 c/n 13551
        • 05 May 1967 - VMT-103 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
        • 01 Feb 1969 - Stricken - 1SS
      • 153486 c/n 13552
        • 12 Jun 1969 - VMT-103 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
        • 24 Jun 1969 - VMT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 153487 c/n 13553
        • 11 May 1967 - VMT-103 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
        • 01 Jun 1972 - VMAT-102 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
      • 153488 c/n 13554
        • 05 Jun 1967 - VMT-103 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
        • 10 Sep 1967 - H&MS-12 - Chu Lai, South Vietnam
      • 153489 c/n 13555
        • 07 Jun 1967 - VMT-103 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
        • 09 Sep 1967 - H&MS-12 - Chu Lai, South Vietnam
      • 153491 c/n 13557
        • 01 Jun 1967 - VMT-103 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
        • 07 Sep 1967 - H&MS-12 - Chu Lai, South Vietnam
      • 153499 c/n 13565
        • 07 Jun 1967 - VMT-103 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
        • 10 Sep 1967 - H&MS-12 - Chu Lai, South Vietnam
      • 153501 c/n 13567
        • 12 Jun 1967 - VMT-103 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
        • 08 Sep 1967 - H&MS-11 - Da Nang, South Vietnam
      • 153506 c/n 13572
        • 01 Jun 1967 - VMT-103 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
        • 08 Sep 1967 - H&MS-11 - Da Nang, South Vietnam
      • 153507 c/n 13573
        • 12 Jul 1967 - VMT-103 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
        • 20 Dec 1967 - NARF - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 153508 c/n 13574
        • 01 Jun 1967 - VMT-103 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
        • 09 Sep 1967 - H&MS-11 - Da Nang, South Vietnam
      • 153510 c/n 13576
        • 30 Jun 1968 - VMT-103 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
        • 01 Jun 1972 - VMAT-102 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
      • 153511 c/n 13577
        • 10 Jul 1967 - VMT-103 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
        • 25 Jan 1968 - H&MS-11 - Da Nang, South Vietnam
      • 153523 c/n 13589
        • 26 Oct 1967 - VMT-103 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
        • 29 Jan 1968 - H&MS-11 - Da Nang, South Vietnam
      • 153661 c/n 13599
        • 20 Dec 1966 - VMT-103 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
        • 08 Jul 1971 - VMT-103 - Convert to TA-4J
        • 01 Jun 1972 - VMAT-102 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
      • 153663 c/n 13601
        • 18 Nov 1966 - VMT-103 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
        • 30 Oct 1968 - H&MS-33 - MCAS El Toro, CA

        • 19 Nov 1968 - VMT-103 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
        • 01 Jun 1972 - VMAT-102 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
      • 153664 c/n 13602
        • 18 Nov 1966 - VMT-103 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
        • 24 Mar 1972 - VF-126 - NAS Miramar, CA
      • 153665 c/n 13603
        • 16 Dec 1966 - VMT-103 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
        • 11 Sep 1967 - Stricken - 1S
      • 153666 c/n 13604
        • 16 Dec 1966 - VMT-103 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
        • 23 Oct 1969 - Stricken - 1S
      • 153667 c/n 13605
        • 16 Dec 1966 - VMT-103 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
        • 04 Jul 1971 - VMT-103 - Convert to TA-4J
        • 24 Mar 1972 - VF-126 - NAS Miramar, CA
      • 153668 c/n 13606
        • 20 Dec 1966 - VMT-103 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
        • 02 Nov 1971 - NARF - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 153669 c/n 13607
        • 20 Dec 1966 - VMT-103 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
        • 11 Aug 1971 - VMT-103 - Convert to TA-4J
        • 01 Jun 1972 - VMAT-102 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
      • 153670 c/n 13608
        • 21 Dec 1966 - VMT-103 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
        • 30 Jul 1971 - VMT-103 - Convert to TA-4J
        • 01 Jun 1972 - VMAT-102 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
      • 153671 c/n 13609
        • 01 Nov 1966 - VMT-103 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
        • 14 Dec 1967 - NARF - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 153673 c/n 13611
        • 22 Dec 1966 - VMT-103 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
        • 23 Jan 1969 - Stricken - 1S
    • Douglas TA-4F Skyhawk (Cont.)
      • 153678 c/n 13616
        • 30 Jul 1970 - VMT-103 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
        • 01 Sep 1971 - VMT-103 - Convert to TA-4J
        • 01 Jun 1972 - VMAT-102 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
      • 154299 c/n 13687
        • 02 Oct 1967 - VMT-103 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
        • 25 Jan 1968 - H&MS-11 - Da Nang, South Vietnam
      • 154302 c/n 13690
        • 02 Oct 1967 - VMT-103 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
        • 28 Jan 1968 - H&MS-11 - Da Nang, South Vietnam
      • 154304 c/n 13692
        • 06 Oct 1967 - VMT-103 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
        • 26 Jan 1968 - H&MS-13 - Chu Lai, South Vietnam
      • 154306 c/n 13694
        • 19 Oct 1967 - VMT-103 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
        • 01 Jun 1972 - VMAT-102 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
      • 154307 c/n 13695
        • 23 Oct 1967 - VMT-103 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
        • 01 Jun 1972 - VMAT-102 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
      • 154309 c/n 13697
        • 30 Oct 1967 - VMT-103 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
        • 19 Jun 1968 - H&MS-13 - Chu Lai, South Vietnam
      • 154313 c/n 13701
        • 09 Apr 1970 - VMT-103 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
        • 01 Jun 1972 - VMAT-102 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
      • 154323 c/n 13711
        • 25 Jun 1969 - VMT-103 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
        • 01 Jun 1971 - VMAT-102 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
      • 154324 c/n 13712
        • 08 Nov 1968 - VMT-103 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
        • 23 Jan 1969 - Stricken - 1S
      • 154325 c/n 13713
        • 23 Dec 1967 - VMT-103 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
        • 29 Feb 1968 - H&MS-15 - MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
      • 154326 c/n 13714
        • 02 Feb 1970 – VMT-103 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
        • 10 Sep 1971 – Stricken - 1S0
      • 154331 c/n 13719
        • 12 Jan 1968 - VMT-103 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
        • 29 Feb 1968 - H&MS-15 - MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
      • 154337 c/n 13725
        • 13 Feb 1968 - VMT-103 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
        • 07 May 1969 - H&MS-15 - MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
      • 154338 c/n 13726
        • 21 Jun 1969 - VMT-103 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
        • 25 Sep 1970 - VMT-103 - Convert to TA-4J
        • 28 Feb 1972 - VF-126 - NAS Miramar, CA
      • 154339 c/n 13727
        • 19 Feb 1968 - VMT-103 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
        • 04 Oct 1968 - NPRO - Long Beach, CA

