For those who served in the RVAH Community, their families, and friends!
On the first Saturday in November 1955, VAH-1 was commissioned in
Hanger One, NAS JAX FLA. Sixty years ago.
B. R. Cleary,
Commissioned at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, on November 1,1955, as the heir of Patrol Squadron Three (VP-3), VAH-1 gained the distinction of being the first operational unit to receive Skywarriors when five A3D-1s were ferried from NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, five months later. After initial training at its home base, VAH-1 completed carrier qualifications aboard the USS Forrestal (CVA-59) in October, 1956, and was thus ready to bolster the Sixth Fleet during the Suez Crisis in November. This first cruise, which lasted only one month, was followed by two full-length cruises aboard CVA-59 in 1957-58, one in the Mediterranean and one in the North Atlantic.
Moving to NAS Sanford, Florida, in January, 1959, HATRON One recorded the first operational launch and arrested landing aboard the USS Independence (CVA-62) in May of that year. Two Mediterranean cruises were made aboard this carrier in 1959-60 and in 1961. Between these two cruises, VAH-1 also provided inflight refueling for Project LANA, the Bendix Trophy transcontinental speed record set by McDonnell F4H-1 s to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of U.S. Naval Aviation.
A great way back article !