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PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2011 6:52 pm 
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CVW-17 1982 USS Eisenhower

I regard the Air Wing as one of the most important parts of a carrier model. The Air Wing is the "raison d'etre" for a carrier and therefore as important to the ship as the gun batteries are for a battleship. So when I bought the Trumpeter 1/350 USS Nimitz 1975 I first looked for suitable 1/350 aircraft decals. The choice fell upon the decalsheet from Starfighter Decals.

http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/yhst-5543458166 ... 3_22787521

Other possibilities are CVW-7 1979:
http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/yhst-5543458166 ... 3_22064135

Or CVW-7 1981:
http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/yhst-5543458166 ... 3_24191708

I chose the 1982 sheet because I really liked the idea to put EA-3B Whales aboard, although the A-6 Intruders of VA-65 are without a doubt more colorful in the 1978-1979 timeframe!

The best period for Naval Aviation modelers are the Seventies because of the colorful schemes the aircraft had. Early in the Eighties you can see the 'drabness' of the TPS (Tactical Paint Scheme) come into view. Before long every aircraft was gray with contrasting gray markings. Only in the Nineties this was loosened somewhat and every squadron was allowed it's "Double-Nuts" or it's "CAG-bird" to be finished with colourful squadron insignia. CVW-7 in 1982 can be seen shifting slightly towards the TPS. The EA-6B Prowlers already wore it and the F-14A's of VF 142 and VF-143 were finished in overall gray FS 36440 instead of 36440 on the topsides and gloss white on the bottoms and on top of the flaps, ailerons and horizontal stabilizers although Starfighter Decals gives a different color call-out.

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Some very nice shots of Carrier Air Wing 7 aboard Ike. Near the bottom of the page the pics from the early Eighties.
http://www.seaforces.org/usnair/CVW/Car ... Wing-7.htm


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VQ-2 “Batmen”, Douglas EA-3B Skywarrior:
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Also known as the “Sandemen”, referring to the Sandeman port, sherry and wine from Spain where VQ-2 was based.
http://www.sandeman.eu/homepage/en
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VQ-2 Batmen
http://www.flickr.com/photos/24101413@N ... 642811023/

EA-3B Skywarrior
VQ-2 based at Rota, Spain.
Modex 004.
Squadron code letters normally JQ.
Stylised "Sandeman" squadron emblem on side of tail not in view.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jr55/43990 ... 642811023/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jr55/44015 ... 642811023/

EA-3B Skywarrior.
VQ-2 'Batmen'
Modex 12.
CV-60 USS Saratoga.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2258/153 ... 71e5_o.jpg

Bu No 146453.
VQ-2, Modex 8. (Based at NAF Rota, Spain)
CVW-3 tail code AC.
CVA-60 USS SARATOGA
between March 11th & Oct. 26th 1966.
Mediterranean Sea.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2406/251 ... d8dd_o.jpg


EA-3B Skywarrior.
VQ-2, based at NAF Rota, Spain.
CVN-68 USS NIMITZ - Nov.1976
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3110/337 ... 00cb_o.jpg

EA-3B Skywarrior.
Bu No 146453
VQ-2 'Batmen'
Modex 15.
CV-60 USS Saratoga 1984.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2131/249 ... 682c_o.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2097/247 ... 80e5_o.jpg

EA-3B Skywarrior
Bu No 146454
VQ-2
Tail code JQ. Modex 16

Palma de Mallorca Airport
Balearic Isles
September 8, 1985.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/24101413@N ... 642811023/

EA-3B Skywarrior
Bu No 144852.
VQ-2 Modex 18
With "Sandeman" emblem on tail.
RAF Greenham Common
England, UK.
June 25th 1977.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2722/402 ... 682d_o.jpg

EA-3B Skywarrior
Bu No 144852.
VQ-2 Modex 18
With "Sandeman" emblem on tail.
Possibly on approach to
RAF Greenham Common International Air Tattoo
England, UK.
June 1977.
http://www.airliners.net/photo/USA---Na ... 1261960/L/



