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VA-86 Sidewinders



VF-84 Sidewinders - about 1954
From Gran Rhodus

VA-86 - 1959
Rodney F. Schall

VA-86 Sidewinders- 1971
From John H. Plourde

VFA-86 Sidewinders - 1998
From Robert Mauchin

Patch
  • The squadron's first patch was initiated August 6, 1951.
    Colors for the patch were: a blue background; red bird with black markings, yellow beak and feet outlined in black and a white eye; yellow aviator wings and anchor with black markings; and a white machine gun and missile with black markings.
  • A second patch with a top hat and snake was installed on April 7, 1954. This patch is illustrated above.
  • A third crest with a top hat and red snake motif was adopted in July 1987 as VA-86 was redesignated Strike Fighter Squadron EIGHTY-SIX. This patch is illustrated above.

Handle
  • Sidewinders, 1954 to present.

Heritage
  • February 1, 1951, Reserve Fighter Squadron NINE HUNDRED TWENTY-ONE (VF-921) called to active duty.
  • February 4, 1953, VF-921 was redesignated as Fighter Squadron EIGHTY-FOUR (VF-84).
  • July 1, 1955, VF-84 was redesignated as Attack Squadron EIGHTY-SIX (VA-86).
  • July 15, 1987, VA-86 was redesignated Strike Fighter Squadron EIGHTY-SIX (VFA-86).

Home Ports
    Date - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Location:
  • Prior to 1951 - - - - - - Naval Air Station St. Louis as a reserve squadron.
  • March 28, 1951- - - - - - Naval Air Station Jacksonville
  • June 11, 1952 - - - - - - Naval Air Station Oceana
  • March 15, 1966- - - - - - Naval Air Station Cecil Field

Air Wings
    Date - - - - - - - - - - - - Tail code - - - - - - - Air Wing
  • April 9, 1951- - - - - - - - E - - - - - - CVG-8
  • July 1955- - - - - - - - - - I - - - - - - ATG-181
  • July 1957 - - - - - - - - - AM - - - - - - ATG-181
  • January 15, 1958- - - - - - AG - - - - - - CVG-7
  • December 20, 1963 - - - - - AG - - - - - - CVW-7
  • October 16, 1967- - - - - - AE - - - - - - CVW-6
  • 1969- - - - - - - - - - - - NL - - - - - - CVW-15
  • July 1, 1970 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - COMFAIRJACKSONVILLE
  • January 1971- - - - - - - - AJ - - - - - - CVW-8
  • September 1, 1987- - - - - - - - - - - - - COMLATWING 1
  • 1988- - - - - - - - - - - - AB - - - - - - CVW-1

Deployments
  • Departure & Return - - - - - - - - Air Wing - Carrier - Aircraft - - Area of Operations:
  • 11-28-51 to 06-11-52 - CVG-8 - CV 40 - F4U-4 - Mediterranean
  • 06-11-53 to 07-21-53 - None- - CV 36 - F9F-5 - NorLant
  • 09-28-54 to 04-22-55 - CVG-8 - CVA-39- F9F-5 - Mediterranean
  • 09-02-58 to 03-12-59 - CVG-7 - CVA 15 - A4D-2- Mediterranean
  • 08-04-60 to 03 ? -61 - CVG-7 - CVA 62 - A4D-2- Mediterranean
  • 04-19-62 to 08-27-62 - CVG-7 - CVA 62 - A4D-2- Mediterranean
  • 08-06-63 to 03-04-64 - CVG-7 - CVA 62 - A-4C - Mediterranean
  • 09-08-64 to 11-05-64 - CVW-7 - CVA 62 - A-4E - NorLant/Mediterranean
  • 05-10-65 to 12-13-65 - CVW-7 - CVA 62 - A-4E - WestPac/Vietnam
  • 06-13-66 to 02-01-67 - CVW-7 - CVA 62 - A-4E - Mediterranean
  • 04-10-68 to 12-16-68 - CVW-6 - CVA 66 - A-7A - World Cruise/ Vietnam
  • 09-23-69 to 07-01-70 - CVW-15- CVA 43 - A-7A - WestPac/Vietnam
  • 07-06-71 to 12-16-71 - CVW-8 - CVA 66 - A-7E - Mediterranean
  • 06-05-72 to 03-24-73 - CVW-8 - CVA 66 - A-7C - WestPac/Vietnam
  • 01-03-74 to 08-03-74 - CVW-8 - CVA 66 - A-7C - Mediterranean
  • 09-06-74 to 10-12-74 - CVW-8 - CVA 66 - A-7C - NorLant
  • 07-16-75 to 09-24-75 - CVW-8 - CVN 68 - A-7E - Carib/NorLant
  • 07-07-76 to 02-07-77 - CVW-8 - CVN 68 - A-7E - Mediterranean
  • 12-01-77 to 07-20-78 - CVW-8 - CVN 68 - A-7E - Mediterranean/NorLant
  • 09-10-79 to 05-26-80 - CVW-8 - CVN 68 - A-7E - Mediterranean/SoLant/IO
  • 08-29-80 to 11-17-80 - CVW-8 - CVN 68 - A-7E - NorLant
  • 08-03-81 to 02-12-82 - CVW-8 - CVN 68 - A-7E - Mediterranean
  • 11-10-82 to 05-20-83 - CVW-8 - CVN 68 - A-7E - Carib/Mediterranean
  • 03-08-85 to 10-04-85 - CVW-8 - CVN 68 - A-7E - Carib/Mediterranean
  • 08-15-86 to 10-16-86 - CVW-8 - CVN 68 - A-7E - NorLant
  • 12-30-86 to 07-26-87 - CVW-8 - CVN 68 - A-7E - Med/SoLant/West Coast
  • 02-08-89 to 04-03-89 - CVW-1 - CV 66 - F/A-18C Carib/NorLant
  • 05-11-89 to 11-10-89 - CVW-1 - CV 66 - F/A-18C Mediterranean/IO
  • 12-28-90 to 04-18-91 - CVW-1 - CV 66 - F/A-18C Mediterranean/RedSea/Persian Gulf


Aircraft
Commanding Officers
    Date Assumed Command - - - - - - - Commanding Officer
  • 1947 - - - - - - - - - - LT L. H. Pulford - was commanding officer of reserve squadron VF-921 and continued as its commanding officer when it was called to active duty.
  • July 1952- - - - - - - - LCDR Harold L. Buell
  • July 1953- - - - - - - -LCDR Herbert V. Ladley
  • May 1955 - - - - - - - - CDR Chester W. Gates, Jr.
  • September 1956 - - - - - LCDR Grant Boice
  • September 1957 - - - - - LCDR Jack H. Robcke (acting)
  • September 24, 1957 - - - CDR William A. Schroeder, Jr.
  • March 2, 1959- - - - - - CDR Rodney F Schall
  • 1960 - January 7, 1961-- CDR. C.B. (John) Shuff (Lost in night mid-air collision - see Events below)
  • January 7, 1961- - - - - CDR Sam Rorex, Jr
  • January 12, 1962 - - - - CDR Richard J McAndrew
  • December 21, 1962- - - - CDR F. B. Koch
  • December 6, 1963 - - - - CDR Wilbur J. Burgin
  • December 11, 1964- - - - CDR William F. Sallada
  • November 15, 1965- - - - CDR William W. Bowers
  • November 16, 1966- - - - CDR C. R. Long
  • November 30, 1967- - - - CDR J. E. Russ
  • January 10, 1969 - - - - CDR D. E. Gordon
  • January 21, 1970 - - - - CDR Standley H. Block
  • January 15, 1971 - - - - CDR Grant Augustine III
  • January 28, 1972 - - - - CDR William D. Yonke
  • December 6, 1972 - - - - CDR Benjamin F. Short
  • December 14, 1973- - - - CDR Duane O. Schumacher
  • March 7, 1975- - - - - - CDR Perry W. Gard III
  • April 22, 1976 - - - - - CDR Leighton W. Smith, Jr.
  • June 2, 1977 - - - - - - CDR Herbert W. Taylor
  • June 2, 1978 - - - - - - CDR Bernard J. Smith
  • November 19, 1979- - - - CDR Virgil F. Jackson, Jr.
  • February 12, 1981- - - - CDR John P. Gay
  • June 23, 1982- - - - - - CDR Charles S. Abbot
  • June 16, 1983- - - - - - CDR Ralph J. Castor
  • January 29, 1985 - - - - CDR John L. Fitzpatrick
  • June 5, 1986 - - - - - - CDR John M. Johnson
  • January 28, 1988 - - - - CDR Howard A. Petrea
  • 1989 - - - - - - - - - - CDR Ted J. Venable
  • November 6, 1990 - - - - CDR Matthew G. Moffit.

Events
  • February 1, 1951:
    Reserve Fighter Squadron NINE HUNDRED TWENTY-ONE (VF-921) was called to active duty. VF-921 was assigned the F4U-4 Vought Corsair I.

  • June 18, 1952:
    VF-921 was assigned the F8F-2 Grumman Bearcat.

  • September 1952:
    VF-921 was assigned the straight winged F9F-5 Grumman Panther.

  • February 4, 1953:
    VF-921 was redesignated Fighter Squadron EIGHTY-FOUR (VF-84).

  • September 28, 1954:
    Fighter Squadron EIGHTY-FOUR operating the Grumman F9F-5 Panther embarked at Mayport, Florida on United States Ship Lake Champlain CVA-39 for the Mediterranean. The Sidewinder Panthers were painted in standard navy blue with yellow trim.
    During the Champ cruise half the VF-84 Panthers were deployed at Naval Air Facility Port Lyautey, French Morocco to provide deck space for Heavy Attack Squadron VC-8's AJ Savages. Meanwhile the "Camel Herders" at Port Lyautey conducted a training program and flew simulated attacks on the fleet.
    • October 13 to 20, 1954 in port at Leghorn, Italy.
    • October 21 to 27, 1954 at sea for fleet exercises.
    • October 28 to November 3, 1954 in port at Cannes, France.
    • November 4 to 10, 1954 at sea for fleet exercises.
    • November 11 to 15, 1954 in port at Salonika, Greece.
    • November 18 to 21, 1954 in port at Istanbul, Turkey.
    • November 22 to 29, 1954 at sea for fleet exercises.
    • November 30 to December 5, 1954 in port at Laspezia, Italy.
    • December 7 to December 16, 1954 at sea for fleet exercises.
    • December 17 to December 26, 1954 in port at Genoa, Italy.
    • December 28 to January 2, 1954 in port at Marseilles, Italy.
    • January 3 to January 7, 1954 at sea for fleet exercises.
    • January 8 to January 14, 1954 in port at Barcelona, Spain.
    • January 15 to January 18, 1954 at sea for fleet exercises.
    • January 19 to January 25, 1954 in port at Algiers, Algeria.
    • January 26 to January 31, 1954 at sea for fleet exercises.
    • February 1 to February 8, 1954 in port at Naples, Italy.
    • February 9 to February 14, 1954 at sea for fleet exercises.
    • February 15 to February 24, 1954 in port at Toulon, France.
    • February 25 to March 2, 1954 at sea for fleet exercises.
    • March 3 to March 7, 1954 in port at Beirut, Lebanon.
    • March 8 to March 9, 1954 at sea for fleet exercises.
    • March 10 to March 14, 1954 in port at Athens, Greece.
    • March 15 to March 21, 1954 at sea for fleet exercises.
    • March 22 to March 27, 1954 in port at Naples, Italy.
    • March 28 to April 3, 1954 at sea for fleet exercises.

  • June 1955:
    VF-84 was assigned the F7U-3M Last Chance Vought Gutless Cutlass

  • July 1, 1955:
    VF-84 was redesignated Attack Squadron EIGHTY-SIX (VA-86).

