Aeroguide 23: Republic Fairchild A-10A Thunderbolt II by Roger Chesneau

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1960 and 1961. the coveted safety award and Battl~ "E" for three yea s in a row. Photo via Harry Milner. 72 PHOTO ABOVE - Early photo of VF-14 F3H-2N Demons. Bottom is factory fresh 133596 before markings were applied. Above it is 133593 with the 1956 Ttail code. Top two 133567 and 144565 have the added red fin stripes. BOTTOM PHOTO - F3H-2N, 133591, on the elevator of the Forrestal (CVA-59) on 9-26-56. Note wing codes and red fin and wing tip stripes. MDC photos. - / 73 COLORPLATEs-rop- VF-41 , F3H-2, 143449, a Naval Weapons Meet MCASS Yuma on 12-3-59.

Note red area under slats and a short beaver tail. USN photo. VF-31 'TOMCATTERS' 143476,145299,145245 and 143405 over the USS Saratoga (CVA60) on 4-62. USN photos. PHOTO ABOVE - Four VF-31 Demons, 143488, 143476,145299 and 143486 over the Med in 1962. PHOTO BELOW - F3B Demons FELIX THE CAT 93 I 94 Black and yellow VF-41 'BLACK ACES' cloud and and red below The Black Aces started out life as VF-75 on 1 June 1945 at NAAS Chincoteaque, Virginia. They flew the F4U Corsair and moved to NAS Norfolk in 1947.

1959. USN photo. NrC/f'"' 3484 61 62 On 15 Sept. 1952, VX-4 was brought into being at its current home, Naval Missile Center Point Mugu Calif. The squadron was recommissi;ned under th~ command of CDR. James G. Sliney. The squadrons new misssion was to operationally evaluate airlaunched guided missiles and their related systems, and to establish the techniques and procedures which would give the fleet the maximum utilization of an aircraft and its given missle system. VX-4 AIR DEVELOPMENT SQUADRON FOUR Commis3ioned in 1950 on the East Coast, VX-4 was initially charged with the develoment of multi-engine Airborne Early Warning (AEW) radar planes and sy terns.

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