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VC-1 Blue Alii (Warriors)

VC-1 Blue Alii (Warriors)

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Drawn by Bud Southworth

Drawn by Bud Southworth

Drawn by Bud Southworth

Bill Stevens

Gary Verver

Joe Cupido

Patch
  • No additional info yet

Handle
  • 01 JUL 1965: VC-1 Blue Allii
  • VC-1 Tail code was UA abd call sign was "BENZINE". Squadron based at Barbers Point, Hi. I flew there from 1967 to 1970. W.W. "Shrimp" Curry.

Heritage
  • 05 OCT 1925 - - VJ-1B established
  • 15 NOV 1946 - - VJ-1 redesignated VU-1
  • 20 APR 1949 - - VU-1 redesignated VU-7A
  • 20 JUL 1951 - - VU-7A redesignated VU-1
  • 01 JUL 1965 - - VU-1 redesignated VC-1
  • 30 SEP 1992 - - VC-1 disestablished.

Home Ports
  • JUL 1947: as VU-1 - - NAS Barbers Point Hawaii

Air Wings
  • NAS Barbers Point

Deployments
  • None known of post WWII.

Aircraft
Commanding Officers
  • No info yet

Events
  • 01 JUL 1965:
    VU-1 redesignated VC-1 and given tail code "UA"

  • VC-1 provides towed targets, acts as interceptors for Hawaiian Air National Guard exercises, provides photo capabilities and aerial refueling.

  • April 11, 1983
    LCdr. Gary J. Hagstrom and Lt. Walter Joe Richardson ejected safely into 15-foot swells after their TA-4J BuNo 153661 caught fire. Air Force medic Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Y. Jones, one of two to parachute to the rescue, perished.
    Logansport, IN Pharos-Tribune article
    Madison, WI Wisconsin State Journal article

  • 30 SEP 1992:
    VC-1 is disestablished (at the time the oldest squadron in the U.S. Navy)

Awards
  • No info yet

Photographs


NAS Barbers Point shows off a VC-1 Skyhawk and her inventory of other aircraft types.
Gary Verver

1967: BuNo 142112, UA-46, parked on the ramp.
Nick Williams

1967: BuNo 142118, UA-47, parked on the ramp.
Nick Williams

1967: BuNo 142842, UA-40, parked on the ramp.
Nick Williams

1968: BuNo 142809, UA-43, parked on the ramp.
Nick Williams

1968: BuNo 142842, UA-40, as she lifts off the runway.
Nick Williams

MAY 1968: close-up view of the instrument panel and right hand console of Blue Alii's Skyhawk, BuNo 144xxx.
Nick Williams

  MAY 1969: BuNo 148400, UA-00, parked on the ramp.


MAY 1969: BuNo 142735, UA-48, climbing out.
Nick Williams

1969: The new Navy - PN3 Linda Wood takes the pilots photo, PN3 Terry McConaughy records another air medal in his personnel jacket, HM3 Vivian Rich will check his BP and AC3 Barbara Harrell will close out his flight plan.
Naval Aviation News

1970: BuNo 149606, UA-45, parked on the ramp at left in photo.
G. Verver collection

1974: Blue Aliis Skyhawk formation. L-r: BuNo 150056, UA-04, BuNo 152067, UA-02, BuNo 151194, UA-03 and TA-4J BuNo 155081, UA-01.
Unknown photographer via W. Mutza

Blue Aliis Skyhawk BuNo 153661, UA-04, in the foreground as BuNo 154632, UA-02, refuels from A-6E Intruder BuNo 155684.
Unknown photographer via W. Mutz

  1974: Skyhawk formation. L-r: BuNo 150056, UA-04, BuNo 152067, UA-02, BuNo 151194, UA-03 and TA-4J BuNo 155081, UA-01.
Unknown photographer via W. Mutz

BuNo.142942 with VC-1.

Air-to-air left view of a TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 153685 from Fleet Composite Squadron 1 (VC-1) as it is piloted by Cdr. Davis, the squadron`s executive officer.
Location: Oahu, HI. Date Shot: 10 AUG 1976 Camera Operator: PH2 Lawrence Foster - Provided by Bill E. Stevens.

Jan 1977 Blue Aliis Skyhawks BuNo 150056, UA-04, and BuNo 152067, UA-02.
Naval Aviation News Photo.

