A Heavy Attack Chronology
This rather rough time line is intended to give a sense of who, what,
where and when in the heavy attack program from its inception and through
its transition to refueling and ultimately to reconnaisance. Please note
that because my primary interest is the AJ-1 and the AJ-2 I have not
included VAH/RVAH-1, VAH/RVAH-2, VAH/RVAH-3, and VAH/RVAH-4. Those four
squadrons never flew the Savage and primarily flew A3Ds and then RA-5Cs.
All the squadrons that are in my list at one time or another flew the
AJ-1, the AJ-2, or the AJ-2P.
- 9 September 1948 VC-5 was commissioned at Moffett Field, NAS Sunnyvale, CA.
- 6 January 1950 VC-6 was commissioned at Moffett.
- 1 April 1950 VC-5 was ordered to NAS Norfolk.
- 26 June 1950 VC-5 completed move to NAS Norfolk.
- 10 August 1950 VC-7 commissioned at Moffett.
- Late 1950 VC-6 moved to NAS Patuxent River, MD.
- 20 January 1951 Patrol Squadron 61 (VP-61) was commissioned at NAS Miramar, CA.
- 1 February 1951 HATWING ONE was commissioned at NAS Norfolk. [Ginter, p.77]
- 1 May 1951 NAAS Sanford reactivated.
- May 1951 VC-7 received orders to NAS Norfolk, VA.
- 3 December 1951 VC-8 was commissioned at NAS Patuxent River, MD.
- 1 January 1952 FASRON 51 was commissioned at NAS Jacksonville, FL.
- 24 January 1952 VC-5 moved to NAS Jacksonville, FL. Move was completed by March.
- 5 March 1952 VP-61 became VJ-61.
- 10 April 1952 VJ-62 was commissioned at NAS Jacksonville, FL.
- June 1952 VC-6 sent Detachment One to North Island, San Diego.
- 20 October 1952 VJ-62 moved to NAAS Sanford, FL.
- 31 October 1952 VC-6 moved to San Diego, thus dissolving Detachment One.
- 1 November 1952 VC-7 moved to NAS Patuxent River, MD.
- January 1953 VC-5 was ordered to Sanford, FL. They had a detachment deployed at that time.
- 15 January 1953 VC-9 was commissioned at NAAS Sanford, FL.
- Early 1953? Fasron 51 moved to NAAS Sanford, FL.
- February 1953 HATU was established at NAS Norfolk, VA.
- April 1953 VC-5 completed their move to NAAS Sanford, FL.
- Early 1955 VC-7 moved to NAAS Sanford, FL.
- 1 July 1955 VC-6 became VAH-6, and VC-7 became VAH-7.
- July 1955 VC-8 was transferred to NAAS Sanford.
- July 1955 VJ-62 moved to NAS Norfolk.
- 1 November 1955 VC-5 became VAH-5, VC-8 became VAH-11, and VC-9 became VAH-9.
- June 1956 VJ-61 moved to Agana, Guam.
- 2 July 1956 VJ-61 became VAP-61 and VJ-62 became VAP-62.
- late 1956 HATU was disestablished.
- August 1957 VAP-62 moved to NAS Jacksonville.
- 1957 HATULANT and HATUPAC were established.
- January 1958 VAH-15 was established at NAS Norfolk, and VAH-16 was established at North Island, primarily as tanker squadrons for the east and west coasts, respectively.
- early 1958 VAH-6 moved to Whidbey Island.
- February 1959 VAH-15 and VAH-16 were disestablished.
- 1 July 1959 VAP-61 became VCP-61.
- 1 July 1961 VCP-61 reverted to the old designation VAP-61.
- 1 March 1964 VAH-5 became RVAH-5.
- 3 April 1964 VAH-9 became RVAH-9.
- 23 September 1964 VAH-6 became RVAH-6.
- 1 December 1964 VAH-7 became RVAH-7.
- July 1966 VAH-11 became RVAH-11.
- 1 June 1975 RVAH-11 was disestablished.
- 30 September 1977 RVAH-5 "stood down," and RVAH-9 was disestablished.
- 20 October 1978 RVAH-6 was disestablished.
- November 1979 RVAH-7 was disestablished.
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File created: 29 July 2003.
File modified: 21 December 2003; April 10, 2004; July 28, 2004.