        • 03 Feb 1969 - VMT-103 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
        • 28 Feb 1969 - H&MS-11 - Da Nang, South Vietnam
      • 154340 c/n 13728
        • 26 Feb 1968 - VMT-103 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
        • 04 Mar 1969 - H&MS-15 - MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
      • 154615 c/n 13733
        • 05 Feb 1969 - VMT-103 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
        • 26 Jun 1969 - VMT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 154616 c/n 13734
        • 07 Feb 1969 - VMT-103 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
        • 27 Jun 1969 - VMT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 154621 c/n 13739
        • 30 Apr 1968 - VMT-103 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
        • 26 Jul 1968 - H&MS-15 - MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
      • 154622 c/n 13740
        • 30 Apr 1968 - VMT-103 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
        • 26 Jul 1968 - H&MS-15 - MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
      • 154631 c/n 13749
        • 07 Jan 1971 - VMT-103 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
        • 22 Jan 1971 - VMT-103 - Convert to TA-4J
        • 01 Jun 1972 - VMAT-102 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
      • 154642 c/n 13760
        • 04 Oct 1968 - VMT-103 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
        • 04 Nov 1968 - H&MS-24 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
      • 154643 c/n 13761
        • 17 Sep 1968 - VMT-103 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
        • 04 Nov 1968 - H&MS-24 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
      • 154645 c/n 13763
        • 03 Oct 1968 - VMT-103 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
        • 04 Nov 1968 - H&MS-24 - MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
      • 154646 c/n 13764
        • 16 Oct 1968 - VMT-103 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
        • 14 Jun 1969 - H&MS-11 - Da Nang, South Vietnam
      • 154653 c/n 13771
        • 20 Nov 1968 - VMT-103 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
        • 17 Jun 1971 - VMT-103 - Convert to TA-4J
        • 01 Jun 1972 - VMAT-102 - MCAS Yuma, AZ

    • Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk
      • 153498 c/n 13564 - TA-4F
        • 07 Aug 1970 - VT-23 - Convert to TA-4J

        • 31 Oct 1971 - VMT-103 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
        • 01 Jun 1972 - VMAT-102 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
      • 154314 c/n 13702
        • 11 Nov 1970 - VT-21 - Convert to TA-4J

        • 22 Oct 1971 - VMT-103 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
        • 01 Jun 1972 - VMAT-102 - MCAS Yuma, AZ


Commanding Officers

  • Date Assumed Command - - - - - - - Commanding Officer No Data To Dat


Events

  • VMT-103's primary mission is to provide attack training for newly designated aviators and attack refresher training for previously qualified Naval Aviators. It also provides jet transition refresher and instrument training for selected pilots.
  • September 11, 1967:
    Instructor Capt. Walt Dozier and student 1st. Lt. Arnold Corbett ejected from TA-4F BuNo 153665 and were recovered uninjured near Yuma, AZ
    Yuma, AZ, The Yuma Daily Sun, Tuesday, September 12, 1967

