VT-7

VT-7

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VT-4 Sweeps the Seas - 1942
Courtesy of Tailhook Association

Attack Lion - 1986
Courtesy of Tailhook Association

VALion - 1968
Courtesy Warren A. Harms

Attack Lion - 1990
Courtesy of Tailhook Association

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Mike Walker

Operation Iraqi Freedom
Mike Walker

Attack Lion - 1990
Courtesy of Tailhook Association

199x
Mike Walker

Operation Iraqi Freedom
Mike Walker

Attack Lion - 1990
Courtesy of Tailhook Association

199x
Mike Walker
 

Patch

1961 - VT-7's first patch was created by Dennis P. Alsgaard while at Naval Auxiliary Air Station Kingsville. The theme was an air warriors helmet resting on the book of aviation first patch displayed above.

1968 - 1970, Plowback Patch, from Mike Gilmore

1970, VT-7's Dixie Station T-2 Drivers Patch, from Mike Gilmore.

1972, VT-7 eagle patch, from Harry S. Gann, is fourth patch displayed above.

1982 - 1989, VT-7 El Centro, California Desert Detachment patch from Harry S. Gann.

1997, modified eagle patch as drawn by Bud Southworth is number six above.

1998, VT-7's Any Student, Any Country, Any Language Patch. Patch created by Brian K. Ivie, Grumman Technical Services, and provided by LCDR Mike Lowe, USNR. This is the seventh patch displayed above.

1998, VT-7's Skyhawk Sun Rise / Sun Set Patch from LCDR Mike Lowe, USNR.

1998, VT-7 Skyhawk / Enterprise CQ 1998. Patch drawn by 1st Lieutenant John Roundtree, USMC & LTJG Bob Pieroni, USN.

Detachment patches, numbers 10 and 11, are from Joe Turpen.

Sources

David Weber

Dennis P. Alsgaard

Jean Orcutt

Harry S. Gann

Mike Gilmore

CDR L. E. Goewey, USN

LCDR PeeWee Hermann, USN

Mike Lowe

Ltjg Bob Pieroni, USN

Glen Puder

CDR W. J. Richardson, Jr. USN

J. C. Ritchie

1/Lieutenant John Roundtree, USMC

Capt Todd Tetterton, USMCR

Jan Hendriksen

Handle

Before 1971, VT-7 had no handle.

The Eagles, early 1971 to the present.

Heritage

In the early 1950s, ATU-105 and ATU-205 of the Naval Advanced Training Activity at Naval Air Station Memphis, Tennessee.

In July 1958, ATU-105 and ATU-205 were consolidated into a single squadron which was redesignated as Basic Training Group Seven (BTG-7) in the Naval Basic Training Command.

In August 1960, Basic Training Group Seven was redesignated Training Squadron Seven (VT-7) at Naval Auxiliary Air Station Kingsville, Texas.

In July 1961, VT-7 moved to its present base, Naval Auxiliary Air Station / Naval Air Station Meridian, Mississippi.

Home Ports

1950: Naval Air Station Memphis

1960: Naval Auxiliary Air Station Kingsville

July 1961: Naval Auxiliary Air Station Meridian

NAS Meridian Bird Farm 1963: Air view looking east at the Naval Air Station flight line, hangar, and runways. The runway in the upper left is Runway 36 right / 18 left. The runway in the upper right is Runway 9 / 27. Runway 18 right / 36 left is just off the lower right corner of the picture. Normal operations had planes taking off exclusively on Runway 36 right, exclusively landing on 36 left and aircraft making GCA approaches to Runway 27. VT-7 used the north half of the hangar and VT-9 in the south end in 1962 to 1970. The tower is at the left side of the revetment. Below it was Base Flight Operations, Search and Rescue, the GCA unit, and the FLIGHT LINE GEDUNK (wonderful sliders). The NAS Meridian base facilities, barracks, Exchange and Capehart Housing were locates some four miles west of the Bird Farm. Photograph by Bud Southworth.

1963: Naval Air Station Meridian, Mississippi base facilities 1963: This air view is looking north at the Naval Air Station facility. The main gate is in the lower-front-center of the picture. The Officers Club and Bachlor Officer's Quarters are at the picture's left edge. The Training Building is located southest of the intersection south of the water tower. The Bird Farm is four miles east of the water tower. Photograph by Bud Southworth.

Air Wings

1950 - - - - - - - 2M - - - - - Naval Advanced Training Command

1958 - - - - - - - 2M - - - - - Naval Basic Training Command

1961 - - - - - - - 2K - - - - - Naval Air Basic Training Command

October 1971 - - - 2K - - - - - Training Air Wing ONE

198?- - - - - - - - A - - - - - Training Air Wing ONE

Aircraft

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

1950?- - - - - - - - North American SNJ Texan - Harvard - T6.

1950? - - - - - - - - Beechcraft SNB-5 TC-45 Kansan, Navigator, Secret Navy Bomber, Bug Smasher. When BTG-7 departed NAS Memphis to be re-disignated VT-7 and stationed at Naval Auxiliary Air Station Kingsville.

1960 - the Squadron's two SNB-5s stayed in Memphis, as did the Trojans and Sea Stars.

July 1958 - - - - - - North American T-28 Trojan.

July 1958 - - - - - -Lockheed T2V-1 Sea Star Harry S. Gann's collection
Photograph of a Lockheed T2V-1 Sea Star U.S.N. photo.

196? - - - - - - - - - Temco TT-1 Pinto* Harry S. Gann's collection.

June 1960- - - - - -

September 1962- - - - North American T-2A Buckeye.** Harry S. Gann's collection.

August 1966 - - - - - North American T-2B Buckeye.****

August 1966 - - - - - Cessna T-37B Tweetie Bird.***

October 27, 1970- - - North American T-2C Buckeye.****

October 8, 1971 - - - Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk.*****

1980?- - - - - - - - -Douglas TA-4F Skyhawk.

21 October 1987 - - - Douglas A4D-5 (A-4E) Skyhawk

October 1999- - - - - Boeing - McDonnald Douglas - British Aerospace T-45 Goshawk.******

Three view drawings by Bud Southworth.

* The TT-1 Temco Pinto was evaluated by VT-7 in 1959-1960.

** The military aircraft designation system changed September 1962; the T2J-1 Buckeye became the T-2A Buckeye.

*** The T-37B Cessna Tweetie Bird was evaluated by VT-7 in 1966.

**** All T-2 Buckeyes were retired from VT-7 in August 1971.

***** The last TA-4J Skyhawk retired from VT-7 October 20, 1999.

****** VT-23 Boeing T-45C Goshawks were transferred to VT-7 September 30, 1999.

For A-4 Skyhawk aircraft assigned to this unit see lower in this page:

Deployments

None.

Commanding Officers

Origin - 1958: CDR N. B. Hodsron

1958 - 1960: CDR D. R. Flynn

1960 - 1960: CDR W. Roach, Jr.

1960 - 1962: CDR R. F. Regan

1962 - 1963: CDR J. J. Brosnahan

1963 - 1964: CDR R. M. Waters

1964 - 1965: CDR F. J. Wikenheiser

1965 - 1966: CDR M. J. Rose

1966 - 1967: CDR H. A. Riedl

1967 - 1968: CDR R. W. Green

1968 - 1969: CDR C. T. Roberts

1969 - 1970: CDR W. H. Croom Jr.

1970 - 1971: CDR J. A. Schaedel U.S.N. photo.

1971 - 1972: CDR L. E. Goewey U.S.N. photo.

1972 - 1974: CDR J. D. Ehret

1974 - 1975: CDR H. W. Grant, Jr.

1975 - 1976: CDR W. S. Yetter

1976 - 1977: CDR W. E. Riley

1977 - 1979: CDR G. L. Daniels

1979 - 1980: CDR D. L. Roark U.S.N. photo.

1980 - 1981: CDR J. G. Hohlstein U.S.N. photo.

1981 - 1982: CDR K. R. Storms U.S.N. photo.

1982 - 1983: CDR C. M. Graf, II

1983 - 1985:CDR J. E. Coleman

1985 - 1986: CDR B. W. Beck U.S.N. photo.

1986 - 1987: CDR L. M. Shores, Jr. U.S.N. photo.

1987 - 1988: CDR A. E. Bennett, Jr. U.S.N. photo.

1988 - 1990: CDR R. S. Dargo U.S.N. photo.

1990 - 1991: CDR J. D. Whitney U.S.N. photo

1991 - 1992: CDR K. M. Peters U.S.N. photo

1992 - 1993: CDR S. A. Ashton, Jr. U.S.N. photo

1993 - 1994: CDR T. P. Quinn U.S.N. photo

1994 - 1995: CDR D. A. Burdine U.S.N. photo

1995 - 1996: CDR F. L. Steed U.S.N. photo

1996 - 1997: CDR M. E. Watson, Jr. U.S.N. photo

1997 - 1998: CDR W. J. Richardson, Jr. U.S.N. photo

1998 - 1999: CDR J. W. Galanie U.S.N. photo

1999 - 2001: CDR B. S. Neunaber U.S.N. photo

2001: CDR Michael J. Sherlock U.S.N. photo

2001: XO --- CDR Mark S. Kinnane U.S.N. photo

Awards

April 1961: North American Aviation awarded VT-7 its first 10,000 Accident-Free Hour Award.

September 1962:

North American Aviation awarded VT-7 its second 10,000 Accident-Free Hour Award.

1964: Training Squadron SEVEN won its first of fourteen Chief of Naval Operations Aviation Safety Awards for representing not only a superior Safety record, but also an aggressive and professional approach to safeguarding the lives of all personnel.

February 1968: North American Aviation awarded VT-7 a 30,000 Accident-Free Hour Award.

November 1981: Secretary of the Navy, John Lehman presented VT-7 with a Navy Unit Commendation for accomplishing the squadron's Pilot Training Requirement (PTR) for fiscal year 1980, while remaining accident-free for the year.

April 1982: The Chief of Naval Operations Aviation Safety Award was awarded to VT-7 for 1981. This represented not only a superior safety record, but an aggressive and professional approach to safeguarding the lives of all personnel.

May 1983: VT-7 received its sixth one year accident-free plaque and in October 1983 passed the 25,000 hour mark without an accident.

Awards continued

February 1985: VT-7 received its seventh Chief of Naval Operations Aviation Safety Award for one year accident-free and amassed a total of 25,000 accident-free hours by October 1985.

February 1987: VT-7 received its eighth Chief of Naval Operations Aviation Safety Award for one year accident-free flight and amassed a total of 61,309.4 accident-free hours by June 1987.

March 1987: VT-7 received the Training Efficiency Award from Chief of Naval Air Training.

September 1988: VT-7 once again earned the Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA) Training Efficiency Award.

January 1997: VT-7 was awarded the 1996 Chief of Naval Operations Safety Award and the Admiral John H. Towers Flight Safety Award for the best mission oriented flight safety program by the Chief of Naval Air Training Commands.

July 1998: Training Squadron SEVEN was the winner of the 1997 Vadm Goldthwaite Award for overall operational excellence. The Eagles not only excelled in all areas of the competition for 1997, but have maintained an outstanding record of sustained performance over their long history.

Events

In the early 1950's: VT-7 originated under the Naval Advanced Training Activity based at Naval Air Station Memphis, Tennessee. The Naval Advanced Training Activity was comprised of two Advanced Training Units: ATU-105 and ATU-205.
ATU-105 and ATU-205 initially used the Beechcraft TC-45 SNB (Secret Navy Bomber), the North American SNJ Texan and shortly later the North American T-28 Trojan.
ATU-105 and ATU-205 also flew other aircraft. In the 1950s the Naval Air Station was assigned and maintained all aircraft used on the Station. Tenant commands could use any Naval Air Station aircraft - such as the TBM Turkey, F6F Hellcat, or F4U Corsair.

July 1958: ATU-105 and ATU-205 were consolidated into a single squadron named Basic Training Group Seven (BTG-7) and transferred to the Naval Basic Training Command. BTG-7 trained student Naval Aviators in basic instrument flying, utilizing two Beechcraft SNB-5 TC-45 Bug Smashers; fifty North American T-28 Trojans; and one hundred fifty Lockheed T2V-1 Sea Stars.

1960: One of the more memorable events at Memphis was on the occasion of a mechanic running down the runway in a T-28 on a high-speed brake check. The brakes failed and he couldn't stop, so he added power and took off. The mechanic radioed a surprised tower and said "send somebody up here to get me down or I'm going to strap this chute on and jump". Out rolled the crash equipment and everything near the runway was cleared. People were standing on hangar roofs or any other good vantage point to see the action. A stalwart instructor went up in another T-28 and talked him down to a perfect landing (albeit that he couldn't stop) and rolled off the runway onto the grass. Thunderous applause!!!

June 1960: Basic Training Group Seven moved to Naval Auxiliary Air Station Kingsville, Texas, and began receiving a new single engine jet trainer, the North American T2J-1 or T-2A Buckeye, a two-place jet trainer and the forerunner of today's basic jet trainer.

In July 1960: Basic Training Group Seven was renamed Training Squadron Seven (VT-7). With the new Buckeye jet aircraft, VT-7 assumed a new mission of providing training in jet transition, precision aerobatics, basic and radio instruments, formation, gunnery and carrier qualifications.

July 1961: VT-7 moved to its present base, Naval Auxiliary Air Station (now Naval Air Station) Meridian, Mississippi. While transferring to Meridian, the gunnery and carrier qualification syllabus were assumed by VT-4 at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida.

December 15, 1961: VT-7 divided to form a "sister" squadron (VT-9) which was assigned the same training mission. The 1961 flight-training syllabus provided 95 hours of flight instruction in the Buckeye trainer. Training was divided into six stages: transition, precision aerobatics, basic instruments, radio instruments, night familiarization and basic formation. Naval Air Station Meridian provided 170 hours of ground training in aerodynamics, flight support, meteorology, leadership and Naval organization.

December 15, 1961: VT-7 operated sixty T-2A aircraft. During this period VT-7 was charged with a secondary mission of training "Basic Jet" flight instructors.

April 1962: VT-7 received its first 10,000 Accident Free Hour Award from North American Aviation.

May 22, 1962: Student Ensign Bud Southworth flew his first instructional flight with flight instructor Captain W. Rutledge, USMC in T-2A Buckeye BuNo. 147436. The Transition instructional flight was one hour thirty minutes long. After a tour of the flying area and a demonstration of flight maneuvers the flight climaxed in five touch and go landings and a full stop landing.

August 1966: The VT-7 stable was increased from 60 to 73 Buckeyes in response to an increased training load created by the Vietnam War. During a three month test three twin-engine T-2B Buckeyes were assigned to VT-7 for evaluation as a Naval basic jet trainer.

October 1967: VT-7's T-2A inventory was expanded from 73 to 85 aircraft in anticipation of a greater pilot demands from the Vietnam War.

July 1, 1968: The basic jet training syllabus changed to a Phase A and Phase B, with VT-7 conducting Phase A training and VT-9 conducting Phase B training. Phase A consisted of 50.6 hours of T-2A jet transition, precision aerobatics, basic instruments, radio instruments and 180 hours of ground training. Phase B at VT-9 consisted of formation, night familiarization and transition to the new T-2B.

February 1969: VT-7 inaugurated a trial BI (Basic Instrument) First training syllabus. The first time a new student flew in the Buckeye jet was "under the bag" (A canvas tent placed over the student to prevent his seeing out of the aircraft and allowing only instrument flight from takeoff to landing). Students flew 11, one hour and a half Basic Instrument hops; 6, one hour and a half RI (Radio Instrument) hops -- before flying the VFR (Visual Flight Rules) Transition and Precision Acrobatic stages. The BI First training syllabus experiment was soon scrapped.

August 1969: VT-7's inventory of T-2A aircraft was increased to 109 because of the pilot demand created by the Vietnam War. VT-7 was now the Navy's largest jet squadron.

April 23, 1970: Ensign Avila was Flight Instructor Lieutenant Bud Southworth's last student instructional hop in VT-7, flying T-2A BuNo. 148223 for 1.6 hours on a Basic Instrument 4 hop. The final final landing was at 16:40 local time.

October 27, 1970: Training Squadron Seven's T-2A Buckeye fleet was augmented by the addition of the newest member of the T-2 Buckeye family. The first twin-engined T-2C was received and in November a new one-squadron jet-training program was initiated. The T-2C syllabus added formation and night transition training to the normal T-2A training. The squadron completed 1970 with seventy-two T-2As and fourteen T-2Cs.

February 1971: VT-7 and VT-9 changed their training syllabus from "series flow" to "parallel flow". Each squadron provided the same training and became responsible for carrier qualifications. In July 1971, VT-7 resumed training student aviators in carrier qualification. The first qualification of students aboard the United States Ship LEXINGTON CVT-16 on August 6, 1971 marked the end of ten years of no carrier training in VT-7. Students were now able to complete basic jet training at Naval Air Station Meridian. The number of T-2C Buckeyes at VT-7 increased from fourteen in January to forty-six in September 1971.

August 1971: A major concept change was made in the structure of the Naval Air Training Command. VT-9 split to form a "sister" squadron, VT-19, and both VT-9 and VT-19 assumed the entire basic training role at Meridian. At the same time, VT-7 transitioned to the TA-4J Skyhawk and took over the advanced jet training mission which included air-to-ground weapons delivery, low-level navigation, air combat maneuvering, and carrier qualification. This change allowed a Student Naval Aviator to complete his entire jet training at Naval Air Station Meridian.

October 1971: Under the new "single-base" concept VT-7 became the Advanced Training Squadron for Naval Air Station Meridian.

October 14, 1971: VT-7 flew its last student T-2 Buckeye syllabus flight.

October 15, 1971: In a formal "change of aircraft" ceremony the T-2 Buckeye was retired and the McDonnell Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk was inaugurated. The Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk was flown by VT-7 until October 20, 1999. T-2 Buckeyes were transferred to Naval Air Station Chase Field during October through December 1971.

April 6, 1972: VT-7 Student Naval Aviators deploying from Forest Sherman Field at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida flew to the United States Ship Lexington CVA-16 in the Gulf of Mexico for the very first VT-7 / TA-4J Skyhawk Carrier Qualifications (CQ).

April ?, 1972: VT-7, in conjunction with Training Air Wing ONE, completed its first advanced stage student and awarded Marine First Lieutenant ERNST his "Wings of Gold."

July 28, 1972: An unidentified pilot ejected shortly before his TA-4J BuNo 158463 crashed 40 miles south of NAS Meridian after a flameout during the solo mission.
Laurel Leader-Call, Saturday, July 29, 1972.

September 10, 1972: Instructor Lt. John T Kellogg & student Lt. George F. Wenchel ejected from TA-4J BuNo 158139 with minor injuries near NAS Meridian
Cumberland, MD, The Cumberland News article

November 08, 1972: Navy officials investigate cause of crash. MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP)— Navy officials sought today to determine what caused a TA-4J BuNo 158103 jet aircraft to crash into the Gulf of Mexico while on a routine training mission. The aircraft was not recovered.
The Meridian Naval Air Station said the pilot of the trainer escaped injury Wednesday when the plane went down at sea while on a routine training flight out of Pensacola, Fla. Navy LT Michael S. Newman, who lives in the Meridian area, was rescued by a helicopter from the carrier U.S.S. Lexington following the crash. The spokesman said Newman was on a flight to the carrier at the time of the accident and remained with the craft until it went into the water. "The cause of the accident is undetermined," the spokesman said, "and is under investigation".
Hattiesburg, MS, Hattiesburg American, Thursday, 09 November 1972
USS Lexingtn, Deck Log, Wednesday, 08 November 1972
USS Lexingtn, Deck Log (cont.), Wednesday, 08 November 1972

July 17, 1973: MERIDIAN. Miss. (AP) TA-4J BuNo 158127 crashed while taking off from the aircraft carrier Lexington Tuesday, officials at the Meridian Naval Air Base said. The plane's pilot Navy Lt. Glenn S. Schenenga, ejected safely, officials said, although the TA4J Skyhawk trainer was lost at sea. Cause of the crash, which occurred near Pensacola, Fla., Tuesday was still under investigation officials said.
Hattiesburg, MS, Hattiesburg American, Wednesday, July 18, 1973
USS Lexington, Deck Log, Tuesday, July 17, 1973
USS Lexington, Deck Log (cont.), Tuesday, July 17, 1973

February 10, 1974: 1st Lt. Frank A. Young was killed in the crash TA-4J BuNo 158116 near Jachin, AL.
Philadelphia, PA(?) Philadelphia Daily News, Monday, February 13, 1984

December 13, 1975: Capt. Richard E. DeNeut, Jr. USMC, and Ens. Keith N. Bonnette were killed when their TA-4J BuNo 158111 caught fire and spun to the ground upside down in a beet field about 10 miles from NAF El Centro. Although the canopy over the fliers' heads had been blown off before the crash, neither flier ejected. The Navy grounded about 400 training and utility planes pending inspection of their ejection seat assemblies. The TA-4 aircraft were ordered grounded temporarily following this crash.
Yuma, AZ, The Yuma Daily Sun, Sunday, December 14, 1975
The Press-Courier, Sunday, December 14, 1975
Yuma, AZ, The Yuma Daily Sun, Monday, December 15, 1975
Yuma, AZ, The Yuma Daily Sun, Friday, December, 19, 1975
La Port City, IA, The Progress-Review Sun, Wednesday, December 24, 1975
La Port City, IA, The Progress-Review Sun, Wednesday, December 24, 1975 (cont.)

January 22, 1975: Training Squadron SEVEN completed its first Accident-Free Year in the TA-4J SKYHAWK and had amassed a total of 25,000 accident free hours by February 1975; 35,000 accident-free hours by July 1975.