EA-3B, VQ-2, Spain, September 8, 1985.
http://www.airliners.net/photo/USA---Na ... 1500396/L/

VQ-2 Squadron based at Rota NAS in Spain, seen departing IAT 91 (note the 'Sharks mouth ' markings)
http://www.airliners.net/photo/USA---Na ... 1194430/L/

EA-3B Skywarrior.
VQ-2.
CV-43 USS Coral Sea.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2195/221 ... 1a1d_b.jpg

EA-3B Skywarrior.
VQ-2 'Batmen'
Modex 12.
CV-43 USS Coral Sea
Oct.1st 1985 to May 19th 1986.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2302/221 ... 6a5b_b.jpg


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VS-31 “Topcats”, Lockheed S-3A Viking:
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CAG-bird 1978 aboard USS Independence:
http://www.carrierbuilders.net/store/im ... 001-A5.jpg

S-3A, 1987, Ike
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/c ... _1987.JPEG

1985, McChord AFB
http://www.aircraftprofiles.dk/wp-conte ... 22-pmc.jpg

May 1987
http://www.aircraftprofiles.dk/wp-conte ... 87-pmc.jpg

NAS Fallon, Oct 1987
http://www.airliners.net/photo/USA---Na ... 0964694/L/

Lockheed S-3A Viking.
Bu No 159769.
VS-31 ‘Topcats’. Modex 707.
CVW-7 tail code AG.
CVN-69 DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER.
Dated 21 May 1983. MAD-boom extended (Magnetic Anomaly Detector)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3180/310 ... 0cc2_o.jpg

S-3A Viking.
VS-31. Modex No 710.
CVW-7 tail code AG.
CVN-69 USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER.
1978 or 1979
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4026/437 ... eecc_o.jpg


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VA-65 “Tigers” Grumman A-6E TRAM Intruder:
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CVN-69
USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER
CVW-7 tail code AG
1980
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4066/425 ... 853d_b.jpg

Two A-6E Intruder .
VA-65 'Tigers'
CVW-7 tail code AG.
Bu No 160997.
'Modex' number '501'.
Bu No 161083 .
'Modex' number '504'
CVN-69 USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/111/3111 ... z.jpg?zz=1


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VA-66 “Waldomen”, Vought A-7E Corsair II:
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A-7E landing on Ike 1980
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/c ... _1980.JPEG

Four VA-66 Corsairs in flight, 1983
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/c ... _1983.jpeg

VA-66 A-7E after landing.
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/c ... _1980.JPEG

A gallery with photos of the Hasegawa 1/48 A-7E Corsair in VA-66 1982 markings.
http://www.scaleworkshop.com/gallery/a7esl_1.htm

Pics of an VA-66 A-7E after a landing gone bad at NAS Cecil Field, January 1981.
http://www.tinfeathers.com/InMishap/A7/A7.htm


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VA-12 “Flying Ubangis”, Vought A-7E Corsair II:
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An air to air left side view of an Attack Squadron 12 (VA-12) A-7E Corsair II aircraft equipped with a buddy store for aerial refueling and the airbrake extended.
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4028/425 ... 3483_b.jpg

An air-to-air right side view of an Attack Squadron 12 (VA-12) A-7E Corsair II aircraft. In the background is an unidentified commercial oil tanker.
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4061/425 ... b1da_b.jpg

An Attack Squadron 12 (VA-12) A-7E Corsair II aircraft armed with Mark 82 500-pound bombs is launched from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69).
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2680/425 ... 4945_b.jpg

An Attack Squadron 12 (VA-12) A-7E Corsair II aircraft is launched from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69).
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2681/425 ... 785c_b.jpg

Grainy and slightly bleached copy of air to air picture with two armed A-7E Corsair of VA-12.
Tail code AG of CVW-7.
Nearest - Modex code 414. Furthest - Modex code 407.
A-7E 157459
A-7E 157484
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2752/425 ... z.jpg?zz=1

