VX-5

VX-5 (AIRTEVRON 5) VAMPIRES

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This Skyhawk Association VX-5 Vampires website page is posthumously dedicated to:

Lieutenant Bennett W. Hooks, United States Navy

Bennett Hooks attended the United States Naval Academy and was graduated with the 1946 Naval Academy class.

Following graduation he served aboard the USS Philippine Sea (CVA-47) as a division officer in the gunnery department for three years. During this period he acted for a short time as an Aide to Admiral Richard E. Byrd on an expedition to the Antartcic.

He was then assigned duty with Anti-Submarine Squadron 22 and later served on the staff of Commander Carrier Division Eighteen. During this assignment he served as an Aide to Admiral A. B. Vosseler and Admiral F. T. Ward.

Lt. Hooks next attended the United States Navy Postgraduate School at Monterey, California where he successfully completed the course of instruction in nuclear engineering in June 1955.

Lt. Hooks was assigned duties as a VX-5 Project Officer at Moffett Field and at China Lake.
According to the base newspaper (Rocketeer account of the accident) U.S. Navy Lieutenant Bennett W. Hooks died around noon Wednesday, 05 October 1956 when his A4D Skyhawk was destroyed in a crash five miles south of Inyokern. CA. According to Henry White (VX-5 Feb.1956 - Oct. 1957) it was determined that Lt, Hooks was trying to bring his A4D in on the deserted runway at Inyokern during an in-flight fire. It was also said that the papers for his advancement to Lt. Cdr. were on his desk unsigned. The whole Squadron attended the funeral and he was buried at the Military Cemetery in San Diego with full military honors.
Lt. Hooks was 33 years old and was survived by his wife, a son, a daughter and his mother.

 


Airtevron Five Patch
from Gary Verver

Airdevron Five Barracks
Photo from Ken Savage


Patch

  • In 1951 the original VX-5 squadron members sat down to design an emblem that would reflect their squadron's mission. They faced several problems: first, the design had to be within guidelines set by the Chief of Naval Operations, and the proposed emblem would have to be officially approved. Second, since the mission of VX-5 was to develop day and night, all-weather attack tactics, the task of designing a meaningful symbol to signify that broad a charter was not a simple one.
  •  The central symbol, the "Vampire" bat, was picked for its notorious night-flying abilities. The blue and gold background (as well as being Navy colors) represents the squadron's all-weather capabilities, with the sun and moon included to represent day and night capabilities. Lightning bolts from under the bat's wings depict VX-9's role in strike aviation. The burst at the bottom of the emblem represents a bomb burst and is normally depicted in red, gold and green. In 1994, the four stars were added in remembrance of the disestablishment of VX-4.
  • The squadron's emblem is used on everything from aircraft to stationery and can also be seen on the patches worn on jackets and flight gear by squadron personnel. The largest examples of the Vampires' emblem can be seen today on the east and west walls of VX-9's Hangar One at Armitage Field.


Handle

  • Vampires


Heritage

  • Air Development Squadron FIVE (VX-5), was commissioned on 18 June 1951 at NAS Moffett Field, California, with 15 officers, 100 enlisted men, and nine AD Skyraider aircraft. The Squadron, under the operational control of Commander, Operational Development Force, now Commander Operational Test and Evaluation Force (COMOPTEVFOR), was assigned to develop and evaluate aircraft tactics and techniques for delivery of airborne special weapons.
  • Over the years, VX-5 has maintained numerous detachments around the U.S. to take full advantage of the variety and diversity of facilities available, and to help keep the Squadron abreast of the latest fleet tactics. These detachments have included NAS Oceana, VA; Naval Weapons Evaluation Facility, Albuquerque, NM; NAS Whidbey Island, WA; and NAS Sanford, FL.
  • In July 1956 VX-5 moved to the Naval Air Facility, China Lake, CA, as an independent tenant command because of the availability of vastly improved ranges and instrumentation facilities. In January of 1985, the VX-5 Detachment at Whidbey Island, which oversaw developments relating to the EA-6B weapon system, was relocated to China Lake. Since then, temporary detachments have been made nationwide from Alaska to Florida, as required to test airborne weapons in a variety of conditions. To keep pace with the changes and improvements in Navy weapon systems since VX-5's commissioning, the Squadron's mission has evolved over the years to include independent operational test and evaluation of all air-dropped munitions destined for use in the attack role by the Fleet and Marine Corps; development of initial tactics to be employed with new weapon systems; and incorporation of electronic warfare advances into the self-defense capability of attack aircraft.
  • In June 1993, the CNO directed the consolidation of VX-4 and VX-5 into a single operational test and evaluation squadron designated as VX-9, with a permanent F-14 Detachment located at Point Mugu, CA. This initiative was launched as part of the "right-sizing" of our Naval Forces in the aftermath of the Cold War.