October 4, 1977: 2nd Lt. Robert Hill ejected safely before his TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 158097 crashed in a field on Navy property two miles from Shugualak, MS after developing engine problems.
Bonham, TX, The Bonham Daily Favorite, Wdenesday, October 5, 1977.

December 1981: Training Squadron SEVEN, in conjunction with Training Air Wing ONE, had designated over 1,000 Naval Aviators in the TA-4J Skyhawk.

December 16, 1983: Ens. Larry "Splash" Coy ejected safely from TA-4J BuNo 156892 after the nose gear and part of the wing were torn off on a cat shot due to incorrect bridle attachment. After ejecting he hit the water before his parachute could open and hit the water on his head and shoulder leaving him with deep neck muscle bruises. When he came to the surface the USS Lexington ran over him, hence the name Splash.

In 1984: VT-7 amassed a total of 99,772 accident-free hours; this period included 924 carrier landing and 2,838 consecutive Foreign Object Damage (FOD) free flight hours.

November 4, 1985: Pilots safe after jet fighter crash
ALBUQUERQUE (AP) - A Navy Skyhawk that crashed into a fence at Kirtland Air Force Base forced officials to divert traffic at Albuquerque International Airport and sent the jet’s two crew members to the hospital with minor injuries.
A Kirtland public information officer, John Clendenin, said the pilot, Navy Lt. Jack Holt, and the co-pilot, Marine Capt. Mike Lange, ejected safely moments before the crash at 1:05 p.m. Monday. The aircraft had landed on the main east-west runway and was rolling out of control when the two crew members ejected, said Maj. Thomas Koch of the public affair’s office. He said the jet then skidded off the runway, struck an equipment storage shed and came to rest nose-down in a dirt strip north of the runway. Holt, 29, of Indian River, Mich., and Lange, 30, of Koontz, Texas, ejected about 1,000 feet into the air and parachuted to safety. They were hospitalized for observation at the Kirtland hospital.
Clendenin said the officers left their home base, Meridian Naval Air Station in Mississippi, early Monday enroute to Yuma Marine Corps Station in Arizona. The Navy A4E (sic.) (TA-4J BuNo 158137) refueled at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City and apparently was coming in for a refueling stop at Kirtland when the accident occurred. Clendenin said a board of officers will be convened to investigate. No damage estimate was available for the plane, he said. The accident forced Albuquerque airport officials to close the east-west runway, which it uses jointly with Kirtland.
Alamogordo, NM, Alamogordo Daily News, Tuesday, November 5, 1985

August 6, 1986: A flight instructor and student pilot from NAS Meridian ejected safely from their TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 158121 before it crashed and burned in a wooded area northwest of Meridian.
Laurel, MS, Laurel Leader-Call, Thursday, 07 August 1986.

September 30, 1985: VT-7 reached its Pilot Training Requirement (PTR) of 91 naval aviators for fiscal year 1985.

August 30, 1986: VT-7 reached its Pilot Training Requirement (PTR) of 112 naval aviators for fiscal year 1986 and by the end of September had an excess of eight naval aviators.

June 23, 1987: Cdr. Steven L. Van Wei eject safely when his TA-4J BuNo 158480 developed problems while landing at NAS Meridian.
Laurel, MS, Laurel Leader-Call, Thursday, 25 June 1987

September 1987: Training Squadron SEVEN reached its PTR of 135 naval aviators for fiscal year 1987.

April 1988: VT-7 bid farewell to its 300 enlisted maintenance personnel and switched to contract maintenance provided by Lockheed Support Systems.

In 1988: VT-7 had the distinction of being the only squadron in CNATRA to use single-seat A-4E Skyhawks for training flights.

September 1988: VT-7 again reached its PTR, winging 120 naval aviators for fiscal year 1988 and earning the CNATRA Training Efficiency Award.

December 1989: VT-7 again reached its PTR, winging 120 naval aviators for fiscal year 1988.

Fall 1989: VT-7 again met its pilot training requirement with 136 new Naval Aviators and extended its mishap free flying to 56,000 flight hours. The year witnessed successful completion of seven El Centro Detachments, including one of eight weeks duration, as well as four Carrier Qualification Detachments to NAS Key West.

January 1990: Training Squadron SEVEN (VT-7) was the Navy's largest jet training squadron using 55 TA-4J and A-4E Skyhawk aircraft.

January 20, 1991: Ens. Christopher T. Costen based in with VT-7 crashed his TA-4J BuNo 153674 into the Gulf of Mexico west of Key West and was declared missing while on a flight to the training carrier USS Lexington.
Santa Fe, NM, Santa Fe New Mexican, Monday, January 21, 1991.

August 26, 1992: Capt. Lamar R. Ishee (USMC) was killed and Lt. Vernon Hill (USNR) ejected successfully when their TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 158078 apparently hydroplaned on a rainy runway and skidded 75 yards before crashing nose-first into a wooded area. Doylestown, PA, The Intelligencer - The Record, Friday, August 28, 1992.

1997: Training Squadron SEVEN unique among the three United States Navy advanced strike training squadrons has the responsibility of training French, Spanish, Italian, Kuwaiti, Thai, Brazilian and Singaporean aviators in addition to United States Navy and United States Marine Corps Pilots.

October 10, 1997: At the Training Squadron SEVEN Change of Command, VT-7 was the United States Navy's largest advanced jet training squadron employing 49 McDonnell-Douglas TA-4J SKYHAWKS.

May 2, 1998: Mr. Bud Southworth trapped aboard the United States Ship John F. Kennedy CV-67 to observe VT-7 Eagle students carrier qualify and become Naval Aviators. This trap was twenty days short of a 36 year anniversary of Ensign Southworth's first flight with VT-7 on May 22, 1962.

August 10, 1999: The last Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk United States Navy VT-7 "Naval Aviator" student to trap: Lieutenant RUSS DAVID HORR, United States Navy is a 1990 graduate of Hamilton College where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science. Lieutenant Horr was previously designated a Naval Aviator, receiving Navy Wings of Gold on February 19, 1993. He flew SH-60B helicopters with HSL-37, at Naval Air Station Barbers Point, Hawaii and UH-1N helicopters at Naval Air Station Meridian. He was named to the Commodore's List during Intermediate Flight Training and carrier qualified in the TA-4J Skyhawk on board the United States Ship GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73) August 10, 1999.


August 11, 1999: The last Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk United States Navy VT-7 students to trap:

Lieutenant Junior Grade CHRISTOPHER MICHAEL CONDON, United States Navy Reserve is a 1996 graduate of Georgia Tech University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Lieutenant Junior Grade Condon was named to the Commodore's List during Primary Flight Training and earned a Navy "E" for strafing accuracy during Advance Strike Training. Condon carrier qualified in the TA-4J Skyhawk on board the United States Ship GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73) on August 11, 1999.

First Lieutenant MATTHEW REILLY MCINERNEY, United States Marine Corps is a 1996 graduate of Holy Cross College where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. Lieutenant McInerney was named to the Commodore's List during Primary Flight Training. During Advanced Strike Training lie earned one Navy "E" for bombing accuracy and one Navy "E" for strafing accuracy. McInerney carrier qualified in the TA-4J on board the United States Ship GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73) on August 11, 1999.

First Lieutenant DAVID AUGUST MUELLER, United States Marine Corps is a 1996 graduate of the United States Naval Academy where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in History. During Advanced Strike Training Lieutenant Mueller earned a Navy "E" for bombing accuracy and a Navy "E" for strafing accuracy. Mueller carrier qualified in the TA-4J Skyhawk on board the United States Ship GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73) on August 11, 1999.

First Lieutenant JONATHAN ROBERT OHMAN, United States Marine Corps is a 1996 graduate of the United States Naval Academy where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Systems Engineering. Lieutenant Ohman was named to the Commodore's List during Primary and Intermediate Flight Training and carrier qualified in the TA-4J Skyhawk on board the United States Ship GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73) on August 11, 1999.

September 10, 1999: The last VT-7, United States Marine Corps and United States Navy Skyhawk winging program:

First Lieutenant JOSEPH THOMAS BERTAGNA, United States Marine Corps.

Lieutenant Junior Grade CHRISTOPHER MICHAEL CONDON, United States Navy Reserve.

Lieutenant RUSS DAVID HORR, United States Navy.

First Lieutenant MATTHEW REILLY MCINERNEY, United States Marine Corps.

First Lieutenant DAVID AUGUST MUELLER, United States Marine Corps.

First Lieutenant JONATHAN ROBERT OHMAN, United States Marine Corps.


First Lieutenant KEVIN GEORGE REECE, United States Marine Corps.

September 30, 1999: The last VT-7 Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk student to trap: Lieutenant JOSE VICENTE DE ALVARENGA, Brazilian Navy is a native of Belo Horizonte, Brazil and a 1990 graduate of the Brazilian Naval Academy where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering. During advanced Strike Training Lieutenant Alvarenga received a United States Navy E for bombing accuracy. Alvarenga carrier qualified in the TA-4J Skyhawk on board the United States Ship GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73) on September 30, 1999. Lieutenant Alvarenga thus is the last VT-7 student to trap in the TA-4J Douglas Skyhawk.

The last VT-7 Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk pilot to trap: Training Squadron SEVEN Skipper Commander JAMES W. "Spot" GALANIE, United States Navy is the last VT-7 Skyhawk trapper in Douglas TA-4J, Skyhawk BuNo. 158110, side number 701.

October 8, 1999: The last VT-7 Douglas Skyhawk winging program: Lieutenant Jose Vicente de Alvarenga, Brazilian Navy. Lt. Alvarenga is the last VT-7 Student Naval Aviator to trap in the TA-4J Douglas Skyhawk on a United States Ship. He is also the last VT-7 Skyhawk Student Naval Aviator to be Winged.


The First Training Squadron SEVEN Boeing T-45C Goshawk Naval Aviator: First Lieutenant Benjamin Kirk Hutchins, United States Marine Corps is a 1996 graduate of North Carolina State University where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. Hutchins was named to the Commodore's List with Distinction during Primary Flight Training. He earned four Navy 'Es" for bombing accuracy and was selected as the "Top Bomber" in his VT-23 class. First Lieutenant Hutchins carrier qualified August 9, 1999 in the T-45C Gulfhawk on board the United State Ship GEORGE WASHINGTON CVN-73.
First Lieutenant Hutchins completed advanced flight training with VT-23 but was not "Winged" before VT-23 disestablished on September 30, 1999 and its students transferred to Training Squadron SEVEN. First Lieutenant Hutchins was "Winged" October 8, 1999 and technically is a product of VT-7 and is its first Winged Naval Aviator.

Training Squadron SEVEN's first Boeing T-45C Gulfhawk student Naval Aviator Class number 2011 began October 4, 1999.

Wednesday, October 20, 1999 at 10:15 a.m.
The last VT-7 Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk, BuNo. side number 730 departed Naval Air Station Meridian. The Skyhawk was flown by Commander Erick W. Gerdes, USNR of Reserve Detachment 182, Meridian, Mississippi. The last VT-7 TA-4J Skyhawk was flown to Marquette, Michigan to continue service as a ground training aid at the University of Northern Michigan Aviation School.

