Attack Squadron 35 (ATKRON 35)

VA-35 ‘Black Panthers’

 

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STATUS:

Established as Bombing Squadron VB-3B on July 1, 1934
Redesignated VB-4 on July 1, 1937
Redesignated VB-3 on July 1, 1939
Redesignated VA-3A on November 15, 1946
Redesignated VA-34 on August 7, 1948
Redesignated VA-35 on February 15, 1950

Disestablished: January 31, 1995

AIRCRAFT:

Douglas AD-2 Skyraider (1948-)

Douglas AD-2Q Skyraider (1949-)

Douglas AD-1 Skyraider (1949-)

Douglas AD-3 Skyraider (1950-)

Douglas AD-4 Skyraider (1950-)
Douglas AD-4L Skyraider (1951-)
Douglas AD-4B Skyraider (1953-)
Douglas AD-4N  Skyraider (1953-)
Douglas AD-6/A-1H Skyraider (1953-)
Douglas AD-5 Skyraider (1954-)
Grumman A-6A Intruder (1965-)
Grumman A-6B  Intruder (1968-)
Grumman KA-6D Intruder (1970-)
Grumman A-6C Intruder (1971-)
Grumman A-6E  Intruder (1973-)

 

images

 

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A-6E Intruder of VA-35 in short term storage at NAS Oceana, Virginia - 1994

 

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A-6E Intruder of VA-35 in short term storage at NAS Oceana, Virginia - 1994

 

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A-6E Intruder (VA-35 / CVW-17) embarked on USS Saratoga (CV-60) - 1993

 

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A-6E Intruder (VA-35 / CVW-17) embarked on USS Saratoga (CV-60) - 1992

 

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A-6E Intruder (VA-35 / CVW-17) homecoming after Desert Storm at NAS Oceana, Virginia - 1991

 

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A-6E Intruder (VA-35 / CVW-17) homecoming after Desert Storm at NAS Oceana, Virginia - 1991

 

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A-6E Intruder (VA-35 / CVW-17) homecoming after Desert Storm at NAS Oceana, Virginia - 1991

 

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A-6E & KA-6D Intruders (VA-35 / CVW-17) homecoming after Desert Storm at NAS Oceana, Virginia - 1991

 

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A-6E Intruder (VA-35 / CVW-17) homecoming after Desert Storm at NAS Oceana, Virginia - 1991

 

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A-6E & KA-6D Intruders (VA-35 / CVW-17) homecoming after Desert Storm at NAS Oceana, Virginia - 1991

 

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A-6E & KA-6D Intruders (VA-35 / CVW-17) homecoming after Desert Storm at NAS Oceana, Virginia - 1991

 

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A-6E Intruder (VA-35 / CVW-17) embarked on USS Saratoga (CV-60) - damaged in battle during Desert Storm - 1991

 

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A-6E Intruder (VA-35 / CVW-17) embarked on USS Saratoga (CV-60) - damaged in battle during Desert Storm - 1991

 

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A-6E Intruder (VA-35 / CVW-17) embarked on USS Saratoga (CV-60) - damaged in battle during Desert Storm - 1991

 

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A-6E Intruder (VA-35 / CVW-17) embarked on USS Saratoga (CV-60) - 1990-91 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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KA-6D Intruder (VA-35 / CVW-17) embarked on USS Saratoga (CV-60) - 1990

 

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A-6E Intruder (VA-35 / CVW-17) embarked on USS Saratoga (CV-60) - 1990

 

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A-6E Intruder (VA-35 / CVW-17) embarked on USS Saratoga (CV-60) - 1990

 

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A-6E Intruders (VA-35 / CVW-17) embarked on USS Saratoga (CV-60) - 1990

 

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A-6E Intruder (VA-35 / CVW-17) embarked on USS Saratoga (CV-60) - 1989 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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KA-6D Intruder (VA-35 / CVW-17) embarked on USS Saratoga (CV-60) - 1989 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-6E Intruder (VA-35 / CVW-8) flying over USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - 1989 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-6E Intruder (VA-35 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) refuels F/A-18’s from VFA-15 - late 1980’s

 

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A-6E Intruder (VA-35 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - 1988 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-6E Intruder (VA-35 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - 1987 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-6E Intruders (VA-35 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - 1986 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-6E Intruders (VA-35 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - 1986

 

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KA-6D Intruder (VA-35 / CVW-8) - 1986 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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KA-6D Intruder (VA-35 / CVW-8) at NAS Fallon, Nevada - 1986

 

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A-6E Intruder (VA-35 / CVW-8) - 1984 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-6E Intruder (VA-35 / CVW-8) - 1983 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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KA-6D Intruder (VA-35 / CVW-8) - 1983 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-6E Intruder (VA-35 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - 1982 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-6E Intruders (VA-35 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - 1981

 

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A-6E Intruders (VA-35 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - 1981

 

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A-6E Intruders (VA-35 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) flying over NAS Fallon, Nevada - 1981 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-6E Intruders (VA-35 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) flying over NAS Fallon, Nevada - 1981 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-6E Intruders (VA-35 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) flying over NAS Fallon, Nevada - 1981 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-6E Intruders (VA-35 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) flying over NAS Fallon, Nevada - 1981 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-6E Intruders (VA-35 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) flying over NAS Fallon, Nevada - 1981 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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an A-6E Intruder refuels a KA-6D (VA-35 / CVW-8) over NAS Fallon, Nevada - 1981 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-6E Intruder (VA-35 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - 1981 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-6E Intruders (VA-35 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - 1981 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-6E Intruder (VA-35 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - 1981 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-6E Intruder (VA-35 / CVW-8) landing aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - 1981 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-6E Intruder (VA-35 / CVW-8) landing aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - 1981 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-6E Intruders (VA-35 / CVW-8) and A-7 Corsair II’s flying over NAS Fallon, Nevada - 1981 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-6E Intruder (VA-35 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - 1981 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-6E Intruder (VA-35 / CVW-8) aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - 1980 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-6E Intruder (VA-35 / CVW-8) aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - 1980 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-6E Intruder (VA-35 / CVW-8) aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - 1980 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-6E Intruder (VA-35 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - 1980 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-6E Intruder (VA-35 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - ca. 1980 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-6E Intruder (VA-35 / CVW-8) refuels a F-14A Tomcat (VF-41) - ca. 1980 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-6E Intruders (VA-35 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - ca. 1978 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-6E Intruder (VA-35 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - 1978 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-6E Intruder (VA-35 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - 1977 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-6E Intruder (VA-35 / CVW-8) aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - 1975 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-6E Intruder (VA-35 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - 1975 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-6E Intruder (VA-35 / CVW-8) assigned to USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - 1975 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-6E Intruders (VA-35 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - 1975 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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KA-6D Intruder (VA-35 / CVW-8) aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - 1975 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-6E Intruder (VA-35 / CVW-8) assigned to USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - 1975 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-6E Intruder (VA-35 / CVW-8) assigned to USS America (CVA 66) at NAS Oceana, Virginia - 1975 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-6A Intruder (VA-35 / CVW-15) landing aboard USS Coral Sea (CVA 43) - 1969 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-6A Intruder (VA-35 / CVW-15) assigned to USS Coral Sea (CVA 43) - 1969 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-6A Intruder (VA-35 / CVW-15) assigned to USS Coral Sea (CVA 43) at NAS Oakland, California - circa 1969-70 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-6A Intruder (VA-35 / CVW-9) embarked on USS Enterprise (CVAN 65) at NAS Alameda - 1967-68 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-6A Intruder (VA-35 / CVW-9) embarked on USS Enterprise (CVAN 65) - Gulf of Tonkin - 1968 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-6A Intruder (VA-35 / CVW-9) embarked on USS Enterprise (CVAN 65) - Gulf of Tonkin - 1968 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-6A Intruder (VA-35 / CVW-9) embarked on USS Enterprise (CVAN 65) refuels an aircraft over the Gulf of Tonkin - 1968 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-6A Intruder (VA-35 / CVW-9) embarked on USS Enterprise (CVAN 65) at NAS Alameda - 1967 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-6A Intruder (VA-35 / CVW-9) embarked on USS Enterprise (CVAN 65) circa 1967 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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AD-6 Skyraider (VA-35 / CVG-3) embarked on USS Saratoga (CVA 60) refuels a F-8 Crusader - circa 1963 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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AD-6 Skyraiders (VA-35 / CVG-3) embarked on USS Saratoga (CVA 60) - circa 1963 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

 

history

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Chronology of significant events:

 

11 Oct 1950: While deployed to the Korean Theater aboard Leyte (CV 32), the squadron launched its first combat mission since February 1945, striking North Korean targets.


12 Dec 1950: The squadron’s commanding officer, Lieutenant Commander Bagwell, crash-landed in North Korea and was taken prisoner.


Jul–Aug 1958: VA-35, along with other squadrons from CVG-3, provided support for U.S. Marines landing in Lebanon.


Oct–Nov 1962: VA-35 deployed to McCalla Field, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, during the Cuban MissileCrisis. During December, the squadron was embarked in Saratoga (CVA 60).


4 Feb 1965: The squadron’s commanding officer, Commander Richard G. Layser, was killed in an accident.


15 Aug 1965: VA-35 transferred from CVW-3 in preparation for its transition to the A-6A Intruder. This brought to a close an illustrious career with CVW-3 that began in 1939.


26 Feb 1967: The squadron participated in the first combat aerial mining operations since World War II, when its A-6A Intruders dropped mines in the Song Ca and Song Giang Rivers of North Vietnam.


1 Oct 1967: During a weapons training deployment to NAS Yuma, Arizona, VA-35 became the first A-6A squadron to fire the AIM-9 Sidewinder missile.


Jan–Feb 1968: While embarked in Enterprise (CVAN 65) and en route to Yankee Station, the carrier was ordered to the Sea of Japan for operations following the seizure of the Pueblo (AGER 2) by the North Koreans.


12 Mar 1968: The squadron’s commanding officer, Commander Kollmann, was lost in an operational accident.


17 Sep 1972: While on a mission over North Vietnam the squadron’s commanding officer, Commander Donnelly, was lost and is still listed as missing in action.


3 Jan 1980: VA-35 departed Naples, Italy, embarked in Nimitz (CVN 68), en route to the Indian Ocean via the Cape of Good Hope after the U.S. Embassy staff was taken hostage in Tehran, Iran. This was the beginning of 144 consecutive days at sea for the squadron.


26 May 1981: While on a training exercise aboard Nimitz off the coast of Charleston, S.C., an EA-6B from VMAQ-2 crashed into parked aircraft while attempting to land. VA-35 personnel provided firefighting support and assistance to the injured. There were no injuries to VA-35 personnel. Over 130 members of the squadron received awards for fighting fires and assisting the injured.


Jun 1985: Nimitz and VA-35 were ordered to operate off the coast of Lebanon due to the hijacking of TWA flight 847 by Arab radicals. The carrier and squadron remained on station until the release of the hostages in the latter part of June.


Feb 1987: VA-35, embarked in Nimitz, operated off the coast of Lebanon after three U.S. citizens were taken hostage from the American University in Beirut.


Jul 1988: VA-35 participated in a firepower demonstration for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and his guest, the Marshal of the Soviet Union.


Sep 1988: While deployed to the North Atlantic aboard Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), the squadron conducted flight operations from the carrier while in the Vestfjord of Norway.


Aug–Dec 1990: The squadron flew missions in support of Operation Desert Shield, the build-up of American and Allied forces to counter a threatened invasion of Saudi Arabia by Iraq and part of an economic blockade of Iraq to force its withdrawal from Kuwait.

 

patches

 

 

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