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Circa 1967

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation March 1967 "...NATW Phase-Out Begins - Page 25 - Naval Aviation News - March 1967..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1967/mar67.pdf [08SEP2004]

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Circa 1965

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Air Transport Squadron SEVEN - 25 June 1965 - Captain Edward W. Bergstrom being relieved by Captain Roy P. Gee - Change-of-Command Program..." Contributed by Bob Bergstrom (son of Captain Bergstrom) pbybergstrom@comcast.net [28SEP2009]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation August 1965 "...VR-7's Det Alfa: Vietnam Lifeline - Page 37 - Naval Aviation News - August 1965..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1965/aug65.pdf [01SEP2004]

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Circa 1964

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation April 1964 "...VR-7's Crossroads For Navigators - Page 24 - Naval Aviation News - April 1964..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1964/apr64.pdf [28AUG2004]

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Circa 1961

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News December 1961 "...VR-7 Crew Honored By AF - Page 10 - Naval Aviation News - December 1961..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1961/dec61.pdf [21AUG2004]

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Circa 1959

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News May 1959 "...Pacific Constellations - Page 28 to 29 - Naval Aviation News - May 1959..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1950s/1959/may59.pdf [15AUG2004]

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Circa 1958

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News May 1958 "...Test Panel Is Invented - Page 29 - Naval Aviation News - May 1958..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1950s/1958/may58.pdf [13AUG2004]

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Circa 1957

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News October 1957 "...VR-7's Happy Dependents' Special - Page 28 - Naval Aviation News - October 1957..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1950s/1957/oct57.pdf [11AUG2004]

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Circa 1956

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News October 1956 "...VR-7 Super Connie Record - Page 28 - Naval Aviation News - October 1956..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1950s/1956/oct56.pdf [09AUG2004]

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Circa 1955

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News February 1955 "...Sets Maintenance Record - Page 16 - Naval Aviation News - February 1955..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1950s/1955/feb55.pdf [03AUG2004]

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Circa 1954

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News March 1954 "...More R7V's Go To MATS - Page 30 - Naval Aviation News - March 1954..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1950s/1954/mar54.pdf [02AUG2004]

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Circa 1947

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News May 1947 "...Seaman's Coolness Saves Plane - Page 12 - Naval Aviation News - May 1947..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1940s/1947/may47.pdf [17JUL2004]

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Circa 1945

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...FASRON-118 ramp NAS Agana, Guam in August 1945 - just a few days after the war ended..." Contributed by Jonathan Horne jhorne@izap.com [05JUN2008]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Success in battle depends heavily on adequate logistic support which many times provides the thin thread on which hangs the victory. Throughout its history, NAS Moffett Field, California has been home for one or more of these all-important air logistics units. Dating back to 1945 with the arrival of Transport Squadron Four (VR-4) and Naval Air Transport Service (NATS) headquarters, such squadrons as Transport Squadron Forty-four (VR-44), Transport Squadron Five (VR-5) and Transport Squadron Three (VR-3) have played an important role as one of NAS Moffett Field, California's tenant units. R4Ds (DC-3s), R5D (DC-5s) and R6D (DC-6s) were familiar sights in Bay Area skies. With the decommissioning of Fleet Logistic Air Wings in the summer of 1957, two Military Air Transport Squadrons, VR-7 and VR-8, began the move from their Hawaiian base to NAS Moffett Field, California. Flying the sleek R7V Super Constellation, these squadrons operate from here to the far reaches of the Pacific to provide a supply line of men and equipment to the Pacific Fleet..." http://www.moffettfieldmuseum.org/history/postwar/fleet-units.html [17JAN2004]


Circa 1943

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News Magazine "...VR's Lead In Utilization - Naval Aviation News - December 1943.." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1940s/1943/1dec43.pdf [08NOV2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...VR-7 History..." http://www.navymats.org/VR-7.html [01JUN2002]

VR-7 was originally established in April 1943 under command of the Naval Air Transport Service at NAS Miami FL to engage in the airlift of priority cargo and personnel between the U.S. and South America. The aircraft assigned was the Douglas R4D. Dis-established in 1944, the squadron was re-born in Nov. 1946 with the integration of personel from VR-10, again utilizing the R4D. There it performed as a Headquarters squadron on Guam Island with detachments in Manila Philippines, Shanghai China, Iwo Jima Island and finally Tokyo Japan following the Japanese surrender. It was then dis-estblished in 1948

In response to increasing military requirements for airlift support in the Pacific, VR-7 attained its third life at Hickam AFB Hawaii with Capt. S.M. Adams commanding, under the direction of Commander Pacific Division of MATS. Its core of experienced personnel were from VR-8 recently returned from the Berlin Airlift also at Hickam and supplemented by additional personnel from throughout the fleet. Both squadrons then were assigned the R5D Douglas Skymaster and provided additonal long range airlift capacity to the MATS routes in the Pacific. The route included stops at Midway, Kwajelein, Wake, Guam, Okinawa Islands and Japan and the Philippines.

In late 1953 the squadron began the arduous task of acquiring and training in the state of the art R7V Super Constellation aircraft. This aircraft allowed for longer range Trans-Pacific service, eliminating the need for frequent refueling stops at the lesser Pacific Islands. A complement of 16 aircraft, their flight crews and maintenance personnel and equipment was assigned.

Shortly thereafter they were chosen to establish and maintain the "Embassy Run" which originated at Travis AFB CA and traveled westward across the Pacific to American Embassies in Tokyo (Tachikawa AFB), Manila (Clark AFB), Saigon Indo China (Than Son Nhut AB), Calcutta India, Bangkok Thailand, Calcutta India, New Delhi India, Karachi Pakistan and terminating at Dhahran Saudi Arabia. There it met the Eastern "Embassy Run" flown by squadrons of the Atlantic Division of MATS.

In 1957 the squadron relocated to NAS Moffett Fld. CA as the operational squadron along with VR-8 as the maintenance squadron with all 32 aircraft. In 1963 the squadrons received a new aircraft, the C-130E long range heavy lift transport, and supplied the R7V to Air National Guard and AF Reserve units throughout the U.S. This also changed their role to that of combat air lift and supply. This new role entailed serious training in formation flying, paratroop and equipment insertion and low level radar evasion tactics.

In 1967, along with other Navy units assigened to MATS, VR-7 was dis-established at NAS Moffett Fld. CA. During its illustrious history, it had flown the R4D Skytrain, R5D Skymaster, the R7V Super Constellation and the C-130E Hercules with a loss of only 3 aircraft. A Hearty, Hail and Farewell was given to this fine squadron.


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