Today: Training Squadron SEVEN, is presently the Navy's largest advanced jet training squadron operating the Boeing T-45.
The quality of instruction has always been a source of pride to the officers, men and women of VT-7. They continue to professionally pursue their challenging role of producing "The Best Jet Aviators in the World."

TA-4J GRADUATES

T-45 Graduates

Unit Photos

1962: VT-7 Officers at Kingsville, left to right: Vt-7 Commanding Officer, Maintenance Officer and a VT-7 flight instructor Captain Rutledge, USMC.

1972: VT-7 Carrier Qualifications March 1972 on the USS Lexington CVA-16. This picture was taken looking down from the Lexington island upon 716 performing the very first VT-7 Eagle TA-4J touch and go landing, April 6, 1972. The Student Naval Aviator was First Lieutenant K. D. Ernst, USMC. The Landing Signal Officer (LSO) for this qual period was Lieutenant Bob Bush, USN. Lieutenant K. D. Ernst, USMC was a member of VT-7's first TA-4J Advanced Syallabus graduating class. VT-7 Eagle TA-4J Skyhawk 2K 716. 1972 photograph by Commander Lee Goewey, USN. VT-7 Eagle TA-4J Skyhawk 2K 716.Pic 2.

VT-7 Eagle TA-4J Skyhawk 2K 744 BuNo. 158073 This picture was taken looking from the Lexington island upon Grey Oak 744 spotted for refueling. The Landing Signal Officer (LSO) for this qual period was Lieutenant Bob Bush, USN. 1972 photograph by Commander Lee Goewey, USN.

1972: VT-7 Eagle TA-4J Skyhawk 2K 737. This picture was taken looking from the Lexington island upon 2K 737 catching a two wire. The Student Naval Aviator, Ensign Waddell, USN catches a two-wire for his first trap and is on his way to carrier qualifing and his Wings of Gold. The Landing Signal Officer (LSO) was Lieutenant Bob Bush, USN. Ensign Waddell was a member of VT-7's first TA-4J Advanced Syallabus graduating class. 1972 photograph by Commander Lee Goewey, USN.

1974: 1974: Eagles Skyhawk BuNo 158141, 2K-736, parked on the ramp next to BuNo 158479, 2K-751. Unknown via W. Mutza.

1974: Left side partial tail section view of Eagles Skyhawk BuNo 158479, 2K-751, parked on the flight line next to BuNo 158141, 2K-736. Unknown via W. Mutza.

1974: VT-7 Skyhawk Over The E Boat Round-down. "Wheels down, flaps down, hook down, harness locked, brakes pumped firm, fuel 1200 pounds, roger ball." VT-7, TA-4J, side number A-759, landing aboard USS Enterprise CVAN-65. Photograph taken May 13, 1974 by Harry S. Gann.

15JUN74: VT-7 TA-4J BuNo 158477, 2K-701, dated 15 June 1974. Gary Verver Collection.

20JUL75: Left side view of VT-7 Eagles TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 158097, A-700, on the ramp at NAS Meridian. Name below the canopy rail is CAPT C Ray Smith and on the fuselage COMTRAWING 1. Photo by P. Stevens.

20JUL75: Left front view of VT-7 Eagles TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 158125, A-725, on the ramp at NAS Meridian with a pair of wing tanks. At left is the tail of VT-7 BuNo 158129, A-729. Photo by P. Stevens.

1975 VT-7 TA-4J Skyhawk FCLP Bounce: VT-7, TA-4J, side number A-701, FCLP (field carrier landing practice) bouncing at OLF (out lying field) Bravo. OLF Bravo is located 30 miles northwest of Navy Meridian. Photograph taken September 1975 by Harry S. Gann.

1975: VT-7 CAG TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo. 158097. VT-7 TA-4J BuNo. 158097, side number A-700, Commander Training Wing One. Photograph taken September 25, 1975 by Harry S. Gann.

1975: VT-7 Skyhawk BuNo. 158097 GOING DOWN!. VT-7, TA-4J, BuNo. 158097, side number A-700, Commander Training Wing One Skyhawk in a vertical dive. Photograph taken September 25, 1975 by Harry S. Gann.

1975: VT-7 TA-4J Skyhawk FCLP Bounce. VT-7, TA-4J, side number A-701, FCLP (field carrier landing practice) bouncing at OLF (out lying field) Bravo. OLF Bravo is located 30 miles northwest of Navy Meridian. Photograph taken September 1975 by Harry S. Gann.

Dec 1975: BuNo 158141, A-736 parked on the ramp. Photo by R.E. Kling, G. Verver collection.

1976: BuNo.158130, VT-7 Side No.776 on the Tarmac in Bi-Centennial colors, 1976. Photograph from Harry S. Gann's collection.

1976: BuNo.158130, VT-7 Side No.776 fly by in Bi-Centennial colors. Photograph from Harry S. Gann's collection.

June 1976: VT-7 Eagles TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 158130, A-776, in the ramp in its Bicentennial paint scheme. Photographer unknown.

11JUL76: Left rear view of VT-7 Eagles TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 158130, B-776, on the ramp in its Bicentennial paint scheme, Offutt AFB, 11 July 1976. Copyright R.W. Harrison.

03OCT76: Right rear view of VT-7 Eagles TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 158115, A-715, on the ramp at NAS Meridian with a pair of drop tanks. Photographer unknown.

03OCT76: Right side view of VT-7 Eagles TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 158124, A-724, on the ramp at NAS Meridian with a pair of wing tanks. Photographer unknown.

03OCT76: Right side view of VT-7 Eagles TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 158133, A-700, COMTRAWING 1, on the ramp at NAS Meridian with a pair of wing tanks. Photographer unknown.

03OCT76: Right side view of VT-7 Eagles TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 158129, A-729, on the ramp at NAS Meridian with a pair of wing tanks. Photographer unknown.

03OCT76: Right front view of VT-7 Eagles TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 158138, A-734, on the ramp at NAS Meridian with a pair of wing tanks. The TA-4J at right is A-733 and could be BuNo 158467. Photographer unknown.

03OCT76: Right side view of VT-7 Eagles TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 158466, A-727, on the ramp with a pair of wing tanks at NAS Meridian. VT-7 TA-4J in the background is A-737. Photographer unknown.

15OCT77: Right side view of VT-7 Eagles TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 158125, A-725, on the ramp at NAS North Island with a pair of wing tanks. Photographer unknown.

22 APR 1978: Eagles Skyhawk BuNo 155109, A-709, assigned to LCDR Hoffman parked on the NAS Meridian flight line. G. Verver collection via R. Dowers.

22 APR 1978: Eagles Skyhawk BuNo 156932, A-727, assigned to CAPT Vitorny parked on the flight-line. Right side view of VT-7 Eagles TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 156932, A-727, on the flight-line next to VT-7 TA-4J BuNo 150144, A-740, NAS Meridian, 22 April 1978. Name below the canopy is CAPT Vitorny. At left is a TA-4J with Navy on the fuselage over the wing. G. Verver collection via R. Dowers

22 APR 1978: Eagles Skyhawk BuNo 158125, A-725, assigned to CAPT Brock parked on the ramp. G. Verver collection via R. Dowers.

22 APR 1978: Eagles Skyhawk BuNo 158455, A-732, assigned to LT Schaad parked on the flightline. G. Verver collection via R. Dowers.

22 APR 1978: Eagles Skyhawk BuNo 158467, A-733, assigned to LCDR Karl parked on the flightline. G. Verver collection via R. Dowers.

22 APR 1978: Eagles Skyhawk BuNo 158470, A-723, parked on the flight-line next to VT-7 TA-4J BuNo 158105, A-705. G. Verver collection via R. Dowers.

22 APR 1978: Eagles Skyhawk BuNo 158526, A-724, parked on the NAS Meridian flight-line. G. Verver collection via R. Dowers.

22 APR 1978: Eagles Skyhawk BuNo 158104, A-704, parked on the ramp. G. Verver collection via R. Dowers.

22 APR 1978: Eagles Skyhawk BuNo 158116, A-716, parked on the ramp. G. Verver collection via R. Dowers 22 APR 1978: Eagles Skyhawk BuNo 158118, A-718, parked on the ramp. G. Verver collection via R. Dowers.

22 APR 1978: Eagles Skyhawk BuNo 158137, A-722, assigned to LT McFarland parked on the ramp. G. Verver collection via R. Dowers.

22 APR 1978: Eagles Skyhawk BuNo 158144, A-740, assigned to CAPT VanDyken parked on the ramp. G. Verver collection via R. Dowers.

22 APR 1978: Eagles Skyhawk BuNo 158145, A-741, assigned to LTjg Kamrito parked on the ramp. G. Verver collection via R. Dowers.

22 APR 1978: Eagles Skyhawk BuNo 158146, A-742, parked on the ramp. G. Verver collection via R. Dowers.

Date unknown: BuNo 158108, A-708, parked on the ramp. Gary Verver Collection.

09 Jun 1979: Eagles Skyhawk BuNo 158480, A-702, assigned to CDR "Shark" Howlstein parked on the ramp. Photo by R.F. Dorr, Gary Verver Collection.

Circa 1979: BuNo 158480, A-702, trapping. Mark Kreeger of VT-25.

FEB80: left side view of VT-86 Sabre Hawks TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 158124, F-234, on the ramp with a pair of wing tanks. Photographer unknown.

April 1981: BuNo 158105, A-705, parked on the ramp. Name on the canopy rail is LCDR Newman. Gary Verver Collection.

April 1981: BuNo 158105, A-705, parked on the ramp. Gary Verver Collection.

11 April 1981: Eagles Skyhawk BuNo 156920, A-733, parked on the flight line. Gary Verver Collection.

29 May 1981: VT-7 Eagles TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 158457, A-709, McGuire AFB. Name below the canopy rail is Lt. Schrader. Pic2; Pic3; Photographer unknown.

JUL81: Right side view of VT-7 Eagles TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 158117, A-717, on the ramp with a pair of wing tanks. Photographer unknown.

Date unknown: BuNo 158140, A-720, taxiing. Photo from JD Stewart.

Date unknown: BuNo 158144, A-724, with gear down, hook up. Photo from JD Stewart.

Date unknown: BuNo 158465 A-765 leaving a little bit of smoke in its wake. Photo from JD Stewart.

16 Oct 1982: BuNo 158144, A-724, parked on the ramp. Photo by T. Paskowski, G. Verver collection.

16 Oct 1982: Eagles Skyhawk BuNo 158144, A-724, parked on the ramp. Photo by R.F. Dorr, G. Verver Collection.

20NOV82: BuNo 158457, A-709, parked on the ramp. Photo by T. Paskowski, G. Verver collection.

20NOV82: Skyhawk BuNo 158461, A-728, parked on the ramp. Photo by T. Paskowski, G. Verver collection.

05FEB83: 158480, A-713, parked on the ramp. Photo by T. Paskowski, Gary Verver Collection.