Air to air picture of two armed A-7E Corsair from VA-12.
Tail code AG of CVW-7.
Nearest - Modex code 414. Last four of serial on lower tail; '7459'.
Three Mk 82 low drag bombs on both center wing stations, one LAU-10 Zuni rocket pod on both outer stations.
Furthest - Modex code 407. Last four of serial '7484' on lower tail.
Three Mk 82 on both center wing stations, fuels tanks on both inner and one LAU-10 rocket pod on both outer stations.
A-7E 157459
A-7E 157484
Both A-7E 157459 and A-7E 157484
are recorded as being with VA-12 as Modex 414 and 407 respectively when
aboard CVA-62 USS Independence as part of CVW-7 tail code AG:
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4059/425 ... z.jpg?zz=1
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4036/425 ... z.jpg?zz=1

Why the Seventies are more interesting in paint schemes than most of the Eighties... A-7E Corsair 159661 with others on airfield ramp.
VA-12. 'Flying Ubangis' - Modex code 410 in black
Tail code AG of CVW-7.
In low viz dull overall gray and light gray markings.
April 1984 ?
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4010/425 ... z.jpg?zz=1

Bright day color picture of low-viz A-7E Corsair 159274 on airfield taxiway armed with live Mk. 82 slicks.
VA-12. Modex code 401
Tail code AG of CVW-7.
April 1984 ?
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2757/425 ... z.jpg?zz=1

Dull day color picture of A-7E Corsair 157568 on airfield ramp.
VA-12. Modex code 403.
Tail code AG of CVW-7.
Small script on lower tail 'USS DWIGHT D EISENHOWER'. 28 Feb 1981 ?
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4023/425 ... z.jpg?zz=1

A-7E Corsair 156863
VA-12. Modex code 404
Tail code AG of CVW-7.
Small script on lower tail 'USS DWIGHT D EISENHOWER'.
3 Oct 1982 ?
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4021/425 ... z.jpg?zz=1

A-7E Corsair 160562
VA-12. Modex code 401
Tail code AG of Carrier Air Wing Seven (CVW-7)
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2699/425 ... z.jpg?zz=1

Detail tail view of A-7E Corsair 160562.
VA-12 'Flying Ubangis'. Modex 401.
'Kiss of Death' emblem on tail.
Tail code AG of CVW-7.
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4071/425 ... 2fce_b.jpg

Fine color picture of unarmed A-7E Corsair 157564.
VA-12 'Flying Ubangis'. Modex code 415.
Tail code AG of CVW-7. USS Independence.
Last four of serial '7564' on lower tail.
July 1976 ?
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2721/425 ... z.jpg?zz=1

A-7E Corsair 157582
VA-12 'Flying Ubangis' .Modex code 407.
Tail code AG of CVW-7.
Large squadron 'Kiss of Death' emblem on tail.
S-2 Tracker behind.
July 1974 ?
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4058/425 ... z.jpg?zz=1

Excellent shot of cat take off.
Unarmed A-7E Corsair 157472.
VA-12 'Flying Ubangis'. Modex code 400.
Famous squadron 'Kiss of Death' emblem on tail.
Tail code AG of Carrier Air Wing Seven (CVW-7)..
CVA-62 USS Independence.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2745/425 ... z.jpg?zz=1

Ramp photo of A-7E Corsair 157472
VA-12 'Flying Ubangis' Modex code 400, the Double Nuts, VA-12’s CAG-bird.
Tail code AG of Carrier Air Wing Seven (CVW-7)
June 1974 ?
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2704/425 ... z.jpg?zz=1


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2011 7:09 pm 
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VF-142 “Ghostriders”, Grumman F-14A Tomcat:
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http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t57/ ... -142_1.jpg

Soviet Tu-95 “Bear” intercepted by a VF-142 F-14A, 1983
http://www.acig.org/artman/uploads/usn_ ... ean_01.jpg

