Fighter Squadron 1 (FITRON 1)

VF-1 ‘Wolfpack’

 

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STATUS:

established as VF-1 on October 14, 1972

VF-1 disestablished September 30, 1993

AIRCRAFT:

Grumman F-14A Tomcat (1972-93)

 

 

DEPLOYMENTS:

September 1974 - May 1975 with CVW-14 aboard USS Enterprise (CVAN 65)

July 1976 - March 1977 with CVW-14 aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65)

April 1978 - October 1978 with CVW-14 aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65)

September 1980 - May 1981 with CVW-2 aboard USS Ranger (CV 61)

January 1982 - February 1982 with CVW-2 aboard USS Ranger (CV 61)

April 1982 - October 1982 with CVW-2 aboard USS Ranger (CV 61)

January 1984 - August 1984 with CVW-2 aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63)

May 1986 - July 1986 with CVW-2 aboard USS Ranger (CV 61)

August 1986 - October 1986 with CVW-2 aboard USS Ranger (CV 61)

March 1987 - April 1987 with CVW-2 aboard USS Ranger (CV 61)

July 1987 - December 1987 with CVW-2 aboard USS Ranger (CV 61)

February 1989 - August 1989 with CVW-2 aboard USS Ranger (CV 61)

December 1990 - June 1991 with CVW-2 aboard USS Ranger (CV 61)

August 1992 - January 1993 with CVW-2 aboard USS Ranger (CV 61)

 

images

 

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F-14A Tomcat (VF-1 / CVW-2) over NAS North Island, California - circa 1993

 

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F-14A Tomcat (VF-1 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Ranger (CV 61) - 1993

 

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F-14A Tomcat (VF-1 / CVW-2) - 1991

 

F-14A Tomcat (VF-1 / CVW-2) - 1991

 

VF-1 aboard USS Ranger (CV 61) - 1991 (National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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F-14A Tomcat (VF-1 / CVW-2) fires an AIM-54 Phoenix missile - 1991

 

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F-14A Tomcat (VF-1 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Ranger (CV 61) launches an AIM-54 Phoenix missile - 1991

 

VF-1 aboard USS Ranger (CV 61) - circa 1989 (NNAM)

 

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F-14A Tomcat (VF-1 / CVW-2) launches a AIM-9 Sidewinder missile - 1989

 

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F-14A Tomcat (VF-1 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Ranger (CV 61) - 1989

 

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F-14A Tomcat (VF-1 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Ranger (CV 61) during aerial refueling with an A-6E Intruder of VA-145 - 1989

 

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F-14A Tomcat (VF-1 / CVW-2) - NAS Fallon, Nevada - 1988

 

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F-14A Tomcat (VF-1 / CVW-2) - NAS Fallon, Nevada - 1988

 

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F-14A Tomcat (VF-1 / CVW-2) loaded with AIM-9 Sidewinder, AIM-7 Sparrow and AIM-54 Phoenix missiles - 1988

 

F-14A Tomcat (VF-1 / CVW-2) with AIM-54 Phoenix missile - 1988

 

F-14A Tomcat (VF-1 / CVW-2) - 1988 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

F-14A Tomcat (VF-1 / CVW-2) - 1988

 

F-14A Tomcat (VF-1 / CVW-2) - 1988

 

F-14A Tomcat (VF-1 / CVW-2) - 1988

 

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F-14A Tomcat (VF-1 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Ranger (CV 61) - 1987

 

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F-14A Tomcat (VF-1 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Ranger (CV 61) - 1987

 

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F-14A Tomcat (VF-1 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Ranger (CV 61) - 1987

 

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F-14A Tomcat (VF-1 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Ranger (CV 61) escorting a Sovjet Ilyushin Il-38 May - 1987

 

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F-14A Tomcats (VF-1 & VF-2 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Ranger (CV 61) - 1987

 

F-14A Tomcat (VF-1 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Ranger (CV 61) at NAS Fallon, Nevada - 1986

 