  • January 23, 1969:
    TA-4F BuNo 154324 & TA-4F BuNo 153673 collided mid-air over Imperial Valley CA. Lt. Col. Marvin T. Garrison and Lt. J.D. Lawson ejected safely
    Oxnard, CA, Press-Courier, Fridt, January 24, 1969

  • February 1, 1969:
    Following a fuel stop at Webb AFB in TA-4F BuNo 153485, TX while enroute from Yuma to Pensacola, Lt. R.P. Keller ejected following engine failure on takeoff
    Big Spring, TX, Big Spring Daily Herald, Sunday, February 2, 1969
    Big Spring, TX, Big Spring Herald, Tuesday, February 4, 1969

  • October 23, 1969:
    Following control problems, instructor Capt. John A. Drew ejected from TA-4F BuNo 153666 but student 1st. Lt. Kirby L. Williams failed to eject and perished, 3.5 miles south of Joshua Tree, CA
    US Navy, Accident Report: Page 1, Thursday, December 4, 1969
    US Navy, Accident Report: Page 2, Thursday, December 4, 1969
    US Navy, Accident Report: Page 3, Thursday, December 4, 1969
    US Navy, Accident Report: Page 4, Thursday, December 4, 1969
    US Navy, Accident Report: Page 5, Thursday, December 4, 1969
    US Navy, Accident Report: Page 6, Thursday, December 4, 1969

    Bakersfield, CA, The Bakersfield Californian, Saturday, October 25, 1969

    Approach Magazine, Accident Report: Page 1, February 1970
    Approach Magazine, Accident Report: Page 2, February 1970
    Approach Magazine, Accident Report: Page 3, February 1970
    Approach Magazine, Accident Report: Page 4, February 1970
    Approach Magazine, Accident Report: Page 5, February 1970
    Approach Magazine, Accident Report: Page 6, February 1970

  • I flew with VMT 103 at Yuma, AZ. in 1969 through 1970. I was the 7th pilot in the squadron and we called ourselves the "Sky Chicken's" as our modex was SC. We were attached to the newly formed MCCRTG (Marine Corps Combat Readiness Training Group) and had a bunch of cast me down Navy A4-C's that all had leaky fuel tanks because of the thousands of traps made aboard ship. We got rid of all of the Charlies in late 69 (think they went to Argentina) and started getting the Super E's.
    Michael E. Sandlin (Col Ret USMCR)

  • This unit was formed as a specialized training unit for those of us who, after basic school, went into the USAF undergraduate pilot training (UPT) program because the Navy could not handle the volume of Marine pilots in the 1969-1971 timeframe. We received the AF lead wings after 53 weeks of training and went on to VMT-103 (TA-4Fs) to get air-to-ground, air-to-air, and carqual before receiving naval aviator wings. Anyway, this was at MCAS Yuma and was definitely a "training" squadron and not an "attack training" squadron.
    Steve Linder

  • June 11, 1971:
    Capt. John Danskin and Capt. Dennis Murphy made a safe ground-level ejection when their TA-4F BuNo 153668 flamed out as they were practicing carrier-type touch-and-go landings and crashed on the runway at NAF El Centro.
    Yuma, AZ, The Yuma Daily Sun, Friday, June 11, 1971
    Naval Aviation News, Grampa Petibone, February 1972

  • September 10, 1971:
    Student, 1/Lt R.D. Strause reported killed while the backseat instructor, Capt D.R. Pia escaped when their TA-4F BuNo 154326 crashed and burned on takeoff.
    Yuma, AZ, The Yuma Daily Sun, Friday, September 10, 1971


Awards

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

  • No info yet

 

Photographs


VMT-103 Personnel - 1971
Formal protrait of the officers and men on VMT-103.
USMC photograph from Mike Perna.

VMT-103 Flightline - 1971
Six Douglas TA-4J Skyhawks bake in the Yuma sun.
Photograph from Mike Perna.

VMT-103 Skyhawk BuNo 154340, SD-18, parked on the ramp.
Photographer unknown, via W. Mutza.

MAY 1971:
VMT-103 TA-4F BuNo 153487,
SD-15, MAY 1971.
Photographer unknown, Verver Collection.

MAY 1971:
VMT-103 TA-4F BuNo, 153664,
SD-3, MAY 1971.
Photographer unknown, Verver Collection.


Sources:

 

  • Graphics files created by and courtesy of Fred Lewis
  • Harry S. Gann
  • Mike Perna
  • SSgt. Fred N. Townsley USMC Ret.
  • Michael E. Sandlin (Col. Ret USMCR)
  • Steve Linder
  • Marvin E. Coffey
  • John Gabbard

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