VT-23

VT-23 - Professionals

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Courtesy of Frank Garza
 


Patch

  • VT-23 Griffin patch


Handle

  • Professionals


Heritage

  • November 1, 1958: Advanced Training Unit TWO HUNDREDTWENTY-TWO (ATU-222) established.
  • May 1, 1960: Advanced Training Unit TWO HUNDRED TWENTY-TWO (ATU-222) redesignated Training Squadron TWENTY-THREE (VT-23).


Home Ports

  • Date - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Location:
  • 1958 - - - - - - - - - - - - - Naval Air Station Kingsville, Texas


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

  • No info yet


Deployments

  • None

 


Aircraft

 

  • Date Type First Received - - - - - - Type of Aircraft:
  • 1958 - - - - - - - - - - - - Grumman F-11 Tiger.
  • 1965 - - - - - - - - - - - - Grumman TF-9J Cougar.
  • 10 April 1970- - - - - - - - Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk.
  • 1972 - - - - - - - - - - - - North American T-2C Buckeye.
  • 199? - - - - - - - - - - - - Boeing - McDonnald Douglas - British Aerospace T-45 Goshawk.
  • September 30, 1999 - - - - - VT-23 Boeing T-45C Goshawks were transfered to VT-7.
  • A-4 Skyhawk aircraft assigned to VT-23.
    • Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk
      • 153478 c/n 13544 - TA-4F
        • 24 Jun 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
        • 02 Oct 1970 - VT-23 - Convert to TA-4J
        • 20 Oct 1972 - VT-24 - NAS Chase Field, TX
      • 153479 c/n 13545 - TA-4F
        • 24 Jun 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX

        • 01 Sep 1970 - VT-23 - Convert to TA-4J
        • 17 Mar 1971 - VT-22 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 153490 c/n 13556 - TA-4F
        • 22 Jun 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX

        • 07 Aug 1970 – VT-23 - Convert to TA-4J
        • 26 Feb 1971 - Stricken – 1S
      • 153495 c/n 13561 - TA-4F
        • 01 Aug 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX

        • 22 Aug 1970 – VT-23 - Convert to TA-4J
        • 02 Nov 1972 - VT-24 - NAS Chase Field, TX
      • 153498 c/n 13564 - TA-4F
        • 29 Jul 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX

        • 07 Aug 1970 – VT-23 - Convert to TA-4J
        • 31 Oct 1971 - VMT-103 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
      • 153500 c/n 13566 - TA-4F
        • 29 Jun 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX

        • 29 Oct 1970 - VT-23 - Convert to TA-4J
        • 06 Dec 1972 - VT-25 - NAS Chase Field, TX
      • 153509 c/n 13575 - TA-4F
        • 03 Sep 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX

        • 05 Nov 1970 - VT-23 - Convert to TA-4J
        • 19 Sep 1972 - NARF - NAS Pensacola, FL
      • 153522 c/n 13588 - TA-4F
        • 11 Jun 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX

        • 04 Nov 1970 - VT-23 - Convert to TA-4J
        • 11 Nov 1970 - VT-22 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 153674 c/n 13612 - TA-4F
        • 10 Jun 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX

        • 25 Sep 1970 - VT-23 - Convert to TA-4J
        • 13 Sep 1972 - VT-24 - NAS Chase Field, TX
      • 153688 c/n 13626 - TA-4F
        • 12 Jun 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX

        • 16 Oct 1970 - VT-23 - Convert to TA-4J
        • 07 Apr 1971 - Stricken – 1S
      • 155072 c/n 13888 - TA-4F
        • 03 Apr 1969 – NPRO - Convert to TA-4J

        • 04 Jun 1971 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
        • 13 Oct 1972 - VT-24 - NAS Chase Field, TX
      • 155090 c/n 13906 - TA-4F
        • 12 May 1969 – NPRO - Convert to TA-4J

