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VA-66 WALDOS and WALDOMEN

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Fighting Rooster - 1955
Provided by Ray J. Dermody

Patch
  • There is no description or photograph available of the squadron's first patch.
  • "The Fighting Rooster" patch was approved for VF-81, January 25, 1955. This patch, a rooster toting a machine gun, became a well-known design during the next three decades. "The Fighting Rooster" continued in use following the squadron's redesignation to VA-66, July 1, 1955.

Handle
  • Waldomen, 1950 to early 1960s.

  • Waldos, early 1960s to 1987.

Heritage
  • February 1, 1951, Reserve Fighter Squadron SIX-SEVENTY-ONE (VF-671) called to active duty.

  • February 4, 1953, VF-671 redesignated Fighter Squadron EIGHTY-ONE (VF-81).

  • July 1, 1955, VF-81 redesignated Attack Squadron SIXTY-SIX (VA-66).

  • VA-66 disestablished October 1, 1986.

  • VA-66 detachment continued until March 31, 1987

Home Ports
  • Date - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Location:
  • April 5, 1951- - - - - - - - Naval Air Station Jacksonville
  • February 1, 1951 - - - - - - Naval Air Station Atlanta
  • September 28, 1951 - - - - - Naval Air Station Quonset
  • June 11, 1952- - - - - - - - Naval Air Station Oceana
  • March 15, 1965 - - - - - - - Naval Air Station Cecil Field

Air Wings
  • Date - - - - - - - - - - - - Tail code - - - - - - - Air Wing
  • April 9, 1951 - - - - - - E - - - CVG-8
  • July 1, 1955- - - - - - - C - - - CVG-6
  • November 1955 - - - - - - K - - - CVG-3
  • August 1956 - - - - - C/AF/AE†- - CVG-6/CVW-6*
  • October 6, 1967- - - - - AG - - - CVW-7
  • January 1968 - - - - - - AK - - - CVW-10
  • June 2, 1969 - - - - - - AA - - - CVW-17
  • July 9, 1970- - - - - - - - - - - COMLATWING-1
  • 1971 - - - - - - - - - - AG - - - CVW-7
  • October 1, 1986‡- - - - - - - - - CVW-3
  • * CVG-6 was redesignated CVW-6 when all Carrier Air Group (CVG) designations were redesignated Carrier Air Wings (CVW) on 20 December 1963.
  • † CVG-6's tail code was changed from C to AF in 1957. The effective date was most likely the beginning of FY 58 (1 July 1957). Sometime in the latter part of 1962 CVG-6's tail code was changed from AF to AE.
  • ‡ VA-66 deployed with CVW-3 in John F. Kennedy CV 67, in August 1986. Administratively, it continued to be assigned to CVW-7 until its official disestablishment on 1 October 1986. After that date, the same organization continued to operate as a detachment assigned to CVW-3 until the deployment ended in March 1987.

Deployments
  • Departure & Return - - - - - - - - Air Wing - Carrier - Aircraft - - Area of Operations:
  • 11-28-51 to 06-11-52 - CVG-8 - CV 40- - F4U-4 - Mediterranean
  • 04-26-53 to 10-21-53 - CVG-8 - CVA 43 - F9F-5 - Mediterranean
  • 11-04-55 to 08-02-56 - CVG-3 - CVA 14 - F7U-3 - Mediterranean
  • 09-03-57 to 10-22-57 - CVG-6 - CVA 11 - F9F-8B - NorLant
  • 02-13-59 to 08-30-59 - CVG-6 - CVA 11 - A4D-2 - Mediterranean
  • 08-04-60 to 02-17-61 - CVG-6 - CVA 11 - A4D-2 - Mediterranean
  • 08-03-61 to 03-01-62 - CVG-6 - CVA 11 - A4D-2N - Mediterranean
  • 08-03-62 to 10-11-62 - CVG-6 - CVAN 65 - A4D-2N - Mediterranean
  • 02-06-63 to 09-04-63 - CVG-6 - CVAN 65 - A-4C - Mediterranean
  • 02-08-64 to 10-03-64 - CVW-6 - CVAN 65 - A-4C - Med/World Cruise
  • 11-30-65 to 07-10-66 - CVW-6 - CVA 66 - A-4C - Mediterranean
  • 01-10-67 to 09-20-67 - CVW-6 - CVA 66 - A-4C - Mediterranean
  • 06-04-68 to 02-08-69 - CVW10 - CVS 11 - A-4C - WestPac/Vietnam
  • 12-02-69 to 07-08-70 - CVW17 - CVA 59 - A-4C - Mediterranean
  • 09-16-71 to 03-16-72 - CVW-7 - CVA 62 - A-7E - NorLant/Med
  • 06-21-73 to 01-19-74 - CVW-7 - CV 62 -- A-7E - Mediterranean
  • 07-19-74 to 01-21-75 - CVW-7 - CV 62 -- A-7E - Mediterranean
  • 10-15-75 to 05-05-76 - CVW-7 - CV 62 -- A-7E - NorLant/Med
  • 03-31-77 to 10-21-77 - CVW-7 - CV 62 -- A-7E - Mediterranean
  • 01-16-79 to 07-13-79 - CVW-7 - CVN 69 - A-7E - Mediterranean
  • 04-15-80 to 12-22-80 - CVW-7 - CVN 69 - A-7E - IO
  • 08-20-81 to 10-07-81 - CVW-7 - CVN 69 - A-7E - NorLant
  • 01-05-82 to 07-13-82 - CVW-7 - CVN 69 - A-7E - Mediterranean
  • 04-27-83 to 12-02-83 - CVW-7 - CVN 69 - A-7E - Mediterranean
  • 05-08-84 to 06-20-84 - CVW-7 - CVN 69 - A-7E - Carib/NorLant
  • 10-10-84 to 05-08-85 - CVW-7 - CVN 69 - A-7E - Mediterranean
  • 07-08-85 to 08-22-85 - CVW-7 - CVN 69 - A-7E - Carib
  • 08-18-86 to 03-02-87 - CVW-3 - CV 67 -- A-7E - Mediterranean


Aircraft
Commanding Officers
  • February 1951 - - - - - CDR H. K. Pryce
  • September 1952- - - - - CDR J. M. James
  • October 1953- - - - - - CDR Herman J. Harders
  • June 1955 - - - - - - - CDR W. Manby, Jr.
  • August 1955 - - - - - - CDR Uncas L. Fretwell
  • September 1956- - - - - CDR Robert J. Selmer
  • December 1957 - - - - - CDR W. J. McNeil, Jr.
  • May 1959- - - - - - - - CDR D. V. Marshall, Jr. (acting)
  • June 1959 - - - - - - - CDR E. C. Griffin
  • July 1960 - - - - - - - CDR R. I. Kasten
  • May 1961- - - - - - - - CDR J. S. Herman
  • May 1962- - - - - - - - CDR J. M. Tierney
  • May 1963- - - - - - - - CDR R. E. Spruit
  • May 1964- - - - - - - - CDR D. L. Hancock
  • April 1965- - - - - - - CDR W. B. Bagwell
  • June 1966 - - - - - - - CDR L. Wayne Smith
  • June 1967 - - - - - - - CDR E. M. Crow
  • May 1968- - - - - - - - CDR W. E. Ramsey
  • February 1969 - - - - - CDR A. J. Karpaitis
  • January 1970- - - - - - CDR B. A. White
  • August 1970 - - - - - - CDR W. C. Nix
  • June 1971 - - - - - - - CDR J. J. Fleming
  • June 1972 - - - - - - - CDR L. E. Barringer
  • August 1973 - - - - - - CDR R. C. Macke
  • November 1974 - - - - - CDR D. P. March
  • March 1976- - - - - - - CDR Robert T. Davis
  • June 1977 - - - - - - - CDR Stuart J. Fitrell
  • June 1978 - - - - - - - CDR James E. Gill
  • August 1979 - - - - - - CDR Frank H. Gerwe, Jr.
  • October 1980- - - - - - CDR Kent W. Ewing
  • February 1982 - - - - - CDR Richard D. Lichtermann II
  • April 1983- - - - - - - CDR Robert W. Nordman
  • October 1984- - - - - - CDR Robert J. Kelsey
  • April 1986- - - - - - - CDR Richard L. Marquis

Events
  • February 1, 1951:
    Reserve Fighter Squadron SIX SEVENTY-ONE (VF-671) was called to active duty and assigned the F4U-4 Vought Corsair I.
  • June, 1952:
    VF-671 was assigned the F8F-2 Grumman Bearcat.