  • January 1956 to April 1956:
    Attack Squadron EIGHTY-SIX operating the F7U-3M's Cutlass embarked on a shake-down cruise on the United States Ship Forrestal CVA-59. Once at sea the Gutless Cutlass was pronounced unsafe for carrier operation due to the nose gear collapsing on landing. Prior to arriving in Cuba, the aircraft were launched for Naval Air Station Leeward Point, Cuba. When the ship anchored at Leeward Point, the crew was transferred to Leeward Point for the rest of the cruise. Prior to the Forrestal departing the Cuba area, the aircraft were taken by barge out to the boat and loaded aboard by crane. Prior to docking in Norfolk, the aircraft were launched and returned to Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia Beach, Virginia.

  • May 26, 1957:
    VA-86 was assigned the A4D-1 (A-4A) Douglas Skyhawk.

  • December 24, 1957:
    VA-86 was assigned the A4D-2 (A-4B) Douglas Skyhawk.

  • September 5, 1958:
    Lt(jg). Thomas H. Reid was killed when his A4D-2 BuNo 142135 crashed on port catapult shot at L 35-06N, Long 54-43.5W, at 0948 and sank in 2793 fathoms of water. The USS Haynesworth and helicopter commenced search for debris. USS Haynesworth directed to remain at scene of crash until 1215Q and continue search. Body of pilot not yet recovered. USS Haynesworth has recovered tip tanks, helmet and pieces of life jacket. The USS Randolph was steaming in TF 25 enroute from Norfolk to NELM.
    USS Randolph Deck Log, Friday, 5 September 1958.

  • March 8, 1960:
    Lt(jg). Jay G. Stoker crashed A4D-2 BuNo 142419 after hitting the mast of a target ship in Pamlico Sound, NC. No parachute was seen.
    Salt Lake City, UT The Salt Lake Tribune article

  • March 17, 1960:
    Lt(jg). Ralph H. Von Glhan perished in A4D-2 BuNo 144946 when he crashed into Currituck Sound, NC
    Kingsport, TN Kingsport News article

  • May 8, 1960:
    Lt. John Arthur Johnson was lost at sea off the Virginia Capes when his A4D-2 BuNo 142124 crashed into the Atlantic seconds after it was launched from the USS Independence. The pilot was able to eject just as the plane hit the water, but his chute failed to open and he sank from sight.
    Kingsport, TN Kingsport News article
    At 1619 hours on 08 May 1960 Lt. Comdr. Dick Lewis, our experienced waste catapult launching-officer, launched an A4D single engine jet nuclear bomber with insufficient steam pressure. The plane went into the water immediately because of low air speed. The pilot ejected just before the plane hit the water but his chute did not open and we lost him and the plane.
    Cdr. G. E. Peddicord, USS Independence Air Officer (1958-1960).

  • June 24, 1960:
    Lt G.T. Atkins ejected from A4D-2 BuNo 142137 and was rescued by a helo from the USS Essex after his aircraft flamed out 150 miles from Independence.
    Cdr. G. E. Peddicord, USS Independence Air Officer (1958-1960).
    USS Independence, Deck Log, Friday, June 24, 1960
    USS Independence, Deck Log, Friday, June 24, 1960
    USS Independence, Deck Log, Friday, June 24, 1960

  • January 7, 1961 (During Med cruise):
    Cdr. John Shuff and LtCdr. Howie Thayer were lost at sea, the result of a night time in-flight collision between A4D-2 BuNo 142423 and A4D-2 BuNo 142705, 2 - 3 miles aft of the ship. One went straight in, the other one made a low pass over the angle deck, went out, turned downwind and also crashed. All that was ever found of the two aircraft was one tip tank. One of the two was leading the other one back to the ship, because he had a major electrical failure, or had lost his navigation system. After the collision, nothing was heard from either aircraft.
    From Bill Sullens & Earl Galloway V1 Div.

    My Name is Robert L.Thayer, LCDR John Thayer's son and I would like to inform you that the above information is incorrect. My Father and John Schuff did not have a mid-air collision. CDR Schuff did experience an electrical failure and my father guided him back to the USS INDEPENDENCE. However upon seeing the meatball, CDR John Schuff crashed into the sea. My father was following John Schuff's plane and he disappeared as well. There was no in-flight collision between the two planes.
    Danville, VA, The Bee, Monday, January 9, 1961.

