USS AMERICA Carrier Veterans Association

 
 

Airwing History

U-2R aboard the USS America

Sea trials took place from 21 to 23 November 1969 aboard USS America off the Virginia coast. The tests were conducted by Lockheed test pilot Bill Park plus four CIA pilots. After undergoing abbreviated carrier training, the pilots began a series of takeoffs and landings that proved completely successful. The aircraft was even transported down the ship's elevator to the hangar deck with no significant difficulties. Even after all this effort, however, the U-2R is not believed to ever have operated from a carrier again. 

 

Carl Mottern

Airwing Representative
USS America Carrier Veteran's Association

 

USS America (CVA/CV 66) Major Deployments - Airwing Breakdown

This list provides the squadron number, type of aircraft and tail code.

The tail codes have been given in as much detail as possible,
including at least the first number of the series; the remaining series numbers are indicated by X's.

Caribbean shakedown /CVW-6
01 May 1965 - 01 July 1965

VF-102 F-4B AE1xx   
VF-33 F-4B AE2xx  
VA-66 A-4C AE3xx
VA-76 A-4C AE56xx  
VA-64 A-4C AE56xx  
VAW-12 Det66 E-1B GE7xx  
VAW-33 Det66 EA-1F GD8xx
VAP-62 Det66 RA-3B GBx  
HU-2 Det66 UH-2A HUxx  
       

Mediterranean/CVW-6
30 November 1965 - 10 July 1966

VF-102 F-4B AE1XX  
VF-33 F-4B AE2XX  
VA-66 A-4C AE3XX
RVAH-5 RA-5C AE40X  
VA-64 A-4C AE6XX  
VAW-12 DET66 E-1B AE71X  
VAW-33 DET66 EA-1F AE81X  
VQ-2 DET EA-3B JOXX  
HC-2 DET66 UH-2A HUXX  
       

Mediterranean/CVW-6
10 January-20 September 1967

VF-102 F-4B AE1XX  
VF-33 F-4B AE2XX  
VA-66 A-4C AE3XX  
FVAH-5 RA-5C AE40X  
VA-36 A-4C AE5XX
VA-64 4-4C AE6XX  
VAW-12 DET66 E-2A GE75X  
VAW-12 became VAW-122 on 01 APR 1967
VAW-33 DET66 EA-1F AE81X  
VAH-10 DET66 A-3B AE02X  
HS-9 DET66 SH-3A AW6X  
HC-2 DET66 UH-2A HUXX  



 

Vietnam/CVW-6
10 April-16 December 1968

VF-102 F-4J AE1XX  
VF-3 F-4J AE2XX  
VA-82 A-7A AE3XX
VA-86 A-7A AE40X
VA-85 A-6A/B AE5XX
RVAH-13 RA-5C AE60X  
VAW-13DET66 EKA-3B AE71X  

(VAW 13 Became VAQ -130 on 01 April)

VAW-122 E-2A AE72X
VAW-10 DET66 E-2A AE01X  
HC-2 DET66 UH-2A/B HUXX  



 

Vietnam/CVW-9
10 April-21 December 1970

VF-96 F-4J NG1XX  
FJ-92 F-4J NG2XX  
VA-146 A-7E NG3XX  
VA-147 A-7E NG4XX  
VA-165 A-6A/B/C NG5XX  
RVAH-12 RA-5C NG60X  
VAQ-132 EKA/KA-3B NG61X  
VAW-124 E-2A NG01X  
HC-2 DET66 UH-2C HUXX  



 

Mediterranean/cvw-8
06 July-15 December 1971

VF-101 DET66 F-4J AJ1XX
VMFA-333 F-4J AJ2XX  
VA-82 A-7E AJ3XX  
VA-86 A-7C AJ40X  
VA-35 A-6A/C AJ5XX  

AKA-6D AJ5XX  
RVAH-13 RA-5C AJ60XX  
VAQ-135 DET EKA-3B AJ61X  
VAW-124 E-2B AJ01X  
HC-2DET66 SH-3G AJ00X  
VQ-2 DET66 EA-3B J0XX  



 