An air-to-air right side view of a VC-1 TA-4J BuNo 153661. Location: Oahu, HI. Date Shot: 01 SEP 1978 Camera Operator: PH3 (AC) T.J. Pfrang - Provided by Bill E. Stevens.

An air-to-air left side view of three F-105 Thunderchief aircraft from 508th Tactical Air Force Reserve Unit and two TA-4J Skyhawk aircraft from Fleet Composite Squadron 1 (VC-1) flying in formation.
Oahu, HI. Date Shot: 25 JAN 1978 Camera Operator: PH3 (AC) T.J. Pfrang - Provided by Bill E. Stevens.

A right side view of an A-4 Skyhawk aircraft, from Fleet Composite Squadron 1 (VC-1), as it refuels an F-4J Phantom II aircraft from Marine Corps Fighter Squadron 235 (VMFA-235).
Oahu, HI. Id: DNSC8202250 Released to Public. Date Shot: 01 MAR 1977
Camera Operator: PH3 (AC) T. J. Pfrang -- Provided by Bill E. Stevens.

VC-1 A-4B Skyhawk BuNo 142819.
VC-1 Blue Alii A-4B Skyhawk BuNo 142819 -- side number UA-44 based at Naval Air Station Barbers Point, Hawaii.
Photo by Scott VanAken.
Also provided by Michael Klaver, Webmaster of the F-4 Phantom II Website.

VC-1 TA-4F Skyhawk BuNo 153661.
VC-1 Blue Alii (Warriors) EA-4F Skyhawk BuNo 153661 -- side number UA 04, sitting in the sun at Naval Air Station Barbers Point, Hawaii.
Photograph from Michael Klaver.

BuNo.150581
Photo from Bill Stevens.

BuNo.151194 driven by Lt. Stevens
Photo from Bill Stevens.

BuNo.151194
Photo from Bill Stevens.

VC-1 A-4C Skyhawks UA-00, BuNo 148500, and UA-42, BuNo 147823.
Gary Verver Collection.

BuNo.153685 near Oahu, Hawaii from Fleet Composite Squadron 1 as it is piloted by CDR Davis, the squadron`s executive officer.
U.S. Navy photo, PH2 Lawrence Foster.

VC-1 TA-4J BuNo 158518.
Official U.S. Navy photo from the Don Scott collection.

Blue Aliis Skyhawk BuNo 153661, UA-04, in the foreground as BuNo 154632, UA-02, refuels from A-6E Intruder BuNo 155684.
Unknown photographer via W. Mutza

APR 1980: BuNo 153661, UA-04, assigned to LCDR Jim Counter, parked on the ramp.
Dave Steinbacker

Blue Aliis Skyhawk BuNo 153661, UA-00, in formation with BuNo 153670, UA-03.
Unknown photographer

April 1981 BuNo 158518 parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

DEC 1982: BuNo 158518, UA-01, over Honolulu and Diamond Head.
US Navy

19 JUN 1983: Blue Aliis Skyhawk BuNo 153670, UA-03, painted in a low-vis gray on gray scheme.
Unknown photographer via W. Mutza

Dec 1984 BuNo 154632, UA-06 assigned to LT Jody Richardson parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

Dec 1984 Blue Aliis Skyhawk BuNo 153685, UA-5, parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

12 APR 1985:
An A-4 Skyhawk (VC-1 TA-4J BuNo 158518, UA-01) aircraft is towed to a hangar by maintenance personnel during Exercise COPE CANINE '85.
Photo by TSGT Kurt Vail, from Gary Verver.

12 APR 1985:
An TA-4 Skyhawk (BuNo 153685, UA-05) aircraft maneuvers into position to be refueled in flight during Exercise COPE CANINE '85.
Photo by TSgt Kurt Vail.

12 APR 1985:
TA-4 Skyhawk BuNo 153685 on the ramp.
Photo by TSgt Kurt Vail

12 APR 1985:
An A-4 Skyhawk (VC-1 TA-4J BuNo 153685, UA-05) aircraft equipped with a refueling probe on the flightline during Exercise COPE CANINE '85.
Photo by TSGT Kurt Vail.

12 APR 1985:
A pilot climbs out of the cockpit of an A-4 Skyhawk (VC-1, BuNo unknown) at NAS, Barbers Point, HI after completing a mission during Exercise COPE CANINE '85.
Photo by TSGT Kurt Vail, from Gary Verver.