05FEB83: BuNo 158480, A-713, close-up right side view of Eagles insignia. Photo by T. Paskowski, Gary Verver Collection.

01APR83: A right side view of two Eagles TA-4J Skyhawk aircraft parked on either side of a TA-4F Skyhawk from an aggressor squadron. U.S. Navy photo by OS2 John Bouvia.

30APR83: BuNo 158526, A-702, parked on the flight line. Photo by T. Paskowski, G. Verver collection.

21MAY83: VT-7 (CTW-1) right side view of VT-7 Eagles TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 158137, A-722, on the ramp with a pair of wing tanks at an Open House. Photographer unknown.

21MAY83: VT-7 (CTW-1) close-up of the VT-7 (CTW-1) Eagles insignia on TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 158137, A-722, at an Open House. Photographer unknown.

01OCT83: Eagles Skyhawk BuNo 158455, A-732, parked on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63). An F/A-18 Hornet aircraft is visible in the background. U.S. Navy photo, PHAN R. Eslinger.

20APR84: Eagles Skyhawk A-721 is prepared for launching during flight operations aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). U.S. Navy photo by PH3 Don Choquette.

20APR84: Eagles Skyhawk A-739 waits to be launched during flight operations aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). U.S. Navy photo by PH3 Don Choquette.

03JUN84: Right side view of VT-7 Eagles Skyhawk BuNo 158513, A-737, tug and brake-rider as it's towed across the ramp at Kalamazoo, MI. Photographer unknown.

03JUN84: Left rear view of VT-7 Eagles TA-4J BuNo 158142, A-711, on the ramp with a pair of wing tanks and the hook down at an Open House in Kalamazoo, MI. Photographer unknown.

03JUN84: Right side view of VT-7 Eagles TA-4J BuNo 158142, A-711, on the ramp with a pair of wing tanks and the hook down at an Open House in Kalamazoo, MI. Photographer unknown.

03JUN84: Left side view of VT-7 Eagles TA-4J BuNo 158142, A-711, on the ramp with a pair of wing tanks and the hook down at an Open House in Kalamazoo, MI. Photographer unknown.

03 JUN 1984: Left rear view of VT-7 Eagles TA-4J BuNo 158142, A-711, taxiing at an Open House in Kalamazoo, MI. Photographer unknown.

27APR85: 27 April 1985 BuNo 158134, A-719, parked on the ramp. Gary Verver Collection.

MAY 1985: VT-7 TA-4J BuNo 156929, A-720. Right side view of VT-7 Eagles TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 156929, A-720, on the flight-line next to T-44A (King Air 90) BuNo 160852, location unknown. Photographer unknown, from Gary Verver Collection.

Jan 1986: BuNo 158129, A-729. Left front view of VT-7 Eagles TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 158129, A-729, parked on the NAS Cecil Field ramp configured with a pair of drop tanks, January 1986. At left is VT-7 TA-4J BuNo 158104, A-710. Photo by R.E. Kling, G. Verver collection.

1986: BuNo.158473 sporting paint job honoring 75years of Naval Aviation - 1986. Photograph from Michel Klaver.

21MAY86: BuNo.158473 in-flight - 21MAY1986, with Buckeye over Key Field. 75th anniversary of Naval aviation fly-by May 21, 1986. A VT-7, TA-4J Skyhawk and a VT-19, T2C Buckeye fly over Key Field south of Meridian, Mississippi. Photograph by Harry S. Gann.

OCT86: VT-7 TA-4J BuNo 158131, A-721, dated October 1986. Gary Verver Collection.

OCT86: Eagles Skyhawk BuNo 153522, A752, parked on the Andrews flight-line. Gary Verver Collection.

OCT86: BuNo 158131, A-721, parked on the ramp. Gary Verver Collection.

1986: Skyhawk BuNo 158473, A-701, moments before she touches down for a shore based arrested landing with a jammed nose gear. "Boom" Powell.

1987: VT-7 TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo. 156932 TA-4J BuNo. 156932, side number A-727 of the VT-7 "Eagles" from Naval Air Station Meridian executes a missed approach over the Dobbins Air Force Base runway, October 1987. If you look closely you can see the white IFR tent in the rear cockpit. Photo by Frank J. Mirande.

01 Mar 1987: BuNo 158104, A-704, taxis along the flight line. U.S. Navy Photo.

01 MAR 1987: Pic1
Pic2
A Training Squadron 7 (VT-7) TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 158104, A-704 aircraft taxis along the flight line.
Photographer unknown, from Gary Verver.

Oct 1987: BuNo 158473, #775, parked on the flight line in its 75th Anniversary paint scheme. Gary Verver Collection.

DEC98: BuNo 158467, A-734, parked on the NAS Cecil ramp. Name below the canopy rail looks like LT Joe Borson. Photo by R.E. Kling, G. Verver collection.

16 JAN 1988: Eagles Skyhawk BuNo 158129, A-729, assigned to Nambone, parked on the Andrews AFB ramp. C. Kaston.

JAN 1988: Jan 1988 BuNo 158099, A-703, parked on the ramp. Gary Verver Collection.

05 MAR 1988: VT-7 TA-4J BuNo 158137, A-700, at Andrews AFB. Name below the canopy is "BLITZ". Photo by Dave Brown, Verver Collection.

07 APR 1988: Training Squadron 7 (VT-7) pilots conduct preflight checks on their TA-4J Skyhawk (BuNo 158094, A-745 and BuNo 158457, A-709) aircraft on the runway prior to takeoff from Naval Air Facility, El Centro, during Training Wing 1 strike training. Name below the canopy of 709 is CAPT Alex Wilkins USMC, CTW-1 instructor of the year. Photo by Robert L. Lawson.

09 APR 1988: An air-to-air right side view of three Training Squadron 7 (VT-7) TA-4J Skyhawk (L-R: BuNo 158110, A-717, BuNo 158094, A-745 and BuNo 158457, A-709) aircraft over Naval Air Facility, El Centro. The aircraft are en route to a strike weapons training exercise during Training Wing 1 operations. Photo by Robert L. Lawson.

09 APR 1988: An air-to-air right side view of two Training Squadron 7 (VT-7) TA-4J Skyhawk (BuNo 158110, A-717 and BuNo 158094, A-745) aircraft preparing to land at Naval Air Facility, El Centro, following a strike weapons training flight.

1988-1993: Right front view of CTW-1/VT-7 Eagles TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 153522, A-752, parked on the flight line. Photo by W. Munzenmaier.

09APR88: An air-to-air right side view of three Eagles Skyhawk aircraft over NAF, El Centro. The aircraft are en route to a strike weapons training exercise during Training Wing 1 operations. U.S. Navy photo by Robert L. Lawson.

1989-90: Right side view of VT-7 Eagles A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 150049, A-703, on the ramp with a pair of wing tanks at NAS Meridian. Photographer unknown.

JUN90: VT-7 Eagles TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 158465, A-765, in a blue/grey/brown camouflage paint scheme taxiing at the Oklahoma City airport. Copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

MAR91: BuNo 156891, A-748, parked on the Andews AFB flight-line.

MAR91: BuNo 158134, A-719, parked on the Andrews AFB ramp. Photo by D.F. Brown, Gary Verver Collection.

27 APR 1991: BuNo 153498, A-749, assigned to LT Brian Sutterfield, parked on the MCAS El Toro ramp. Craig Kaston.

1990s: TA-4F Skyhawk BuNo. 153488 A-700 with VT-7's "Desert Det". Color photograph by and courtesy of Harry S. Gann.

07MAY91: Right side view of VT-7 Eagles TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 153671, A-716, on the line at NAS Meridian with a pair of wing tanks. Photo by W. Munzenmaier.

09MAY91: VT-7 (CTW-1) Eagles TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 153676, A-738, on the ramp at NAS Meridian in a brown/grey camouflage scheme. Copyright photo by Werner Munzenmaier.

09MAY91: Right front view of VT-7 Eagles TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 155070, A-104, on the ramp at NAS Meridian, 09 May 1991. Copyright Werner Munzenmaier.

07JUN91: Eagles Skyhawk BuNo 158465, A-765, parked on the Dover AFB ramp in a mottled camouflage scheme. Gary Verver Collection.

SEP91: BuNo 158141, A-714, parked on the ramp. Photo by K. Snyder, Gary Verver Collection.

10 OCT 1991: A flight deck director guides an aircraft handler as he steers a Training Squadron 7 (VT-7) TA-4J Skyhawk (BuNo 155100, A-741) aircraft toward one of the catapults on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS FORRESTAL (CV 59). The FORRESTAL will assume the role of the Navy's training carrier in early 1992, taking over for the auxiliary aircraft landing training ship USS LEXINGTON (AVT 16). Photo by PH1 Scott M. Allen.

10 OCT 1991: A catapult officer signals for the launch of a Training Squadron 7 (VT-7) TA-4J Skyhawk (BuNo 159798, A-728) aircraft on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS FORRESTAL (CV 59). The FORRESTAL will assume the role of the Navy's training carrier in early 1992, taking over for the auxiliary aircraft landing training ship USS LEXINGTON (AVT 16). Photo by PH1 Scott M. Allen.

TA-4J A-749 of VT-7 taxi. Photo from J.D. Stewart.

1992-1996: Left side view of CTW-1/VT-7 Eagles LT Armon Fetter's TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 153515, A-762, parked on the ramp. Photo by W. Munzenmaier.

MAR92: Eagles Skyhawk BuNo 153498, A-749. Right side view of VT-7 Eagles TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 153498, A-749, on the ramp in a overall dark gray scheme, Andrews AFB, March 1992. At left is VAQ-33 Firebirds EA-6A Prowler BuNo 156983, tailcode GD. Gary Verver Collection.

APR92: Eagles Skyhawk BuNo 158468, A-726, assigned to USMC CAPT Steve McFarlin parked on the flight line next to VC-13 TA-4J BuNo 153495, UX-04. Photo by K. Snyder, Gary Verver Collection.

JUL92: Eagles Skyhawk BuNo 155100, A-741, assigned to LT Pittman, parked on the flight line. Photo by K. Snyder, Gary Verver Collection.

1992: VT-7 TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo. 153498. TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo. 153498, side number A-749, of VT-7 Eagles, from Naval Air Station Meridian, as seen at Naval Air Station Atlanta on March 20, 1992. Unusual combination of overall charcoal gray and light gray markings. Photo by Frank J. Mirande.

1992: VT-7 Desert Storm TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo. 158465. This Desert Storm painted Skyhawk is flown in the vertical by Capt. Craig Berryman, USMC. Capt. Berryman was a prisoner of war during Desert Storm. From September 1991 to November 1993, Capt. Berryman served as a VT-7 flight instructor. U.S. Navy photograph from Commanding Officer VT-7.

01 Dec 1992: BuNo 158465, A-765. Left side view of VT-7 Eagles TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 158465, A-765, on the flight line in a mottled blue/grey/brown camouflage scheme next to VT-7 TA-4J BuNo 156929, A-720, and VT-7 TA-4J BuNo 153492, NAF Andrews. U.S. Navy photo, Bruce Trombecky.

