VAW-VRC Open Forum

Posted on August 21, 2009 by admin

Use this space to comment on VAW-VRC items of interest, get in touch with old squadron mates, or make suggestions.

38 Comments

  1. sumnerlee says:

    Let us know what you think of the website? Comments? Ideas?

  2. Mike Maurer says:

    Guys, VAW-123 conducted multiple cruises on USS AMERICA. Please correct the SCREWTOPS listing on the sqaudron page. Great job on the website and the ready room!

  3. admin says:

    It’s corrected, Mike. Thanks for the comment and glad you like the ready room! Cheers, Hulk

  4. Mike Wilson says:

    Trying to reach Skip Braden. please pass this to him if possible.

    Tell him I’m the guy that built the VAW history that was at ‘110 and the wing at Miramar during the mid ’90’s

    I’d love to get in touch with him!

    Thanks
    Mike Wilson
    Poipu, Kauai.

  5. Bill Dana says:

    There should be some mention of the Naval Aircrewmen/women that served. I’m a COD Centurian in the C-1A.

  6. Ron "Pappy" James says:

    Looking for contact info for 1310/1320 types who served in VAW-114 between 1973-1976; VAW-113 between 1983-1987 and VR-24 aircrew between 1978-1981 at Sigonella. Anyone know when the Hawkeye/Grayhound Ball in in Norfolk this year? Thanks for the assist. Cheers, Ron

  7. Randy Hess says:

    Please add the US-3 to the aircraft flown by VRC-50.
    Thanks and great website!

  8. Joe McNamara says:

    A few responses to recent blog posts.

    For Bill Dana. Good comment about the Aircrewmen/women. We would be happy to incorporate words to honor them. If you could suggest the wording or better still, provide a short writeup we will post it on the site.

    For Pappy James, don’t know when the Hawkeye/Greyhound Ball is in Norfolk this year but Rudy Costanza of the Hawkeye Greyhound Association could probably get the information. Rudy can be reached at rudy5409@cox.net

    For Randy Hess, thank you for noting the US-3 as one of the VRC-50 aircraft. We will make the change.

    Thanks to all,
    Joe

  9. Gary Meadows says:

    Would like to connect with old friends from VAW-114 (1975-77) & VAW-113 (1978-79). I was an AT.

  10. Bill Dana says:

    We shouldn’t forget the C-1A aircraft that provided service to the fleet for many years

  11. john f le dieu says:

    as one of early Royal Navy exchange officers (1965)I notice that the early “Dets” are not mentioned anywhere in the history and the Det. “crests” are not shown either!

  12. Tom Pigage says:

    Steve Hannifin and John Loving: Would like to get in touch with you guys. I can be reached at RDUturns@aol.com
    PIGAGE

  13. CDR "Ranz" says:

    I read in the morning paper (April 1) that an E-2C was lost in the Persian Gulf Region from USS Eisenhower. It mentioned that four crew members were in the plane and three were rescued. Does anyone have more information on this incident.

  14. Bob (Bobeaux) says:

    Feb. – May, 1965, With the help of VAW 11, I flew several round trips off the USS Coral Sea into Danang and back, then on July 04, 1965 into Danang to get the fuel tanks topped off and on to Subic to wait on a flight back to CONUS. (the best 4th of July of my life!)

    Is there any way to get records of these flights? I was told that after 5 years flight records are shredded. Is that true? If so, do you know of any way that I might contact some of the pilots that may confirm my being onboard for these flights? I was an ATN3 in charge of the Sparrow missile DSM32 test gear on board the Coral Sea and we had developed a fix for the short range air war the F4’s were forced to fight there. Sparrows were designed for long range (2 miles +) and the F4 did not have any guns at that time, so the F4 drivers of VF-51 didn’t like me too much until we developed a fix.
    Thanks for your consideration,
    Bob Baker

  15. john lamb says:

    i was with one of the early detachments in danang, when there were some structual problems suspected on the c2a aircrafts. we were sent in to take up the slack while that airframe issue was being resolved. several of us came from vrc-40 nasnorva. more info available on request.

  16. Mike Navarro says:

    This Thursday, October 21st, marks the 50th anniversary of the first flight of the E-2 Hawkeye. Check out Steeljaw Scribe’s blog for the series Project Cadillac, which tells the story of AEW in the Navy.

  17. Mike Navarro says:

    Steeljaw Scribe’s blog can be found at http://steeljawscribe.com/tag/project-cadillac

  18. Bob Braze says:

    Gentlemen, I served in VAW 111 1972-1975. In 1975 VAW 111 deployed on the USS Forrestal flying E-2B aircraft. That information is missing in the squadron blog. My fondest memories were flying the “Willy Fudd” off USS Ranger in Viet Nam.

  19. Denny Glaass says:

    You didn’t list the USS Yorktown as one of the
    ships & Vaw-11 as the squadron.

  20. Sean Murphy says:

    The VRC-50 logo is missing on the homepage. Can this be added?

  21. Mike Navarro says:

    If you look at the ship’s seal for the new USS George H. W. Bush, you will notice not one but two E-2 Hawkeyes on the deck.

  22. mike torrey says:

    I am looking for any info about an accident on 28 Feb., 1971 off the coast of So. Calif. involving an E-1B from VAW-111. Two aircrewmen, LCDR Carl “Falcon” Hawkins, and Lt. (jg) Thomas Cleveland were killed. Lt. Thomas Crider and aviation electonics tech 2c. Steven Renn were rescued. If anyone has a photo of this plane or one from VAW-111 at the time of this accident please contact me. I would like to build an accurate model of this plane.
    Thanks,
    Mike Torrey

  23. RICHARD LASCHINGER says:

    HERE IS RETIRED ATC CHIEF LASCH… RETIRED FROM VAW 115 ON JUL 3 1973.. SERVED ON MIDWAY CVA 41 71 AND 72.. SHORE DUTY AT FLEET COMPUTER PROGRAMMING CENTER, PACIFIC POINT LOMA (SAN DIEGO, CA) WHERE WE DID RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT TRANSITIONING FROM THE OLD LITTON DRUM COMPUTER TO THE E2B… I STARTED OUT IN THE OLD VAAW 35 WITH THE AD AND THEN TO WAW 11 WITH THE FUD ABOARD USS ESSEX… I JUST TURNED 79 YEARS OLD AND WONDERING HOW MANY OF US ‘REAL OLD TIMERS’ ARE STILL STANDING… THANKS CHIEF LASCH

  24. Doug Rohrer says:

    What’s with items 23 and 24? looks like Russian and littered with porn sites. You don’t need that on this site.

  25. Steve Hannifin says:

    Great site, gentlemen!
    Ron James & Gary Meadows–I’m one of the Hawgs from the 76-79 timeframe.
    I’m curious about the inverted text on the headers & the port side links, though…

  26. admin says:

    Doug, we removed those Russian links. Steve, don’t know why you see inverted text – looks okay on my computer.

  27. Great website and I am looking forward to seeing some of the old Fuddmen from VAW 111 (1970-1972) days at the upcoming reunion.

  28. Randy Hess says:

    I think it would be a nice addition for historical purposes to list the Home Port for each of the VAW/VRC squadrons. As best I can remember: VAW 11,13,VAW111, VRC 30 were at North Island NAS, Ca:
    RVAW 110, VAW 112,113,114,116,117 were at North Island(NI) NAS then Miramar NAS, Ca;
    VAW 115 was at Atsugi NAS, Japan; VRC 50 was at Atsugi, JA, NI NAS, Cubi Pt. NAS, PI and finally Anderson AFB, Guam;
    R/VAW 120,121,123,124,125,126 and VRC 40 were at Norfolk NAS, VA;
    VAW 77 at NAS Atlanta, Ga.
    Thanks/R

  29. Ed White says:

    Don’t see very much on early deployments, but does anyone have info on a C2-A we lost from Cubi during 1969? It left one of the ships on the line with a load of passengers and soon went down with all hands. No wreckage was found. I had several friends on board.
    Also, have any of you ever worked on C2-A #59, one of the first of her kind? I helped put her back together after she was cannabalized at Atsugi. We all cheered when she finally flew away to be rebuilt. AMH2 White

  30. Charles Lee Carter says:

    In a couple weeks will be 78. Was in VC-11 from 1951 – 1955. We had the AD-4W (Sky Raiders). My cruises on, Boxer 1953, Hornet 1954 and Phil Sea 1955. Did you forget we old farts and our planes?
    PS: Our officers were exceptional.

    PPS:Bob Baker Might get his personal records from Naval Personal and they might have some info on his flight records.
    I got my records and found more information than I thought possible.

  31. Jerry Duke says:

    Anyone have info on the VAW114(?) E2 that went down off the Kitty Hawk around 1969..I was a PN2 with VAW 112 on the Big “E” and had a high school classmate that was an AT on the flight. I would like to honor him in our high school museum if I can get the info…

  32. Terry Purdy says:

    As a VAW-114 aviator 1967-1972, I’d like to see the squadron patch represent the early years of VAW-114. The accurate patch/decal is the one Jim Charnesky shows in the photos on this website.

    Mike Navarro, as a former VAW-114 aviator, probably has that original VAW-114 patch too.

    Is VAW-114 the only AEW squadron to have 2 official patches or decals during its life in the Navy?

  33. USS Midway Veterans Association is searching for Midway veterans – ships company and airwing. Check out the website. 2012 reunion in Washington, DC, September 20 – 22.

  34. Skip Haynes says:

    stumbled on this website searching for a patch from VAW 121 Det 9 Essex to North Atlantic 1967. Trying to find the Snoopy at the Fudd Farm patch. Any help would be appreciated.

  35. Steve Piper says:

    Trying to prove boots on the ground. Flew on a C-1A from Da Nang to Ranger on 1//5/71. Need help proving this. Don’t remember if plane was Ranger’s (000) or from Da Nang based detachment.

  36. M0organ Lovvorn says:

    I was on the INDY in 1975 as a McDonnell D

  37. M0organ Lovvorn says:

    Looking for anyone stationed in the Carrier USS Indy in 1975.

  38. Al Sheley says:

    I’m surprised that VAW-13 Zappers are not displayed with all of the squadron patches on your website. VAW-13 Det. C deployed the first Willy Fudds to WestPac on the Hancock in July of 1960. VAW-13 became VAQ-13 sometime in the early 60’s when they reorganized the AEW mission. I served in VAW-11 twice and VAW-13 once. Please update your squadron page.

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