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VX-4 The Evaluators - Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Four, (AIRTEVRON FOUR) Established in 1952 and based at Naval Air Station Point Mugu, California. Their tail code was XF, and they flew the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom, Grumman F-14 Tomcat and the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet until their disestablishment in 1994.

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VS-21 Fighting Redtails aboard the USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV-67). US Navy Bicentennial Med Cruise 1975-1976

 

First Fleet Vikings - VS-21 holds the distinction as first Viking squadron to participate in a major carrier deployment, with the USS John F Kennedy in 1975.

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Here is a nice VFA-11 Arnold patch in desert tan on Velcro, and a VT-7 velcro patch.

 

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A small hat sized VQ-2 patch.

 

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A beautifully used VF-171 patch!! I was really happy to get this one. These guys were on NAS Oceana from 1977-1984 and they were the F-4 Phantom training squadron. I remember the Phantom at Oceana when I was there working on Intruders. Always wanted one of these on Velcro and felt really fortunate to get this one. Thanks for looking.

 

 

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VF-124 Stingarees was aboard USS Hancock, part of CVG-12, Far Eastern Cruise, 1955-56, flying the Vought Cutlass F7U-3.

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AIRASRON FORTY ONE (VS-41) SHAMROCKS - An ASW training squadron for crews of anti-submarine aircraft established on 30 June 1960 as an anti-submarine squadron. The squadron was nicknamed the Shamrocks and based at the Naval Air Station North Island, California



VS-41 was originally activated in 1960 to train the crews of Grumman S-2 Tracker anti-submarine aircraft for the United States Navy. Two squadrons equipped with the Tracker were based each on the anti-submarine carriers (CVS) of the Essex-class to counter the threat of the large Soviet submarine fleet. In the mid-1970 both the CVS-carriers and the S-2 Tracker were phased out.



First patch (1960's) as a training squadron (note the lamp), and the more familiar SHAMROCKS patch.


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AIRASRON FORTY ONE (VS-41) SHAMROCKS - Ace Novelty. The squadron was nicknamed the Shamrocks and based at the Naval Air Station North Island, California

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VAK-208 JOCKEYS - USNR - When the Naval Air Reserve was reorganized in 1970 Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 208 was established on July 31 at NAS Alameda, California, as part of Carrier Air Wing Twenty. Equipped with KA-3Bs to support CVWR-20 operations, VAQ-208 also began providing air refueling and pathfinding for Navy and Marine tactical aircraft being ferried to Southeast Asia.

During the 1971 India-Pakistan conflict and the 1973 Yom Kippur War, VAQ-208 jointly with VAQ-308 provided crews and aircraft to support emergency deployments of U.S. Naval aircraft. During the seventies, the squadron also provided tanking platforms for test and development of the Lockheed S-3A Viking and Grumman F-14A Tomcat.
On 1 October 1979, in recognition of its primary use as a refueling and pathfinding unit, the squadron was redesignated VAK-208. They were disestablished 30 September 1989.

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VA 35, This is the second design and one of the longest tenured squadron designs in the USN, this is I believe from the 50's not sure on what exact year. The ATTACK RON (rather than ATKRON) is the tell for time. Also came with a TF77 ATTACK RON 35 patch. The larger patch is about 5.5 inches high

 

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Nice beautiful VA-35 patches!!

 

I was in VA-35 when the squadron decommissioned, I was also the last CPO to be promoted in the Squadron.

 

Chris

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