01DEC92: BuNo 158501, A-744. Left side view VT-7 Eagles TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 158501, A-744, on the flight line next to NASA T-38A Talon s/n 66-8382, N916NA, NAF Andrews, 05 December 1992. Name below the canopy is LT John Gadzinski. U.S. Navy photo, Bruce Trombecky.

05DEC92: Eagles Skyhawk BuNo 158501, A-744, assigned to LT John Gadzinski, parked on the Andrews ramp. Jim Burridge.

1993: Eagles Skyhawk BuNo 153517, A-712. Left rear view of VT-7 Eagles TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 153517, A-712, on the ramp, Dayton, OH, 1993. At left are CTW-6 T-34C Mentor BuNo 162271, TW-2 T-45A Goshawk BuNo 163606, B-207, and T-2C Buckeye BuNo 158584, F-815. Photo by Greff Spahr, Gary Verver Collection.

04APR93: 04 Apr 1993 right front view of Eagles Skyhawk BuNo 153517, A-712, parked on the ramp. Official US Navy Photo by B. Trombecky.

24 July 1993: Left front view of VT-7 Eagles TA-4J BuNo 158146, A-722, on the ramp with a pair of wing tanks at NAS Glenview next to USAF T-38 Talon s/n 68-148. Name on the canopy rail looks to be LT Claude McKey. Photographer unknown.

1993: VT-7 CTW-1 Skyhawk BuNo. 159798 A-728 visiting NAS Atlanta. VT-7 Eagle TA-4J BuNo. 159798, side number A-728 from Naval Air Station Meridian visiting Naval Air Station Atlanta June 6, 1993. This Skyhawk is in the standard training color scheme. This is the last production TA-4J for the Navy, delivered circa-1977. 159798 was seen earlier at Naval Air Station Atlanta in VFC-12 markings (overall engine gray) in December 1988. Photo by Frank J. Mirande.

OCT93: BuNo.153505 of Carrier Training Wing One (CTW-1), assigned to the training carrier USS FORRESTAL (AVT-59), parked on the flight line. Official U.S. Navy photo by Bruce Trombecky.

16MAR94: BuNo 158465, A-765, parked on the flight line. Left front view of VT-7 Eagles TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 158465, A-765, on the NAS Jacksonville flight line in a multi colored mottled camouflage scheme. At left is VT-7 TA-4J BuNo 158501, A-744, with GO NAVY on the fuselage. Gary Verver Collection.

07MAY94: Eagles Skyhawk BuNo 158104, A-711, assigned to LT Joe Stafford parked on the line next to A-728. C. Kaston.

JUN94: BuNo 158110, A-717, assigned to USMC Capt. "Rube" Kubian on display during an open house. Gary Verver Collection.

OCT94: Eagles Skyhawk BuNo 158482, A-709, parked on the flight line next to USAF C-5A Galaxy s/n 68-0220. Photo by K. Snyder, G. Verver collection.

1995: 1995 BuNo 158136, A-701, parked on the ramp. Photo by G. Spahr, Gary Verver Collection.

FEB96: Right side view of Eagles Skyhawk BuNo 153517, A-712, parked on the ramp, location unknown, February 1996. At left is AFRES Grissom KC-135R Stratotanker s/n 57-1472. At right is VF-201 Hunters F-14A Tomcat AF-120. Gary Verver Collection.

13MAY96: TA-4J BuNo. 158513 side number A-737 went of a rain slick runway at El Centro. Another view of the VT-7 Weapons Detachment Scooter that went for the ditch. The ground crew quickly had 'ol 737 flying again as the damage was minimal. Photos by Glen Puder.

JUN96: Eagles Skyhawk BuNo 158718, A-749, parked on the Andrews ramp. Gary Verver Collection.

JUN96: Eagles Skyhawk BuNo 158513, A-737, parked on the flight line. Gary Verver Collection.

15JUN96: Eagles Skyhawk BuNo 158468, A-726, parked on the NAS Willow Grove flight-line. At right is F-16C Fighting Falcon s/n 90-702, tail code OH. Gary Verver Collection.

15JUN96: Close-up left rear view of Eagles Skyhawk BuNo 158468, A-726, tail section. Gary Verver Collection.

1998: Inside the Skyhawk GOING DOWN! - 1998. "PeeWee" is boresighted on the Inky Barley target near El Centro, California. Photograph taken 1998 by Chris Herman.

1996: Cloud Surfing - 1996. Eagles Skyhawk BuNo 158137, A-760, cloud surfing over NAS Meridian. Photograph taken by Chris Herman.

OCT96: Eagles Skyhawk BuNo 158137, A-760, parked on the ramp. Unknown via W. Mutza.

18JAN97: Eagles Skyhawk BuNo 153678, A-725, parked on the line. Jim Burridge.

SEP97: SEP 1997: BuNo 159798, A-728, parked on the ramp. W. Hartman.

1998: GUNS GUNS GUNS - 1998 PeeWee's wingman gunning a Viper at sunset. G'nite airforce! Photograph taken 1998 by Chris Herman.

1998: VT-7 TA-4J Snowhawk - 1998. Who says it doesn't snow in Meridian? Viewed from the hangar bay, this Skyhawk weathers a storm during the winter of 1998. 1998 photograph from Capt. Todd Tetterton, USMCR.

1998: TA-4J BuNo 158473 Firing Up - 1998. The ground crew has hooked up the APU (Auxiliary Power Unit) to allow the pilot to start the Skyhawks engine. 1998 photograph by Capt. Todd Tetterton, USMCR.

1996: VT-7 Skyhawk line - 1996. TA-4J Skyhawks wait for students and their instructors. USN photograph from Bud Southworth.


Carrier Quals Jan. 1998 CVN-65

VT-7 Eagle TA-4J Skyhawks 723 and 756 A picture taken looking down from the Enterprise island upon 723 and 756 parked on the starboard aft elevator behind the island. 723 is ready to taxi after the maintence guy completes the pre-taxi check. 1998 photograph by Capt Todd Tetterton, USMCR.

Refueling Skyhawks 714 and 718 A picture taken looking down from the Enterprise island at 714 and 718 on the starboard forward elevator in front of the island. Both Skyhawks are being refueled by grapes with fuel hoses running from the deck edge to the Skyhawk's inflight refueling probes. 1998 photograph by Capt Todd Tetterton, USMCR.

VT-7 Skyhawk 723 Over the Ramp. Skyhawk 723 is caught over the Enterprise ramp on its way to a three wire. The two small white bars under the arresting wires are springs that elevate the arresting wire 2 inches above the flight deck. 1998 photograph by Capt Todd Tetterton, USMCR.


APRIL 1998 Carrier Quals CV-67

Source = Bud Southworth, who earned his "Gold Wings" in a TA4J Skyhawk.
Civilian Orientation Cruise on the USS John F. Kennedy CV-67

U.S.S. Kennedy visiting VIP Christy Carter. Christy joined Gary Cornett, John Reed, Otto Krueger, Dr. Steven Bradley, Jeff Knutson, Bruce MacInnes, Steve Wilson, Bud Southworth, Ted Langworthy and Ray Sick for a flight out to the Kennedy for an orientation cruise in 1998.
UNITED STATES SHIP JOHN F. KENNEDY CV-67 Flight Deck
Commanding Officer; Captain Robin Weber, USN.
Executive Officer; Commander Mike Wanjon, USN.

VT-7 Students Running The Deck


VT-7 Eagles Desert Detachment based at El Centro, California. Instructors on the Skyhawk wing, students on the deck. The "Pink Bomb" is held by the student who had the worst bomb hit from the previous day's flight schedule. (Sometimes over 2000 feet) Careful where you park your car.
Instructors top row left to right: LT "Mick" VanRooy, LT Doug "Jethro" Flodin, LT Eric "Haggis" Caskey, LT Jeff "Whip" Wipplinger, LT Chris "PeeWee" Herman, LCDR Tom "Trash" Cann, LT Craig "Z" Ziemba. Kneeling left to right: LCDR "Stretch" Scheenstra, CAPT Steve "Rooster" Rioux, CAPT Will "Tex" Coe. Photograph from LCDR Geyer, USN. Names from LT Chris Herman, USN.

VT-7 Instructors -- February 2001 Front Row (Left to Right) Commander Brian S. Neunaber; Commander Michael J. Sherlock.

VT-7 A-701, BuNo 158116. Looks to be over NAS Meridian. Don Scott photo from Gary Verver Collection.

VT-7, BuNo.154298 TA-4J over Mississippi. US Navy photograph from Bud Southworth.

In-flight view of Eagles Skyhawk BuNo 158144, A-724, on final for touchdown. J.D. Stewart.

In-flight view of Eagles Skyhawk BuNo 158465, A-765, gear and flaps down and speedbrakes out. J.D. Stewart.

1989-1998: Eagles Skyhawk BuNo 158140, A-720, as she taxies by the photographer. J.D. Stewart.

VT-7 T-Bird taxing. Via 'Boom' Powell.

Date unknown: VT-7 TA-4J BuNo 158718, A-749. Photo by J.D. Stewart from Verver Collection.

27 FEB 1993: VT-7 TA-4J BuNo 156936, A-751. Name on the canopy rail is LT Jim Price. Photo by N. Graser from Gary Verver Collection.

JUL93: VT-7 (CTW-1) Eagles TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 153471, A-739, on the ramp with VT-7 A-735. location unknown. Name below the canopy rail is LT Ronnie (last name illegible). Photo by G. Chambers.

SEP 1997: VT-7 TA-4J BuNo 158459, A-775. Photo by D. Brown from Verver Collection.

09 JUL 1993: VT-7 TA-4J BuNo 152861, A-706, 09 JUL 1993 next to a VFA-305 F/A-18 Hornet. Photo by N. Graser from G. Verver collection.

04AUG99: Right side view of VT-7 Eagles TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 153680, A-772, on the ramp at NAS Meridian. Photo by J. Hendriksen.

04AUG99: Partial right front view of VT-7 Eagles TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 153680, A-772, on the ramp at NAS Meridian next to VT-7 TA-4J BuNo 154634, A-769. Photo by J. Hendriksen.

02AUG99: Right front view of VT-7 Eagles TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 154634, A-769, on the ramp at NAS Meridian next to VT-7 TA-4J A-701. Photo by J. Hendriksen.

04 AUG 1999: partial right front close-up of VT-7 Eagles TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 154634, A-769, on the ramp at NAS Meridian next to VT-7 TA-4J A-701. Photo by J. Hendriksen.

BuNo 158133, VT-7 A-706, on the ramp.