Vietnam/CVW-8
05 June 1972-24 March 1973

VF-74 F-4J AJ1XX
VMFA-333 F-4J AJ2XX
VA-82 A-7C AJ3XX  
VA-86 A-7C AJ4XX  
VA-35 A-6A/C AJ5XX

KA-6D AJ5XX
RVAH-6 RA-5C AJ60X
VAQ-132 EA-6B AJ61X


AJ62X  
VAW-124 E-2B AJ01X  


AJ742  
HC-2 DET66 SH-3G AJ1X  



 

Mediterranean/CVW-8
03 January-03 August 1974

VF-143 F-4J AJ1XX  
VF-142 F-4J AJ2XX  
VA-82 A-7C AJ3XX  
VA-86 A-7C AJ4XX
VA-35 A-6E/KA-6D AJ5XX  
RVAH-1 RA-5C AJ60X  
VAQ-133 EA-6B AJ61X  
VAW-124 E-2C AJ74X  
HC-2 DET66 SH-3G AJ00X  



 

North Atlantic/CVW-8
(NATO Northern Merger)
06 Septermber-12 October 1974

VF-213 F-4J NH1XX  
VF-103 F-4J AC2XX  
VA-82 A-7C AJ3XX  
VA-86 A-7C AJ4XX  
VA-35 A-6E/KA-6D AJ5XX  
RVAH-1 RA-5C AJ60X  
VMCJ-2 DETB EA-6A CY62X  
VAW-126 E-2C AA76X  
HC-2 DET66 SH-3G AJ00X  



 

Mediterranean/CVW-6
15 April-25 October 1976

VF-143 F-14A AE1XX  
VF-143 F-14A AE2XX
VA-15 A-7E AE3XX  
VA-87 A-7E AE4XX  
VA-176 A-63 AE5XX  

KA-6D AE52X  
VS-28 S-3A AE61XX  
VAQ-137 EA-6B AE70X  
VFP-63 DET5 RF-8G AE71X
VAW-124 E-2C AE72X  
HS-15 SH-3D AE00X
VQ-2 DET EA-3B JOXX  











 

Mediterranean/CVW-6
29-Septermber 1977-25 April 1978

VF-143 F-14A AE1XX  
VF-142 F-14A AE2XX  
VA-15 A-7E AE3XX  
VA-87 A-7E AE4XX
VA-176 A-6E/KA-6D AE5XX  
VS-28 S-3A AE6XX
VAQ-137 EA-6B AE70X  
VFP-63 DET5 RF-8G AE71X  
VAW-124 E-2C AE72X  
HS-15 SH-3D AE00X  



 

Mediterranean/CVW-11
13-March-22 September 1979

VF-114 F-14A NH1XX  
VF-213 F-14A NH2XX  
VA-192 A-7E NH3XX  
VA-195 A-7E NH4XX  
VA-95 A-6E/KA-6D NH5XX  
VAW-124 E-2C NH60X  
VFP-63 DET4 RF-8G NH62X  
VAQ-131 EA-6B NH61X  
VS-33 S-3A NH7XX  
HS-12 SH-3H NH74X  



 

Indian Ocean/CVW-11
14 April-12 November 1981

VF-114 F-14A NH1XX  
VF-213 F-14A NH2XX  
VA-192 A-7E NH3XX  
VA-195 A-7E NH4XX  
VA-95 A-6E/KA-6D NH5XX  
VAQ-133 EA-6B NH6XX  
VS-33 S-3A NH7XX  
HS-12 SH-3H NH74X  
VAW-123 E-2C NH01X  
VA2 DET-A EA-3B JQ1X  



 

North Atlantic/Med/Carib/CVW-1
(NATO Northern Wedding)
22 August-04 November 1982

VF-102 F-14A AB1XX  
VF-33 F-14A AB2XX  
VA-46 A-7E AB3XX  
VA-72 A-7E AB4XX  
VA-34 A-6E/KA-6D AB5XX  
VAW-123 E-2C AB60X  
VAQ-135 EA-6B AB60X  
HS-11 SH-3H AB61X  
VS-32 S-3A AB7XX  



 

Med/10/Atlantic/CVW-1
08 December 1982-02 June 1983

VF-102 F-14A AB1XX  
VF-33 F-14A AB2XX  
VA-46 A-7E AB3XX  
VA-72 A-7E AB4XX
VA-34 A-6E/KA-6D AB5XX  
VAW-123 E-2C AB60X  
VAQ-136 EA-6B AB60X  
HS-11 SH-3H AB61X
VS-32 S-3A AB7XX  



 

Caribbean/10/Atlantic/CVW-1
24 April to 14 November 1984

VF-102 F-14A AB1XX  
VF-33 F-14A AB2XX  
VA-46 A-7E AB3XX  
VA-72 A-7E AB4XX  
VA-34 A-6E/KA-6D AB5XX
VAW-123 E-2C AB60X  
VAQ-135 EA-6B AB60X  
HS-11 SH-3H AB61X  
VS-32 S-3A AB7XX  
VQ-2 DETA EA-3B JQ1X  



 

Mediterranean/CVW-1
(Operation Eldorado Canyon)
10 March-10 September 1986

VF-102 F-14A AB1XX  
VF-33 F-14A AB2XX  
VA-46 A-7E AB3XX  
VA-72 A-7E AB4XX
VA-34 A-6E/KA-6D AB5XX  
VAW-123 E-2C AB60X  
VMAQ-D DETY EA-6B AB60X  
HS-11 SH-3H AB61X  
VS-32 S-3A AB7XX  
VQ-2 DET EA-3B JQ1X  




Caribbean/North Atlantic/CVQ-1
(NATO North Star)
08 February -03 April 1989

VF-102 F-14A AB1XX  
VF-33 F-14A AB2XX  
VFA-82 FA-18C AB3XX  
VFA-86 FA-18C AB4XX  
VA-85 A-6E/KA-6D AB5XX  
VAW-123 E-2C AB60X  
VAQ-137 EA-6B AB60X  
HS-11 SH-3H AB61X  
VS-32 S-3A AB7XX  




Med/Indian Ocean/CVW-1
11 May-10 November 1989

VF-102 F-14A AB1XX  
VF-33 F-14A AB2XX  
VFA-82 FA-18C AB3XX  
VFA-86 FA-18C AB4XX  
VA-85 A-6E/KA-6D AB5XX  
VAW-123 E-2C AB60X  
VAQ-137 EA-6B AB60X  
HS-11 SH-3H AB61X   
VS-32 S-3A AB7XX



 

Red Sea/Persian Gulf/CVW-1
(Operation Desert Storm)
28 December 1990-18 April 1991

VF-102 F-14A AB1XX
VF-32 F-14A AB2XX  
VFA-82 FA-18C AB3XX  
VFA-86 FA-18C AB4XX  
VA-85 A-6E/KA-6D AB5XX
VAW-123 E-2C AB60X  
HS-11 SH-3H AB60X  
VAQ-137 EA-6B AB61X  
VS-32 S-3B AB7XX  



 

Med/Red Sea/Persian Gulf/CVW-1
02 December 1991-06 June 1992

VF-102 F-14A AB1XX  
VF-33 F-14A AB2XX  
VFA-82 FA-18C AB3XX  
VFA-86 FA-18C AB4XX  
VA-85 A-6E/KA-6D AB5XX  
VAW-123 E-2C AB60X  
HS-11 SH-3H AB61X  
VAQ-137 EA-6B AB62X  
VS-32 S-3B AB7XX  



 

Med/Indian Ocean/CVW-1
(Operation Deny Flight/Continue Hope)
11 August 1993 - 05 February 1994

VF-102 F-14A AB1XX   
VFA-82 FA-18C AB3XX  
VFA-86 FA-18C AB4XX  
VA-85 A-6E/KA-6D AB5XX  
VAW-123 E-2C AB60X  
HS-11 SH-3H AB61X  
VAQ-137 EA-6B AB62X  
VS-32 S-3B AB7XX  
VRC-40 DET3 C-2A AB4X  
HMM-162 CH-46E YSOX  



 

Caribbean
(Operation uphold Democracy)
13 September-22 October 1994

HCS-4 DET HH-60H NWXXX  
HS-3 DET SH-60H AJ61X  




Mediterranean/Persian Gulf/CVW-1
(Operation Deliberate Force/So. Watch)
28 August 1995 - 24 February 1996

VF-102 F-14B AB1XX  
VMFA-251 FA-18C AB2XX  
VFA-82 FA-18C AB3XX  
VFA-86 FA-18C AB3XX  
VAW-123 E-2C AB60X  
HS-11 HH/SH-60F/H AB61X  
VS-32 S-B3 AB7xx  
VMAQ-3 EA-6B AB62X

 

 

 

 

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