Fighter Squadron 13 (FITRON 13)

VF-13 ‘Nightcappers’

 

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STATUS:

established on August 2, 1948

disestablished on October 1, 1969

AIRCRAFT:

Vought F4U-5 Corsair (1949-51)

Grumman F9F-8 Cougar (1955-56)

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray (1959-62)

McDonnell F-3H Demon (1962-64)

Change-Vought F-8E Crusader (1964-66)

Change-Vought F-8D Crusader (1966-67)

Change-Vought F-8C Crusader (1967-68)

Change-Vought F-8H Crusader (1968-69)

 

 

DEPLOYMENTS:

September 1948 - February 1949 with CVG-1 aboard USS Tarawa (CV 40)

September 1949 - October 1949 with CVG-1 aboard USS Philippine Sea (CV 47)

December 1949 with CVG-1 aboard USS Philippine Sea (CV 47)

February 1950 - March 1950 with CVG-1 aboard USS Philippine Sea (CV 47)

December 1950 - January 1951 with CVG-1 aboard USS Oriskany (CV 34)

March 1951 - October 1951 with CVG-1 aboard USS Coral Sea (CV 43)

August 1955 with ATG-201 aboard USS Bennington (CVA 20)

September 1955 - April 1956 with ATG-201 aboard USS Bennington (CVA 20)

May 1959 - June 1959 with CVG-10 aboard USS Essex (CVA 9)

August 1959 - February 1960 with CVG-10 aboard USS Essex (CVA 9)

June 1960 - July 1960 with CVG-10 aboard USS Shangri-La (CVA 38)

 August 1960 - October 1960 with CVG-10 aboard USS Shangri-La (CVA 38)

January 1961 - June 1961 with CVG-10 aboard USS Shangri-La (CVA 38)

February 1962 - August 1962 with CVG-10 aboard USS Shangri-La (CVA 38)

October 1962 - November 1962 with CVG-7 aboard USS Independence (CVA 62)

June 1963 - July 1963 with CVG-10 aboard USS Shangri-La (CVA 38)

October 1963 - May 1964 with CVG-10 aboard USS Shangri-La (CVA 38)

February 1965 - September 1965 with CVW-10 aboard USS Shangri-La (CVA 38)

September 1966 - May 1967 with CVW-8 aboard USS Shangri-La (CVA 38)

November 1967 - August 1968 with CVW-8 aboard USS Shangri-La (CVA 38)

October 1968 - December 1968 with CVW-8 aboard USS Shangri-La (CVA 38)

January 1969 - July 1969 with CVW-8 aboard USS Shangri-La (CVA 38)

 

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F-8C Crusaders (VF-13 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Shangri-La (CVA 38) - circa 1968

 

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F-8C Crusaders (VF-13 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Shangri-La (CVA 38) - circa 1968 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

F-8D Crusaders (VF-13 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Shangri-La (CVA 38) - 1967 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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F-8D Crusaders (VF-13 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Shangri-La (CVA 38) - 1967 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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F-8E Crusader (VF-13 / CVW-10) embarked on USS Shangri-La (CVA 38) - 1966 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

F-8E Crusader (VF-13 / CVW-10) embarked on USS Shangri-La (CVA 38) - 1965 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

F-8E Crusader (VF-13 / CVW-10) embarked on USS Shangri-La (CVA 38) - 1965 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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F3H Demons (VF-13 / CVG-10) embarked on USS Shangri-La (CVA 38) - 1963

 

F4D-1 Skyrays (VF-13 / CVG-10) embarked on USS Shangri-La (CVA 38) - 1962

 

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F4D-1 Skyrays (VF-13 / CVG-10) embarked on USS Shangri-La (CVA 38) - 1962

 

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F4D-1 Skyrays (VF-13 / CVG-10) embarked on USS Shangri-La (CVA 38) - 1961 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

F4D-1 Skyray (VF-13 / CVG-10) embarked on USS Shangri-La (CVA 38) - 1961 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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F4D-1 Skyrays (VF-13 / CVG-10) embarked on USS Essex (CVA 9) - 1960

 

F4D-1 Skyray (VF-13 / CVG-10) approaching USS Essex (CVA 9) - circa 1959

 

F4D-1 Skyray (VF-13 / CVG-10) emberked on USS Essex (CVA 9) - circa 1959

 

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F9F-8 Cougar (VF-13 / ATG-201) - 1954 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

 

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