        • 01 Oct 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
        • 28 Sep 1972 - VT-24 - NAS Chase Field, TX
      • 155096 c/n 13912
        • 16 Mar 1971 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
        • 31 Jul 1972 - VT-24 - NAS Chase Field, TX
      • 155097 c/n 13913
        • 16 Mar 1971 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
        • 27 Oct 1972 - VT-24 - NAS Chase Field, TX
      • 155119 c/n 13935
        • 23 Sep 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
        • 03 Oct 1972 - VT-24 - NAS Chase Field, TX
      • 156891 c/n 13984
        • 10 Apr 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
        • 14 Aug 1972 - VT-22 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 156893 c/n 13986
        • 10 Apr 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
        • 04 Aug 1971 - Stricken – 1S
      • 156894 c/n 13987
        • 10 Apr 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
        • 20 Nov 1972 - VT-22 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 156896 c/n 13989
        • 10 Apr 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
        • 11 Oct 1972 - VT-24 - NAS Chase Field, TX
      • 156897 c/n 13990
        • 10 Apr 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
        • 06 Oct 1972 - VT-22 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 156898 c/n 13991
        • 10 Apr 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
        • 12 Sep 1972 - VT-21 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 156899 c/n 13992
        • 10 Apr 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
        • 21 Aug 1972 - VT-24 - NAS Chase Field, TX
      • 156900 c/n 13993
        • 10 Apr 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
        • 17 Oct 1972 - VT-24 - NAS Chase Field, TX
      • 156901 c/n 13994
        • 10 Apr 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
        • 09 Aug 1972 - VT-21 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 156902 c/n 13995
        • 13 Apr 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
        • 01 Nov 1972 - VT-24 - NAS Chase Field, TX
      • 156903 c/n 13996
        • 29 Apr 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
        • 14 Sep 1972 - VT-22 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 156904 c/n 13997
        • 28 Apr 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
        • 25 Sep 1972 - VT-22 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 156905 c/n 13998
        • 29 Apr 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
        • 28 Sep 1972 - VT-21 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 156906 c/n 13999
        • 29 Apr 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
        • 22 Aug 1972 - Stricken – 1S
      • 156907 c/n 14000
        • 26 May 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
        • 06 Oct 1972 - VT-21 - NAS Kingsville, TX
    • Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk (Cont.)
      • 156908 c/n 14001
        • 26 May 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
        • 13 Oct 1972 - VT-22 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 156909 c/n 14002
        • 26 May 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
        • 06 Oct 1972 - VT-22 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 156910 c/n 14003
        • 28 May 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
        • 16 Oct 1972 - VT-24 - NAS Chase Field, TX
      • 156911 c/n 14004
        • 26 May 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
        • 03 Oct 1972 - VT-24 - NAS Chase Field, TX
      • 156912 c/n 14005
        • 18 Jun 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
        • 11 Aug 1972 - VT-21 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 156913 c/n 14006
        • 15 Jun 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
        • 26 Apr 1971 - Stricken – 1S
      • 156914 c/n 14007
        • 20 Jun 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
        • 21 Sep 1972 - VT-24 - NAS Chase Field, TX
      • 156915 c/n 14008
        • 23 Jun 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
        • 26 Oct 1972 - VT-21 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 156916 c/n 14009
        • 18 Jun 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
        • 27 Nov 1972 - VT-25 - NAS Chase Field, TX
      • 156917 c/n 14010
        • 25 Jul 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
        • 06 Aug 1970 - VT-22 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 156918 c/n 14011
        • 04 Jul 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
        • 06 Aug 1970 - VT-22 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 156919 c/n 14012
        • 15 Jul 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
        • 06 Aug 1970 - VT-22 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 156920 c/n 14013
        • 25 Jul 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
        • 06 Aug 1970 - VT-22 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 156921 c/n 14014
        • 25 Jul 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
        • 06 Aug 1970 - VT-22 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 156923 c/n 14016
        • 16 Mar 1971 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
        • 24 Oct 1972 - VT-24 - NAS Chase Field, TX
      • 156924 c/n 14017
        • 11 Aug 1971 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
        • 13 Oct 1972 - VT-21 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 156926 c/n 14019
        • 19 Aug 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
        • 09 Nov 1972 - VT-21 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 156931 c/n 14024
        • 30 Sep 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
        • 21 Sep 1972 - VT-24 - NAS Chase Field, TX
      • 156933 c/n 14026
        • 30 Sep 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
        • 16 Oct 1972 - VT-24 - NAS Chase Field, TX
      • 156934 c/n 14027
        • 30 Sep 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
        • 15 Aug 1972 - VT-22 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 158080 c/n 14117
        • 16 Feb 1971 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
        • 22 Sep 1972 - VT-24 - NAS Chase Field, TX
      • 158081 c/n 14118
        • 16 Feb 1971 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
        • 15 Sep 1972 - VT-24 - NAS Chase Field, TX
      • 158083 c/n 14120
        • 08 Mar 1971 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
        • 20 Oct 1971 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 158084 c/n 14121
        • 02 Mar 1971 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
        • 31 Oct 1972 - VT-24 - NAS Chase Field, TX
      • 158089 c/n 14126
        • 29 Mar 1971 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
        • 26 Apr 1971 - Stricken – 1S
      • 158090 c/n 14127
        • 29 Mar 1971 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
        • 11 Sep 1972 - VT-24 - NAS Chase Field, TX
      • 158093 c/n 14130
        • 06 Apr 1971 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
        • 06 Sep 1972 - VT-24 - NAS Chase Field, TX
      • 158094 c/n 14131
        • 21 Apr 1971 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
        • 05 Sep 1972 - VT-24 - NAS Chase Field, TX
      • 158100 c/n 14137
        • 21 May 1971 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
        • 02 Nov 1972 - VT-24 - NAS Chase Field, TX
      • 158102 c/n 14139
        • 09 Jun 1971 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
        • 24 Oct 1972 - VT-24 - NAS Chase Field, TX
      • 158105 c/n 14142
        • 23 Jun 1971 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
        • 19 Oct 1971 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 158106 c/n 14143
        • 02 Jul 1971 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
        • 05 May 1972 - VT-21 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 158108 c/n 14145
        • 15 Jul 1971 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
        • 22 Oct 1971 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 158113 c/n 14150
        • 06 Aug 1971 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
        • 05 Oct 1972 - VT-24 - NAS Chase Field, TX
      • 158114 c/n 14151
        • 26 Aug 1971 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
        • 18 Oct 1971 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 158116 c/n 14153
        • 30 Aug 1971 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
        • 18 Oct 1971 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 158120 c/n 14157
        • 14 Sep 1971 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
        • 15 Oct 1972 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS


Commanding Officers

  • 1973: CDR Donald Martin.
  • 1998: CDR J. E. Tibbels
  • 1999: CDR W. V. Martin


Events

  • November 1, 1958:
    Advanced Training Unit TWO HUNDRED TWENTY-TWO (ATU-222) was established at Naval Air Station Kingsville, Texas, flying the Grumman F-11 Tiger.

  • November 1958:
    ATU-222 was assigned the advanced pilot training final phases including: swept wing familiarization, formation flying, all weather instrument flying, tactics and air-to-air and air-to-ground gunnery.

  • May 1, 1960:
    Advanced Training Unit TWO HUNDRED TWENTY-TWO (ATU-222) was redesignated Training Squadron TWENTY-THREE (VT-23).

  • June 1965:
    Training Squadron TWENTY-THREE was assigned the Grumman TF-9J Cougar. Carrier qualification and air-to-ground rocketry training were added to the syllabus.

  • April 1970:
    Training Squadron TWENTY-THREE was assigned the Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk.

  • February 26 1971:
    Student Lt(jg). Gary J. Hagstrom ejected from TA-4J BuNo 153490, suffering slight injuries, on approach to NAS Kingsville
    Corpus Christi, TX, Corpus Christi Times, Friday, February 26, 1971

  • March 4, 1971:
    Instructor Lt. George Hiduk and student Ens. Kenneth Pritchard ejected safely from TA-4F BuNo 152849 north of NAS Kingsville
    Corpus Christi, TX, Corpus Christi Times, Thursday, March 4, 1971

  • April 26, 1971:
    TA-4J BuNo 156913 & TA-4J BuNo 158089 collided mid-air during bombing practice. Lt(jg). Robert A. Day & Lt(jg). Jon D. Radford safely ejected
    Lubbock, TX, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Tuesday, April 27, 1971