F-14A Tomcat (VF-1 / CVW-2) - 1986-87 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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F-14A Tomcat (VF-1 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) with two Sovjet Tupolev Tu-16 Badger aircraft - Indian Ocean 1984

 

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F-14A Tomcat (VF-1 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 1984

 

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F-14A Tomcat (VF-1 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) after an emergency barricade landing - 1984

 

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F-14A Tomcat (VF-1 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) after an emergency barricade landing - 1984

 

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F-14A Tomcat (VF-1 / CVW-2) loaded with AIM-7 Sparrow and AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles - 1982

 

F-14A Tomcat (VF-1 / CVW-2) aboard USS Ranger (CV 61) - 1980 (NNAM)

 

1970’s (National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

1970’s (National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

F-14A Tomcats (VF-1 & VF-2 / CVW-14) embarked on USS Enterprise (CVN 65) - circa 1976

 

 

history

Fighter Squadron 1 (VF-1) was a fighter squadron of the United States Navy. Known as the "Wolfpack" the squadron saw combat during World War II, the Vietnam War and Operation Desert Storm. The squadron was de-activated and its personnel reassigned in 1993 when its carrier, the USS Ranger (CV-61), was decommissioned.

History:


Fighter Squadron 1 was originally established on July 1, 1922, and operated as VF-1 until July 1, 1934, when it was then redesignated VB-2. One year later, on July 1, 1935, a second VF-1 was established and served for two years until it was redesignated to VF-6. During these years the pilots flew Curtiss TS-1, Boeing F2B and F3B, Curtiss F8C and BFC Goshawk and Boeing F4B.

In January 1925 it was decided that VF-1 would operate from battleships, their TS land planes were fitted with pontoons and new engines. The squadron's planes were assigned to eleven different battleships. On November 16, 1927 the Saratoga was commissioned and VF-1 was assigned to her.

The third VF-1 was established on May 1, 1943, operating Grumman F6F Hellcats. They were assigned to the Pacific fleet and participated in numerous missions during World War II. In 1944, the squadron was reorganized, and assigned to perform attacks on Japan itself, taking an important role in assaulting airfields and Japanese shipping. After the war ended, the squadron was assigned to escort supply drops, until it was disestablished on October 25, 1945.

The fourth VF-1, "Wolfpack" was established on October 14, 1972 at NAS Miramar, at the same time as VF-2, these units were the first F-14 fighter squadrons. VF-1 received the first F-14As on July 1, 1973. The squadron's insignia was a red wolf’s head designed by Grumman Commercial Artist, George M. Kehew who himself is a WWII combat veteran. The Squadron Insignia is registered in the Library of Congress.

The first cruise came in September 1974 onboard Enterprise. The end of the cruise saw the first Tomcat’s combat debut, as VF-1 and VF-2 flew cover over Saigon for evacuation of US personnel in April 1975 as part of Operation Frequent Wind.

In September 1980, VF-1 and VF-2 changed carrier air wings, moved to the Ranger and flew various cruises with her until they shifted carriers once again in 1984 to the Kitty Hawk. They stayed with Kitty Hawk for one cruise. In 1984, VF-1 had achieved the impressive 22,000 flight hours without a single accident. By 1986, they returned to the Ranger and were with the carrier during Operation Desert Storm where VF-1 scored the only F-14 air-to-air kill during the war, an Iraqi Mil Mi-8 helicopter was downed with an AIM-9 Sidewinder.

On 14 January 1992, VF-1 lost NE112 (BuNo. 160887) in a crash at Fallon Nevada. Both aircrew members, (Eddie "Neal" Jones and Scott "Dinger" Waldinger) were killed in the crash.

The Ranger's last foreign port of entry was Sydney Australia in January of 1993 after having spent New Year's Eve 1992 in Melbourne Australia.

The Ranger was decommissioned in 1993 and VF-1 was left without a carrier. They operated out of NAS Miramar until VF-1 itself was disestablished on 1 October 1993.

 

source: wikipedia

 

patches

 

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