Fighter Squadron 24 (FITRON 24)

VF-24 ‘Fighting Renegades’

 

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STATUS:

established as VF-211 in June 1955

VF-211 redesignated VF-24 on March 9, 1959

VF-24 disestablished on August 31, 1996

  

Nickname: Red Checkertails (1955-79) / Fighting Renegades (1979-96)

AIRCRAFT:

Vought F8U-1 Crusader (1959-61)

Vought F8U-2 Crusader (1962)

Vought F-8C Crusader (1963-67)

Vought F-8H Crusader (1968-70)

Vought F-8J Crusader (1970-75)

Grumman F-14A/B Tomcat (1977-96)

 

 

DEPLOYMENTS:

August 1959 - March 1960 with CVG-2 aboard USS Midway (CVA 41)

February 1961 - September 1961 with CVG-2 aboard USS Midway (CVA 41)

April 1962 - October 1962 with CVG-2 aboard USS Midway (CVA 41)

November 1963 - May 1964 with CVG-2 aboard USS Midway (CVA 41)

August 1964 - September 1964 with CVW-21 aboard USS Hancock (CVA 19)

October 1964 - May 1965 with CVW-21 aboard USS Hancock (CVA 19)

December 1965 - August 1966 with CVW-21 aboard USS Hancock (CVA 19)

January 1967 - August 1967 with CVW-21 aboard USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA 31)

July 1968 - March 1969 with CVW-21 aboard USS Hancock (CVA 19)

August 1969 - April 1970 with CVW-21 aboard USS Hancock (CVA 19)

October 1970 - June 1971 with CVW-21 aboard USS Hancock (CVA 19)

January 1972 - October 1972 with CVW-21 aboard USS Hancock (CVA 19)

May 1973 - January 1974 with CVW-21 aboard USS Hancock (CVA 19)

March 1975 - October 1975 with CVW-21 aboard USS Hancock (CVA 19)

April 1977 - November 1977 with CVW-9 aboard USS Constellation (CV 64)

September 1978 - May 1979 with CVW-9 aboard USS Constellation (CV 64)

February 1980 - October 1980 with CVW-9 aboard USS Constellation (CV 64)

October 1981 - May 1982 with CVW-9 aboard USS Constellation (CV 64)

July 1983 - February 1984 with CVW-9 aboard USS Ranger (CV 61)

July 1985 - December 1985 with CVW-9 aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63)

January 1987 - June 1987 with CVW-9 aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63)

September 1988 - March 1989 with CVW-9 aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68)

June 1989 - July 1989 with CVW-9 aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68)

February 1990 - April 1990 with CVW-9 aboard USS Constellation (CV 64)

February 1991 - August 1991 with CVW-9 aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68)

February 1993 - August 1993 with CVW-9 aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68)

November 1995 - May 1996 with CVW-9 aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68)

 

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F-14A Tomcat (VF-24 / CVW-9) embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - 1993

 

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F-14A Tomcat (VF-24 / CVW-9) embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - 1993

 

F-14A Tomcat (VF-24 / CVW-9) embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - 1992

 

F-14A Tomcat (VF-24 / CVW-9) embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - 1992

 

NAS Miramar, California - 1991

 

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F-14B Tomcat (VF-24) taxied into a F-14D Tomcat of VF-124 at NAS Miramar - December 21, 1991

 

F-14B Tomcat (VF-24 / CVW-9) - 1989

 

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F-14A Tomcat (VF-24 / CVW-9) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 1987

 

F-14A Tomcat (VF-24 / CVW-9) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 1987

 

F-14A Tomcat (VF-24 / CVW-9) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 1987

 

F-14A Tomcat (VF-24 / CVW-9) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 1987

 

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F-14A Tomcat (VF-24 / CVW-9) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 1987

 

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F-14A Tomcat (VF-24 / CVW-9) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 1987

 

F-14A Tomcat (VF-24 / CVW-9) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 1987

 

F-14A Tomcat (VF-24 / CVW-9) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 1987

 

F-14A Tomcat (VF-24 / CVW-9) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 1987

 

F-14A Tomcat (VF-24 / CVW-9) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 1987

 

F-14A Tomcat (VF-24 / CVW-9) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 1987

 

F-14A Tomcat (200) (VF-24 / CVW-9) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 1987

 

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F-14A Tomcat (VF-24 / CVW-9) embarked on USS Ranger (CV 61) - 1986

 

F-14A Tomcats (VF-24 / CVW-9) embarked on USS Ranger (CV 61) - 1980’s

 

F-14A Tomcat (VF-24 / CVW-9) embarked on USS Ranger (CV 61) - 1984

 

F-14A Tomcats (VF-24 + VF-211 / CVW-9) embarked on USS Ranger (CV 61) - 1984

 

1984

 

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F-14A Tomcats (VF-24 / CVW-9) and F-4N Phantom II’s (VF-201) embarked on USS Ranger (CV 61) - 1983 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

F-14A Tomcats (VF-24 / CVW-9) and F-4N Phantom II’s (VF-201) embarked on USS Ranger (CV 61) - 1983 (NNAM)

 

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F-14A Tomcat (VF-24 / CVW-9) embarked on USS Constellation (CV 64) - 1982

 

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F-14A Tomcat (VF-24 / CVW-9) embarked on USS Constellation (CV 64) launches an AIM-54 Phoenix missile - circa 1980 (courtesy of the NNAM)

 

F-14A Tomcats (VF-24 / CVW-9) embarked on USS Constellation (CV 64) circa 1980 (NNAM)

 

F-14A Tomcat (VF-24 / CVW-9) embarked on USS Constellation (CV 64) circa 1980 (NNAM)

 

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F-14A Tomcats (VF-24 / CVW-9) embarked on USS Constellation (CV 64) - 1977 (NNAM)

 

F-14A Tomcats (VF-24 / CVW-9) embarked on USS Constellation (CV 64) - 1977 (NNAM)

 

F-14A Tomcats (VF-24 / CVW-9) embarked on USS Constellation (CV 64) - 1977 (NNAM)

 

 

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F-8J Crusader (VF-24 / CVW-21) embarked on USS Hancock (CVA 19) - circa 1975 (NNAM)

 

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F-8J Crusader (VF-24 / CVW-21) embarked on USS Hancock (CVA 19) - circa 1975 (NNAM)

 

F-8J Crusader (VF-24 / CVW-21) embarked on USS Hancock (CVA 19) - circa 1975 (NNAM)

 

F-8J Crusader (VF-24 / CVW-21) embarked on USS Hancock (CVA 19) - circa 1975 (NNAM)

 

F-8J Crusader (VF-24 / CVW-21) embarked on USS Hancock (CVA 19) - 1974 (NNAM)

 

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F-8J Crusaders (VF-24 / CVW-21) embarked on USS Hancock (CVA 19) - 1972 (NNAM)

 

F-8J Crusaders (VF-24 / CVW-21) embarked on USS Hancock (CVA 19) - 1972 (NNAM)

 

F-8 Crusaders (VF-24 / CVW-21) embarked on USS Hancock (CVA 19) - 1972  (NNAM)

 

F-8H Crusaders (VF-24 / CVW-21) embarked on USS Hancock (CVA 19) - 1972 (NNAM)

 

F-8J Crusader (VF-24 / CVW-21) embarked on USS Hancock (CVA 19) - 1972 (NNAM)

 

F-8J Crusader (VF-24 / CVW-21) embarked on USS Hancock (CVA 19) - 1972 (NNAM)

 

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F-8J Crusader (VF-24 / CVW-21) embarked on USS Hancock (CVA 19) - early 1970’s

 

F-8 Crusaders (VF-24 / CVW-21) embarked on USS Hancock (CVA 19) - circa 1970  (NNAM)

