VT-23

VT-23

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VT-23 Professionals VT-23 Professionals
Courtesy of Frank Garza
VT-23 Professionals

Patch

VT-23 Griffin patch

Sources

David Weber

Frank Garza

Tony Suglio

Harry S. Gann

John Gabbard

Handle

Professionals

Heritage

November 1, 1958: Advanced Training Unit TWO HUNDREDTWENTY-TWO (ATU-222) established.

May 1, 1960: Advanced Training Unit TWO HUNDRED TWENTY-TWO (ATU-222) re-designated Training Squadron TWENTY-THREE (VT-23).

Home Ports

1958 - - - - - - - - - - - - - Naval Air Station Kingsville, Texas

Air Wings

No info yet.

Aircraft

Date Type First Received - - - - - - Type of Aircraft:

Date Type First Received - - - - - - Type of Aircraft:

1958 - - - - - - - - - - - - Grumman F-11 Tiger.

1965 - - - - - - - - - - - - Grumman TF-9J Cougar.

10 April 1970- - - - - - - - Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk.

1972 - - - - - - - - - - - - North American T-2C Buckeye.

199? - - - - - - - - - - - - Boeing - McDonnald Douglas - British Aerospace T-45 Goshawk.

September 30, 1999 - - - - - VT-23 Boeing T-45C Goshawks were transfered to VT-7.

For A-4 Skyhawk aircraft assigned to this unit see lower in this page:

Deployments

None.

Commanding Officers

1973: CDR Donald Martin.

1998: CDR J. E. Tibbels

1999: CDR W. V. Martin

Awards

1959 - - - - - - Chief of Naval Operations Safety Award.

1960 - - - - - - Chief of Naval Operations Safety Award.

1967 - - - - - - Top Jet Squadron Award.

1970 - - - - - - Top Jet Squadron Award.

1970 - - - - - - The John H. Tower Trophy.

1972 - - - - - - Meritorious Unit Commendation.

1973 - - - - - - Vice Admiral Robert Goldthwaite Award.

Awards continued

1981 - - - - - - Chief of Naval Operations Safety Award.

1982 - - - - - - Chief of Naval Operations Safety Award.

1983 - - - - - - Chief of Naval Operations Safety Award.

1984 - - - - - - Chief of Naval Air Training Effectiveness Award.

1985 - - - - - - Chief of Naval Air Training Effectiveness Award.

1986 - - - - - - Chief of Naval Air Training Effectiveness Award.

Events

November 1, 1958: Advanced Training Unit TWO HUNDRED TWENTY-TWO (ATU-222) was established at Naval Air Station Kingsville, Texas, flying the Grumman F-11 Tiger.

November 1958: ATU-222 was assigned the advanced pilot training final phases including: swept wing familiarization, formation flying, all weather instrument flying, tactics and air-to-air and air-to-ground gunnery.

May 1, 1960: Advanced Training Unit TWO HUNDRED TWENTY-TWO (ATU-222) was redesignated Training Squadron TWENTY-THREE (VT-23).

June 1965: Training Squadron TWENTY-THREE was assigned the Grumman TF-9J Cougar. Carrier qualification and air-to-ground rocketry training were added to the syllabus.

April 1970: Training Squadron TWENTY-THREE was assigned the Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk.

February 26 1971: Lt(jg). Gary J. Hagstrom, 26, (VT-23) ejected safely from his TA-4J Skyhawk (BuNo 153490) just before it crashed about 1/2 mile south of the NAS Kingsville runway at 10:17 a.m. today. The aircraft was returning from a solo training flight when the accident occurred. Corpus Christi Times, Friday, February 26, 1971.

March 4, 1971: Lt. George Hiduk, 26, IP, and Ens. Kenneth Pritchard, 23, (student) ejected safely from their TA-4 Skyhawk (BuNo 152849) shortly before it crashed four miles north of NAS Kingsville at 6:50 a.m. today. Both were taken from the crash site by helicopter. The crash started a small fire in land belonging to the King Ranch. Corpus Christi Times, Thursday, March 4, 1971. Lt. George Hiduk and Ens. Ken Pritchard parachuted to safety Thursday before their TA-4J Skyhawk crashed and burned in an open area near Bishop, TX, in Nueces County. Amarillo Daily News, Friday, March 5, 1971.

April 7, 1971: TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 153688 was damaged in an accident and was stricken.
e-Mail sa-contact-losses@a4skyhawk.net if you have any further information re the who, what, where or why.

