A BIT OF HISTORY: "...//NO1650// - MSGID/GENADMIN/CNO N09F/10A/APR// - SUBJ/CNO ANNUAL AVIATION SAFETY AWARDS// - REF/A/DOC/OPNAVINST 1650.28// - NARR/REF A IS CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS AVIATION-RELATED SAFETY AWARDS// - POC/E. K. THOMPSON/CIV/NAVSAFECEN 10A/LOC:NORFOLK - /TEL:DSN 564-3520 X7226// - GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. PER REF A THE FOLLOWING COMMANDS HAVE BEEN SELECTED AS WINNERS OF THE CALENDAR YEAR 2005 CNO - AVIATION SAFETY AWARD (Few Squadrons Mentioned: VP-10, VP-92, VPU-2, VQ-1, VQ-2 and VX-1)..." WebSite: Safety Center http://safetycenter.navy.mil/awards/CNO_SafetyMsg05.txt [05JUN2006]Circa 2002
A. COMNAVAIRLANTB. COMNAVAIRPACC. COMMARFORCOM
MARINE TRANSPORTATION SQUADRON 1D. COMMARFORPAC
MARINE LIGHT/ATTACK HELICOPTER SQUADRON 167
MARINE MEDIUM HELICOPTER SQUADRON 264
MARINE TACTICAL ELECTRONIC WARFARE SQUADRON 1
MARINE FIGHTER ATTACK SQUADRON 251
MARINE MEDIUM HELICOPTER SQUADRON 266
MARINE LIGHT/ATTACK HELICOPTER SQUADRON 269
MARINE FIGHTER ATTACK SQUADRON 115
MARINE AERIAL REFUELER TRANSPORT SQUADRON 252
MARINE ALL WEATHER FIGHTER ATTACK SQUADRON 533
MARINE LIGHT ATTACK HELICOPTER SQUADRON 369E. COMNAVAIRFORESF. CG FOURTH MAW
MARINE MEDIUM HELICOPTER SQUADRON 364
MARINE HEAVY HELICOPTER SQUADRON 465
MARINE MEDIUM HELICOPTER SQUADRON 262
MARINE ALL WEATHER FIGHTER ATTACK SQUADRON 242
MARINE AERIAL REFUELER TRANSPORT SQUADRON 152
MARINE HEAVY HELICOPTER SQUADRON 363
MARINE HEAVY HELICOPTER SQUADRON 466
MARINE FIGHTER ATTACK TRAINING SQUADRON 101
MARINE ATTACK SQUADRON 211
MARINE MEDIUM HELICOPTER TRAINING SQUADRON 164
MARINE MEDIUM HELICOPTER SQUADRON 161
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION YUMA
MARINE LIGHT ATTACK HELICOPTER SQUADRON 773G. NATRACOMH. COMNAVAIRSYSCOM
MARINE MEDIUM HELICOPTER SQUADRON 774
MARINE MEDIUM HELICOPTER SQUADRON 764
MARINE FIGHTER ATTACK SQUADRON 142
MARINE AERIAL REFUELER TRANSPORT SQUADRON 452
AIR TEST AND EVALUATION SQUADRON 202. REQUEST CONTROLLING CUSTODIANS DISSEMINATE INFO TO ALL WINNERS. CITATIONS AND PLAQUES WILL BE FORWARDED TO COGNIZANT CONTROLLING CUSTODIANS FOR PRESENTATION.
3. THESE AWARD WINNERS ARE RECOGNIZED FOR THEIR COMMITMENT TO PROFESSIONALISM, SOLID LEADERSHIP AND COMPETENT RISK MANAGEMENT THAT LEAD TO SAFE AND EFFECTIVE OPERATIONS. VERY WELL DONE TO ALL HANDS.//
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...April 25, 2002 - VT-86 celebrates 25 years of mishap-free flying - by Lt. Jennifer Vratil and Lt. Andre Ragin - TRAINING SQUADRON 86 PUBLIC AFFAIRS..." WebSite: DC Military - Tester http://www.dcmilitary.com/navy/tester/7_16/national_news/16086-1.html [14DEC2005]Circa 1989
PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- Training Squadron 86 celebrated its 25th anniversary of mishap-free flying April 8. Since its inception in June 1972, VT-86 has logged more than 332,000 mishap-free flight hours and has the distinction of maintaining the longest documented accident-free period of any active flying squadron in aviation history.