  • April 1961:
    VA-86 operated from United States Ship Independence CVA 62, in an area south of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, during the Bay of Pigs, the unsuccessful invasion of Cuba by American supported Cuban exiles.

  • September 1962:
    VA-86 was assigned the A4D-2N (A-4C) Douglas Skyhawk.

  • August 19, 1963:
    While participating as part of Operation Riptide from USS Independence, LT William R. Hall ejected from A-4C BuNo 149631 AG-4xx and was rescued from a life raft 30 miles from the Brittany coast and
    LCdr William F. Sallada made an emergency landing in A-4C BuNo 14xxxx AG-4xx at the French naval base of Lann-Bihoue near Lorient, France.
    Eau Claire, WI The Daily Telegram article
    Charleston , WV Charleston Daily Mail article
    Anderson , IN The Anderson Herald article
    Kalispel , MT The Kalispel Inter Lake article

  • April 28, 1964:
    VA-86 was assigned the A-4E Douglas Skyhawk.

  • June 5, 1964:
    Lt. A.A. Less ejected from A-4E BuNo 149997 over Chesapeake Bay and was rescued
    Salisbury, NC The Salisbury Times article

  • July 1, 1965:
    Attack Squadron EIGHTY-SIX conducted its first combat mission, flying against targets in South Vietnam.

  • November 1, 1965:
    LtCdr. Billy V. Wheat flying BuNo.151142 (VA-86) was shot down by AAA, was wounded but rescued.

  • NOV 1965: Sidewinder Sentinel.

  • December 13, 1965:
    CDR Bill Bowers, CO VA-86, and wingman arrive in A-4Es 141165 and 141164 at NAS Oceana from a combat cruise aboard USS Independence. Many years later, this photo was given to Larry "Worm" Elmore by then CAPT Bower's son following his father's death.
    A4Es BuNo 151165 & 151164.

  • February 1967:
    VA-86 was assigned the A-7A Vought Corsair II.

  • October 1, 1970:
    VA-86 was assigned the A-7E Vought Corsair II.

  • April 1972:
    VA-86 was assigned the A-7C Vought Corsair II.

  • July through October 1972:
    Squadron aircraft participated in Operation Linebacker I, heavy air strikes against targets in North Vietnam.

  • December 1972:
    The squadron participated in Linebacker II operations, a more intensified version of Linebacker I operations.

  • November 14, 1974:
    VA-86 was assigned the A-7E Vought Corsair II.

  • August 1981:
    Embarked in United States Ship Nimitz, VA-86 participated in a Freedom of Navigation Exercise in the Gulf of Sidra. During this exercise two F-14 Tomcats from Nimitz were fired upon by two Libyan SU-22 Fitters on 18 August. The F-14's returned fire and shot down the two aircraft. Tensions escalated and VA-86 flew refueling and reconnaissance missions over potentially hostile Libyan ships during the period.

  • November 1982 through May 1983:
    Embarked in United States Ship Nimitz (CVN-68), VA-86 participated with the Multi-National PeaceKeeping Force of Beirut, Lebanon.

  • July 15, 1987:
    VA-86 was redesignated Strike Fighter Squadron EIGHTY-SIX VFA-86.

  • November 18, 1987:
    Strike Fighter Squadron EIGHTY-SIX was assigned the F/A-18C Boeing Hornet.

Awards
  • NAVE
    • 01 Jul 1962 to 30Jun 1963
    • 01 Jul 1963 to 30 Jun 1964
    • 01 Jan 1982 to 31 Dec 1982
    • 01 Jan 1985 to 31 Dec 1985

  • AFEM
    • 24 Sep 1958 to 26 Sep 1958
    • 15 Jun 1965
    • 29 Jun 1965 to 03 Jul 1965
    • 10 Dec 1969 to 11 Dec 1969

  • MUC
    • 27 Oct 1969 to 01 Jun 1970
    • 14Jul 1972 to 20 Feb 1973
    • 04 Aug 1981 to 20 May 1983