Home Ports

  • NAS Moffett Field, CA
  • NAF China Lake, CA


Air Wings

  • Unknown


Deployments

  • No info. to date

 


Aircraft

 

  • Date First Received: Type of Aircraft:
  • Before 1953: McDonnell F2H-2B Banshee
  • Before 1953: McDonnell F2H-3 Banshee
  • Before 1953: Grumman F9F-5 Panther
  • DEC 1952: Douglas F3D-2 (TF-10B) Skyknight
  • MAY 1953: Chance Vought F7U-3 Cutlass
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  • 195?: Douglas AD-4 Skyraider
  • DEC 1953: Douglas AD-6 (A-1H) Skyraider
  • Before 1954: Beechcraft SNB-2
  • Before 1954: Lockheed TV-2 (T2V-1) Sea Star
  • MAR 1954: Douglas AD-5N (A1G) Skyraider
  • Before 1955: Beechraft SNB-2C (UC-45J)
  • APR 1956: Grumman F9F-8/8B Cougar
  • MAY 1956: Douglas A3D-1 (A-3A) Skywarrior
  • 25 AUG 1956: Douglas A4D-1 (A-4A) Skyhawk*
  • SEP 1956: Douglas AD-7 (A-1J) Skyraider
  • MAY 1957: North American FJ-4B (AF-1E) Fury
  • 07 AUG 1957: Douglas A4D-2 (A-4B) Skyhawk*
  • FEB 1958: Douglas A3D-2 (A-3B)
  • AUG 1958: Beechcraft SNB-5
  • AUG 1959: Douglas AD-5W (EA-1E) Skyraider
  • SEP 1959: Grumman F9F-8T (TF-9J) Cougar
  • 31 DEC 1959: Douglas A4D-2N (A-4C) Skyhawk
  • 03 DEC 1962- Douglas A4D-5 (A-4E) Skyhawk *
  • APR 1963: Cessna O-1C Birddog
  • <19??: McDonnell F4H-1/F-4A
  • MAY 1963: McDonnell F-4B Phantom II
  • JAN 1964: North American T-28C Trojan
  • JAN 1965: Douglas AD-5 (A-1E) Skyraider
  • DEC 1966: Vought A-7A Corsair II
  • 17 MAY 1967: Douglas TA-4F Skyhawk
  • 01 JUN 1967: Douglas A-4F Skyhawk
  • JUN 1967: McDonnell F-4J Phantom II
  • 196?: Grumman TF-1/C-1A Trader
  • SEP 1967: Grumman US-2A Trader
  • SEP 1967: Grumman A-6A Intruder
  • SEP 1967: Grumman A-6B Intruder
  • APR 1968: Vought A-7B Corsair II
  • APR 1969: Vought A-7E Corsair II
  • 197?: Grumman F-14A/B/D Tomcat
  • 06 AUG 1971: Douglas A-4M Skyhawk
  • SEP 1971: Vought A-7C Corsair II
  • DEC 1971: Bell AH-1J Sea Cobra
  • DEC 1971: Brumman A-6E Intruder
  • MAR 1972: Grumman A-6C Intruder
  • DEC 1974: Grumman US-2B Tracker
  • JUN 1976: Grumman C-1A Trader
  • JUN 1978: Vought TA7C Corsair II
  • NOV 1978: Boeing AV-8C Harrier
  • JAN 1979: Bell AH-1T Sea Cobra
  • AUG 1979: Douglas OA-4M Skyhawk
  • JUN 1980: Bell Uh-1N Iroquis (Huey)
  • APR 1982: Boeing F/A-18A Hornet
  • SEP 1982: Boeing Vertol CH-46E Sea Knight
  • MAY 1982: Boeing TF/A-18A Hornet
  • AUG 1983: North Amercian AviationOV-10A
  • JUN 1983: Sirkorsky CH-53D Sea Stallion
  • AUG 1984: Boeing AV-8B Harrier
  • AUG 1986: North American Aviation OV-10D
  • MAR 1987: Bell AH-1W Sea Cobra
  • MAR 1988: Boeing F/A-18C Hornet
  • 25 AUG 1989: Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk
  • * November 30, 1962
    • A4D-1 designation was changed to A-4A
    • A4D-2 designation was changed to A-4B
    • A4D-2N designation was changed to A-4C
    • A4D-5 designation was changed to A-4E

    Commanding Officers
    • VX-5 Commanding Officers

    • June 1951 - June 1953-----------Cdr. T. J. Walker III
    • June 1953 - June 1954-----------Cdr. H. H. Epes Jr.
    • June 1954 - June 1955-----------Cdr. W. N. Leonard
    • June 1955 - June 1957-----------Capt. Fillmore. B. Gilkeson
    • June 1957 - June 1959-----------Capt. Richard A. Beveridge
    • June 1959 - September 1961------Capt. K. S. Van Meter
    • September 1961 - January 1963---Cdr. W. A. "Tank" Schroeder
    • January 1963 - February 1964----Cdr. H. N. O'Conner
    • February 1964 - May 1965--------Cdr. Jack M. Manherz
    • May 1965 - July 1965------------Cdr. Edward E. Riley
    • July 1965 - October 1966--------Cdr. Don Loranger
    • October 1966 - October 1968-----Capt. W. B. Muncie
    • October 1968 - October 1970-----Capt. Charles W. Fritz
    • October 1970 - August 1972------Capt. Carl "Tex" Birdwell, Jr.
    • August 1972 - June 1975---------Capt. Edwin M. Crowe
    • June 1975 - May 1977------------Capt. R. N. Livingston
    • May 1977 - January 1979---------Capt. Leonard E. Giuliani
    • January 1979 - March 1981-------Capt. Paul D. Stephenson
    • March 1981 - July 1983----------Capt. P. F. Hollandsworth
    • July 1983 - April 1985----------Capt. Roger P. Flower
    • April 1985 - August 1987--------Capt. A. M. Phillips
    • August 1987 - September 1989----Capt. E. Vanderpoel II
    • September 1989 - September 1991-Capt. R. A. Kellett, Jr.
    • September 1991 - July 1993------Capt. Garth A. Van Sickle
    • July 1993 - September 1994------Capt. Scott C. Ronnie