  • August 4, 1971:
    Instructor Lt. Richard L Berry and student Marine 1st. Lt. T.L. Holt ejected from TA-4J BuNo 156893 northwest of NAS Kingsville . Neither were injured.
    Corpus Christi, TX, Corpus Christi Times, Wednesday, August 4, 1971

  • August 22, 1972:
    Lt. Joseph Hart (VT-23) and Lt. Roger Kjosa (VT-24) ejected safely from TA-4J BuNo 156906 north of NAS Kingsville
    Corpus Christi, TX, The Corpus Christi Times, Tuesday, August 22, 1972

  • October 1972:
    The Navy switched training concept to parallel flow and the "Single Base Training Concept." VT-23s training mission changed to provided basic flight training in Transition, Precision Acrobatics, Basic Instruments, Radio Instruments, Night Flying, Formation Flying, Air-to-air Gunnery and Carrier Qualification. Training Squadron TWENTY-THREE was assigned the North American T-2C Buckeye to accomplish basic flight training.
    Advanced flight training was now also accomplished at Naval Air Station Kingsville, Texas. VT-23 graduates went "next door" to VT-21 or VT-22 for advanced flight training in the TA-4J Skyhawk.

  • 1982:
    Training Squadron TWENTY-THREE was tasked with Grumman E-2 pilot training comprised of 68 training flights in the T-2C Buckeye. In 1985 this task was transferred to VT-4.

  • 199?:
    Training Squadron TWENTY-THREE was assigned the Boeing T-45C Goshawk.

  • September 30, 1999:
    VT-23 Professionals were disestablished. Assets were transferred to Training Squadron SEVEN at Naval Air Station Meridian, Mississippi.


Awards

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

  • 1959 - - - - - - Chief of Naval Operations Safety Award.
  • 1960 - - - - - - Chief of Naval Operations Safety Award.
  • 1967 - - - - - - Top Jet Squadron Award.
  • 1970 - - - - - - Top Jet Squadron Award.
  • 1970 - - - - - - The John H. Tower Trophy.
  • 1972 - - - - - - Meritorious Unit Commendation.
  • 1973 - - - - - - Vice Admiral Robert Goldthwaite Award.
  • 1981 - - - - - - Chief of Naval Operations Safety Award.
  • 1982 - - - - - - Chief of Naval Operations Safety Award.
  • 1983 - - - - - - Chief of Naval Operations Safety Award.
  • 1984 - - - - - - Chief of Naval Air Training Effectiveness Award.
  • 1985 - - - - - - Chief of Naval Air Training Effectiveness Award.
  • 1986 - - - - - - Chief of Naval Air Training Effectiveness Award.

 

Photographs


1971: left front view of Professionals Skyhawk 3H-330 in tension on the cat and ready to go.
Harry Gann

VT-23 TA-4J
Watching a VT-23 TA-4J approaching the wires in 1974.
From a photograph by Harry S. Gann.

Black & White of same A-4 Skyhawk as above, with wing tanks for supplementary fuel, approaches for landing on U.S. carrier. Note position of the Tailhook!
Looks like the tailcode of the parked scooters ends in H, so maybe the Oriskany or the Kitty Hawk is the "Boat".
Douglas photo from Gary Verver Collection that was part of the 27 Feb 1979 News Release from McDonnel Douglas.

VT-23 TA-4J
This VT-23 TA-4J, side number 3H-324 is pictured on the Luke Air Force Base Transit Line in the 1970's.
From a photograph by Tony Suglio.

VT-23 158094 parked on the ramp, location and photographer unknown. The other a/c in the photo are and A-6, S-2 and C-97.
From Gary Verver

Date Unknown:
TA-4J 158093
Col Robert Clapp via G. Verver

MAY 1971:
VT-23 TA-4J BuNo 156934, 3H-334, May 1971.
Photographer unknown, from Gary Verver Collection.


Sources:

 

  • Frank Garza
  • Tony Suglio
  • Harry S. Gann
  • John Gabbard

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