  • December, 1952:
    VF-671 was assigned the F9F-5 Grumman Panther.

  • January through February 1953:
    VF-671 / VF-81, with its F9F-5 Panthers participated in operational tests aboard the Navy's first angled deck carrier, United States Ship Antietam CVA 36.

  • February 4, 1953:
    VF-671 was redesignated Fighter Squadron EIGHTY-ONE (VF-81).

  • April 1954:
    VF-81 became the first operational fleet squadron to receive and operate the Vought Cutlass.

  • July 1, 1955:
    VF-81 was redesignated Attack Squadron SIXTY-SIX (VA-66).

  • August 1956:
    VA-66 started to receive the F9F-8B Grumman Cougar.

  • March 1958:
    VA-66 started to receive the A4D-1 Douglas Skyhawk.

  • June 1958:
    VA-66 started to receive the 4D-2/A-4B Douglas Skyhawk.

  • May 27, 1959:
    During the squadron's deployment to the Mediterranean Sea, the commanding officer, Commander Wilfred James McNeil, was killed in A4D-2 BuNo 142776 accident during a practice Carrier Controlled Approach.
    Pacific Stars and Stripes article

  • March 1961:
    VA-66 started to receive the A4D-2N/A-4C Douglas Skyhawk.

  • 6 Jan 1962:
    Executive Officer LCDR James T. Peddy, Jr. lost in A-4C BuNo 148454 in an operatonal launch accident in the Western Mediterranean Sea.
    From Tom Wimberly, CAPT UNS Retired.
    At the time of his accident, I was a LT assigned to USS INTREPID (CVA-11) as Guided Missiles Division Officer. I was a regular bridge watchstander and was a qualified Officer of the Deck Underway. Looking in my INTREPID cruise book for the 1961-62 Med cruise, I find that on the Memorial page, I made the following note about Peddy's accident.
    "I was on watch on the bridge as OOD when he launched in an A-4 one night. I watched each airplane after launch. He didn't seem to climb. I put my binoculars on him. His lights disappeared. I went to Captain J. Lloyd Abbot, Jr. and said, "Captain, did you ever see that aircraft climb?" He didn't answer. I went to the right wing of the bridge and started looking at the water. Sure enough, we soon passed an area of disturbed water to the starboard of the ship's path. I knew it had been caused by his crash; the water was green. I had seen that sort of green disturbed water in previous years when I had seen airplanes crash into the water close aboard (an AJ Savage, an A3D, and an F4D). I went to the squawk box, called CIC and told them to mark our position, that I thought we had a plane in the water. I went to the Captain and told him of my observation and call to CIC. He called Air Ops and they soon confirmed they had no radio contact with Peddy."

  • August 14, 1962:
    The squadron participated in cross deck operations aboard the British carrier HMS Hermes (R-12).

  • October through December 1962:
    While embarked in United States Ship Enterprise CVAN 65, the squadron participated in the Cuban Blockade.

  • July 31 to October 3, 1964:
    United States Ship Enterprise CVAN 65, with VA-66 embarked, participated in operation Sea Orbit, the first circumnavigation of the world by a nuclear task force. The sixty-five day voyage was accomplished without replenishment. The squadron participated in numerous air power demonstrations during the voyage.

  • October 30, 1965 to August 10, 1966:
    The Waldos flying the A-4C Skyhawk with Carrier Air Wing 6 cruised the Mediterranean on board United States Ship America CVA-66.

  • June 2, 1966:
    LT(jg). Seldon M. Small ejected when A-4C BuNo 149634 crashed into the sea 11 miles off the port quarter of USS America, CVA-66 and sank in 1,750 fathoms of water. The helicopter and USS Leary commenced search for pilot and he was recovered without injury by the helicopter.

  • January 10, 1967 to September 20, 1967:
    The Waldos flying the A-4C Skyhawk with Carrier Air Wing 6 cruised the Mediterranean on board United States Ship America CVA-66.