04 AUG 1999: BuNo 153680 and 154634: andBuNo 154634 and 158136 on the ramp, literally during one of the last VT-7 TA-4J syllabus months. I saw the following on various places (ramp / hangars) on the airfield; (This were indeed the very last VT-7 Skyhawks before most of them were retired to the Davis-Monthan boneyard in Arizona. At that time some A-4's were all ready withdrawn from use/stored and dismantled).
152850 A-704  VT-7/TW-1     
153463 A-732  VT-7/TW-1      
153471 A-739  ex VT-7/TW-1 STORED/WFU
153492 A-766  VT-7/TW-1         
153667 A-740  VT-7/TW-1         
153680 A-772  VT-7/TW-1         
154293 A-758  ex VT-7/TW-1 STORED/WFU
154298 A-754  VT-7/TW-1         
154338 A-770  VT-7/TW-1         
154619 A-750  VT-7/TW-1         
154634 A-769  VT-7/TW-1         
155100 A-741  VT-7/TW-1         
156901 A-748  VT-7/TW-1         
156914 A-715  VT-7/TW-1         
156923 A-723  VT-7/TW-1         
156941 A-774  VT-7/TW-1         
158094 A-700  VT-7/TW-1    COMMANDER VT-7 C/S
158104 A-711  ex VT-7/TW-1 DUMPED/DISMANTLED
158107 A-714  VT-7/TW-1         
158110 A-717  VT-7/TW-1         
158118 A-718  VT-7/TW-1         
158119 A-767  VT-7/TW-1         
158136 A-701  VT-7/TW-1     CO/XO C/S
158138 A-759  ex VT-7/TW-1  STORED/WFU
158140 A-720  VT-7/TW-1         
158142 A-764  VT-7/TW-1         
158146 A-722  ex VT-7/TW-1  DUMPED/DISMANTLED
158458 A-710  ex VT-7/TW-1  STORED/WFU
158459 A-775  VT-7/TW-1         
158465 A-765  VT-7/TW-1         
158466 A-707  ex VT-7/TW-1  DUMPED/DISMANTLED
158468 A-726  ex VT-7/TW-1  STORED/WFU
158473 A-735  VT-7/TW-1         
158474 A-702  VT-7/TW-1         
158479 A-730  VT-7/TW-1         
158513 A-737  VT-7/TW-1         
158526 A-700  ex VT-7/TW-1  PRESERVED ON AIRFIELD
158716 A-771  VT-7/TW-1         
158718 A-749  ex VT-7/TW-1  STORED/WFU

Greetings from the Netherlands,
Jan Hendriksen.


Standing from left to right are: 1) Lieutenant Junior Grade Jose Nunez, Spanish Navy.    2) Lieutenant Junior Grade Enrique Segura, Spanish Navy.    3) Lieutenant Junior Grade Jaime Cervera, Spanish Navy.    4) Lieutenant Junior Grade Abel Romero, Spanish Navy.    5) Lieutenant Gerardo Gonzalez-Aller, Spanish Navy.    6) Lieutenant Junior Grade Francisco Blazquez, Spanish Navy.    7) Lieutenant Junior Grade Pablo Avancini, Spanish Navy.
Kneeling from left to right are: 1) Lieutenant Junior Grade Isidro Marti, Spanish Navy.    2) Lieutenant Junior Grade Saturnino Suanzes, Spanish Navy.    3) Lieutenant Junior Grade Luis Nardiz, Spanish Navy.    4) Lieutenant Junior Grade Asterio Mira, Spanish Navy.    5) Lieutenant Junior Grade Pedro Perez-Seoane, Spanish Navy.

29SEP99: A US Navy Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer signals the launch of Eagles Skyhawk A-714, from the flight deck of the USS George Washington, as CTW-2 conducts carrier qualifications while the ship is underway in the Atlantic. U.S. Navy photo by PH3 Johnnie Robbins.


Off-Duty Photos

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Some A-4 Skyhawk BuNo with their assigned Modex in VT-7:

1974
2K-701 = BuNo.158477
2K-716 = BuNo.?
2K-736 = BuNo.158141
2K-737 = BuNo.?
2K-744 = BuNo.158073
2K-751 = BuNo.158479
2K-759 = BuNo.?

1975
A-700 = BuNo.158097
A-701 = BuNo.?
A-736 = BuNo.158141

1976
A-776 = BuNo.158130

1978
A-704 = BuNo.158104
A-709 = BuNo.155109
A-727 = BuNo.156932
A-716 = BuNo.158116
A-718 = BuNo.151118
A-722 = BuNo.158137
A-723 = BuNo.158467
A-724 = BuNo.158526
A-725 = BuNo.158125
A-732 = BuNo.158455
A-733 = BuNo.158467
A-740 = BuNo.158144
A-741 = BuNo.158145
A-742 = BuNo.158146

1979
A-702 = BuNo.158480

1981

A-733 = BuNo.156920

1982
A-709 = BuNo.158457
A-724 = BuNo.158144
A-728 = BuNo.158461

1983
A-702 = BuNo.158526
A-713 = BuNo.158480
A-732 = BuNo.158455

1984
A-721 = BuNo.?
A-739 = BuNo.?
A-765 = BuNo.158465

1985
A-719 = BuNo.158134

1986
A-701 = BuNo.158473
A-721 = BuNo.158131
A-729 = BuNo.158129
A-752 = BuNo.153522

1987
A-704 = BuNo.158104
A-727 = BuNo.156932
A-734 = BuNo.158467
775 = BuNo.158473

1988
A-729 = BuNo.158129

1991
A-714 = BuNo.158141
A-719 = BuNo.158134
A-765 = BuNo.158465
A-748 = BuNo.156891
A-749 = BuNo.153498

1992
A-726 = BuNo.158468
A-741 = BuNo.155100
A-744 = BuNo.158501
A-749 = BuNo.153498
A-765 = BuNo.158465

1993
A-706 = BuNo.?
A-712 = BuNo.153517
A-728 = BuNo.159798
A-739 = BuNo.?
A-753 = BuNo.153505

1994
A-709 = BuNo.158482
A-711 = BuNo.158104
A-717 = BuNo.158110

1995
A-701 = BuNo.158136

1996
A-712 = BuNo.153517
A-726 = BuNo.158468
A-737 = BuNo.158513
A-749 = BuNo.158718
A-760 = BuNo.158137

1997
A-728 = BuNo.159798

1998
A-700 = BuNo.158094
A-714 = BuNo.158107?
A-715 = BuNo.156914
A-718 = BuNo.?
A-723 = BuNo.?
A-725 = BuNo.153678
A-732 = BuNo.153463
A-756 = BuNo.?
A-765 = BuNo.158465
A-766 = BuNo.158492

199x
A-700 = BuNo.153488

Unknown Date
A-701 = BuNo.158116
A-720 = BuNo.158140
A-724 = BuNo.158144
A-754 = BuNo.154298
A-765 = BuNo.158465

152850 A-704
153463 A-732
153471 A-739 STORED/WFU
153492 A-766
153667 A-740
153680 A-772
154293 A-758 STORED/WFU
154298 A-754
154338 A-770
154619 A-750
154634 A-769
155100 A-741
156901 A-748
156914 A-715
156923 A-723
156941 A-774
158094 A-700 COMMANDER VT-7 C/S
158104 A-711 DUMPED/DISMANTLED
158107 A-714
158110 A-717
158118 A-718
158119 A-767
158136 A-701 CO/XO C/S
158138 A-759 STORED/WFU
158140 A-720
158142 A-764
158146 A-722 DUMPED/DISMANTLED
158458 A-710 STORED/WFU
158459 A-775
158465 A-765
158466 A-707 DUMPED/DISMANTLED
158468 A-726 STORED/WFU
158473 A-735
158474 A-702
158479 A-730
158513 A-737
158526 A-700 PRESERVED ON AIRFIELD
158716 A-771
158718 A-749 STORED/WFU

A-4 Skyhawk aircraft assigned to this unit:

  • Douglas A4D-5 (A-4E) Skyhawk
    • 150105 c/n 13158
      • 21 Oct 1987 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 01 Mar 1988 - COMTRAWING-1 - NAS Meridian, MS

  • Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk
    • 153469 c/n 13535
      • 28 Mar 1972 - VA-45 - Convert to TA-4J

      • 27 Jan 1988 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 13 Jul 1988 - COMTRAWING-1 – NAS Meridian, MS
    • 153505 c/n 13571
      • 01 Oct 1970 - VT-21 - Convert to TA-4J

      • 16 Dec 1985 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 23 Mar 1988 - COMTRAWING-1 – NAS Meridian, MS
    • 153522 c/n 13588
      • 04 Nov 1970 - VT-23 - Convert to TA-4J

      • 30 Nov 1985 – VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 01 Mar 1988 - COMTRAWING-1 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 153671 c/n 13609
      • 07 Jan 1971 - VA-43 - Convert to TA-4J

      • 28 Oct 1987 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 08 Mar 1988 - COMTRAWING-1 - Meridian, MS
    • 153671 c/n 13609
      • 11 Jan 1973 - VA-43 - Convert to TA-4J

      • 31 Nov 1987 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 01 Mar 1988 - COMTRAWING-1 - Meridian, MS
    • 154305 c/n 13693
      • 13 Mar 1973 - VA-45 - Convert to TA-4J

      • 30 Nov 1985 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 01 Mar 1988 - COMTRAWING-1 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 154619 c/n 13737
      • 03 Nov 1970 - NATC Wpn Sys Tst Patuxent River - Convert to TA-4J

      • 04 Mar 1987 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 01 Mar 1988 – COMTRAWING-1 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 155079 c/n 13895
      • 28 Oct 1971 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 21 Oct 1974 - NARU - NAS Alameda, CA
    • 155080 c/n 13896
      • 02 Nov 1971 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 09 Oct 1974 - NARU - NAS Alameda, CA
    • 155081 c/n 13897
      • 10 Nov 1971 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 23 Oct 1973 - VC-2 - NAS Oceana, VA
    • 155100 c/n 13916
      • 26 Dec 1985 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 01 Mar 1988 - COMTRAWING-1 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 155109 c/n 13925
      • 29 Oct 1977 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 26 Jun 1979 - VT-24 - NAS Chase Field, TX
    • 155113 c/n 13929
      • 07 Dec 1977 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 26 Jun 1979 - VT-24 - NAS Chase Field, TX
    • 155117 c/n 13933
      • 01 mar 1973 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 03 Apr 1973 - VT-21 - NAS Kingsville, TX
    • 156891 c/n 13984
      • 17 Jan 1986 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 01 Mar 1988 - COMTRAWING-1 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 156892 c/n 13985
      • 18 Jan 1975 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 24 Jan 1975 - VT-24 - NAS Chase Field, TX

