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VT-4 Mighty War Bucks - 1963
Patch drawn by Bud Southworth


Patch

  • Duck patch used from 195? - present.


Handle

  • Mighty War Bucks.


Heritage

  • 195?: Basic Training Group NINE (BTG-9) established at Naval Air Station Memphis, Tennessee.
  • 01 May 1960: Basic Training Group NINE (BTG-9) was re-designated as Training Squadron FOUR VT-4 at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida.


Home Ports

  • 195?: Naval Air Station Memphis, Tennessee.
  • 1960: Forest Sherman Field, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida.


Air Wings

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Deployments

  • None


Aircraft


Commanding Officers

  • 1960: CDR H. V. Weldon
  • 1975-76:
    Group Photo

    A group of us Skyhawk drivers gathered over the weekend for a memorial for Jim "Taco" Potter at Goldthwaithe, Texas. Jim died recently of lung cancer and his family had invited us to a celebration of his life and to spread his ashes in his pecan grove at his ranch. Jim's association with the Skyhawk began in the RAG at VA-44, Cecil Field, in 1969 with orders then to VA-55 onboard USS Hancock from 1970-1972. Next followed orders to VA-127 in Lemoore as an instructor and thence to XO and Commanding Officer of VT-4 in Pensacola from 1974-1976.
    Those CAG 21 participants in the photo are from left to right, top row, are Steve Keibler, Mike Warde, Eric Burns, Lee McTaggart, Jim Loughmiller, Tim Bauer, Andy Haynes. Bottom row is Dan Zuhlke, Bubba Segar, Denny Sapp, and Kip Burton.
    Photo and information from Denny Sapp.


Events

  • 195?:
    Basic Training Group NINE (BTG-9) established at Naval Air Station Memphis, Tennessee, flying the Lockheed T2V-1 Sea Star.
  • May 1, 1960:
    Basic Training Group NINE was redesignated as Training Squadron FOUR (VT-4) at Forest Sherman Field, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, flying the Lockheed T2V-1 Sea Star and North American T2J-1 Buckeye. The mission was to provide basic jet flight instruction consisting of basic and radio instrument procedures, formation, night flying, air to air gunnery and carrier qualifications.

  • Fall 1963:
    The Training Squadron FOUR flight instruction sylabus was changed to air to air gunnery and carrier qualification training.

  • 1961:
    • Training Squadron Four is tasked with all phases of basic jet training in the North American T-2J-1 Buckeye. VT-4 receives the top Training Squadron ONE graduates, students. VT-4 provides each student pilot about 200 hours of academic instruction and about 50 hours of flight support lectures.

    • VT-4 student Naval Aviators fly over 100 hours in the Navy's latest and only basic jet training plane the T-2J "Buckeye." The VT-4 training syllabus includes: transition, precision flying, acrobatics, basic instruments, radio instruments, navigation, night flying, formation flying, air-to-air gunnery and carrier qualification.

    • Students climax their flight instruction by jet carrier qualifying aboard the United States Ship Antietam CVS-36, operating in the Gulf of Mexico. The Antietam was for VT-4 student and instructor carrier qualifications intil 1963.

    • VT-4 at Forest Sherman Field provided students air-to-air gunnery training from 1960 to 1971.
  • 1962 to 198?:
    Student and instructor carrier qualifications on United States Ship Lexington CVS-16.

  • 1963 to 1965:
    Student and instructor carrier qualifications carried out on varous carriers while Lexington in overhaul.
    • 1963 United States Ship Intrepid CVS 11
    • 1963 United States Ship Essex CVS 9
    • 1963 United States Ship Shangri La CVA 38
    • 1964 United States Ship Intrepid CVS 11
    • 1964 United States Ship Wasp CVS 18
    • 1964 United States Ship Essex CVS 9
    • 1964 United States Ship Franklin D. Roosevelt CVA 42

  • December 1965:
    Training Squadron FOUR transitioned to the North American T-2B Buckeye aircraft. VT-4's mission was to be the Naval Air Training Command sole site for providing basic jet flight instruction in aerial gunnery and carrier qualification.

  • January 1970:
    Student and instructor carrier qualifications carried out on United States Ship Intrepid CVS 11 while Lexington in overhaul.