  • NEM
    • 19 Apr 1961 to 29 Apr 1961
    • 14 Jan 1980 to 14 May 1980
    • 05 Dec 1982 to 31 Dec 1982
    • 21 Jan 1983 to 13 Feb 1983
    • 18 Feb 1983 to 24 Feb 1983
    • 19 Mar 1983 to 21 Mar 1983
    • 18 Apr 1983 to 22 Apr 1983

  • NUC
    • 05 Jun 1965 to 21 Nov 1965
    • 12 May 1968 to 20 Nov 1968
    • 23 Jan 1980 to 01 May 1980
    • 17 Jan 1991 to 07 Feb 1991

  • RVNGC
    • 21 Oct 1965
    • 23 Oct 1965
    • 25 Oct 1965 to 02 Nov 1965
    • 09 Nov 1965 to 10 Nov 1965
    • 30 May 1968 to 02 Jun 1968
    • 20 Sep 1968
    • 10 Oct 1968 to 12 Oct 1968
    • 17 Oct 1968

  • VNSM
    • 04 Jul 1965 to 09 Aug 1965
    • 25 Aug 1965 to 21 Sep 1965
    • 14 Oct 1965 to 12 Nov 1965
    • 29 May 1968 to 28 Jun 1968
    • 06 Jul 1968 to 03 Aug 1968
    • 17 Aug 1968 to 12 Sep 1968
    • 27 Sep 1968 to 30 Oct 1968
    • 26 Oct 1969 to 18 Nov 1969
    • 22 Dec 1969 to 19 Jul 1970
    • 17 Feb 1970 to 09 Mar 1970
    • 19 Mar 1970 to l1 Apr 1970
    • 28 Apr 1970 to 01 Jun 1970
    • 02 Jul 1972 to 04 Jul 1972
    • 11 Jul 1972 to 24 Jul 1972
    • 10 Aug 1972 to 28 Aug 1972
    • 06 Sep 1972 to 07 Oct 1972
    • 11 Oct 1972 to 12 Oct 1972
    • 20 Oct 1972 to 01 Dec 1972
    • 09 Dec 1972 to 27 Dec 1972
    • 09 Jan 1973 to 02 Feb 1973
    • 12 Feb 1973 to 16 Feb 1973
    • 21 Feb 1973 to 25 Feb 1973

  • SASM
    • 15 Jan 1991 to 03 Apr 1991

  • KLM
    • 17 Jan 1991 to 28 Feb 1991

Photographs



VF-84 Sidewinders on USS Lake Champlain:

VF-86 F9F-5 Panthers and United States Ship Lake Champlain - 1954
A flight of four Sidewinder Panthers fly down Champlain's starboard side to break for landing. E-404 leads followed by E-415 BuNo. 125232, E-416, and E-402.
United States Navy photo from Gran Rhodus.

VF-86 F9F-5 Panther BuNo. 125232 - 1954
Sidewinder Panther BuNo. 125232 side number E-415 misses Champlain's 9-wire and proceeds down the deck . . .
United States Navy photo from Gran Rhodus.

VF-86 F9F-5 Panther BuNo. 125232 - 1954
Sidewinder Panther BuNo. 125232 side number E-415 performs an in-flight barricade to a crash landing. Look at the flight deck people running for their lives.
United States Navy photo from Gran Rhodus.

VF-86 F9F-5 Panther side number E-416 - 1954
Ship and Squadron personnel disengage Sidewinder Panther E-416 from the barricade after a crash landing.
United States Navy photo from Gran Rhodus.

VF-86 F9F-5 Panther side number E-416 - 1954
A tug drags Panther E-416 from the barricade after a crash landing.
United States Navy photo from Gran Rhodus.

VF-86 F9F-5 Panther side number E-403 - 1954
Panther E-403 was blown over by another Panther taxing past to the catapult.
United States Navy photo from Gran Rhodus.

VF-86 F9F-5 Panther on the Lake Champlain Cat - 1954
Sidewinder Panther on the catapult gets ready to go flying.
United States Navy photo from Gran Rhodus.

A Panther on the Lake Champlain - 1954
Sidewinder Panther gets a tip tank fueled by a grape.
United States Navy photo from Gran Rhodus.

VF-61 Jolly Roger F9F-6 Cougar BuNo. 130960 side number E-108 on the Lake Champlain - 1954
One of the first F9F-6 Cougar squadrons was the VF-61 Jolly Rogers. Other VF-61 Cougars were:
BuNo. 130961 side number E-107; and BuNo. 130969 side number E-109; BuNo. 130962 side number E-104; and BuNo. 130968 side number E-111.
United States Navy photo from Gran Rhodus.

VF-86 F9F-5 PANTHER BuNo. 125473 - 1955
A Squadron Chief conducts tailhook point service training on Grumman F9F-5 Panther BuNo. 125473 with side number E-415. BuNo. 125473 replaced BuNo. 125232 which was wrecked as pictured above. Sidewinder Panthers were painted blue with yellow trim.
United States Navy photo from Gran Rhodus.

VF-84 Commanding Officer CDR H. V. LADLEY - 1954

VF-84 Officers - 1954

VF-84 Chiefs - 1954

VF-84 White Hats - 1954

VF-84 Pilots Brief in the Ready Room - 1954

VF-84 RECORDS - 1954
Lieutenant Junior Grade William Ogle works with ADAN Carroll Owens and AK3 Bruce Schneider on the books.

VF-84 MAINTENANCE - 1954
Several Sidewinders replace a radio while a jet mechanic inspects turbine blades.

VF-84 ORDINANCE AND TWEETS - 1954
These Sidewinders work on the radar system and the canons.

VF-84 ON THE JOB TRAINING - 1954
A Sidewinder Chief supervises work on the Panther's landing gear.

CARRIER AIR GROUP EIGHT - 1954

Lake Champlain Cruise Book United States Navy Photographs from Gran Rhodus


VA-86:

1958: Formation of BuNo 142142, AG-401; 142687, AG-410; 142687, AG-412; 142423, AG-407; all of VA-86.
Naval Aviation News

SEP 1958: A4D-2 Aircraft of VA-86 conducting in-flight refueling in the eastern Mediterranean. Ship is USS Randolph - CVA-15.
The visible BuNo's left to right are 142687, 142678 & 142124.
From Gary Verver Collection
USN 1039207 Date 9-24-58 - Official US Navy Photograph
Released
US Naval Photographic Center
US Naval Station
Washington, D.C. 20390

MAY 1959: Sidewinders Skyhawk formation over the Mediterranean. BuNo's front to back are 142687, AG-410, 142678, AG-412 & unknown.
Naval Aviation News photo

1959: Sidewinders Skyhawk AG-417 is on its way to the hangar deck via the deck edge elevator.
Naval Aviation News

1959: Sidewinders Skyhawk AG-413 is tied down on deck near the island of CVA-62.
Naval Aviation News

SEP 1959: Sidewinders Skyhawk BuNo 142683, AG-402, and L to R: Ralph Von Glahn, John Middleton, CO Rod Schall, XO Sam Rorex & Frank Rush.
Captain Rodney F. Schall

SEP 1959: Sidewinders Skyhawk BuNo 142683, AG-402, and L to R: Bob Bristol, Johnny Johnson, Jay Stoker, Hermie Muller, Bob Fischer & Jan Martin.
Captain Rodney F. Schall

Circa 1959 Navy Combat Artist, LT Richard A. Genders rendition of Sidewinders Skyhawk BuNo 142776 "Early Morning Flight Preparation" aboard an aircraft carrier.
(Artists drawing in the colors of VA-66, but has VA-86 on the fuselage)
Naval Aviation News.

VA-86 Officers in Sept. 1959
Provided by Captain Rodney F. Schall, then Commanding Officer of the Sidewinders.

VA-86 SNAKES ON THE INDY - 1961
Three A4D-2 (A-4B) Snake Skyhawks prepare for a CVG-7 mission from the United States Ship Independence CVA-62 during the August through December 1961 Mediterranean cruise. BuNo. 144898 side number AG 400 left; BuNo. 144888 side number AG 406 center; and AG 405 right are being spotted for start.
United States Navy photo from Al Carpenter.