      • 01 Jul 1982 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 16 Dec 1983 – Stricken – 1SO
    • 156912 c/n 14005
      • 23 Dec 1985 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 01 Mar 1988 - COMTRAWING-1 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 156914 c/n 14007
      • 18 Aug 1987 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 24 Mar 1988 - COMTRAWING-1 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 156917 c/n 14010
      • 27 Oct 1982 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 01 Mar 1988 – COMTRAWING-1 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 156920 c/n 14013
      • 19 Nov 1980 - VT-7 - NAS Pensacola, FL
      • 01 Mar 1988 – COMTRAWING 1 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 156929 c/n 14022
      • 21 Sep 1982 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 01 Mar 1988 - COMTRAWING-1 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 56932 c/n 14025
      • 29 Jul 1977 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 01 Mar 1988 - COMTRAWING-1 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 156940 c/n 14033
      • 15 Jan 1975 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 02 Jun 1975 - VT-24 - NAS Chase Field, TX
    • 156944 c/n 14037
      • 20 Jan 1975 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 04 Aug 1975 - VT-21 - NAS Kingsville, TX
    • 158073 c/n 14110
      • 03 Mar 1972 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 23 Aug 1982 – VT-21 - NAS Kingsville, TX
    • 158078 c/n 14115
      • 14 Jan 1986 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 01 Mar 1988 – COMTRAWING-1 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 158083 c/n 14120
      • 20 Oct 1971 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 23 Oct 1973 - VC-2 - NAS Oceana, VA
    • 158094 c/n 1413
      • 12 Jan 1986 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 01 Mar 1988 – COMTRAWING-1 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 158097 c/n 14134
      • 15 Oct 1971 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 04 Oct 1977 - Stricken – 1SO
    • 158098 c/n 14135
      • 05 Nov 1982 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 13 Oct 1983 - VC-12 - NAS Oceana, VA

      • 13 Apr 1984 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 01 Mar 1988 – COMTRAWING 1 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 158099 c/n 14136
      • 15 Oct 1971 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 01 Mar 1988 – COMTRAWING-1 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 158101 c/n 14138
      • 08 Oct 1971 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 23 Jun 1977 - NARF - NAS Pensacola, FL

      • 14 Jan 1981 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 01 Mar 1988 - COMTRAWING-1 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 158103 c/n 14140
      • 15 Oct 1971 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 08 Nov 1972 - Stricken – 1S
    • 158104 c/n 14141
      • 15 Oct 1971 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 01 Mar 1988 - COMTRAWING-1 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 158105 c/n 14142
      • 19 Oct 1971 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 01 Mar 1988 - COMTRAWING-1 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 158107 c/n 14144
      • 15 Oct 1971 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 09 Nov 1976 - Flight Demo Team - NAS Pensacola, FL

      • ?? Dec 1985 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 01 Mar 1988 - COMTRAWING-1 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 158108 c/n 14145
      • 22 Oct 1971 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 01 Mar 1988 - COMTRAWING-1 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 158110 c/n 14147
      • 08 Oct 1985 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 01 Mar 1988 - COMTRAWING-1 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 158111 c/n 14148
      • 18 Oct 1971 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 13 Dec 1975 - Stricken – 1SO
    • 158114 c/n 14151
      • 18 Oct 1971 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 23 Oct 1973 - VC-2 - NAS Oceana, VA
    • 158115 c/n 14152
      • 20 Oct 1971 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 11 Apr 1977 - Stricken – 1SO
    • 158116 c/n 14153
      • 18 Oct 1971 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 10 Feb 1984 – Stricken – 1SO
    • 158117 c/n 14154
      • 20 Oct 1971 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 22 Dec 1982 – VT-25 - NAS Chase Field, TX
    • 158118 c/n 14155
      • 20 Oct 1971 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 01 Mar 1988 - COMTRAWING-1 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 158120 c/n 14157
      • 15 Oct 1972 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 25 Apr 1975 - VT-24 - NAS Chase Field, TX
    • 158121 c/n 14158
      • 20 Oct 1971 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 06 Aug 1986 – Stricken – 1SO
    • 158124 c/n 14161
      • 23 Nov 1971 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 01 Sep 1977 - VT-86 - NAS Pensacola, FL
    • 158125 c/n 14162
      • 21 Nov 1971 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 01 Mar 1988 - COMTRAWING-1 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 158126 c/n 14163
      • 23 Oct 1971 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 17 Aug 1973 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD
    • 158127 c/n 14164
      • 26 Oct 1971 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 17 Jul 1973 - Stricken – 1S
    • 158128 c/n 14165
      • 23 Nov 1971 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 03 Oct 1973 - NARF - NAS Pensacola, FL
  • Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk (Cont.)
    • 158129 c/n 14166
      • 03 Dec 1971 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 01 Mar 1988 – COMTRAWING-1 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 158130 c/n 14167
      • 09 Dec 1971 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 19 Oct 1981 – Stricken – 1SO
    • 158131 c/n 14168
      • 03 Dec 1971 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 01 Mar 1988 – COMTRAWING-1 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 158132 c/n 14169
      • 18 Dec 1971 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 29 Mar 1974 - VF-126 - NAS Miramar, CA
    • 158133 c/n 14170
      • 30 Nov 1971 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 01 Mar 1988 - COMTRAWING-1 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 158134 c/n 14171
      • 30 Nov 1971 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 01 Mar 1988 – COMTRAWING-1 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 158135 c/n 14172
      • 18 Dec 1971 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 09 Dec 1973 - NARF - NAS Pensacola, FL
    • 158136 c/n 14173
      • 17 Dec 1971 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 23 Oct 1973 - VC-2 - NAS Oceana, VA
    • 158137 c/n 14174
      • 15 Dec 1971 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 01 Mar 1988 - COMTRAWING-1 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 158138 c/n 14175
      • 21 Dec 1971 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 17 Nov 1976 - VT-4 - NAS Pensacola, FL

      • 15 Apr 1986 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 01 Mar 1988 - COMTRAWING-1 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 158139 c/n 14176
      • 31 Jan 1972 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 10 Sep 1972 - Stricken – 1S
    • 158140 c/n 14177
      • 20 Jan 1972 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 23 May 1974 - VT-86 - NAS Pensacola, FL
    • 158141 c/n 14178
      • 20 Jan 1972 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 01 Mar 1988 - COMTRAWING-1 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 158142 c/n 14179
      • 26 Jan 1972 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 01 Mar 1988 - COMTRAWING-1 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 158143 c/n 14180
      • 24 Jan 1972 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 20 Jan 1974 - VT-4 - NAS Pensacola, FL

      • 01 Feb 1986 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 01 Mar 1988 - COMTRAWING-1 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 158144 c/n 14181
      • 09 Feb 1972 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 01 Mar 1988 - COMTRAWING-1 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 158145 c/n 14182
      • 17 Feb 1972 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 10 May 1982 – Stricken – 1SO
    • 158146 c/n 14183
      • 17 Feb 1972 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 01 Mar 1988 – COMTRAWING 1 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 158147 c/n 14184
      • 17 Feb 1972 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 02 Dec 1976 - VT-4 - NAS Pensacola, FL
    • 158454 c/n 14259
      • 24 Mar 1972 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 18 Feb 1974 - VT-4 - NAS Pensacola, FL
    • 158455 c/n 14260
      • 23 Mar 1972 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 01 Mar 1988 - COMTRAWING-1 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 158456 c/n 14261
      • 28 Mar 1972 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 13 Aug 1973 - VC-7 - NAS Miramar, CA
    • 158457 c/n 14262
      • 20 Mar 1972 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 01 Mar 1988 - COMTRAWING-1 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 158458 c/n 14263
      • 24 Mar 1972 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 01 Mar 1988 - COMTRAWING-1 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 158459 c/n 14264
      • 25 Mar 1972 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 30 Apr 1975 - VT-22 - NAS Kingsville, TX
    • 158460 c/n 14265
      • 25 Apr 1972 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 11 Nov 1972 - Stricken – 1S
    • 158461 c/n 14266
      • 02 May 1972 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 01 Mar 1988 – COMTRAWING-1 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 158462 c/n 14267
      • 19 Apr 1972 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 01 Mar 1988 – COMTRAWING-1 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 158463 c/n 14268
      • 18 Apr 1972 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 28 Jul 1972 - Stricken – 1S
    • 158464 c/n 14269
      • 24 Apr 1972 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 05 Jan 1977 - NAS - NAS New Orleans, LA
    • 158465 c/n 14270
      • 16 May 1972 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 08 Aug 1973 - VC-7 - NAS Miramar, CA
    • 158466 c/n 14271
      • 18 May 1972 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 26 Jan 1977 - VT-25 - NAS Chase Field, TX

      • 09 Jun 1982 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 01 Mar 1988 – COMTRAWING-1 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 158467 c/n 14272
      • 18 May 1972 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 01 Mar 1988 - COMTRAWING-1 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 158468 c/n 14273
      • 06 Jun 1972 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 01 Mar 1988 - COMTRAWING-1 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 158469 c/n 14274
      • 29 May 1972 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 26 Jun 1975 - VT-86 - NAS Pensacola, FL
    • 158470 c/n 14275
      • 14 Jun 1972 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 27 Aug 1979 - Stricken - 1SO
    • 158471 c/n 14276
      • 01 Aug 1972 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 29 Aug 1979 - Stricken – 1SO
    • 158472 c/n 14277
      • 01 Aug 1972 - VT-21 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 18 Sep 1972 - Stricken – 1S
    • 158473 c/n 14278
      • 09 Jun 1982 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 03 Oct 1984 - VT-25 - NAS Pensacola, FL

      • 04 Oct 1984 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 26 Mar 1985 - VT-25 - NAS Pensacola, FL

      • 05 Apr 1985 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 02 Sep 1986 - VT-25 - NAS Pensacola, FL

      • 07 Apr 1987 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 01 Mar 1988 - COMTRAWING-1 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 158474 c/n 14279
      • 23 Dec 1985 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 01 Mar 1988 - COMTRAWING-1 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 158475 c/n 14280
      • 06 Feb 1981 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 01 Mar 1988 - COMTRAWING-1 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 158476 c/n 14281
      • 24 Jul 1972 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 25 Mar 1974 - NAS A&T - NAS North Island, CA

      • 12 May 1976 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 13 May 1976 - VC-5 Det Cubi Point - NAS Cubi Point, RP
    • 158477 c/n 14282
      • 25 Jul 1972 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 18 Nov 1975 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
    • 158478 c/n 14283
      • 27 Jul 1972 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 21 May 1974 - VT-86 - NAS Pensacola, FL
    • 158479 c/n 14284
      • 01 Aug 1972 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 01 Mar 1988 - COMTRAWING-1 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 158480 c/n 14285
      • 28 Jul 1972 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 23 Jun 1987 – Stricken – 1SO
    • 158488 c/n 14293
      • 02 Oct 1972 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 15 Oct 1974 - NARU - NAS Alameda, CA
    • 158500 c/n 14305
      • 03 Dec 1980 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 01 Mar 1988 - COMTRAWING-1 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 158501 c/n 14306
      • 01 Dec 1972 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 19 Nov 1973 - VT-4 - NAS Pensacola, FL

      • 13 Jan 1986 – VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 01 Mar 1988 - COMTRAWING-1 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 158513 c/n 14318
      • 27 Apr 1983 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 01 Mar 1988 - COMTRAWING-1 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 158526 c/n 14331
      • 25 Jul 1977 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 29 Jan 1980 - VT-4 - NAS Pensacola, FL

      • 22 May 1980 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
      • 01 Mar 1988 - COMTRAWING-1 - NAS Meridian, MS

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