  • May 1970:
    Training Squadron FOUR assigned the North American T-2C Buckeye.
  • March 1971:
    The Navy switched training concept to parallel flow. VT-4 provided basic flight training in Transition, Precision Acrobatics, Basic Instruments, Radio Instruments, Night Flying, Formation Flying, Air-to-air Gunnery and Carrier Qualification

  • September 1972:
    Training Squadron FOUR was assigned the training concept of Basic and Advanced flight training. Training Squadron FOUR was assigned the Grumman TF-9J Cougar for advanced training.

  • November 1973:
    Training Squadron FOUR assigned the Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk to replace the Cougar. From 1973 to 1978, VT-4 provided summer jet orientation flights for midshipmen of the United States Naval Academy and the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps.

  • FEB 1974:
    Last TF-9J Cougar retired from Navy use.

  • 1975:
    Training Squadron FOUR tasked with Flight Surgeon flight training in the Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk. VT-4 was given the added mission of providing flight instruction for allied foreign military pilots. Flight training was given to student pilots from Kuwait, Spain, Singapore and Indonesia.

  • October 19, 1976
    An unidentified Navy pilot was killed on a training flight when his A/C crashed into the Bayou Grande as he was landing at NAS Pensacola.
    Panama City, FL Panama City News-Herald

  • February 14, 1985:
    Capt. Richard Packer ejected safely when his TA-4J BuNo 158483 clipped the roof of a house while returning to NAS Pensacola, FL and crashed in the densely populated Navy Point residential area west of Pensacola.
    Lakeland, FL, Lakeland Ledger, Thursday, February 14, 1985.
    Ocala, FL, Ocala Star-Banner, March 3, 1985.

  • December 1985:
    Training Squadron FOUR mission was changed from strike training to being the sole site of E-2/C-2 intermediate training in CNATRA. The squadron was tasked with Grumman E-2 pilot training comprised of 68 training flights in the T-2C Buckeye.

  • April 16, 1986:
    VT-4's last TA-4J Skyhawk was transfered to Training Squadron SEVEN at Naval Air Station Meridian, Mississippi.

  • January 1992:
    VT-4's mission changed to being the E-2/C-2 advanced training site using the T-2C.
  • 1996:
    VT-4 grew from a small all Navy Advanced E-2/C-2 pilot training squadron with a student throughput of 36 per year it became a joint Primary and Intermediate Naval Flight Officer/Navigator training squadron with an annual student throughput of 450. Instructor ranks grew from fourteen Navy pilots to 71 Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force pilots and NFO/Navigators. The squadron transitioned from flying the T-2C to flying the T-34C Turbo Mentor and T-1A Jayhawk. VT-4 also instructs student navigators from Germany, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Norway and Denmark.

  • April to September 1996:
    VT-4 conducted simultaneously primary NFO/NAV and advanced pilot training. Following the final CQ detachment in September, the mission converted entirely to NFO/NAV training. On 30 September 1996, the last VT-4 Naval Aviators earned their wings. Since its commissioning, VT-4 amassed over 600,000 flight hours and logged 42,000 carrier landings.

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Awards

  • 1961: Captain's Cup
  • 1961: CNO Safety Award
  • 1962: CNO Safety Award
  • 1962: North American Aviation Safety Award
  • 1965: Admiral's Cup
  • 1965: CNO Safety Award
  • 1971: CNO Safety Award
  • 1972: CNAT Safety Award

 

Photographs


VT-4 Pre-flight Class.
Photo from Stan Thompson.

VT-4 Buckeyes - 1970.
A pair of North American T-2B Buckeyes circle high above the Lex waiting for a "charlie."
United States Navy photograph.

TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo. 158094 - 1973.
A Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo. 158094 side number 2F 373 flys past the Lex with hook down.
United States Navy photograph.

12 Nov 1974 BuNo 155083, 2F-364, parked on the flight line.
Gary Verver Collection

17 Feb 1975 BuNo 158519, 2F-387, parked on the ramp at an open house.
Photo by R. Mills, G. Verver collection.

12 JUL 1975:
VT-4 158519 parked on the ramp at NAS Glenview.
From P. Stevens

Date Unknown:
VT-4 156902 parked on the ramp, location and photographer unknown.
From Gary Verver

VT-4 156910 taxiing, location and photographer unknown. Name below the canopy is LCDR Ken Richardson.
From Gary Verver

11 Sept 1976 BuNo 158526, F-380, parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

Sept 1977 BuNo 158486, F-375, parked on the flight line.
Gary Verver Collection

21 APR 1978: VT-4 Skyhawk BuNo 153505, F-361, parked on the ramp.
G. Verver collection via R. Dowers

21 APR 1978: VT-4 Skyhawk BuNo 156891 F-366, assigned to MAJ Cunningham parked on the ramp.
G. Verver collection via R. Dowers

21 APR 1978: VT-4 Skyhawk BuNo 156910 F-370, parked on the flightline.
G. Verver collection via R. Dowers

21 APR 1978: VT-4 Skyhawk BuNo 156912 F-371, parked on the flightline.
G. Verver collection via R. Dowers

21 APR 1978: BuNo 158107, F-382, parked on the ramp.
G. Verver collection via R. Dowers

21 APR 1978: BuNo 158147, F-381, parked on the ramp.
G. Verver collection via R. Dowers

21 APR 1978: VT-4 Skyhawk BuNo 158501, F-367, parked on the flightline.
G. Verver collection via R. Dowers

21 APR 1978: VT-4 Skyhawk BuNo 158519, F-378, parked on the flightline.
G. Verver collection via R. Dowers

21 APR 1978: VT-4 Skyhawk BuNo 153505, F-361, parked on the ramp.
G. Verver collection via R. Dowers

1978-79: VT-4 Skyhawk BuNo 153505, F-361, parked on the ramp.
Lionel Paul

Feb 1980 BuNo 158143, F-376 parked on the ramp.
Photo by R.E. Kling, G. Verver collection.

May 1980 VT-4 Skyhawk BuNo 158110, F-374, taxiing by the photographer.
Gary Verver Collection

 

New Faces in Naval Cockpits!
Lt. Patricia A. Denkler


1 Jan 1982 LT Patricia A. Denkler, assigned to VT-4. Denkler became the first Navy woman to be carrier qualified in a jet aircraft when she landed aboard the aircraft carrier USS Lexington (AVT-16).
Photo credit: official U.S. Navy photo by PH2 T.P. McAuliffe


4 Dec 1982 VT-4 Skyhawk BuNo 158474, F-362, parked on the ramp.
Photo by T. Paskowski, Gary Verver Collection.

Jun 1983 BuNo 158454, F-864, parked on the ramp.
Photo by T. Paskowski, Gary Verver Collection.

Jun 1983 BuNo 158454, F-864, closeup of VT-4 insignia.
Photo by T. Paskowski, Gary Verver Collection.

17 Sept 1984 BuNo 154310, F-384, parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

TA-4J of VT-4, BuNo 158483, on the ramp.

BuNo 158486 with VT-4 as 2F-381.

BuNo 158526 with VT-4 as F-380.

BuNo 156900, VT-4 2F-368, on the ramp.

Sources

  • Bud Southworth
  • Stan Thompson
  • Gary Verver
  • John Gabbard
  • Denny Sapp

 

A-4 Skyhawk aircraft assigned to VT-4:

  • Douglas TA-4F Skyhawk
    • 154310 c/n 13698
      • 24 Mar 1982 – VT-4 - NAS Pensacola, FL
      • 01 Jul 1986 - COMTRAWING-2 - NAS Kingsville, TX

  • Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk
    • 153505 c/n 13571
      • 01 Oct 1970 - VT-21 - Convert to TA-4J
      • 18 Mar 1974 - VT-4 - NAS Pensacola, FL
      • 16 Dec 1985 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 153522 c/n 13588
      • 04 Nov 1970 - VT-23 - Convert to TA-4J
      • 30 Oct 1981 – VT-4 - NAS Pensacola, FL
      • 30 Nov 1985 – VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 153674 c/n 13612
      • 25 Sep 1970 - VT-23 - Convert to TA-4J
      • 01 Jan 1974 - VT-4 - NAS Pensacola, FL
      • 06 Mar 1975 - VX-4 - NAS Point Mugu, CA
    • 154305 c/n 13693
      • 13 Mar 1973 - VA-45 - Convert to TA-4J
      • 03 Dec 1981 – VT-4 - NAS Pensacola, FL
      • 30 Nov 1985 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 155072 c/n 13888
      • 28 Nov 1973 - VT-4 - NAS Pensacola, FL
      • 06 Jun 1975 - NAS - NAS Atlanta, GA
    • 155083 c/n 13899
      • 22 Jan 1974 - VT-4 - NAS Pensacola, FL
      • 07 Jun 1975 - NAS - NAS New Orleans, LA
    • 155090 c/n 13906
      • 12 Jan 1974 - VT-4 - NAS Pensacola, FL
      • 19 Oct 1976 - Stricken – 1SO
    • 155100 c/n 13916
      • 01 May 1980 - VT-4 - NAS Pensacola, FL
      • 26 Dec 1985 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 156891 c/n 13984
      • 22 Jan 1974 - VT-4 - NAS Pensacola, FL
      • 17 Jan 1986 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 156898 c/n 13991
      • 14 Nov 1973 - VT-4 - NAS Pensacola, FL
      • 13 May 1975 - JTTU - NAS Kingsville, TX
    • 156899 c/n 1399
      • 16 Jan 1974 - VT-4 - NAS Pensacola, FL
      • 08 Jul 1975 - VT-21 - NAS Kingsville, TX
    • 156900 c/n 13993
      • 27 Nov 1973 - VT-4 - NAS Pensacola, FL
      • 04 Jun 1976 - NARF - NAS Pensacola, FL
    • 156902 c/n 13995
      • 09 Jan 1974 - VT-4 - NAS Pensacola, FL
      • 06 Apr 1978 - VT-22 - NAS Kingsville, TX
    • 156910 c/n 14003
      • 17 Nov 1973 - VT-4 - NAS Pensacola, FL
      • 31 May 1980 - Stricken – 1SO
    • 156912 c/n 14005
      • 06 Mar 1974 - VT-4 - NAS Pensacola, FL
      • 23 Dec 1985 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 156932 c/n 14025
      • 04 Jan 1974 - VT-4 - NAS Pensacola, FL
      • 29 Jul 1977 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
  • Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk (Cont.)
    • 158078 c/n 14115
      • 24 Apr 1981 – VT-4 - NAS Pensacola, FL
      • 14 Jan 1986 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 158094 c/n 14131
      • 25 Feb 1974 - VT-4 - NAS Pensacola, FL
      • 12 Jan 1986 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 158107 c/n 14144
      • 20 Jan 1977 - VT-4 - NAS Pensacola, FL
      • ?? Dec 1985 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 158110 c/n 14147
      • 29 Jan 1974 - VT-4 - NAS Pensacola, FL
      • 08 Oct 1985 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 158138 c/n 14175
      • 17 Nov 1976 - VT-4 - NAS Pensacola, FL
      • 15 Apr 1986 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 158143 c/n 14180
      • 20 Jan 1974 - VT-4 - NAS Pensacola, FL
      • 01 Feb 1986 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 158147 c/n 14184
      • 02 Dec 1976 - VT-4 - NAS Pensacola, FL
      • 24 Feb 1980 - VT-25 - NAS Chase Field, TX
    • 158454 c/n 14259
      • 18 Feb 1974 - VT-4 - NAS Pensacola, FL
      • 01 Oct 1984 - VA-127 - NAS Lemoore, CA
    • 158474 c/n 14279
      • 16 Nov 1973 - VT-4 - NAS Pensacola, FL
      • 23 Dec 1985 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 158483 c/n 14288
      • 13 Nov 1973 - VT-4 - NAS Pensacola, FL
      • 14 Feb 1985 – Stricken - 1SO
    • 158486 c/n 14291
      • 01 Feb 1974 - VT-4 - NAS Pensacola, FL
      • 03 Nov 1983 – Stricken – 1SO
    • 158489 c/n 14294
      • 11 Dec 1974 - VT-4 - NAS Pensacola, FL
      • 04 Dec 1985 - VT-86 - NAS Pensacola, FL
    • 158501 c/n 14306
      • 19 Nov 1973 - VT-4 - NAS Pensacola, FL
      • 13 Jan 1986 – VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 158514 c/n 14319
      • 22 Jan 1974 - VT-4 - NAS Pensacola, FL
      • 16 Oct 1974 - MARTD - NAS Alameda, CA
    • 158517 c/n 14322
      • 01 Mar 1974 - VT-4 - NAS Pensacola, FL
      • 29 Mar 1978 - Stricken – 1SO
    • 158519 c/n 14324
      • 01 Mar 1974 - VT-4 - NAS Pensacola, FL
      • 05 May 1978 - VT-22 - NAS Kingsville, TX
    • 158526 c/n 14331
      • 02 Nov 1973 - VT-4 - NAS Pensacola, FL
      • 25 Jul 1977 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS

      • 29 Jan 1980 - VT-4 - NAS Pensacola, FL
      • 22 May 1980 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 158715 c/n 14336
      • 05 Dec 1973 - VT-4 - NAS Pensacola, FL
      • 18 May 1978 - VT-22 - NAS Kingsville, TX

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