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An air-to-air left side view of an Attack Squadron 164 (VA-164) A-4 Skyhawk aircraft en route to a target in North Vietnam. The aircraft is piloted by CMDR. William F. Span, executive officer of VA-164

PH2 Tracy Lee Didas Atlantic Ocean....An Attack Squadron 72 (VA-72) A-7E Corsair II aircraft, equipped with a fuel tanker package on the left wing pylon, is launched from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69). OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

Attack Squadron 55 (VA-55) A-4F Skyhawk aircraft of Attack Carrier Wing 21 are parked on the flight deck of the attack aircraft carrier USS HANCOCK (CVA 19)

An air-to-air right side view of an Attack Squadron 127 (VA-127) A-4 Skyhawk aircraft

An A-7E Corsair II aircraft from Attack Squadron 37 (VA-37) taxis on the flight line

An air-to-air left side view of an Attack Squadron 15 (VA-15) A-7E Corsair II aircraft from the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CV 66). The aircraft is armed with Mark 82 500-pound bombs

An air-to-air right side view of an Attack Squadron 15 (VA-15) A-7E Corsair II aircraft from the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CV 66)

An Attack Squadron 82 (VA-82) A-7E Corsair II aircraft is hooked to a catapult and prepared for launch from the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CV 66)

An Attack Squadron 72 (VA-72) A-7E Corsair II aircraft is launched from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69). The aircraft later crashed after launching

An Attack Squadron 72 (VA-72) A-7E Corsair II aircraft prepares for launching from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69). The aircraft later crashed after launching

An air to air left side view of an Attack Squadron 12 (VA-12) A-7E Corsair II aircraft armed with an AGM 45 Shrike and an AIM-9 Sidewinder missile

An air to air left side view of an Attack Squadron 12 (VA-12) A-7E Corsair II aircraft armed with an AGM 45 Shrike and an AIM-9 Sidewinder missile

An air to air left side view of an Attack Squadron 12 (VA-12) A-7E Corsair II aircraft trailing a refueling drogue from a buddy store to refuel a Fighter Squadron 143 (VF-143) F-14A Tomcat aircraft

An air to air left side view of an Attack Squadron 12 (VA-12) A-7E Corsair II aircraft armed with an AGM 45 Shrike and an AIM-9 Sidewinder missile

An Attack Squadron 66 (VA-66) A-7E Corsair II aircraft is launched from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69). The aircraft is armed with six Mark 82 500-pound bombs, two Mark 82 retarded delivery bombs and an AIM-9 Sidewinder missile

An Attack Squadron 12 (VA-12) A-7E Corsair II aircraft lands aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

An air to air left side view of the forward section an Attack Squadron 12 (VA-12) A-7E Corsair II aircraft

An air to air left side view of an Attack Squadron 12 (VA-12) A-7E Corsair II aircraft armed with an AGM 45 Shrike and an AIM-9 Sidewinder missile

An air to air right side view of an Attack Squadron 12 (VA-12) A-7E Corsair II aircraft trailing a refueling drogue from a buddy store to refuel another VA-12 A-7E Corsair II aircraft

An air-to-air left side view of an Attack Squadron 12 (VA-12) A-7E Corsair II aircraft

An Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft refuels an Attack Squadron 12 (VA-12) A-7E Corsair II aircraft in flight as another VA-12 A-7E Corsair II flies alongside

An air to air left rear view of an Attack Squadron 12 (VA-12) A-7E Corsair II aircraft trailing a refueling drogue from a buddy store to refuel an Attack Squadron 65 (VA-65) Intruder aircraft

An air-to-air right side view of an Attack Squadron 12 (VA-12) A-7E Corsair II aircraft. In the background is an unidentified commercial oil tanker

An air to air left rear view of an Attack Squadron 12 (VA-12) A-7E Corsair II aircraft trailing a refueling drogue from a buddy store

An air to air left side view of an Attack Squadron 12 (VA-12) A-7E Corsair II aircraft equipped with a buddy store for aerial refueling

An air to air right side view of an Attack Squadron 12 (VA 12) A-7E Corsair II aircraft

Left front view of a Marine TC-4C, classroom aircraft, used to train bombardiers and navigators for the A-6A Intruder aircraft. The TC-4C is sitting on the flight line and is attached to Marine All-Weather Attack Squadron (Training) 202

A Marine All-Weather Attack Squadron 332 (VMA(AW)-332) A-6E Intruder aircraft approaches a Marine Refueler-Transport Squadron 252 (VMGR-252) KC-130R Hercules aircraft to take on fuel during a flight out of Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point, North Carolina

Right front view of a Marine TC-4C, classroom aircraft, used to train bombardiers and navigators for the A-6A Intruder aircraft. The TC-4C is sitting on the flight line and is attached to Marine All-Weather Attack Squadron (Training) 202

A pilot from the Marine All-Weather Attack Squadron 202 (Training), studies one of his readouts (chart) on a practice flight

A memorial service is held for two members of Attack Squadron 176 (VA-176) in the chapel of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62)

LCPL Peter C. Fisher of Marine All-Weather Attack Squadron 211 (VMA-211) makes repairs to a Marine A-4M Skyhawk aircraft

An Attack Squadron 65 (VA-65) A-6E Intruder aircraft is prepared for takeoff during flight operations aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69)

An Attack Squadron 66 (VA-66) A-7E Corsair II aircraft rests in the field where it crash landed. The aircraft suffered moderate damage to its undercarriage and structural damage to its main airframe when it made a crash landing

Bed mattresses are used to cushion the nose section of an Attack Squadron 66 (VA-66) A-7E Corsair II during recovery operations. The aircraft suffered moderate damage to its undercarriage and structural damage to its main airframe when it made a crash landing

An aircraft crane is used to hoist an Attack Squadron 66 (VA-66) A-7E Corsair II during recovery operations. The aircraft suffered moderate damage to its undercarriage and structural damage to its main airframe when it made a crash landing

An Attack Squadron 66 (VA-66) A-7E Corsair II rests in the field where it made a crash landing. The aircraft suffered moderate damage to its undercarriage and structural damage to its main airframe when it made a crash landing

Personnel examine an Attack Squadron 66 (VA-66) A-7E Corsair II during recovery operations. The aircraft suffered moderate damage to its undercarriage and structural damage to its main airframe when it made a crash landing

An aircraft crane is used to hoist an Attack Squadron 66 (VA-66) A-7E Corsair II aircraft during recovery operations. The aircraft suffered moderate damage to its undercarriage and structural damage to its main airframe when it made a crash landing

An aircraft crane is used to hoist an Attack Squadron 66 (VA-66) Corsair II during recovery operations. The aircraft suffered moderate damage to its undercarriage and structural damage to its main airframe when it made a crash landing

Personnel prepare cables which will be used to hoist an Attack Squadron 66 (VA-66) A-7E Corsair II during recovery operations. The aircraft suffered moderate damage to its undercarriage and structural damage to its main airframe when it made a crash landing

An aircraft crane is used to hoist an Attack Squadron 66 (VA-66) A-7E Corsair II during recovery operations. The aircraft suffered moderate damage to its undercarriage and structural damage to its main airframe when it made a crash landing

An aerial view of the Naval Air Reserve Unit (NARU) and Patrol Squadron 65 (VP-65) building and the new Attack Squadron 305 (VA-305) and Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 5 (HAL-5) reserve units near the runways at Pacific Missile Test Center

An aerial view of the Naval Air Reserve Unit (NARU) and Patrol Squadron 65 (VP-65) building and the new Attack Squadron 305 (VA-305) and Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 5 (HAL-5) reserve units near the runways at Pacific Missile Test Center

A right side view of an Attack Squadron 94 (VA-94) A-7E Corsair aircraft parked on the flight line

A right side view of an A-7 Corsair II aircraft from Attack Squadron 97 (VA-97) after landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS CORAL SEA (CV-43)

An overhead right side view of an F-4 Phantom II aircraft from Fighter Squadron 21 (VF-21) and an A-7 Corsair II aircraft from Attack Squadron 97 (VA-97) during preflight preparations on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS CORAL SEA (CV-43)

An in-flight left side view of an A-7E Corsair II aircraft, from Attack Squadron 22 (VA-22), assigned to Carrier Air Wing 15 (CVW-15) embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63)

An air-to-air left side view of four A-7 Corsair II aircraft from Attack Squadron 22 (VA-22). The Carrier Air Wing 15 (CVW-15) embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63)

