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:
For the CVW-1 article recently completed, this F-8D Crusader was completed. Although the article deals with F-4 Phantom colors and markings, the last aircraft VF-32 flew before transitioning to the F-4 Phantom is also depicted. It seems that most squadron either transitioned from the Demon to the Phantom or from the Crusader to the Phantom, and naturally for the Swordsmen, the transition was made from the last gunfighter to the first (perhaps one of the first) multirole aircraft: The F-4 Phantom. Here´s the Crusader depicted as it looked in 1965 shortly before the transitioning took place. What to read the CVW-1 article in its entirety ? Here´s a link Here´s the VF-32 album as it looks at this point:
It´s no secret that I´m currently working on a article about the colors and markings of F-4 Phantom in CVW-1 service. At the moment 15 illustrations have been made and 5 more will follow. Here´s a few teasers that will show you what to expect: Two profiles of VF-14 F-4B Phantoms (CAG bird from the 1965 and the 1971 deployements respectively), and a F-4B Phantom of VF-32 "Swordsmen" from the Vietnam war deployment in 1966. It´s been an interesting journey to delve into the paint schemes of the two squadrons, but also to keep track of the various updates that were given to the squadrons aircraft between and during the deployments. With the kind help of Peter Greengrass these illustrations have been made and will be made available to you in Smoke Trails magazine this summer (at a later date also on this site. Click the illustrations below to be taken to the VF-14 and VF-32 sections
This year our national flag will turn 800 years. To mark the occasion, the Royal Danish Air Force decided to have one of their F-16 adorned with the Flag. They choose me to do the design, and here´s the result. Click the image below, to read the story and see manu more photos: