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Salvage Sailor

Here's an interesting one that requires more research

 

VC-12 Dragons, Fleet Composite Squadron One Two. They're usually knows as the Omars (A4 Skyhawks http://a4skyhawk.info/article-unit/vc12), but at one time they were the Dragons.

 

Anyone know when this was during their service history? The VP Navy site does list them as the Dragons, but gives no other detail as to when they were Drag-ons (towing targets) and when they became the Omars, either before or after their conversion to the first USNR Composite squadron. At one time they were also converted to a Carrier Early Warning squadron as noted on the VP site, then back to a composite squadron.

VC 12 DRAGONS 001.jpg

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This is their typical flying carpet patch we're more familiar with.....

 

VC-12 FLYING OMARS Fleet Composite Squadron One Two, Ace Novelty 1981

VC 12 Flying Omars Ace Novelty 1981 001.jpg

VC 12 Flying Omars Ace Novelty 1981 002.jpg

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Here's an interesting one that requires more research

 

VC-12 Dragons, Fleet Composite Squadron One Two. They're usually knows as the Omars (A4 Skyhawks http://a4skyhawk.info/article-unit/vc12), but at one time they were the Dragons.

 

Anyone know when this was during their service history? The VP Navy site does list them as the Dragons, but gives no other detail as to when they were Drag-ons (towing targets) and when they became the Omars, either before or after their conversion to the first USNR Composite squadron. At one time they were also converted to a Carrier Early Warning squadron as noted on the VP site, then back to a composite squadron.

I wonder if it has something to do with their Adversary period? Looks their is a tail code, ‘JY’.

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Got the answer from a member on the 'Can You ID' board as to the year but still not specific on the Squadron nickname Dragons.....

 

QED4, on 16 Jan 2018 - 06:16 AM, said:snapback.png

The bird (Loon) shown on the patch is from the comic strip Shoe which began in 1977.

Bingo! It was so familiar but I couldn't place it (even though I've read the strip now and then in years past) Although I can't find an example, It also explains the monogram initials on the Loon as depicted on the VC-12 patch. From the final appearance of The Loon.....

Loon has been a beloved character in this strip since it began in 1977, right up until today, when he was abruptly and violently eaten by a shark. We can still see the lower half of his mangled body in the final panel, though that too will presumably soon vanish to the shark’s gullet.
RIP
LOON
1977-2015

 

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Great looking patch.

 

I was at Oceana from 1982-2001 and VC-12 was in the next door hangar. I always knew them as the Omars. VC-12 did a bunch of target banner towing duties for the fleet F-4 and F-14 squadrons at Oceana. I would think this patch is probably a local UN-official patch that was made to poke fun at the unglamorous and thankless job of a target tug. The "JY" tail-code is VC-12s tail code prior to being assigned to Reserve Air Wing 20.

 

Chris

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Got the answer from a member on the 'Can You ID' board as to the year but still not specific on the Squadron nickname Dragons.....

 

QED4, on 16 Jan 2018 - 06:16 AM, said:snapback.png

 

 

Bingo! It was so familiar but I couldn't place it (even though I've read the strip now and then in years past) Although I can't find an example, It also explains the monogram initials on the Loon as depicted on the VC-12 patch. From the final appearance of The Loon.....

 

Loon has been a beloved character in this strip since it began in 1977, right up until today, when he was abruptly and violently eaten by a shark. We can still see the lower half of his mangled body in the final panel, though that too will presumably soon vanish to the shark’s gullet.

 

 

 

RIP

LOON

1977-2015

I use to read that strip as well and it didnt click. Great ID Chris

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VR-62 NOMADS, Fleet Logistics Support Squadron SIX TWO (FLELOGSUPPRON SIX TWO) USNR

 

Now called the NOR'EASTERS, this is the 1980's patch when they were stationed at NAF DETROIT flying the McDonnell Douglas C-9B Skytrain II

VR 62 Nomads USNR 001.jpg

VR 62 Nomads USNR 002.jpg

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