1987-88 in flight view of Blue Aliis Skyhawk BuNo 158518, UA-01, and BuNo 153663, UA-02, on his wing. Stamped on reverse of photo is:
TA-4 Skyhawk aircraft of Fleet Composite Squadron One, NAS Barbers Point Hawaii.
Official U.S. Navy photo from Gary Verver Collection.

Jan 1988 BuNo 153674, UA-07, parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

VC-1 A-4E BuNo 151046, UA-13, dated July 1992.
Photo by Joe Cupido, G. Verver collection.

VC-1 A-4E BuNo 152061, UA-14, dated July 1992. Photo by Joe Cupido, G. Verver collection.

Another shot of VC-1 A-4E BuNo 152061, UA-14, dated July 1992.
Photo by Joe Cupido, G. Verver collection.

VC-1 A-4E BuNo 151030, UA-11, dated July 1992.
Photo by Joe Cupido, G. Verver collection.

VC-1 TA-4F UA-21, dated July 1992.
Photo by Joe Cupido, G. Verver collection.

Nov 1983 154632, UA-06, parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

July 1992 Blue Aliis Skyhawk BuNo 151046, UA-13, parked on the ramp.
Photo by Joe Cupido.

BuNo 154632, UA-02 assigned to XO CDR Ludlow manned and ready to taxi.
Gary Verver Collection

Left front view of Blue Aliis Skyhawk BuNo 154632.
Gary Verver Collection

Date Unknown:
TA-4J 153670 en-route to Barbers Point.
AIRFOTO ©Joe Cupido

JUL 1992:
TA-4J 158518 at Barbers Point.
AIRFOTO ©Joe Cupido

JUL 1992:
VC-1 Blue Alii's TA-4J Skyhawk (BuNo unknown)
, UA-20, taxiing under the direction of the plane captain.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

JUL 1992:
VC-1 Blue Alii's TA-4J Skyhawk (BuNo unknown)
, UA-21, on the ramp. Names below the cockpit are LT(jg) S. "Varmint" McAleahney and LT J. D. "Beefus" Cook. VC-1 A-4E BuNo 151030 in the foreground.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

JUL 1992:
VC-1 Blue Alii's TA-4J Skyhawk (BuNo unknown)
, UA-21, on the ramp. Names below the cockpit are LT(jg) S. "Varmint" McAleahney and LT J. D. "Beefus" Cook. VC-1 TA-4J BuNo 153685 UA-22 in the background.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

VC-1 TA-4J BuNo 158518, UA-05, flies alongside VAQ-33 ERA-3B Skywarrior BuNo 144832, GD-2, north of Oahu, Hawaii during RIMPAC 78 courtesy of Bob Lawson.

VC-1 TA-4J BuNo 158518, UA-05, flies alongside VAQ-33 ERA-3B Skywarrior BuNo 144832, GD-2, north of Oahu, Hawaii during RIMPAC 78 courtesy of Bob Lawson.

JULY 1992:
VC-1 A-4E 152061
, UA-14, NAS Barbers Point
Copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

08 May 2009:
VC-1 A-4E 150023
on display at the Barbers Point museum in the markings of the VC-1 Blue Aliis UA-10,
Photographer Gary Verver.

08 May 2009:
VC-1 A-4E 150023
on display at the Barbers Point museum in the markings of the VC-1 Blue Aliis UA-10,
Photographer Gary Verver.

08 May 2009:
VC-1 A-4E 150023
on display at the Barbers Point museum in the markings of the VC-1 Blue Aliis UA-10,
Photographer Gary Verver.

JUL 1992:
VC-1 Blue Aliis A-4E BuNo 151046
, UA-13, taxis by the photographer.
Photo by Joe Cupido.

JUL 1992:
VC-1 153685 at Barbers Point. (cropped from another photo)
Joe Cupido.

JUL 1992:
VC-1 150023 on the hangar deck at Barbers Point.
Copyright by Joe Cupido.

JUL 1992:
Pic 1
Pic 2 VC-1 152061 on the ramp with the plane captain at Barbers Point.
Copyright by Joe Cupido.

Date unknown:
TA-4 of VC-1 flying off into the sunset.
Photograher unknown.


Sources
  • Bud Southworth
  • Michael Klaver
  • Gary Verver
  • Joe Cupido


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