This flight-hour total and cumulative time without mishaps also represents the longest mishap-free safety record in Naval Aviation Training Command history.
Over the years, VT-86 has also earned 27 Chief of Naval Air Training safety awards for accident-free operations; it won the Adm. John H. Towers Safety Award in 1995. The 25 years of flying 332,000 hours breaks down to more than 1,100 hours per month.
Currently, the squadron flies the T-2 Buckeye and T-39 Sabreliner. Sikorsky Support Services provides the maintenance support for the T-2, and Raytheon Aerospace Company maintains the T-39s.
The squadron, based at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., is staffed by 85 Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force officers, and is augmented by 18 associate instructors, seven Reservists and one enlisted member. Their mission is to annually train between 300 and 350 Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and foreign officers in preparation for flying the world's most advanced and complex jet aircraft.
Additionally, the VT-86 commitment to safety instills a healthy respect for aviation safety and creates habit patterns in these newly-winged officers that will carry on throughout their careers.
"This anniversary represents more than just the passing of the calendar. It is the cherished legacy of our predecessors who have endowed us with a culture of smart and effective operations that has managed the inherent risks of Naval Aviation," said Cmdr. Brian J. Broene, the squadron's commanding officer. "Today, we embrace this legacy as we celebrate the long-established teamwork of staff, students and contract aviators that have made it possible. Well done."
In honor of this special occasion, the commander of Training Air Wing 6, Capt. Chaunce Mitchell, was the keynote speaker at the cake-cutting ceremony.
"Milestones like this don't just happen; they are the result of sustained and superior hard work, dedication and professionalism. I am very proud of the men and women of Training Squadron 86," Mitchell said.
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...Mishap-Free Milestones...Approach June 2002..." Naval Safety Center WebSite: http://www.safetycenter.navy.mil/media/approach/issues/jun02/mishapfree.htm [03JUN2005]
VP-5 24 years (146,000 hours)
VT-86 25 years (330,000 hours)
VAQ-142 5 years (7,291 hours)
VAQ-133 6 years (8,049 hours)
VP-47 29 years (176,000 hours)
HMT-302 14 years (80,000 hours)
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...History - Change-Of-Command - Page 24, 30, and 31 - Naval Aviation News - September-October 1989..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1980s/1989/so89.pdf [22OCT2004]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...Change-Of-Command - Page 31 - Naval Aviation News - November-December 1986..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1980s/1986/nd86.pdf [19OCT2004]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...History and Change-Of-Command - Page 30 and 31 - Naval Aviation News - March-April 1984..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1980s/1984/ma84.pdf [17OCT2004]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...Change-Of-Command - Page 47 - Naval Aviation News - November 1982..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1980s/1982/nov82.pdf [16OCT2004]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...Awards and Change-Of-Command - Page 51 and 52 - Naval Aviation News - October 1981..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1980s/1981/oct81.pdf [14OCT2004]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...History - Change-Of-Command - Page 42, 44, and 45 - Naval Aviation News - July 1981..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1980s/1981/jul81.pdf [14OCT2004]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...History - Change-Of-Command - Page 39 to 41 - Naval Aviation News - June 1981..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1980s/1981/jun81.pdf [13OCT2004]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...History and Change-Of-Command - Page 30 and 33 - Naval Aviation News - January 1978..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1970s/1978/jan78.pdf [09OCT2004]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...CNO Awards - Page 3 - Naval Aviation News - November 1975..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1970s/1975/nov75.pdf [04OCT2004]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...Awards - Page 19 - Naval Aviation News - February 1974..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1970s/1974/feb74.pdf [30SEP2004]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...VT-86 History..." http://www.cnet.navy.mil/naspcola/trawing6/vt86/index.htm [13MAR2000]Circa 1973
Training Squadron EIGHTY-SIX is known by several names: TRARON EIGHTY-SIX, VT-86, or simply the SABREHAWKS, a name derived from the T-39 Sabreliner and the TA-4J Skyhawk. The squadron was commissioned on the 5th of June 1972, under the operational control of Commander Training Air Wing EIGHT, NAS Glynco, Georgia. The mission of the new squadron was to conduct advanced Naval Flight Officer (NFO) training, which had previously been overseen by the Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) in NAS Glynco, Georgia. The training was in four areas: Radar Intercept Operation, Basic Jet Navigation, Airborne Electronic Warfare and Airborne Tactical Data Systems. Training was conducted in aircraft assigned to and supported by NATTC until February 1973, when the squadron accepted 24 T-39, 20 A-4C, 2 E-121K, and 12 TS-2A aircraft and approximately 350 enlisted personnel from NAS Glynco, Georgia. After receiving the aircraft and personnel, the squadron's mission was expanded to include flight support for Air Intercept Control and Ground Controlled Approach training functions.
In March 1974, a Sabrehawk detachment was established at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida. On 1 June 1974, the squadron commenced flight operations at Naval Air Station Pensacola under operational command of Commander, Training Air Wing SIX, training Naval Flight Officers for carrier-based aircraft.
Since its establishment, Training Squadron EIGHTY-SIX has received numerous awards to include Meritorious Unit Citations, the Training Effectiveness Award from the Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA), the CNATRA Retention Award, the Chief of Naval Operations Safety Award and 23 CNATRA Safety awards for accident-free operations. The squadron received the "1995 Admiral John H. Towers Safety Award" and the Chief of Naval Education and Training (CNET) Shore/Technical Training Excellence Award, and has amassed over 253,000 mishap free flight hours over the last 20 years.
In 1994 Training Squadron EIGHTY-SIX's role was expanded to include the training of U.S. Air Force Weapon Systems Officers (WSO). The first U.S. Air Force winging took place in May 1995. Additionally, the squadron has taken on the added responsibility of training international students, including officers from Saudi Arabia, Italy and Germany. The first International students received their wings in September 1996. Currently the squadron trains over 300 students annually. To date, Training Squadron EIGHTY-SIX has provided the United States military and Allied forces with over 6,900 NFOs, WSOs, and Navigators flying various tactical aircraft world-wide. In 1996 alone we graduated 192 new NFOs and WSOs, reflecting a 40 percent increase from the previous year. Training Squadron EIGHTY-SIX is the only squadron in CTW-6 to train in the T-39 Sabreliner and T-2 Buckeye aircraft.
Upon completion of the program, students will undergo further training at their respective RAG / RTU bases. Naval Flight Officers will go on to fly either the S-3 Viking, ES-3 Shadow, EA-6B Prowler>, or the F-14 Tomcat. Air Force WSOs and Navigators will go on to fly either the B-1B Lancer, B-52 Stratofortress>, or the F-15E Strike Eagle. Marine WSOs will go on to fly either the EA-6B Prowler, or the F-18 Hornet. German WSOs will fly either the Tornado, or the mighty F-4 Phantom, while the Italian WSOs will fly the Tornado. Saudi Arabian students will all go on to fly the F-15E Strike Eagle.
Training squadron EIGHTY-SIX is presently staffed by 70 Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps officers and supported by 11 enlisted personnel. With the ever-changing strategy of our nation's defense, the squadron will continue to train between 300 and 350 Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and international officers annually in preparation for flying the world's most advanced and complex aircraft.
A BIT OF HISTORY: NAS Glynco, GA "...These Aircraft were attached to Training Squadron (VT-86) at NAS Glynco, Georgia in August of 1973. On the Left are T-39 Sabrejets and on the Right are TS-2A Tracker's..." Contributed by NETTLES, Bullet Bob email@example.com [13AUG2003]
Can you identify the Month and or Year?
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...Records Safe Flying Time - VT-86: 126,000 hours and 13 years...." Naval Aviation News July-August 1990 Page 32 [10JUL2001]
"VT-86 Summary Page"