Skyhawk BuNo 149638, AG-409, parked on the line.
Unknown photographer via W. Mutza

Sidewinders Skyhawk BuNo 145058, AG-404, parked on the line.
Unknown photographer via W. Mutza

Skyhawk taxing onto cat CVA-62.
JUL62 NAN photo.

VA-86 in 1965
Boeing's photo caption was: "A total of 637 F-4Bs was manufactured. One of VF-41’s Phantoms, armed for combat air patrol over an A-4 Skyhawk strike force, is launched from the USS Independence on Yankee Station."
The Skyhawk in the foreground is VA-72, BuNo 150007, and the one moving onto the cat is VA-86, BuNo 151149, modex 407. The Skyhawk behind 1149 is VA-86 modex 411.
Boeing Photograph.

1965 In the background and on the port catapult is Sidewinders Skyhawk BuNo.151166, AG-400 ready for flight.
Photo from Al Carpenter.

VA-86 AND VMA-324 SKYHAWKS ON THE INDY - 1966
During the United States Ship Independence CVA-62 Mediterranean cruise starting April 19, 1966 and ending August 27, 1967 --- CVG-7 attack squadrons VA-86 Sidewindesr and VMA-324 Devil Dogs shared the flight deck. VA-86 flew the A-4E which in the picture side numbers 400 and 410 have no letters on the vertical stabilizer. The VMA-324 Skyhawks 306 and 308 had the letters AG painted on the vertical stabilizer. BuNos. of some of the VA-86 A-4E Skyhawks on the Indy cruise were: 152041, 151155, 151149, 151117, 149967, 149973, 149984 and 152089.
From a Steve Waldschmidt 35mm slide.

1966: Sidewinders Skyhawk BuNo 151164, AG-402, as she comes to a quick stop aboard the Independence.
"Boom" Powell

SIDEWINDER A-4E 151178 - 1966
VA-86 A-4E Skyhawk BuNo. 151178, side number AG 412 is shown trapping on the Indy. This picture was probably taken during the 1966 cruise.
United States Navy photo from Puresome.

A4D-2 Aircraft of VA-86 conducting in-flight refueling in the eastern Mediterranean. Ship is USS Randolph-CVA-15
The two in the foreground are AG-410 BuNo 142687 and AG-401 BuNo 142124
The one most visible in the background is AG-412 BuNo 142678 and the one hidden behind it looks to be AG-407
Official US Navy Photograph from Gary Verver Collection

A-4E SKYHAWK BuNo. 151178 -- 1968
VA-106 Gladiator Skyhawk BuNo. 151178, side number AK 210 --- rebuilt and upgraded and now operating from the United States Ship Intrepid. 151178 is shown cleaned up after takeoff from Naval Air Station Atsugi September 2, 1968.
Black & white photograph by and from Takafumi Hiroe of Yokohama, Japan.

May 1969 Sidewinders Skyhawk BuNo 142124, AG-401, trailing the refueling drogue. Carrier may be the USS Randolph.
Naval Aviation News Photo.

VA-86 SIDEWINDER A-7E Corsair II, side number AJ 402 from the United States Ship Nimitz.
Photo from Robert Lay.

Date unknown:
VA-86 formation of A-7Es, from Michael Kubat.
Credit goes to CVN-68 OPS Dept.


Off-Duty Info



Rod & Ilse Schall.
Captain Schall (USN Retired) was the CO of the Sidewinders in 1959.
This picture was taken in Fredricksberg Texas at the February, 2003 Skyhawk Association Board Meeting Gathering.



Sources:
  • Al Carpenter
  • Harry S. Gann
  • Robert Mauchin
  • Frederick R. Miller
  • Eric Newman
  • John H. Plourde
  • Gran Rhodus
  • Takafumi Hiroe
  • Robert Lay
  • Steve Waldschmidt
  • Jack Woodul
  • Gary Verver


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