April 26, 1971: Lt(jg). Robert A. Day and Lt(jg). Jon D. Radford ejected safely after their TA-4J Skyhawks (BuNo 156913 & TA-4J BuNo 158089) collided in flight Monday over the Dixie Target Range in South Texas. They were on a practice bombing mission when the collision occurred. Lubbock Avalanche, Lubbock, Texas, Tuesday Evening, April 27, 1971.

August 4, 1971: Lt. Richard L. Perry, 30, (IP) Marine 1st Lt. T.L. Holt, 26, (student) ejected safely from their TA-4J Skyhawk (BuNo 156893) when it crashed 20 miles NW of NAS Kingsville at about 7:30 a.m. today. Both were picked up by a helicopter from NAS Kingsville. Corpus Christi Times, Wednesday, August 4, 1971.

May 2, 1972: TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 153509 was damaged in an accident. No flight hours after 02 May, 1972. Went to NARF Pensacola 19 September 1972 from VT-23 and was SOC NARF Pensacola 24 July 1975.
e-Mail sa-contact-losses@a4skyhawk.net if you have any further information re the who, what, where or why.

JUL72: BuNo 153467 3H-368 parked on the ramp. Gary Verver Collection.

August 22, 1972: Lt. Joseph Hart, 27, (VT-23) and Lt. Roger Kjosa, 28, (VT-24) ejected safely from their TA-4 Skyhawk (BuNo 156906) this morning before it crashed and burned in an open field about three mile north of NAS Kingsville, TX. The Corpus Christi Times, Corpus Christi, TX, Tuesday, August 22, 1972.

October 1972: The Navy switched training concept to parallel flow and the "Single Base Training Concept." VT-23s training mission changed to provided basic flight training in Transition, Precision Acrobatics, Basic Instruments, Radio Instruments, Night Flying, Formation Flying, Air-to-air Gunnery and Carrier Qualification. Training Squadron TWENTY-THREE was assigned the North American T-2C Buckeye to accomplish basic flight training.

Advanced flight training was now also accomplished at Naval Air Station Kingsville, Texas. VT-23 graduates went "next door" to VT-21 or VT-22 for advanced flight training in the TA-4J Skyhawk.

1982: Training Squadron TWENTY-THREE was tasked with Grumman E-2 pilot training comprised of 68 training flights in the T-2C Buckeye. In 1985 this task was transferred to VT-4.

199?: Training Squadron TWENTY-THREE was assigned the Boeing T-45C Goshawk.

September 30, 1999: VT-23 Professionals were disestablished. Assets were transferred to Training Squadron SEVEN at Naval Air Station Meridian, Mississippi.

Unit Photos

1971: left front view of Professionals Skyhawk 3H-330 in tension on the cat and ready to go. Harry Gann.

1974: VT-23 TA-4J. Watching a VT-23 TA-4J approaching the wires in 1974. From a photograph by Harry S. Gann.

Black & White of same A-4 Skyhawk as above, with wing tanks for supplementary fuel, approaches for landing on U.S. carrier. Note position of the Tailhook! Looks like the tail-code of the parked scooters ends in H, so maybe the Oriskany or the Kitty Hawk is the "Boat". Douglas photo from Gary Verver Collection that was part of the 27 Feb 1979 News Release from McDonnel Douglas.

VT-23 TA-4J. This VT-23 TA-4J, side number 3H-324 is pictured on the Luke Air Force Base Transit Line in the 1970's. From a photograph by Tony Suglio.

VT-23 158094 parked on the ramp, location and photographer unknown. The other a/c in the photo are and A-6, S-2 and C-97. From Gary Verver.

Date Unknown: TA-4J 158093 Col Robert Clapp via G. Verver.

MAY 1971: VT-23 TA-4J BuNo 156934, 3H-334. Photographer unknown, from Gary Verver Collection.


Off-Duty Photos

No info yet.

A-4 Skyhawk aircraft assigned to VT-23.

  • Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk
    • 153478 c/n 13544 - TA-4F
      • 24 Jun 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 02 Oct 1970 - VT-23 - Convert to TA-4J
      • 20 Oct 1972 - VT-24 - NAS Chase Field, TX
    • 153479 c/n 13545 - TA-4F
      • 24 Jun 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX

      • 01 Sep 1970 - VT-23 - Convert to TA-4J
      • 17 Mar 1971 - VT-22 - NAS Kingsville, TX
    • 153490 c/n 13556 - TA-4F
      • 22 Jun 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX

      • 07 Aug 1970 – VT-23 - Convert to TA-4J
      • 26 Feb 1971 - Stricken – 1S
    • 153495 c/n 13561 - TA-4F
      • 01 Aug 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX

      • 22 Aug 1970 – VT-23 - Convert to TA-4J
      • 02 Nov 1972 - VT-24 - NAS Chase Field, TX
    • 153498 c/n 13564 - TA-4F
      • 29 Jul 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX

      • 07 Aug 1970 – VT-23 - Convert to TA-4J
      • 31 Oct 1971 - VMT-103 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
    • 153500 c/n 13566 - TA-4F
      • 29 Jun 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX

      • 29 Oct 1970 - VT-23 - Convert to TA-4J
      • 06 Dec 1972 - VT-25 - NAS Chase Field, TX
    • 153509 c/n 13575 - TA-4F
      • 03 Sep 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX

      • 05 Nov 1970 - VT-23 - Convert to TA-4J
      • 19 Sep 1972 - NARF - NAS Pensacola, FL
    • 153522 c/n 13588 - TA-4F
      • 11 Jun 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX

      • 04 Nov 1970 - VT-23 - Convert to TA-4J
      • 11 Nov 1970 - VT-22 - NAS Kingsville, TX
    • 153674 c/n 13612 - TA-4F
      • 10 Jun 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX

      • 25 Sep 1970 - VT-23 - Convert to TA-4J
      • 13 Sep 1972 - VT-24 - NAS Chase Field, TX
    • 153688 c/n 13626 - TA-4F
      • 12 Jun 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX

      • 16 Oct 1970 - VT-23 - Convert to TA-4J
      • 07 Apr 1971 - Stricken – 1S
    • 155072 c/n 13888 - TA-4F
      • 03 Apr 1969 – NPRO - Convert to TA-4J

      • 04 Jun 1971 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 13 Oct 1972 - VT-24 - NAS Chase Field, TX
    • 155090 c/n 13906 - TA-4F
      • 12 May 1969 – NPRO - Convert to TA-4J

