Attack Squadron 46 (ATKRON 46)

VA-46 ‘Clansmen’

 

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STATUS:

established as Attack Squadron 46 (VA-46) on May 24, 1955

disestablished on June 30, 1991

AIRCRAFT:

Grumman F9F-5 Panther (Jun 1955)
Grumman F9F-8 Cougar (Aug 1955)
Douglas A4D-2 Skyhawk (Mar 1958)
Douglas A4D-2N Skyhawk (A-4C) Aug 1960
Douglas A-4E Skyhawk (Jan 1967)
Douglas A-4B Skyhawk (Sep 1967)
Ling-Temco-Vought A-7B Corsair II (Nov 1968)
Ling-Temco-Vought A-7E Corsair II (Aug 1977)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-3) embarked on USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) - 1991

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-3) embarked on USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) after Operation Desert Storm - 1991

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-3) embarked on USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) after Operation Desert Storm - 1991

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-3) embarked on USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) after Operation Desert Storm - 1991

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-3) embarked on USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) - Desert Storm 1991 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-3) embarked on USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) - Desert Storm 1991 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-3) embarked on USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) - Desert Storm 1991 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-3) embarked on USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) - Desert Storm 1991 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-3) embarked on USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) - Desert Storm 1991 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-3) embarked on USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) - 1991

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-3) embarked on USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) - 1991

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-3) embarked on USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) - 1991 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-3) embarked on USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) with Mk-20 Rockeye cluster bombs loaded - 1991 (courtesy of the NNAM)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-3) embarked on USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) - 1991 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-3) embarked on USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) - with Mk-20 Rockeye cluster bombs loaded - 1991 (courtesy of the NNAM)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-3) embarked on USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) - 1990/91 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-3) embarked on USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) during Desert Storm - 1990/91 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-3) embarked on USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) during refueling with an USAF KC-135 - 1990 (courtesy of the NNAM)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-3) embarked on USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) - 1990 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-3) embarked on USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) - 1990 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-3) embarked on USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) - 1990 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-3) embarked on USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) - 1989 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - 1988 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - 1988 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - 1988

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - 1988

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - 1988

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - 1988

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - 1988

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - 1988

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - 1988

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - 1988

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - 1988

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - 1988

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - 1988

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - 1988

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - 1988

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - 1988

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - 1988

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - 1988

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - 1988

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - 1988

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - 1988

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - 1988

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - 1988

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - 1988

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - 1988

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - 1988

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - 1988

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - 1988

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - 1988

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - 1988

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - 1988

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - 1988

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - 1988

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - 1988 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) with a French Navy Super Etendard - 1988 (courtesy of the NNAM)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - 1988 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - 1988 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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pilot of an A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - 1988 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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pilot of an A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - 1988

 

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pilot of an A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - 1988

 

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pilot of an A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - 1988

 

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pilot’s view of an A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - 1988

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-7) at NAS Oceana, Virginia - 1988

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) with an AGM-62 Walleye missile - 1987 (courtesy of the NNAM)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) with an AGM-45 Shrike missile - 1987 (courtesy of the NNAM)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - 1987 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - 1987 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) launches an AGM-62 Walleye missile - 1987 (courtesy of the NNAM)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - 1987 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - 1987

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-1) embarked on USS America (CV 66) - 1986 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-1) embarked on USS America (CV 66) - 1986 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-1) embarked on USS America (CV 66) - 1986 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-1) embarked on USS America (CV 66) - 1986 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-1) embarked on USS America (CV 66) with an A-6E Intruder of VA-34 - 1986 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-1) embarked on USS America (CV 66) - 1986 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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pilot of an A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-1) embarked on USS America (CV 66) - 1986 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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pilot of an A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-1) embarked on USS America (CV 66) - 1986 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-1) embarked on USS America (CV 66) - 1985 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-1) embarked on USS America (CV 66) fires ZUNI rockets - 1985 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-1) embarked on USS America (CV 66) - 1984 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-1) embarked on USS America (CV 66) - 1983 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-1) embarked on USS America (CV 66) - 1983 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-1) embarked on USS America (CV 66) - 1983 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-1) embarked on USS America (CV 66) - 1983 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-1) embarked on USS America (CV 66) - 1983 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-1) embarked on USS America (CV 66) - 1983 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-1) embarked on USS America (CV 66) - 1982 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-1) embarked on USS America (CV 66) - circa 1982 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-1) embarked on USS America (CV 66) - 1982

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-1) embarked on USS America (CV 66) - 1982

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-1) embarked on USS America (CV 66) - 1982

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-1) embarked on USS America (CV 66) - 1982

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-1) embarked on USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) - 1980 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-1) embarked on USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) - 1980 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-1) embarked on USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) - 1980 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-1) embarked on USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) - 1979 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-1) embarked on USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) - 1979 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-1) embarked on USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) - 1978 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-1) embarked on USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) - 1978 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-1) embarked on USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) - 1978 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-7B Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-1) landing aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - October 1977

this was the first landing aboard the newly commissioned aircraft carrier (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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attack squadron va-46 clansmen a-7b corsair