 

F-8 Crusader (VF-24 / CVW-21) embarked on USS Hancock (CVA 19) - circa 1970  (NNAM)

 

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F-8H Crusader (VF-24 / CVW-21) embarked on USS Hancock (CVA 19) - 1969  (NNAM)

 

F-8H Crusader (VF-24 / CVW-21) embarked on USS Hancock (CVA 19) - 1969  (NNAM)

 

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F-8C Crusader (VF-24 / CVW-21) embarked on USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA 31) - 1967  (NNAM)

 

F-8C Crusader (VF-24 / CVW-21) embarked on USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA 31) - 1967  (NNAM)

 

F-8C Crusader (VF-24 / CVW-21) embarked on USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA 31) - 1967  (NNAM)

 

F-8C Crusader (VF-24 / CVW-21) embarked on USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA 31) - 1967  (NNAM)

 

F-8C Crusaders (VF-24 / CVW-21) embarked on USS Hancock (CVA 19) - 1965-66  (NNAM)

 

F-8C Crusaders (VF-24 / CVW-21) embarked on USS Hancock (CVA 19) - 1965-66  (NNAM)

 

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F-8C Crusader (VF-24 / CVW-21) after a mishap aboard USS Hancock (CVA 19) - 1965  (NNAM)

 

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F8U-1 Crusaders (VF-24 / CVG-2) embarked on USS Midway (CVA 41) - early 1960’s (NNAM)

 

F8U-1 Crusader (VF-24 / CVG-2) embarked on USS Midway (CVA 41) - 1959 (NNAM)

 

 

history

Fighter Squadron 24 was originally commissioned as Fighter Squadron 211 in June 1955 at NAS Moffett Field. The unit flew the FJ-3 Fury aboard the USS Bon Homme Richard. The squadron transitioned to the F8U Crusader in 1957. Then on 9 March 1959, the Squadron was redesignated VF-24 Fighter Squadron 24.

VF-24 made deployments to the Western Pacific aboard USS Midway, USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31) and USS Hancock from 1959 to 1975. While on duty, the squadron earned the Presidential Unit Citation, Navy Unit Commendation (2 awards), Meritorious Unit Commendation (5 awards), Battle Efficiency Award (1972), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (3 awards), and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.


1960s

While deployed aboard USS Bon Homme Richard (Carrier Air Wing Twenty One), Lieutenant Commander Bobby C. Lee and Lieutenant Phillip R. Wood became the first VF-24 pilots to shoot down MiG aircraft over North Vietnam on May 19, 1967,. The MiGs were downed with AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles. Then on July 21, 1967, Commander Marion H. Issacks (XO) and Lieutenant Commander Robert L. Kirkwood made the 3rd and 4th MiG kills for their Squadron with 20 mm guns and Sidewinder missiles. The MiG-killing "Fighting Red Checkertails" became one of the Navy's first "Ace" squadrons.


1970s

VF-24 made its last F-8 Crusader cruise aboard USS Hancock in 1975. Upon return to San Diego the Squadron transitioned to the F-14 Tomcat and received their first aircraft on December 9, 1975. VF-24 then changed the squadron name to "Fighting Renegades". During the rest of the 1970s and early 1990s, VF-24 deployed to the Western Pacific with USS Constellation. VF-24 won several awards: the Admiral Joseph Clifton Award, the Battle Efficiency “E”, the CNO Aviation Safety Award, and two Sea Service Deployment Awards. The Squadron clean record was completed with six years and 22.000 flight hours without an accident.


1980s

Further records were made in 1980s. In 1983, VF-24 along with Carrier Air Wing Nine, was the assigned to theUSS Ranger as part of Battle Group Echo. The first deployment by Central Americas operations and a WESTPAC which included 121 concurrent days of Indian Ocean Operations, the longest of any conventional powered aircraft carrier to date. The move to USS Ranger was because the Constellation had F/A-18 Hornet capability added and the Ranger cruise was nicknamed "DeathCruise '83/'84" due to the loss of 11 crewmen. In August 1984, VF-24 and its airwing began workups with the USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) with another WESTPAC and Indian Ocean cruise in July 1985.

In April 1986, VF-24 was called upon to execute Operation Coyote which involved positioning four fully mission capable F-14s, accompanying aircrew and over 150 maintenance personnel and necessary spare parts over 2,000 miles away within 46 hours. From the time of execute order to go, aircraft were on deck in Adak, Alaska, in less than 30 hours. This fast paced, strategically significant mission continued for seven days, despite limited command and control assets and an extremely difficult environment at Adak. Mission intercepts, employing innovative planning and tactics, of Soviet reconnaissance aircraft were well beyond expected range and were determined to be an overwhelming success. In October 1986, the Fighting Renegades surpassed the 3 years Foreign Object Damage (FOD) free mark; an accomplishment no other F-14 fighter squadron matched. VF-24 deployed in January 1987, aboard USS Kitty Hawk for a six-month around-the-world cruise. The Fighting Renegades were awarded the 1986 CNO Aviation Safety Award, completed over 20,500 mishap free flight hours, achieved a record setting 97 consecutive days Full Mission Capable aircraft readiness, initiated air-to-air banner gunnery launches from the deck of USS Kitty Hawk and completed its 3rd consecutive FOD free cruise. Upon returning to NAS Miramar, VF-24 was again selected to deploy to Adak, Alaska, for their second Operation Coyote mission. VF-24 was awarded a Meritorious Unit Commendation and Navy Expeditionary Medal for the 1987 deployment.

VF-24 was busy in 1988 as they spent 70% of the year deployed and had joined USS Nimitz with the rest of the airwing. They deployed to the northern and western Pacific and the Indian Ocean and were part of the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul during Operation Olympic Presence as well as doing exercises with Midway and the Singapore, Malaysian and Thailand Air forces. 1988 was another year where VF-24 received a CNO Aviation Safety Award. Another cruise began in 1989 with the Nimitz through the Bering Strait. Upon their arrival in San Diego in August they began the transition to the F-14B. VF-24 was one of the first Pacific Fleet Fighter Squadrons to do so.


1990s

One year later, VF-24 made history as the first F-14 squadron to drop air-to-ground ordnance at NAS Fallon during Integrated Air Wing Training. In November 1990, they began preparations for deployment and headed for the Persian Gulf in February 1991 and were one of two west coast squadrons to deploy the F-14B. In April 1991, VF-24 began flying missions in support of Operation Provide Comfort over Iraq and Kuwait and participated in detachments to Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. In June of the same year, VF-24 had completed nine years and 36.000 flight hours without incident. They returned to Miramar in August the same year.

VF-24 began an aggressive turnaround cycle by participating in RED FLAG exercise at Nellis AFB in February 1992. VF-24 flew sorties as "red air" against a coordinated multinational strike team. As with all Navy F-14 squadrons, VF-24 were Bombcat qualified, carrying "dumb" munitions such as Mk-80 series bombs, Mk-20 Rockeye cluster munitions, air laid sea mines, TALD surface to air missile decoys and practice bombs. Laser-guided bombs could be carried, but had to be buddy lazed. For all its time with the F-14 Tomcat, VF-24 was teamed with VF-211 as part of Carrier Air Wing Nine. Their last cruise took place from November 1995 to May 1996, on board the USS Nimitz. Unfortunately, because of the declining role of the Tomcat's primary mission (as a platform for the Phoenix missile system) and the development of the AMRAAM missile system, the Navy in the mid 90s chose the F/A-18 Hornet and the Super Hornet as a replacement for the aging Tomcat rather than expand the F-14D program. As a result, VF-24 was disestablished on August 31, 1996.

 

source: wikipedia

 

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