  • March 4, 1967:
    LT(jg). William H. Lifsey ejected when his aircraft, A-4C BuNo 147848, collided with A-4C BuNo 149543 flown by LCdr. J.D. Rasmussen, and both aircraft crashed into the sea and sank in 1,500 fathoms of water. Both pilots were recovered by the helicopter. Lifsey suffered a fracture humeral greater tuberosity bilateral and Rasmussen without injury.

  • May 25, 1967:
    LCdr. A.P. Lowry ejected from A-4C BuNo 147811 which crashed into the sea off the starboard bow and sank in 1450 fathoms of water. The pilot was recovered by helicopter without injury.

  • June 8, 1967:
    VA-66's aircraft were part of an Air Wing 6 strike group that was launched to defend United States Ship Liberty AGTR 5, when she came under attack by the Israelis during the 1967 Israeli-Arab War. When word was received that the attack had been a mistake on the part of the Israelis, the aircraft were recalled.

  • August 01, 1968:
    Name: Edward James Broms, Jr.
    Rank/Branch: O2/U.S. Navy
    Unit: Attack Squadron 66, USS INTREPID (CVS 11)
    Date of Birth: 06 May 1943
    Home City of Record: Meadville PA
    Date of Loss: 01 August 1968
    Country of Loss: North Vietnam
    Loss Coordinates: 181100N 1055100E (WF908109)
    Status (in 1973): Missing In Action
    Category: 2
    Acft/Vehicle/Ground: A4C
    LTJG Edward J. Broms while assigned to Attack Squadron 66 onboard the aircraft carrier USS INTREPID in the Gulf of Tonkin. On August 1, 1968, he was assigned the fourth position in a 4-plane day strike mission on Dong Dun, Ha Tiny Province, North Vietnam, code-named "Rolling Thunder". Broms launched in his A4C Skyhawk and the four aircraft rolled in on the target as briefed. During pullout, Broms was heard to transmit,"Puffs (flak) all around me." No other radio or visual contact was made with LTJG Broms and an extensive electronic and visual search was started. The search was called off when all efforts produced negative results. The opinion of the incident review board was that there was a low probability of survival. A Radio Hanoi broadcast confirmed the loss of an A4 aircraft during this same time frame, yet no mention was made of the pilot. LTJG Broms was classified "Missing in Action".

    August 3, 2012
    From: Marjorie (Margie) Broms Waddell
    4 Fairway Place
    Asheville, NC 28803
    828-274-5775

    To: Dear Ray (Dermody - VA-66 SDO),
    I have just visited the VA-66 website and have found your name as the contact person for this squadron. My brother, Edward James Broms, Jr., known by his Naval Academy and Navy Air friends as "Barney", was lost over North Vietnam while on a mission off the U.S.S. Intrepid on August 1st, 1968.
    Jim, as our family called him, was listed as missing in action. In 1993, an investigation of his crash site produced remains that were tested by the Navy to determine a DNA match with my mother and me. The test at that time was inconclusive. In October of 2011, I was contacted by Navy officials and learned that a subsequent test has indicated that this pilot was indeed a member of our family.
    I'm contacting you for two reasons. First, the VA-66 website can now report this important final information for your records and for any pilots who may have known Barney. Second, I want VA-66 to know that he will be buried at Arlington Cemetery on September 7th (2012). Anyone with further interest in this service may contact me using the information above or at this email address. He will be buried with full military honors, with a reception to follow.
    Thank you for your help with this. If you would, please respond to this message so that I will know that his squadron has received this information.
    Warm regards, Margie Waddell

  • June 16, 1969:
    Lt. Paul Fontaine ejected safely before his A-4C BuNo 149601 crashed and burned near NAS Cecil Field, FL.
    Boston, MA, Boston Globe, Tuesday, June 17, 1969.

  • May 6, 1970:
    LCdr. J. E. Morrison in A-4C BuNo 149524 went into the water, 310T; 3,000 yards, USS Forrestal. Pilot recovered by helo of HS-11 with no injuries.
    Ken Killmeyer (USS Forrestal historian)

  • June 1970:
    VA-66, embarked in United States Ship Forrestal CVA 59, operated in the Eastern Mediterranean after Americans were taken hostage by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in Amman, Jordan.

