Redesignated from VA-81 on Feb. 4th, 1988. Unit in active service
Established in 1955. Redesignated to VA-81 on Jul, 1st, 1959
As teased earlier in the day, the Legacy Hornet model have been completed. To start things off, I´ve made a VFA-161 A-model, perhaps not the most colorful Hornet that ever was, but soon more will follow. If you subscribe to the Hook you´ll see two Hornet illustrations in the upcoming issue (not telling you which ones!). And i´m currently working on a series of Marine Hornets that will eventually become available as prints. So let me know which ones you want me to do. Here´s my very first FA-18 Legacy Hornet...hope you like it !
With the completion of the FA-18 Legacy Hornet, it have finally become possible to do a VF-161 "Chargers" lineage print. The print features the squadron very first aircraft the F3H-2 Demon, and four F-4 Phantoms and the squadrons very last aircraft the FA-18A Hornet. The print also features MIG kill markings of each of the squadrons six aerial victories in the skys above Vietnam. The size of the print is 36x12 inches and will be made available via Aviationgraphic.com very soon. Let me know how you like it. If you want to have a closer look at the depicted aircraft, click here for VF-161 and here for VFA-161
Redesignation of VF-161 on Jun. 1st, 1986. Disestablished on Apr. 1st, 1988
Two new F-8 Crusader profiles have been added. This time a F-8C Crusader of VF-91 "Red Lightnings" as they appeared in late 1962 and a F-8E Crusader of VF-194 "Red Lightnings" as this CAG bird appeared in 1967. VF-91 was redesignated to VF-194 on Aug. 1st, 1963, and would continue to operate the Crusader until 1976. The squadron would be among the very few Crusader equipped units to transfer to the Phantom after the Tomcat was introduced into fleet service. Below you can find both the VF-91 gallery and the VF-194 Gallery. Enjoy ! VF-91 "Red Lightnings" VF-194 "Red Lightnings"
As usual I don´t have a name for this piece...some of you might be able to help me with that. Please let me hear your suggestions in the comments below ;) This piece depicts a F-4J Phantom of VF-84 Jolly Rogers, putting the throttles to max just seconds before being shot of the deck of USS Roosevelt (CVA-42). The Shooter is giving the launch signal, and the steam catapult are ready to accelerate the Phantom to launch speed in a matter of seconds. I´ve been trying to capture the heat, noise and intensity of the moment, but let me know if you think i´ve nailed it ;) below is a few samples of the piece (not in full resolution, but about 2/3s the resolution of the original). [/fusion_text][/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]
For an upcoming project regarding the history of the Red Lightnings, these three profiles have been completed: The F9F-2 Panther, the F9F-8 Cougar and the FJ-3 Fury, covering their years from 1952 to 1958. At this time the squadrons designation was VF-91. The squadron would later be equipped with Crusaders and in 1963 be redesignated to VF-194 "Red Lightnings". The squadron would later fly both Phantoms and Tomcats, and those will of cause be covered too, but at a later date. Below is the three VF-91 profiles that have just been added to the VF section. Hope you like them !
Established on Mar. 26th, 1952. Redesignated to VF-194 on Aug. 1st, 1963
The Swordsmen operated the F-4 Phantom from 1966 to 1973 when the squadron transitioned to F-14 Tomcats, along with it´s sister squadron VF-14. This illustration depicts the very last paint scheme ever to have been worn by a Swordsmen Phantom. VF-32 were among the first squadrons to get the all new F-14 Tomcat and thus the squadron didn´t operate the F-4 for long. Perhaps thats why you don´t see as many photos of VF-32 Phantoms around the web...a bit of a shame, as they actually are both quite attractive and different from the style used on most other contemporary squadrons. What to read the CVW-1 article in its entirety ? Here´s a link (If you read it, make sure to let me know what you think) Here´s the VF-32 album in its entirety: