A BIT OF HISTORY: "...VR-60 Volunteer Express - Naval Aviation News March–April 1997 - http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1990s/1997/ma97/ascoop.pdf..." Contributed by EASTMAN, Jack G. firstname.lastname@example.org..." [26APR2004]Circa 1991
VR-50 Volunteer Express
A March 1995 ceremony at NAS Memphis, Tenn., marked the disestablishment (officially 1 April) of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VR) 60 after more than 12 years of service. Cdr. Richard L. Smith was the last CO of the Volunteer Express.
VR-60 was a reserve squadron established at Memphis on 3 October 1982, succeeding VR-53 which was disestablished with its old C-1l8Bs the previous day. Equipped with former Australian Ansett airline DC-9-31s similar to the C-9Bs flown by other VR squadrons, VR-60 flew logistics missions in support of fleet operations within North America and the Caribbean area.
In 1991, the squadron received two former Iberia Airlines DC-933s, which were modified with cargo doors. These aircraft allowed the squadron to operate detachments in the Mediterranean and western Pacific. When Hurricane Andrew devastated southern Florida in 1992, VR-60 flew 23,000 pounds of relief supplies to the stricken areas.
VR-60 sustained a mishap-free record, flying over 37,000 hours. VR-60's demise came about as part of the restructuring of the Naval Air Reserve logistics force and the closure of NAS Memphis.
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...Naval Aviation Units Involved in the Persian Gulf War (16 January–27 February 1991)...This Squadron Mentioned...Naval Historical Center ADOBE Download File: http://www.history.navy.mil/avh-1910/APP29.PDF [27MAY2003]Circa 1989
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A BIT OF HISTORY: "...History - Records - Page 10, 36, 27, and 38 - Naval Aviation News - March-April 1989..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1980s/1989/ma89.pdf [21OCT2004]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...History - Change-Of-Command - Page 28 to 30 - Naval Aviation News - September-October 1988..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1980s/1988/so88.pdf [21OCT2004]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...Change-Of-Command - Page 76 - Naval Aviation News - January-February 1987..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1980s/1987/jf87.pdf [20OCT2004]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...Change-of-Command - Page 31 - Naval Aviation News - September-October 1985..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1980s/1985/so85.pdf [18OCT2004]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...We Deliver - Page 22 to 25 - Naval Aviation News - January-February 1984..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1980s/1984/jf84.pdf [17OCT2004]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...Minneapolis Reserve Squadrons NAS NAS Glenview, Illinois - Naval Aviation News - March 1949..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1940s/1949/mar49.pdf [15JUL2004]
"VR-60 Summary Page"