For those who served in the RVAH Community, their families, and friends!
In the late 70s we had some F4s in Key West and if my memory don't fail me they were part of RVAH-3. I know I worked some on the Arrow 1 radar system before I went to AIMD. Does anyone have a picture of these F4 aircraft?
I know I have a photo of an F4 just have to find it!!! They sent it to me!!!!
I was long gone from the Navy in the late 70's but just for the heck of it I did an internet search (and you probably did too) and found this on Wikipedia....
Talks about a detachment that was based there. Good thing it was called the Fleet Fighter Air Readiness Program (FFARP) and not the Fleet Air Readiness Test (FART)...just saying...
Due to its superb flying weather, NAS Key West has also hosted several permanent Fleet Fighter Air Readiness Program (FFARP). detachments of the fighter and strike fighter Fleet Replacement Squadrons (FRS) at NAS Oceana, Virginia. This includes the former Atlantic Fleet F-4 Phantom II FRS, Fighter Squadron 171 (VF-171), from the 1970s through the 1980s; and the former Atlantic Fleet F-4 Phantom II and then F-14 Tomcat FRS, Fighter Squadron 101(VF-101), from the 1960s through 1970s in the F-4 and the 1970s through 2005 in F-14. The focus of both of these detachments revolved around the Fleet Fighter Air Readiness Program (FFARP). The Atlantic Fleet F/A-18 Hornet and F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Fleet Replacement Squadron, Strike Fighter Squadron 106 (VFA-106), also based at NAS Oceana, continues to maintain an NAS Key West detachment to this day in support of FFARP's successor, the Strike Fighter Advanced Readiness Program (SFARP).
During the 1980s and 1990s, Fighter Squadron 45 (VF-45) was also based at NAS Key West to provide air combat adversary services with A-4 Skyhawk II, F-5E/F Freedom Fighter and F-16N Fighting Falcon aircraft. Decommissioned in the late 1990s due to post-Cold War budget cuts, VF-45's former mission at NAS Key West is now performed by Fighter Composite Squadron 111 (VFC-111), an Active-Reserve integrated Navy Reserve squadron flying the F-5N and F-5F.
My memory is failing me a bit but not too bad. Yes, I think it was the VF-101 Grim Reapers that were there and they used the same hanger as RVAH-3. I can't recall if I helped work on the Arrow 1 radar system as a Sea Dragon or if I was working for NAS at the time. When H-3 decommissioned I went to AIMD until I got out so I am sure I was still in 3 when I worked on the F-4s radar system so I might of been on loan to VF-101 but never a member.
I am just looking for an era picture of them so that I can paint a model like their bird.
See if these work. One even has a Vigi in the background behind the nose cone / radome of the F-4!!
And if you want to go waaaaaaay back in history....