    • VX-9 - Commanding Officers

    • September 1994 - April 1995-----Capt. Scott C. Ronnie
    • April 1995 - April 1997---------Capt. Craig F. Weideman
    • April 1997 - August 1999--------Capt. John V. Stivers
    • August 1999 - August 2000-------Capt. Robert H. Rutherford
    • August 2000 - May 2003----------Capt. Perry D. Maxwell
    • May 2003 – March 2005-----------Capt. Wade C. Tallman
    • March 2005 ---------------------Capt. Bruce W. Fecht

    Events
    • October 10, 1956:
      Lt. Bennett V. Hooks project officer was killed instantly when his A4D-1 BuNo 139926 crashed five miles south of Inyokern at noon.
      U.S. Naval Ordnance Test Station The Rocketeer, October 12, 1956.
      Star News, Thursday, October 11, 1956.

    • DEC 1957:
      VX-5 Christmas Party, Clint Walker entertaining dependants, Armitage Field, hangar #1.
      Photo from C. Gilbert.

    • 1957 - 1958:
      VX-5 aircraft flown by VX-5 project pilot Commander Larry Cauble, USN:
      • Grumman F9F-8B Cougar (1957):
        • BuNo. 131075
        • BuNo. 131086
        • BuNo. 131089
        • BuNo. 141056
      • Lockheed TV-2 Sea Star:
        • BuNo. 131824
        • BuNo. 141545
      • North American FJ-4B Fury most of Commander Cauble's hours were in the Fury:
        • BuNo. 139549
        • BuNo. 139551
        • BuNo. 139554
        • BuNo. 139555
        • BuNo. 143493 (these latter two FJ-4Bs appeared in August 1958)
        • BuNo. 143494
      • Douglas AD-5N Skyraider:
        • BuNo. 132498
        • BuNo. 132598
      • Douglas A4D-2 Skyhawk:
        • BuNo. 142095
        • BuNo. 142121
        • BuNo. 142122
        • BuNo. 142417
        • BuNo. 142727 - during a May 26, 1958 Corpus Christi, TX air show, Commander Cauble ejected after a flameout.
        • BuNo. 142792
      • Douglas A3D-2 Skywarrior:
        • BuNo. 142250 - passenger time. After his May 26, 1958 ejection and at the insistence of a flight surgeon - Commander Cauble was flown back to China Lake on a stretcher placed on the A3D flight deck floor.
      • May 31, 1958
        A4D-2 BuNo 142727 was lost during an airshow at NAS Corpus Christi, TX. Lcdr Larry Cauble ejected and was recovered uninjured.
        The Bakersfield Califorian article

      • April 18, 1961
        VX-5 XD-3 - BuNo 145075
        VX-5 A4D a/c over Dallas, TX while enroute from NOTS to Cherry Point, LT Georges E. LeBlanc had a flame out, attempted two air starts and then had to bail, using RAPEC to exit.
        Rest of flight, LT Paul Weitz and LT Charles H. Brown, landed at NAS Dallas to report the incident. LeBlanc took a walk to a farm house, was transported to NAS Dallas.
        USNOTS The Rocketeer, Friday, April 21, 1961.


      • VX-5 pilots in front of XE-8.
        L-R CDR John K. Beling, Gene Arnold, Don Wegley, LCDR/CDR Larry Cauble Sr., CDR Dale Cox, LCDR/CDR Skeet Eaton, LCDR Gus Hopfinger, Bob Moore, (unidentified) and LCDR Calvin "Bob" Gilbert.

      • September 25, 1962:
        Cdr. Shelley B. Pittman, VX-5 Weapons Officer ejected safely from A4D-2N BuNo 145066, Mystify 2, after the fuselage fuel cell ruptured and the engine flamed out. The aircraft crashed about 1.5 miles south of the south shore of the Salton Sea and one mile east of U.S. 99. USCG UF-1G Albatross s/n 7226 supported the rescue as did VX-5 A4D-2N Skyhawk BuNo 145112, Mystify 8.
        AAR 25 September 1962.
        Pasadena, CA, The Pasadena Independent, Wednesday, 26 September 1962

      • October 14, 1965:

        VX-5 jet shop & VX-5 A-4C BuNo unknown, XE-11, 14 October 1965 from Rich Galope.
        L-R: Ray Averett, C. Osborne, Rich Galope (on ladder), Jim Armistad, J. Javdinski, V. Snyder, D. McCain, R. Aldaz & V. Mason.
        Rich Galope

      • February 9, 1970
        Maj. Jerry Hoblit, USAF, ejected safely before his A-4E BuNo 152015 was destroyed during a flight test of the "ZAP" missile over China Lake.

      • 02 APR 1970: Richards-Begaur USAF Base in MO.
        "China Lake TA-4F 153503 was on a cross country flight and on final to a Midwest USAF base when one of the Blivot doors came open, the Blivot collapsed and jammed the ailerons causing an unrecoverable low altitude roll (sounds a bit odd to me as I recall the tanks being under the flaps). The back-seater ejected horizontally and survived and the pilot LT Gerald L. Hall ejected into the ground.

        I'm told by the guys that were at China Lake in 1970 that the term referred to a 300 gal drop tank that had been "cleaned out" and had access panels cut into the sides and access doors installed. They were used as luggage etc. containers on RON flights. Also told that the use of Blivots was banned by the Navy after this accident. Not sure if Blivot was a local term or not." Gary Verver

      Awards
      • No info yet.

      Photographs


      Earliest:
      VX-5 pilots WILL test anything.
      Gary Verver Collection.

      Date unknonwn:
      VX-5 AD-7 SPAD XE-3 with the T-63 nuclear shape.
      Photos from C. Gilbert, Gary Verver Collection.

      Circa 1957:
      VX-5 A4D-1 Skyhawk BuNo 139925, XE-7, special weapons, next to VA-54 AD-7 Skyraider BuNo 142070, Armitage Field.
      VX-5 A4D-1 Skyhawk BuNo 139927, XE-9, T-63 Special weapons shape, Armitage Field.
      VX-5 A4D-1 Skyhawk BuNo 139929, XE-10, T-63 nuclear shape, next to a VX-5 Spad.
      Three photos of VX-5 A4D-1 Skyhawk BuNo 139929, XE-10, T-63 nuclear shape.
      Pic 1
      Pic 2
      Pic 3
      Two photos of VX-5 A4D-1 Skyhawk BuNo 139929, XE-10, taxing.
      Pic 1
      Pic 2
      Photos from C. Gilbert, Gary Verver Collection.

      DEC 1957:
      VX-5 A4D-1 Skyhawk BuNo 139927, XE-9, Santa Claus, Armitage Field.
      Pic 2
      Pic 3
      Photos from C. Gilbert, Gary Verver Collection.

      Circa 1958:
      BuNo 142095, XE-5, on the ramp.
      Photo from C. Gilbert, Gary Verver Collection.

      Circa 1963:
      VX-5 A-4E BuNo 149655, XE-21, circa 1963, unknown carrier.
      Photo from Ray Powell.

      Circa 1964:
      VX-5 A-4E BuNo 150080 XE-23, circa 1964, Shrike missile, unknown carrier.
      Pic 1
      Pic 2
      Photos from Ray Powell.

      Circa 1965:
      VX-5 A-4E BuNo 149659, XE-4, circa 1965.
      Photo from Ray Powell.

      Circa 1965:
      VX-5 A-4E BuNo 152015, XE-6, circa 1965. Ordnance from l-r is Fireye, Shrike, Sadeye, Walleye & can not really see #1, but it might be Rockeye.
      Photo from Ray Powell.

      Circa 1967:
      VX-5 A-4F BuNo 154179, XE-4, circa 1967.

      Pic 1
      Pic 2
      Pic 3
      Photos from Ray Powell.

      Circa 1980:
      Pic 1
      Pic 2
      Pic 3
      TA-4F Skyhawk BuNo 152848, TOMSFAC pod, F-GAS HARM, pilot unknown.
      Gary Verver Collection.

      Circa 1982:
      VX-5 A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 160245, XE-15, landing aboard either U.S.S. Midway (CVA-41) or U.S.S. Coral Sea (CVA-43) - probably Midway.
      Pic 1
      Pic 2
      Pic 3
      Pic 4
      Pic 5
      Pic 6
      Pic 7
      Pic 8
      Pic 9
      Pic 10
      Pic 11
      Courtesy of Phil Thompson.

      1958:
      VX-5 Skyhawk BuNo 142121, XE-23, refueling VX-5 BuNo 142095, XE-5, with a nuclear shape on the centerline.
      Official U.S. Navy photo from Larry Cauble. 1963:
      VX-5 AE-3 Paul Dros (ladder) and AT-3 Gil Aguilera (by cockpit) discussing a preflight problem on VX-5 A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 149659, XE-24.
      Photo from Paul Dros

      1962-1965:
      BuNo 149659, VX-5 XE-4, at China Lake.
      From Gary Verver.

      07 JUN 1963:
      NAF NA-4C Skyhawk BuNo 145063 and VX-5 Event 19 pilots LT Bob Boyd, LCDR Gary Palmer & USMC CAPT Ray Powell.
      Photo from Ray Powell

      1963:
      Swinging VX-5 A-4C Skyhawk BuNo 145068, XE-4, on the compass rose using a system designed by Paul Dros & Don Spruill.
      Photos are from Paul Dros, and see additonal details in the VX-5 Photo Page.

      1964:
      VX-5 F-4B Phantom II BuNo 150440, XE-13, sporting its new paint job and with nine ZUNI rocket pods. NAF A-4B Skyhawk BuNo 142892 at right.
      Photo from Paul Dros.

      Circa 1964:
      VX-5 A-4C BuNo 145068, XE-4, circa 1964.
      Top row: Terry Willmam; MAJ Paul "Tex" Montague; Vern Snyder; ?; ? & Ted Dugas
      Bottom row: ?; Phil Hooper; ? & ?.
      Photo from Phil Hooper

      VX-5 TA-4J 152862 VX-5 AMS-3 Kenneth Gardner takes the oath of enlistment from LT M. C. Lansford at 20,000 feet in TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 152862, XE-12, China Lake, 10 December 1971. Rocketeer photo.

      28 FEB 1964:
      VX-5 A-4C BuNo 145064
      , in the background as VX-5 Drill Team led by Jesus C. Lujan, YN2 (far right) makes their debut at the VX-5 Navy Day Open House.
      Rocketeer photo.

      19 NOV 1959:
      VX-5 A4D-2 Skyhawk BuNo 142122
      , XE-6, MCBR and Mk-82 bombs.
      Official U.S. Navy photo courtesy of LtGEN Fitch.

      01 OCT 1986:
      VX-5 Vampires TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 152853
      , on display at an open house at Abbotsford.
      copyright Werner Munzenmaier.

      MAY 1965:
      VX-5 Vampires A-4C BuNo 148585
      , XE-12, aircraft & people involved in the Snakeye Weapon System.
      Rocketeer.
      China Lake A-4B BuNo 142892 (left) and VX-5 A-4C BuNo 148585, XE-12. From the May 1965 Rocketeer “Aircraft & people involved in the Snakeye Weapon System. Supporting Program Manager Roy Compton (right front) and Tony Simshauser, Project Manager (front left), engineers, technicians, ordies, technical assistants and secretaries, loading and scheduling groups, B-1 range crew, engineering drawings, packaging, inspection, supply, NAF & VX-5 pilots and plane crewman.

      1975:
      VX- 5 A-4M BuNo 158170, XE-15, 1975.
      Photographer unknown from Verver collection.

      APR 1977:
      VX-5 Vampires A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 159485
      , XE-13, on the ramp with a wing tanks and empty MER's on #1 and #5, location unknown.
      Photo from Paul Minert Collection, courtesy A. Romano see navarchives.com.

      Date unknown:
      VX-5 A-4M BuNo 160245, XE-14 at China Lake.
      Bob Niedermeier

      DEC 1959:
      VX-5 A4D-2 BuNo 142122, XE-6, MCBR demo December 1959. Probably taken at Yuma. Photo is courtesy of Ray Powell.

      Circa 1963:
      VX-5 A-4C BuNo 148565, XE-8, circa 1963. VX-5 A-1H BuNo 139731, XE-14 in the foreground.
      Photo is courtesy of Ray Powell.

      MAY 1964:
      VX-5 Vampires A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 149657
      , XE-22, with Shrike missiles on #1 & #5, ZUNI FFAR pods on # 2 & #4 and an MBER with Snakeyes on the centerline, Edwards AFB.
      Photo courtesy A. Romano www.navarchives.com.

      circa 1967:
      VX-5 Vampires A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 150080, XE-3
      , XE-3, with TER's and practice bombs in formation with VX-5 A-7A Corsair II BuNo 152674, XE-10, with MER's and Snakeyes.
      Photo from Paul Minert Collection, courtesy A. Romano www.navarchives.com.

      JUN 1973:
      VX-5 Vampires A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 158170
      , XE-15, unknown location with Mk-81 bombs. P/C is ATAN Lucas.
      Photo by Harry Tyrpak, Paul Minert Collection, courtesy A. Romano - see navarchives.com.

      1972:
      VX-5 Vampires TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 152862
      , XE-12, on the ramp in a brown/green/tan camouflage scheme, NAS North Island.
      Photo from Doug Siegfried Tailhook Association collection courtesy A. Romano www.navarchives.com.

      15 JAN 1972:
      VX-5 Vampires TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 152862
      , XE-12, on the ramp in a brown/green/tan camouflage scheme, NAS Jacksonville.
      Photo by Ron McNeil, Paul Minert Collection, courtesy A. Romano www.navarchives.com.

      21 JAN 1972:
      VX-5 Vampires TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 152862
      , XE-12, on the ramp in a brown/green/tan camouflage scheme, Andrews AFB.
      Photo by Frank McSorley, Stephen Miller Collection, courtesy A. Romano www.navarchives.com.

      03 DEC 1972:
      VX-5 Vampires TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 152862
      , XE-12, on the ramp in a brown/green/tan camouflage scheme, Andrews AFB.
      Photo by J. Handelman, Stephen Miller collection, courtesy A. Romano www.navarchives.com.

      JUN 1973:
      VX-5 Vampires A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 158170
      , XE-15, on the ramp, unknown location. P/C is ATAN Lucas.
      Photo from Paul Minert Collection, courtesy A. Romano www.navarchives.com.

      18 MAY 1969:
      VX-5 Vampires A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 152015
      , XE-6, tail close-up, Edwards AFB.
      Photo from Clay Jansson Collection, courtesy A. Romano www.navarchives.com.

      MAY 1964:
      VX-5 Vampires A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 149657
      , XE-22, with Shrike missiles on the #1 & #5, ZUNI FFAR pods on # 2 & #4 and an MBER with Snakeyes on the centerline, Edwards AFB.
      Clay Jansson, courtesy A. Romano www.navarchives.com.

      MAY 1964:
      VX-5 Vampires A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 149657
      , XE-22, with Shrike missiles on the #1 & #5, ZUNI FFAR pods on # 2 & #4 and an MBER with Snakeyes on the centerline, Edwards AFB.
      Clay Jansson, courtesy A. Romano www.navarchives.com.

      03 DEC 1959:
      VX-5 Vampires A4D-2 Skyhawk BuNo 142122
      , XE-6, original MCBR and Mk-81 bombs, MCAS Yuma.
      Photo by William Swisher courtesy of A. Romano www.navarchives.com.

      ca 1960-1962:
      VX-5 Vampires A4D-2 Skyhawk BuNo 145041
      , XE-5 in-flight with A4D-2 BuNo 142122 with a locally applied brown camouflage scheme, circa 1960-1962.
      Official U.S. Navy photo, Paul Minert Collection, courtesy A. Romano www.navarchives.com.

      30 JUL 1971:
      A J-52 jet engine is reinstalled in VX-5 Vampires A-4F Skyhawk
      (154177 or 154179) during a 5 day training program for Sea Cadets, China Lake.
      Rocketeer photo.

      25 JAN 1968:
      VX-5 Vampires A-4C Skyhawk BuNo 145127, XE-9
      , refueling a NAF China Lake F-8 Crusader.
      Rocketeer photo.

      03 MAR 1961:
      Posing in front of an unknown VX-5 Vampires Skyhawk
      ... Cdr. Robert E. Kuntz (l) hands his aircraft fire control grip handle to LCdr Boyd Muncie who takes over as the VX-5 Vampires Project Director. Cdr. Kuntz will assume command of VF-21, NAS Alameda.
      Rocketeer photo.

      23 AUG 1985:
      VX-5 Vampires AT-1 Doug Cross re-enacts his reenlistment in the cockpit of VX-5 TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 152862
      , XE-12, with LCDR Len Fox as the photographer refused to be an in-flight wing-walker, Armitage Field, China Lake.
      Rocketeer photo.

      MAY 1970:
      BuNo 152015 of VX-5.
      Source - Hansen? From Gary Verver Collection.

      Circa 1986:
      VX-5 TA-4F/J BuNo 152853, XE-11 at China Lake.
      Probably official U.S. Navy, from Gary Verver.

      Circa 1986:
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      VX-5 BuNo 154332 at China Lake.
      Probably U.S. Navy photo, from Gary Verver.

      JUN 1976:
      right side view of VX-5 Vampires A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 159471
      , XE-15, on the ramp next to a F-101 Voodoo.
      Photographer unknown.

      14 SEP 1979:
      Carl Burkey inspects Angle Rate Bombing System (ARBS) equipment in the nose of VX-5 Vampires A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 159485
      , XE-13, prior to a test, China Lake.
      Rocketeer photo by Ron Allen.

      1989:
      VX-5 A-4M BuNo160245, XE-14.
      Photographer unknown from Gary Verver Collection.

      1996:
      VX-5 A-4M BuNo 160264, XE-15, at George AFB.
      Photographer unknown from Verver Collection.


      Sources
      • Lawrence Cauble
      • Ken Savage
      • Gary Verver

      A-4 Skyhawk aircraft assigned to this unit:

      • Douglas YA4D-1 (A-4A) Skyhawk
        • 137829 C/N 11299
          • 12 Apr 1960 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA
          • 12 Apr 1963 - Storage - NAF Litchfield Park, AZ

      • Douglas A4D-1 (A-4A) Skyhawk
        • 139925 C/N 11290 (XE-7)
          • 25 Aug 1956 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA
          • 19 Mar 1958 - FASron-8 - NAS Alameda, CA
        • 139926 C/N 11291 (XE-8)
          • 25 Aug 1956 - VX-5 - NAS China Lake, CA
          • 31 Oct 1956 - Stricken – 1KA1
        • 139927 C/N 11292 (XE-9)
          • 12 Sep 1956 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA
          • 19 Mar 1958 - FASron-8 - NAS Alameda, CA
        • 139929 C/N 11294 (XE-10)
          • 12 Sep 1956 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA
          • 25 Mar 1958 - FASron-8 - NAS Alameda, CA
        • 139955 C/N 11320
          • 11 Jan 1957 - VX-5 - NAS China Lake, CA
          • 08 Apr 1958 - FASron 8 - NAS Alameda, CA