Very nice in-flight photo of a Ghostrider F-14A. Armed with Phoenix, live Sidewinders and under-fuselage droptanks.
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/c ... VF-142.jpg

Some nice pics taken when Ike was in Venezuela. Although it’s 1987, it gives some nice views of Tomcats on deck and tied down.
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-VfkD7GiAeUA/T ... +02+LR.jpg

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-bTQpN8CZIXo/T ... +25+LR.jpg

Now you know what those dimples molded on Trumpeters’ deck are for!
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-LweKc8grQCk/T ... +24+LR.jpg

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-7Y8vtywZyyw/T ... +23+LR.jpg

The exhausts (well, the engines, actually) on F-14A’s are different than on F-14B’s or –D’s.
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-SJdu18r4PMQ/T ... +22+LR.jpg

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/--XTbeRtiptE/T ... +05+LR.jpg


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VF-143 “Pukin’ Dogs”, Grumman F-14A Tomcat:
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The squadron's winged black lion (or as squadron lore has it, the design is actually a mythological creature called Griffin) on a blue shield.

There are two tales on how the distinctive squadron name came about: One popular version is that when the Griffin design was unveiled, a female observer commented that the creature's droopy head and gaping mouth made it looked like a dog throwing up. A few claimed the nickname originated in Vietnam when a USAF F-105 pilot remarked on how the beast resembled a vomitting canine! Either way, the legend of the World Famous Pukin' Dogs had begun.


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VAW-121 “Bluetails” (officially “Griffins”), Grumman E-2B Hawkeye.
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http://www.public.navy.mil/airfor/vaw12 ... /lITHO.jpg

http://steeljawscribe.com/wordpress/wp- ... 21_e2c.jpg

http://steeljawscribe.com/wordpress/wp- ... 21_001.jpg

E-2C VAW-121, 2002
http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/mcmahanphoto_2141_198525766

E-2C, VAW-121, 2001, USS JFK.
http://www.rob.clubkawasaki.com/jas5972.jpg


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VAQ-138 “Yellowjackets”, Grumman EA-6B Prowler.Image


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HS-5 “Night Dippers”, Sikorsky SH-3H Sea King.
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CVW-7 (AG)
CVN-69 DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER
Jan.5, 1982 - Jul.13, 1982 (Med)
Modex Squadron Aircraft
100 VF-143 Pukin' Dogs F-14A
200 VF-142 Ghostriders F-14A
300 VA-66 Waldos A-7E
400 VA-12 Flying Ubangis A-7E
500 VA-65 Tigers A-6E/KA-6D
600-603 VAW-121 Bluetails E-2C
604-607 VAQ-132 Scorpions EA-6B
610 HS-5 Night Dippers SH-3H
700 VS-31 Topcats S-3A
(JQ)12, xx VQ-2 DET. Batmen EA-3B

Data from http://www.gonavy.jp. For more info on CVW-7 look here:
http://www.gonavy.jp/CVW-AGf.html

The Starfighter decalsheet contains markings for:

VF-143, 10X, Modex: 100-106, 110, 112, 114.
VF-142, 9X, Modex: 200-203, 205, 207, 210, 220, 221.
VA-66, 7X, Modex: 300, 301, 303, 305, 307, 310, 312.
VA-12, 8X, Modex: 401-405, 411, 413, 415.
VA-65, 6X, Modex: 500-504, 520.
VAW-121, 2X, Modex: 600, 601.
VAQ-132, 4X, Modex: 604-607.
HS-5, 4X, Modex: 1-4.
VS-31, 5X, Modex: 700-704.
VQ-2, 2X, Modex: 10, 12.

For a total of 57 aircraft.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 11:56 am 
Hi guys,

I have a question. A While ago I bought a really cool flight helmet from the US navy with the initials SG on it. I checked some cruisebooks from the Us Navy and found that this helmet might have belonged to a guy named Stephen Gibson in VF 142 around the 1982 period. Would there be anyone able to help me trace back the original owner of this helmet?

Thanks

Nicolas


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