  • October 1970:
    VA-66 started to receive the A-7E Vought Corsair II.

  • October through November 1973:
    Embarked on United States Ship Independence CV 62, the squadron operated south of Crete during the Arab-Israeli War.

  • August 1974:
    United States Ship Independence CV 62, relieved United States Ship America CV 66, off Cyprus following a coup on the island. During the crisis the American Ambassador was killed and anti-American demonstrations took place which led to the evacuation of U.S. citizens to American vessels.

  • April 15, 1980:
    United States Ship Dwight D. Eisenhower CVAN 69, deployed to the Indian Ocean as part of the continuing response to the hostage crisis in Iran.

  • December 22, 1980:
    The squadron returned from its deployment to the Indian Ocean after spending a total of 246 days at sea. With only one port visit, the longest at sea period was for 153 days.

  • June 1982:
    After the Israeli invasion of Lebanon on 6 June, VA-66 operated in the Eastern Mediterranean. During the latter part of June the American carrier forces in the Mediterranean included United States Ship Eisenhower CVAN 69, United States Ship Independence CV 62, United States Ship Forrestal CV 59, and United States Ship John F. Kennedy CV 67.

  • June 24, 1982:
    VA-66 provided air support during the evacuation of Americans from Beirut, Lebanon, prior to the siege of Beirut by the Israelis.

  • October 25, 1983:
    Due to the bombing of the Marine Corps barracks in Beirut, United States Ship Eisenhower CVAN 69, terminated its visit to Naples and departed for the eastern Mediterranean. The squadron operated in the vicinity of Lebanon until the latter part of November.

  • March 7, 1985:
    United States Ship Eisenhower CVAN 69, cut short a visit to Palma, Spain, and made a high-speed transit to the Eastern Mediterranean due to the increased tension in Lebanon.

  • October 1, 1986:
    The Waldos of VA-66 were officially disestablished but a VA-66 detachment continued in existence until March 31, 1987. The detachment continued to operate because its primary mission during the deployment was to provide Harm missile support for the air wing and carrier.

  • January 30, 1987:
    United States Ship Kennedy CV 67, cancelled its port visit to Malaga, Spain, and made a high-speed transit to the eastern Mediterranean due to the increased tension over the hostages held in Lebanon.

  • March 31, 1987:
    VA-66 Detachment was disestablished.

Awards
    Award - - - - - - - - - Inclusive Dates:
  • AFEM
    • 24 Oct 1962 to 03 Dec 1962
    • 06 Jun 1983 to 14 Jun 1983
    • 27 Jul 1983 to 30 Aug 1983
    • 01 Sep 1983 to 19 Oct 1983
    • 27 Oct 1983 to 20 Nov 1983
  • NEM
    • 19 Oct 1962 to 23 Oct 1962
    • 29 Apr 1980 to 16 Jul 1980
    • 22 Jul 1980 to 08 Dec 1980
    • 25 May 1983 to 27 May 1983
  • NUC
    • 06 Jul 1968 to 16 Jan 1969
    • 29 Apr 1980 to 10 Dec 1980
    • 21 Jul 1983 to 20 Nov 1983
  • RVNGC
    • 01 Oct 1968 to 01 Nov 1968
  • SLOC
    • Oct 1978 to Dec 1979
  • VNSM
    • 11 Jul 1968 to 12 Jul 1968
    • 14 Jul 1968 to 15 Jul 1968
    • 23 Jul 1968 to 22 Aug 1968
    • 14 Oct 1968 to 14 Nov 1968
    • 03 Dec 1968 to 27 Dec 1968

Photos


02-13-59 to 08-30-59 - CVG-6 - CVA 11 - A4D-2 - Mediterranean
VA-66 BuNo 152755 AF-310; 142754 AF-306; and 142789 AF-309 in formation.
Pic1
Pic2
Pic3
Photos taken by LT Robert E. Lynn from a F9F-8P Recon aircraft. 1959: BuNo 142760, AF-307, launches from the USS Intrepid.
Naval Aviation News photo

1959: Waldos Skyhawk BuNo 142760, AF-307, tops off the fuel tanks from his "Buddy" in the squadron tanker (BuNo is 142774/76 or 78).
Naval Aviation News photo

1959: Waldos Skyhawk BuNo 142760, AF-307, makes land fall exactly on time over Vesuvius & Naples.
Naval Aviation News photo

1959: Waldos Skyhawk BuNo 142760, AF-307, over the top for loft bombing practice and the a fast departure.
Naval Aviation News photo

1959: BuNo 142760, AF-307, heading home over the island of Capri following loft bombing practice.
Naval Aviation News photo

1959: Skyhawk BuNo 142760, AF-307, about to touch down following loft bombing practice.
Naval Aviation News photo

VA-66 A4D-2 Skyhawk BuNo. 142760, side number AF 307 - 1959.
United States Navy Photograph.

1960: A-4B (A4D-2) on the deck of USS Intrepid.
From Gary Verver

1960-61: Waldos Skyhawk BuNo 148455, AF-00, parked on the flightline. At left are VA-43 Challengers BuNo 142150, BuNo 139935, AD-318 & BuNo 1427xx, AD-365. At right is BuNo 142140.
Neil Schnieder

AUG 1961:
BuNo 148466 AF-311 being loaded onto CV-11. CVG-6 was deploying to the MED.
U.S. Navy photo from G. Verver

1961: Waldos CO, CDR Bob Kasten, checks the Bullpup missile on Skyhawk BuNo 142825, AF-303, before flight.
Naval Aviation News photo

1961: Waldos pilot boards Skyhawk BuNo 142825, AF-303, with the assistance of the plane captain. Bullpup missile on the centerline.
Naval Aviation News photo

1961: Waldos Skyhawk BuNo 142825, AF-303, with a Bullpup missile on the centerline launches on a routine training mission in the Med.
Naval Aviation News photo

1961: artists rendition of Waldos Skyhawk BuNo 142825, AF-303, in-flight with three Bullpup missiles by Roy Grinnell.
Naval Aviation News photo


Courtesy of Joe Morris

1961:
BuNo 148459, flying of the Intrepid, for VA-66.
"Boom" Powell.

1961:
L-R: VA-66 A4D-2N BuNo unknown, BuNo 148440, AF-30x, BuNo 148459, AF-301 and BuNo 148445, AF-309.
L-R: VA-66 A4D-2N BuNo 148445, AF-309 and BuNo 148454, AF-308.
Photos from the 1961 USS Intrepid cruise book from "Boom" Powell.

1961-62:
Pic 1
Pic 2
VA-66, flying off the Intrepid, with BuNo 148463, AF-306; 148459, AF-301; 148452, AF-303; 148470, AF-304.
Photos from "Boom" Powell.

1962 Waldo's Skyhawks parked forward enroute to Livorno, when the Intrepid has a rendezvous with Med Mistral. Joe Moris

VA-66 MED Cruise of 1961-62.
Joe Moris

1961-62 LCDR Peddy.
Joe Moris

1961-62 MED Cruise Officers.
Joe Moris

1961-62 MED Cruise Enlisted.
Joe Moris

1962 in flight formation of Waldo's Skyhawks: cw from top BuNo 148455, AF-300, BuNo 148470, AF-304, BuNo 148445, AF-309 and BuNo 148446, AF-310.
Joe Moris

1962: Waldos Skyhawks BuNo 148455, AF-00, VA-76 BuNo 149526, AK-608 and VA-76 BuNo 149544 aboard the Enterprise with a host of VAH-7 Vigi's, VF-102 Phantoms, VF-33 Crusaders and a VA-65 Spad at the top of the photo.
"Boom" Powell

1962: Waldo's Skyhawk passes gas to a VAH-7 Vigi BuNo 149283, one of the biggest fleet aircraft. Both are from the Big E.
Naval Aviation News photo

NOV-DEC 1962: Skyhawks parked forward of the island on CVN-65 during the Cuban Missile Crisis. CVW-6 Tail Code was "AF" until late in 1962, when it changed to "AE". Normally VA-66 and VA-76 Skyhawks provided the light attack jets for CVW-6 aboard CVN-65; the "CE" A4-C Skyhawks are VMA-225 brought aboard for additional fire-power as were VA-64 Skyhawks. Shown are BuNo 148606 of VA-64, 149522 as AF-606 of VA-76, 149618 of VA-64, an AD-6 Skyraider "SPAD" of VA-65, 147769 as CE-12 of VMA-225, 145131 as CE-16 of VMA-225, 147776 as CE-02 of VMA-225 and 147739 as CE-14 of VMA-225
2nd shot forward: Skyhawks parked forward of the island on CVN-65 during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Shown are BuNo 147704 from VA-64, 149618 as AF-3xx of VA-64, an AD-6 Skyraider "SPAD" of VA-65, 147769 as CE-12 of VMA-225, 147776 as CE-02 of VMA-225 and 147739 as CE-14 of VMA-225.
Dave Leiber - VMA-225

VA-66 Salutes Enterprise - 1964.
Three VA-66 A-4C Skyhawks salute the United States Ship Enterprise, United States Ship Long Beach and United States Ship Bainbridge during operation Sea Orbit.
Photograph from Ray Lynch.

VA-66 Plane Captain C.E. Ponce in 1965

15 SEP 1964:
VA-64 Black Lancers A-4C BuNo 147745
, AE-5xx, and VA-66 Waldos A-4C BuNo 149543, AE-3xx, (right side of photo) 15 September 1964, USS Enterprise hangar deck.
USN photo.

1965:
VA-76 Spirits A-4C Skyhawk BuNo 147792
, AE-50., at right in a line of Skyhawks aboard the USS America (CVA-66). VA-36 Roadrunners A-4C Skyhawk AE-300 to the left of 147792 and to the right are two VA-64 Black Lancers A-4C Skyhawks and to their right a VA-66 Waldos A-4C Skyhawk.
USS America CVA66 Cruise Book from Jack R. Hansen.

1965:
Flight deck of the USS America (CVA-66) in the Med
, CW from left is VAH-10 Vikings A-3B Skywarrior AE-022, VA-66 Waldos A-4C Skyhawk BuNo 149652, AE-511, VAW-12 E-1B "Willie Fudd", AE-750, VA-36 Roadrunners A-4C Skyhawks 148470, AE-308, & 149524, AE-304, VA-64 Black Lancers A-4C BuNo 148544, AE-612, and across the deck VA-36 Roadrunners A-4C BuNo 149634, AE-312.
USS America CVA66 Cruise Book from Jack R. Hansen.

VA-66 Plane Captain Ray Dermody in 1966

VA-66 A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 148466, side number AE 311 - March 1966.
Doug Harrison is pictured in A-4C BuNo. 148466 side number AE 311 taking a cat shot from United States Ship America CVA-66 somewhere in the Mediterranean. The hold back has just broken and the slats are not yet fully retracted. Al Thompson was the cat officer on America and he always gave us lots of end speed. The ship was so new and big that cat shots were not a problem. In the background is Waldo A-4C BuNo. 149634.
United States Navy Photograph from Doug Harrison.

VA-66 Waldo Officers - April 1966.
The Waldomen, the 1966 version. Some names are missing - can you help?
United States Navy Photograph from Doug Harrison.

1966:
VA-66 Waldos A-4C Skyhawk BuNo 149652
, AE-511, being readied for launch from CVA 66.
Jack R. Hansen USS America CVA66 Cruise Book.

1965:
VA-66 Waldos A-4C Skyhawk (BuNo unknown)
, AE-512, launches from the USS America somewhere in the Med.
photo USS America CVA-66 Cruise Book from Jack R. Hansen.

1966:
VA-66 Waldos A-4C Skyhawk (BuNo unknown)
, AE-512, aboard the USS America somewhere in the Med.
photo USS America CVA-66 Cruise Book from Jack R. Hansen.

1965:
VA-64 Black Lancers A-4C Skyhawk (BuNo unknown)
, AE-608, and VA-66 Waldos A-4C Skyhawk (BuNo unknown), AE-503, in the background as ordies move an iron bomb across the deck of the USS America somewhere in the Med.
photo USS America CVA-66 Cruise Book from Jack R. Hansen.

MAY 1966: Waldo's Skyhawk BuNo 149543, AE-300, assigned to CDR R.E. Dechslin parked on the line.
Jack M. Friell

VA-66 A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 147789, side number AF 305 - 1966.
Photograph and artwork from Ray J. Dermody.

Feb 1968 BuNo 145122, AK-301, parked on the flight line next to BuNo 148590.
Photo by Clay Jansson via Tailhook Association.

VA66 Ready Room in 1968 aboard the USS Intrepid

SEP 1968: left front view of Waldos Skyhawk BuNo 147681, AK-303, and BuNo 149556, AK-310, parked on the flight line. At left are VA-36 Road Runners AK-515 and AK-506.
Nick Williams

SEP 1968: Waldos Skyhawk BuNo 147681, AK-303, and BuNo 149556, AK-310, parked on the flight line. At left are VA-36 Road Runners AK-515 and AK-506.
Nick Williams

VA-44 BuNo 149586 A-4E trapping aboard the U.S.S. Intrepid.

A-4C BuNo.148467 on the U.S.S. Forrestal CVA-59 during the 1970 Med Cruise. This was the last Skyhawk deployment for VA-66 before going to the A-7. The Skyhawk on the left appears to be BuNo.149638.
Photo from Joe Turpen.

BuNo 148466, AF-311, tied down on deck with wing tanks and a Bullpup on the centerline.
Gary Verver Collection

Jan 1970 Waldoman Skyhawks BuNo 149642, AA-319, and VA-36 BuNo 148516 parked near the island aboard the USS Forrestal off the coast of Spain during a Med cruise.

VA-66 A-7 Corsairs - after 1973.
The Waldos replaced the Skyhawk with the Vought A-7 Corsair in 1970. This four-plane Corsair formation picture appears to have been taken in the 1980s.
United States Navy Photograph from Ray J. Dermody.

07 JUL 1978:
CDR Ed Estes' A-4B Skyhawk BuNo 142678
, on display, city of Purdy, MO, in the markings of the VA-112 Bombing Broncos and the VA-66 Waldomen. Plane Captain AMS-3 L.F. Eungard.
Photographer unknown.

07 JUL 1978:
CDR Ed Estes' A-4B Skyhawk BuNo 142678
, on display, city of Purdy, MO, in the markings of the VA-112 Bombing Broncos and the VA-66 Waldomen. Plane Captain AMS-3 L.F. Eungard.
Photographer unknown.

07 JUL 1978:
CDR Ed Estes' A-4B Skyhawk BuNo 142678
, on display, city of Purdy, MO, in the markings of the VA-112 Bombing Broncos and the VA-66 Waldomen. Plane Captain AMS-3 L.F. Eungard.
Photographer unknown.

07 JUL 1978:
CDR Ed Estes' A-4B Skyhawk BuNo 142678
, on display, city of Purdy, MO, in the markings of the VA-112 Bombing Broncos and the VA-66 Waldomen. Plane Captain AMS-3 L.F. Eungard.
Photographer unknown.

07 JUL 1978:
CDR Ed Estes' A-4B Skyhawk BuNo 142678
, on display, city of Purdy, MO, in the markings of the VA-112 Bombing Broncos and the VA-66 Waldomen. Plane Captain AMS-3 L.F. Eungard.
Photographer unknown.


Off-Duty Info


VA-66 Vets at their September 8, 2001 reunion in Philly.
From left and around the table Marvin "hero" Koslowski , Mrs Sue Taylor, Ralph "Dino" Denino, Mrs Tom Clark, Tom "T.C." Clark, Charles "Chuck" Ponce, Mrs Sissy Corder, Mark "Red" Corder, "Goose" Portagallo, Gary "Sweet p" Taylor, Ray "Ray j" Dermody.
Photo from Ray J. Dermody

Checking out of the Holiday Inn in Downtown Phila. 09/10/01
From left to right: Mark "red" Corder, Ralph "Dino" Denino, Ray "Ray J" Dermody, Gary "Sweet P" and Sue Taylor, Charles "Chuck" Ponce, Sissy Corder
Photo from Ray J. Dermody



Sources:
  • Ray J Dermody.
  • Harry S. Gann.
  • Doug Harrison.
  • Joe Morris


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