A-7B Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-1) embarked on USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) - late 1970’s (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-7B Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-1) embarked on USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) - 1975 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-7B Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-1) embarked on USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) - 1975 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-7B Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-1) embarked on USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) - 1975 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-7B Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-1) embarked on USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) - 1974 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-7B Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-1) embarked on USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) - 1973 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-7B Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-1) embarked on USS John F. Kennedy (CVA 67) - 1971 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

va-46 clansmen a-7b corsair cvw-1 uss john f. kennedy cva 67

A-7B Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-1) embarked on USS John F. Kennedy (CVA 67) - 1971 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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2 A-7B Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-1 / CVA 67) in formation with 2 Royal Navy Buccaneers - 1971 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-7B Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-1) embarked on USS John F. Kennedy (CVA 67) - 1971 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-7B Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-1) embarked on USS John F. Kennedy (CVA 67) - 1970 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-7B Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-3) embarked on USS Saratoga (CVA 60) - 1969 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-7B Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-3) embarked on USS Saratoga (CVA 60) - 1969 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-7B Corsair II (VA-46 / CVW-3) embarked on USS Saratoga (CVA 60) - 1969 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

 

 

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A-4E Skyhawk (VA-46 / CVW-17) embarked on USS Forrestal (CVA 59) - 1967 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-4E Skyhawk (VA-46 / CVW-17) embarked on USS Forrestal (CVA 59) - 1967 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-4C Skyhawk (VA-46 / CVG 10) embarked on USS Shangri-La (CVA 38) - 1960’s (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-4C Skyhawk (VA-46 / CVG 10) flying over USS Shangri-La (CVA 38) - 1960’s (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A-4C Skyhawk (VA-46 / CVG 10) embarked on USS Shangri-La (CVA 38) - 1960’s (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A4D-2N Skyhawk (VA-46 / CVG 10) embarked on USS Shangri-La (CVA 38) - 1961-62 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A4D-2N Skyhawk (VA-46 / CVG 10) embarked on USS Shangri-La (CVA 38) - 1961-62 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A4D-2 Skyhawk (VA-46 / CVG 1) embarked on USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA 42) - circa 1960 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A4D-2 Skyhawks (VA-46 / CVG 1) embarked on USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA 42) - circa 1960 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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A4D-2 Skyhawk (VA-46 / CVG 1) during inflight refueling with an AJ-1 Savage from VAH-15 - circa 1960 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

 

history

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Chronology of Significant Events:


14 Jul 1956: VA-46 departed the U.S. aboard Randolph (CVA 15) for deployment to the Mediterranean, equipped with Sidewinder missiles.
This was the first overseas deployment of the Sidewinder.

Oct–Nov 1956: VA-46, along with other units of ATG-202, provided air support for the evacuation of foreign nationals from Alexandria, Egypt, during the Suez War.

Aug 1965: VA-46 and other units of the air wing aboard Shangri-La (CVA 38) operated off the coast of Cyprus in response to a crisis in that country between Greek and Turkish Cypriots.

25 Jul 1967: The squadron engaged in its first combat operations.

29 Jul 1967: While aircraft were being prepared for the second launch of the day against targets in Vietnam, a fire broke out on the flight deck of Forrestal (CVA 59). Flames engulfed the fantail and spread below decks touching off bombs and ammunition. Heroic efforts by VA-46 personnel, along with other members of CVW-17 and ship’s company, brought the fires under control. Damage to the carrier and aircraft was severe and the casualty count included 132 dead, two missing and presumed dead and 62 injured.

4 May–15 Nov 1968: VA-46 transitioned to the A-7 Corsair II.

17 Sep 1970: While enroute to the Caribbean for training exercises, John F. Kennedy (CVA 67) with VA-46 and other units of CVW-1 embarked, received emergency orders to deploy immediately to the Mediterranean due to the Jordanian Crisis and the hijacking of four airliners by Arab terrorists. They remained on station off the coast of Israel until November.

Oct 1973: Due to the outbreak of war between Israel and Egypt and Syria, Kennedy and her air wing, while operating in the North Atlantic after just completing a Mediterranean deployment, were ordered back to the Mediterranean. During the latter part of October through mid November, VA-46 conducted flight operations while the carrier was on station south of Crete.

22 Nov 1975: During night operations Kennedy collided with Belknap (CG 26) causing major damage to the cruiser. Eight VA-46 personnel received awards for their heroism and devotion to duty as a result of their actions following the collision.

17–19 Sep 1985: VA-46, along with other units of CVW-1, were the first to conduct flight operations from a carrier operating inside a fjord. America (CV 66) operated in Vestfjord, Norway, during this evolution.

14 Apr 1986: Because of terrorist activities linked to Lybia, American forces struck targets in that country. During that action, VA-46 provided air-to-surface Shrike and Harm missile strikes against Libyian radar missile sites.

Sep–Oct 1990 and Dec 1990–Jan 1991: The squadron participated in Operation Desert Shield, the build up of American and Allied forces to counter a threatened invasion of Saudi Arabia by Iraq and as part of an economic blockade of Iraq to force its withdrawal from Kuwait.

17 Jan 1991: Operation Desert Storm, combat operations to remove Iraqi forces from Kuwait, was launched. The squadron’s A-7E Corsair IIs participated in the first combat strike against Iraqi targets in Baghdad.

 

Upon their return from the Persian Gulf they were decommissioned on June 30, 1991. VA-46 were the last United States Navy squadron to fly the A-7 Corsair II.

 

 

An A-7E Corsair with VA-46 markings is on static display at Heritage Park on Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida and at the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida.


An A4D-2 Skyhawk (BuNo 142741) with VA-46 markings is on display at the National Vietnam War Museum in Orlando, Florida.

 

 

Home port assignment: NAS Cecil Field, Florida

 

the Squadron’s motto was ‚vincere vel mori’ - latin for ‚to conquer or die’

 

patches

 

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