      • Douglas A4D-2 (A-4B) Skyhawk
        • 142095 c/n 11349 (XE-5, XE-9)
          • 13 Nov 1957 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA
          • 18 Mar 1960 - VA-113 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 142103 c/n 11357
          • 14 Aug 1957 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA
          • 22 Apr 1958 - H&MS-14 -- MCAS Edenton, NC
        • 142104 c/n 11358
          • 07 Aug 1957 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA
          • 12 Apr 1958 - H&MS-14 -- MCAS Edenton, NC
        • 142121 c/n 11375 (XE-23, XE-7)
          • 11 Dec 1957 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA
          • 15 Mar 1960 - NAS - NAS Alameda, CA
        • 142122 c/n 11376 (XE-6)
          • 10 Dec 1957 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA
          • 16 Dec 1963 - NART - NAS New Orleans, LA
        • 142417 C/N 11602 (XE-10, XF-41)
          • 05 Sep 1958 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA
          • 12 Aug 1959 - VX-4 - NAS Point Mugu, CA
        • 142727 c/n 11789
          • 08 Apr 1958 - VX-5 - NAS China Lake, CA
          • 31 May 1958 - Stricken : 1AA1
        • 142792 c/n 11854 (XE-8)
          • 09 Jun 1958 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA
          • 12 Jan 1960 - VA-112 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 142796 c/n 11858
          • 22 Oct 1962 - VX-5 - NAS China Lake, CA
          • 08 Jul 1963 - NART - NAS Los Alamitos, CA
        • 142851 c/n 11913
          • 10 Aug 1963 - VX-5 - NAS China Lake, CA
          • 23 Aug 1963 - Storage - NAF Litchfield Park, AZ
        • 142922 c/n 11984
          • 30 May 1962 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA
          • 28 Dec 1962 - NAS - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 145041 C/N 12287 (XE-5, XE-10)
          • 14 Jul 1959 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA
          • 28 Dec 1962 - NAS - NAS Lemoore, CA

      • Douglas A4D-2N (A-4C) Skyhawk
        • 145064 c/n 12310 (XE-1)
          • 31 Dec 1959 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA
          • 01 Jul 1967 - VA-195 -- USS Ticonderoga
        • 145066 c/n 12312 (XE-2)
          • 31 Dec 1959 - VX-5 - NAS China Lake, CA
          • 30 Sep 1962 - Stricken : 1AA2
        • 145068 c/n 12314 (XE-4)
          • 04 Jan 1960 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA
          • 28 Dec 1966 - NARTU - NAS Alameda, CA

          • 08 Jan 1967 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA
          • 13 Jun 1967 - VA-125 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 145075 c/n 12321 (XE-3)
          • 03 Feb 1960 - VX-5 - NAS China Lake, CA
          • 18 Apr 1961 - Stricken : 1NA2
        • 145112 c/n 12358 (XE-8, XE-12)
          • 08 Mar 1961 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA
          • 28 Jun 1967 - VA-195 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 145127 c/n 12373
          • 09 Apr 1962 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA
          • 22 Dec 1969 - NAS - NAS Los Alamitos, CA
        • 145139 c/n 12385 (XE-11)
          • 21 Jun 1962 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA
          • 22 Jun 1965 - VC-5 - NAS Atsugi, Japan

          • 19 Jul 1965 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA
          • 01 Jun 1967 - VA-125 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 147779 C/N 12543
          • 09 Nov 1968 - VX-5 TOC - NAF China Lake, CA
          • 07 Dec 1968 - VA-112 - USS Ticonderoga
        • 148490 C/N 12683
          • 30 Oct 1968 - VX-5 - NAF China lake, CA
          • 06 Dec 1968 - VA-112 - USS Ticonderoga
        • 148565 C/N 12758 (XE-8)
          • 20 Feb 1962 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA
          • 01 Jul 1965 - VA-22 - USS Midway

          • 19 Jul 1965 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA
          • 28 Feb 1968 - VA-125 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 148585 C/N 12778 (XE-12)
          • 23 Aug 1962 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA
          • 17 Dec 1964 - VA-22 - NAS Lemoore, CA

      • Douglas A4D-5 (A-4E) Skyhawk
        • 149655 c/n 12980 (XE-5, XE-21)
          • 03 Dec 1962 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA
          • 20 Jan 1965 - VA-212 - USS Hancock

          • 28 Feb 1965 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA
          • 07 Jan 1971 - RDT&E - NAF China Lake, CA
        • 149657 c/n 12982 (XE-2, XE-22)
          • 30 Dec 1962 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA
          • 08 Nov 1967 - VA-125 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 149658 c/n 12983 (XE-00, XE-23)
          • 03 Dec 1962 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA
          • 23 Jul 1964 - VA-212 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 149659 c/n 12984 (XE-4, XE-24)
          • 03 Dec 1962 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA
          • 30 Jun 1965 - VA-212 - NAS Fallon, NV
        • 150023 c/n 13076
          • 26 Mar 1970 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA
          • 21 Apr 1971 - NAVTESTPILOTSCH - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 150039 c/n 13092
          • 13 Sep 1967 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake
          • 25 Sep 1967 - VA-93 - USS Bon Homme Richard
      • Douglas A4D-5 (A-4E) Skyhawk (Continued)
        • 150080 c/n 13133
          • 13 Jan 1964 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA
          • 01 Jun 1967 - VA-125 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 151120 c/n 13290
          • 23 Jul 1964 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA
          • 25 Jun 1965 - VA-212 - USS Hancock
        • 151163 c/n 13333
          • 01 Jul 1969 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA
          • 15 Aug 1969 - RDT&E - NAS Point Mugu, CA
        • 151987 C/N 13375
          • 18 Jun 1965 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA
          • 03 Jul 1967 - VA-144 - USS Kitty Hawk
        • 151988 c/n 13376 (XE-5)
          • 22 Jan 1965 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA
          • 29 Feb 1968 - VA-164 - USS Hancock
        • 151990 c/n 13378 (XE-5)
          • 26 Feb 1970 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA
          • 22 Apr 1971 - Nav Tst Plt Sch - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 152015 c/n 13403 (XE-6)
          • 18 Jun 1965 - VX-5 - NAS China Lake, CA
          • 09 Feb 1970 - Stricken - 1S
        • 152072 c/n 13460
          • 21 Nov 1970 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA
          • 08 Dec 1970 - RDT&E - NAF China Lake, CA