An in-flight left side view of four A-7 Corsair II aircraft from Attack Squadron 22 (VA-22). The Carrier Air Wing 15 (CVW-15) embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63)

An air-to-air left rear view of four A-7 Corsair II aircraft from Attack Squadron 22 (VA-22). The Carrier Air Wing 15 (CVW-15) embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63)

CAPT John M. McNabb, right, and CDR Rodney L. Franz shake hands as two distinguished guests look on following the change of command ceremony in which Franz is relieving McNabb as commanding officer of Attack Squadron 128 (VA-128)

CAPT John M. McNabb, left, and CDR Rodney L. Franz exchange salutes during the change of command ceremony in which Franz is relieving McNabb as commanding officer of Attack Squadron 128 (VA-128)

An air-to-air right side view of a Soviet Il-38 Ilyushin aircraft, NATO designation "May," and a U. S. Navy A-73 Corsair II aircraft from Attack Squadron 27 (VA-27) assigned to Carrier Air Wing 14 (CVW-14). The smaller U.S. Navy aircraft is being piloted by LCDR Dave Park

An air-to-air left side view of six A-7E Corsair II aircraft from Attack Squadron 87 (VA-87). The aircraft are assigned to Carrier Air Wing 6 (CVW-6), based aboard the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV 62)

An A-7E Corsair II aircraft from Attack Squadron 93 prepares to be catapulted from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS MIDWAY (CV 41)

An air-to-air left side view of a Marine A-6E Intruder aircraft from Marine All-Weather Attack Squadron 121 (VMA-AW-121)

Michael Grove Naval Air Station, Fallon, Nev....A right side view of an Attack Squadron 86 (VA-86) A-7E Corsair II aircraft preparing for takeoff. OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

A right side view of a Marine A-6E Intruder aircraft as its tailhook catches the arresting gear cable aboard an aircraft carrier. The A-6E is attached to Marine All-Weather Attack Squadron 533 (VMA-533)

A close-up view of a pilot in the cockpit of an A-7E Corsair II aircraft while flying in formation with other A-7Es of Attack Squadron 72 (VA-72)

CDR Bruce V. Woods, new commander of Attack Squadron 52 (VA-52), presents a chief with a squadron plaque upon his retirement

CDR Bruce V. Woods accepts the squadron banner from outgoing commanding officer, CDR David T. Wagner, during the change of command ceremony for Attack Squadron 52 (VA-52)

CDR David T. Wagner (left) pins the command badge on the new commanding officer, CDR Bruce V. Woods, during the change of command ceremony for Attack Squadron 52 (VA-52)

CAPT David D. Williams, left, and CDR Rodney C. Franz cut the cake at the conclusion of the ceremony in which CAPT Williams relieved CDR Franz as commanding officer of Attack Squadron 128 (VA-128)

CAPT David D. Williams reads his orders as new commanding officer of Attack Squadron 128 (VA-128), during the change of command ceremony

CAPT David D. Williams, left, and CDR Rodney C. Franz cut the cake at the conclusion of the ceremony in which CAPT Williams relieved CDR Franz as commanding officer of Attack Squadron 128 (VA-128)

CDR Rodney C. Franz speaks during the change of command ceremony in which he is being relieved as commanding officer of Attack Squadron 128 (VA-128), by CAPT David D. Williams

As seen from the ship's O-9 level, an Attack Squadron 65 (VA-65) A-6E Intruder aircraft is moved clear of the arresting wires on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69)

An Attack Squadron 12 (VA-12) A-7E Corsair II aircraft is positioned on the No. 2 catapult prior to its launch from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

A maintenance crew member of Attack Squadron 66 (VA-66) conducts a preflight check of one of the squadron's A-7E Corsair II aircraft aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

A catapult crewman reaches for the launch bar on the nose gear of an Attack Squadron 65 (VA-65) A-6E Intruder aircraft aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

LT. Ben. Powers prepares for a late evening launch in the cockpit of his Attack Squadron 66 (VA-66) A-7E Corsair II aircraft on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69)

Coming in for an arrested landing, an Attack Squadron 66 (VA-66) A-7E Corsair II aircraft passes over the stern of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

Maintenance crew members of Attack Squadron 66 (VA-66) and the pilot conduct a preflight check of one of the squadron's A-7E Corsair II aircraft aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

A member of Attack Squadron 66 (VA-66) makes an adjustment on an A-7E Corsair II aircraft on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69)

Sailors use an air hose from an MD-3A tow tractor to turn over the engines of an Attack Squadron 65 (VA-65) A-6E Intruder aircraft on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69)

Pilots of Attack Squadron 66 (VA-66) converse before a briefing in the ready room aboard the nuclear-powered carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69). The squadron insignia is on the wall

An Attack Squadron 65 (VA-65) KA-6D Intruder aircraft comes in for an arrested landing aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69)

An Attack Squadron 66 (VA-66) A-7E Corsair II aircraft comes in to catch the arresting wire on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

An air-to-air view of four A-7E Corsair II aircraft of Attack Squadron 66 (VA-66) in formation

An Attack Squadron 12 (VA-12) A-7E Corsair II aircraft is ready for launch from the No. 2 catapult on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

The pilot and bombardier-navigator of an Attack Squadron 65 (VA-65) A-6E Intruder aircraft conduct a preflight check of their aircraft on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

A ordnancemen of Attack Squadron 66 (VA-66) makes an adjustment on an A-7E Corsair II aircraft on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69)

Members of Attack Squadron 65 (VA-65) attend a preflight briefing in the squadron ready room aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69)

A member of Attack Squadron 65 (VA-65) takes notes during a preflight briefing in the squadron ready room aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69)

Maintenance crew members of Attack Squadron 66 (VA-66) service the APQ-126 radar unit of one of their squadon's A-7E Corsair II aircraft aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

Maintenance personnel service the APQ-126 radar unit of an Attack Squadron 66 (VA-66) A-7E Corsair II aircraft aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

An underside view of an Air Force KC-10A Extender aircraft refueling a KA-6D Intruder aircraft of Attack Squadron 65 (VA-65) during exercise Bright Star '83

An air-to-air view of a KA-6D Intruder tanker aircraft from Attack Squadron 52 (VA-52) assigned to the aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63). The refueling drogue housing is visible under the after fuselage

Secretary of the Navy John F. Lehman Jr. straps himself into an Attack Squadron 65 (VA-65) A-6E intruder aircraft being readied for launch on the deckof the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69)

Secretary of the Navy John F. Lehman Jr. straps himself into an Attack Squadron 65 (VA-65) A-6E intruder aircraft being readied for launch on the deckof the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69)

Secretary of the Navy John F. Lehman Jr. attends a preflight briefing in the ready room of Attack Squadron 65 (VA-65) aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69)

An Attack Squadron 66 (VA-66) A-7E Corsair II aircraft engages the nylon webbing of a barricade during an emergency landing aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

Captain J. A. McKenzie, CHIEF of STAFF, and Melvin R. Paisley, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, leave Attack Squadron 128 (VA-128) for lunch

Captain J. A. McKenzie, CHIEF of STAFF, greets Melvin R. Paisley, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, upon his arrival for a visit with Attack Squadron 128 (VA-128)

Captain Thomas S. Slater, Carrier Air Wing 15 (CVW-15), observes as Commander Bruce V. Wood (right) is relieved as Commanding Officer of Attack Squadron 52 (VA 52) by CDR Donald L. Sullivan, during a change of command ceremony at Hangar Six

The colors are paraded during a Change of Command Ceremony in Hangar Six. Commander (CDR) Donald L. Sullivan is relieving CDR Donald L. Sullivan is relieving CDR Bruce V. Wood as Commanding Officer of Attack Squadron 52 (VA 52)

Commander (CDR) Harry A. Jupin, left, and CDR Kenneth L. Pyle cut a cake during the Change of Command Ceremony for Attack Squadron 196 (VA-196). CDR Jupin is relieving CDR Pyle as Commanding Officer of VA-196

Commander (CDR) Gary C. Wasson reads his orders during the change-of-command ceremony in which he is being relieved by CDR Robert T. Knowles, left, as commanding officer of Attack Squadron 165 (VA 165). The ceremony is being held in Hangar 6

An Attack Squadron 56 (VA-56) A-7E Corsair aircraft erupts into flames after a ramp strike on the aircraft carrier USS MIDWAY (CV-41). This view was originally captured by an automatic video camera mounted on the ship's superstructure