The Training Squadron NINE - Tiger Nine was never assigned the Skyhawk. The Tigers were in the jet training pipeline teaching initial jet flight instruction for many Skyhawk pilots.
VT-9 Tigers - 1961
Patch drawn by Bud Southworth
- No data to date
- Tiger Nine
- 1927: VT-9 commissioned as a torpedo squadron.
- 15 DEC 1961: VT-9 Commissioned at NAS Meridian.
- JUL 1987: dis-established.
- 1 OCT 1998: Re-established.
- 1961 - 199? - - McCain Field, Naval Air Station Meridian, Mississippi.
- Yxxxx: Training Wing One (TW1)
- 1961 - - NorthAmerican T-2A Buckeye.
- 1968 - - North American T-2B Buckeye.
- 1969 - - North American T-2C Buckeye.
- 200x: T-45C Goshawk.
- 20xx: Commander Garret Krause, USN>
- December 15, 1961:
Training Squadron NINE VT-9 established at Naval Auxillary Air Station Meridian, Mississippi, flying the North American T-2A Buckeye. VT-9 was staffed with personnel transfered from Training Squadron SEVEN.
- December 31, 1968:
Training Squadron NINE assigned the North American T-2B Buckeye.
- April 30, 1969:
Training Squadron NINE assigned the North American T-2C Buckeye.
- August 2, 1971:
Training Squadron NINE was split in half and a second squadron, Training Squadron 19 Attack Frogs, was established.
- March 1971:
The Navy switched training concept to parallel flow. VT-9 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 NINE was assigned the training concept of Basic and Advanced flight training.
Training Squadron NINE tasked with jet transition for Marine helicopter pilots.
Training Squadron NINE tasked with jet transition for Navy propeller pilots.
Training Squadron NINE tasked with jet transition for Spanish helicopter pilots.
Training Squadron NINE tasked with Grumman E-2 pilot training comprised of 68 training flights in the T-2C Buckeye.
- JUL 1987: VT-9 was disestablished and consolidated with VT-19.
- OCT 1998: VT-9 was reborn when VT-19 was re-designated VT-9.
Training Squadron NINE, still tasked with Grumman E-2/C-2 pilot training utilizing the Buckeye through 2003. Update (04/01/2002) provided by Jon Vanbragt, a pilot flying in VT-9.
- JUN 2004: VT-9 conducts last Student Naval Aviator flight in the T-2C Buckeye.
- 2005: CNO Safety "S" from CNATRA.
- Two SEC NAV Meritorious Unit Commendations
- Bud Southworth