          • 16 Feb 1971 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA
          • 21 Apr 1971 - RDT&E - NAF China Lake, CA
        • 152080 c/n 13468
          • 04 Sep 1969 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA
          • 10 Oct 1969 - VA-216 - USS Forrestal

      • Douglas A-4F Skyhawk
        • 154177 c/n 13634 (XE-3)
          • 01 Jun 1967 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA
          • 02 Oct 1973 - NPRO - Long Beach, CA
        • 154179 c/n 13636 (XE-4, XE-14)
          • 15 Jun 1967 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA
          • 19 Jun 1973 - VMA-214 - MCAS El Toro, CA
        • 154200 c/n 13657 (ND-511 with VA-55)
          • 04 May 1970 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA
          • 04 May 1970 - VA-55 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 154294 c/n 13682 (XE-16)
          • 14 Apr 1978 - H&MS-31 - Convert to OA-4M
          • 10 Aug 1979 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA
          • 08 Dec 1980 - H&MS-32 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
        • 155025 c/n 13841
          • 13 Feb 1974 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA
          • 16 Aug 1974 - VA-164 - NAS Lemoore, CA

      • Douglas TA-4F Skyhawk
        • 152853 C/N 13499 (XE-11, XE-13)
          • 29 Aug 1984 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA
          • 25 Feb 1992 - NASC FSO, MASDC - DM AFB, Tucson, AZ
        • 152862 C/N 13508 (XE-12)
          • 01 Jun 1967 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA
          • 13 Apr 1990 - VC-1 - NAS Barbers Point, HI
        • 153486 c/n 13552
          • 17 May 1967 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA
          • 01 Jun 1967 - VA-125 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 153500 c/n 13566
          • 26 Jun 1968 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA
          • 29 Jun 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX

      • Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk
        • 158477 c/n 14282
          • 25 Aug 1989 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA
          • 12 Jun 1991 - NADEP - MCAS Cherry Point, NC

      • Douglas A-4M Skyhawk
        • 158169 c/n 14206
          • 20 Sep 1983 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA
          • 04 Apr 1984 - NWC - NWC China Lake, CA
        • 158170 c/n 14207 (XE-15)
          • 06 Aug 1971 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA
          • 21 Nov 1974 - VMAT-102 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
        • 158180 c/n 14217
          • 14 Apr 1984 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA
          • 11 Mar 1985 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD

          • 08 Aug 1986 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA
          • 27 Feb 1989 - NATC Strike Test - NAS Patuxent River, MD
        • 158417 c/n 14239 (XE-14)
          • 18 Jul 1973 - VX-5 - NAF China lake, CA
          • 03 Sep 1976 - VMA-211 - MCAS El Toro, CA
        • 158425 c/n 14247
          • 14 May 1987 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA
          • 02 Oct 1987 - NWC - NAF China Lake, CA
        • 158426 c/n 14248 (XE-14)
          • 22 Jul 1976 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA
          • 13 May 1978 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD

          • 21 Jul 1978 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA
          • 11 Sep 1985 - VMA-211 - MCAS El Toro, CA
        • 158432 c/n 14254
          • 20 Jun 1973 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA
          • 06 Jul 1973 - VMA-214 -- MCAS El Toro, CA
        • 159471 c/n 14412 (XE-14)
          • 29 May 1975 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA
          • 01 Feb 1976 - VMA-223 MCAS Yuma, AZ

          • 19 May 1976 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA
          • 01 Jul 1982 - VMA-311 - NAS Fallon, NV
        • 159485 c/n 14426 (XE-13)
          • 21 Oct 1976 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA
          • 18 Jan 1977 - NWC - NWC China Lake, CA

          • 11 Jul 1977 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA
          • 28 Sep 1977 - NATC RDT&E - NAS Patuxent River, MD

          • 21 Sep 1978 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA
          • 13 Jun 1980 - NWC - NWC China Lake, CA
        • 160245 c/n 14588 (XE-16)
          • 16 Mar 1982 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, Ca
          • 25 Aug 1982 - NWC - NWC China Lake, CA

          • 21 Oct 1985 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA
          • 06 Jun 1989 - NASC FSO, MASDC - DM AFB, Tucson, AZ
        • 160264 c/n 14607 (XE-15)
          • 20 Oct 1981 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA
          • 28 Feb 1983 - NWC - NWC China Lake, CA

          • 31 Jul 1985 - VX-5 - NAF China Lake, CA
          • 17 Aug 1987 - NWC - NWC China Lake, CA

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