      • 01 Oct 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 28 Sep 1972 - VT-24 - NAS Chase Field, TX
    • 155096 c/n 13912
      • 16 Mar 1971 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 31 Jul 1972 - VT-24 - NAS Chase Field, TX
    • 155097 c/n 13913
      • 16 Mar 1971 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 27 Oct 1972 - VT-24 - NAS Chase Field, TX
    • 155119 c/n 13935
      • 23 Sep 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 03 Oct 1972 - VT-24 - NAS Chase Field, TX
    • 156891 c/n 13984
      • 10 Apr 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 14 Aug 1972 - VT-22 - NAS Kingsville, TX
    • 156893 c/n 13986
      • 10 Apr 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 04 Aug 1971 - Stricken – 1S
    • 156894 c/n 13987
      • 10 Apr 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 20 Nov 1972 - VT-22 - NAS Kingsville, TX
    • 156896 c/n 13989
      • 10 Apr 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 11 Oct 1972 - VT-24 - NAS Chase Field, TX
    • 156897 c/n 13990
      • 10 Apr 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 06 Oct 1972 - VT-22 - NAS Kingsville, TX
    • 156898 c/n 13991
      • 10 Apr 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 12 Sep 1972 - VT-21 - NAS Kingsville, TX
    • 156899 c/n 13992
      • 10 Apr 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 21 Aug 1972 - VT-24 - NAS Chase Field, TX
    • 156900 c/n 13993
      • 10 Apr 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 17 Oct 1972 - VT-24 - NAS Chase Field, TX
    • 156901 c/n 13994
      • 10 Apr 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 09 Aug 1972 - VT-21 - NAS Kingsville, TX
    • 156902 c/n 13995
      • 13 Apr 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 01 Nov 1972 - VT-24 - NAS Chase Field, TX
    • 156903 c/n 13996
      • 29 Apr 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 14 Sep 1972 - VT-22 - NAS Kingsville, TX
    • 156904 c/n 13997
      • 28 Apr 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 25 Sep 1972 - VT-22 - NAS Kingsville, TX
    • 156905 c/n 13998
      • 29 Apr 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 28 Sep 1972 - VT-21 - NAS Kingsville, TX
    • 156906 c/n 13999
      • 29 Apr 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 22 Aug 1972 - Stricken – 1S
    • 156907 c/n 14000
      • 26 May 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 06 Oct 1972 - VT-21 - NAS Kingsville, TX
  • Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk (Cont.)
    • 156908 c/n 14001
      • 26 May 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 13 Oct 1972 - VT-22 - NAS Kingsville, TX
    • 156909 c/n 14002
      • 26 May 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 06 Oct 1972 - VT-22 - NAS Kingsville, TX
    • 156910 c/n 14003
      • 28 May 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 16 Oct 1972 - VT-24 - NAS Chase Field, TX
    • 156911 c/n 14004
      • 26 May 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 03 Oct 1972 - VT-24 - NAS Chase Field, TX
    • 156912 c/n 14005
      • 18 Jun 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 11 Aug 1972 - VT-21 - NAS Kingsville, TX
    • 156913 c/n 14006
      • 15 Jun 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 26 Apr 1971 - Stricken – 1S
    • 156914 c/n 14007
      • 20 Jun 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 21 Sep 1972 - VT-24 - NAS Chase Field, TX
    • 156915 c/n 14008
      • 23 Jun 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 26 Oct 1972 - VT-21 - NAS Kingsville, TX
    • 156916 c/n 14009
      • 18 Jun 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 27 Nov 1972 - VT-25 - NAS Chase Field, TX
    • 156917 c/n 14010
      • 25 Jul 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 06 Aug 1970 - VT-22 - NAS Kingsville, TX
    • 156918 c/n 14011
      • 04 Jul 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 06 Aug 1970 - VT-22 - NAS Kingsville, TX
    • 156919 c/n 14012
      • 15 Jul 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 06 Aug 1970 - VT-22 - NAS Kingsville, TX
    • 156920 c/n 14013
      • 25 Jul 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 06 Aug 1970 - VT-22 - NAS Kingsville, TX
    • 156921 c/n 14014
      • 25 Jul 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 06 Aug 1970 - VT-22 - NAS Kingsville, TX
    • 156923 c/n 14016
      • 16 Mar 1971 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 24 Oct 1972 - VT-24 - NAS Chase Field, TX
    • 156924 c/n 14017
      • 11 Aug 1971 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 13 Oct 1972 - VT-21 - NAS Kingsville, TX
    • 156926 c/n 14019
      • 19 Aug 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 09 Nov 1972 - VT-21 - NAS Kingsville, TX
    • 156931 c/n 14024
      • 30 Sep 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 21 Sep 1972 - VT-24 - NAS Chase Field, TX
    • 156933 c/n 14026
      • 30 Sep 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 16 Oct 1972 - VT-24 - NAS Chase Field, TX
    • 156934 c/n 14027
      • 30 Sep 1970 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 15 Aug 1972 - VT-22 - NAS Kingsville, TX
    • 158080 c/n 14117
      • 16 Feb 1971 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 22 Sep 1972 - VT-24 - NAS Chase Field, TX
    • 158081 c/n 14118
      • 16 Feb 1971 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 15 Sep 1972 - VT-24 - NAS Chase Field, TX
    • 158083 c/n 14120
      • 08 Mar 1971 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 20 Oct 1971 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 158084 c/n 14121
      • 02 Mar 1971 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 31 Oct 1972 - VT-24 - NAS Chase Field, TX
    • 158089 c/n 14126
      • 29 Mar 1971 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 26 Apr 1971 - Stricken – 1S
    • 158090 c/n 14127
      • 29 Mar 1971 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 11 Sep 1972 - VT-24 - NAS Chase Field, TX
    • 158093 c/n 14130
      • 06 Apr 1971 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 06 Sep 1972 - VT-24 - NAS Chase Field, TX
    • 158094 c/n 14131
      • 21 Apr 1971 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 05 Sep 1972 - VT-24 - NAS Chase Field, TX
    • 158100 c/n 14137
      • 21 May 1971 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 02 Nov 1972 - VT-24 - NAS Chase Field, TX
    • 158102 c/n 14139
      • 09 Jun 1971 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 24 Oct 1972 - VT-24 - NAS Chase Field, TX
    • 158105 c/n 14142
      • 23 Jun 1971 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 19 Oct 1971 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 158106 c/n 14143
      • 02 Jul 1971 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 05 May 1972 - VT-21 - NAS Kingsville, TX
    • 158108 c/n 14145
      • 15 Jul 1971 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 22 Oct 1971 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 158113 c/n 14150
      • 06 Aug 1971 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 05 Oct 1972 - VT-24 - NAS Chase Field, TX
    • 158114 c/n 14151
      • 26 Aug 1971 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 18 Oct 1971 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 158116 c/n 14153
      • 30 Aug 1971 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 18 Oct 1971 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 158120 c/n 14157
      • 14 Sep 1971 - VT-23 - NAS Kingsville, TX
      • 15 Oct 1972 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS

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