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This page will show at least one picture of each squadron's plane that ever deployed aboard the USS Coral Sea. This is going to require a lot of help from all past shipmates and all other interested in the ship and the squadrons that were assigned. So get out your cruise books or photo albums and scan a picture and immortalize a Coral Sea "bird". Send me your picture at: cv43@usscoralsea.net


Shakedown Cruise     CVBG-5      1/19/48 - 4/5/48
SquadronNameMarkingsAircraft
VF-5B Fightin'5 C 1XX F4U-4
F6F-5P
VF-6B Fightin'6 C 2XX F4U-4
F6F-5P
VA-5BBlack LancersC 3XX AD-1
VA-6BFist Of The FleetC 4XX AD-1


MED/Midshipman     CVEG-2      6/7/48 - 8/6/48
SquadronNameMarkingsAircraft
VF-18ACheckmatesR 2XXF4U-4
F6F-5P
VA-18ADevil's DiplomatsR 4XXTBM-3E/3J/3Q
VA-2EValionsSL 3XXTBM-3E/3J/3Q


MED     CVG-2      5/3/49 - 9/26/49
SquadronNameMarkingsAircraft
VF-21Mach BustersM 1XX F4U-5
VF-22CavaliersM 2XX F4U-4
VF-23VigilantesM 3XXF4U-4
VA-24Bomb-a-TomsM 4XXF4U-4
VA-25TigersM 5XXAD-1
TBM-3E
VC-4Night CappersNAAD-1Q
VC-12OmarsM XXTBM-3W/3E
VC-20 M 0XF4U-5/AD-1Q
VC-62 TL XF4U-5P
HU-2Fleet AngelsUR XX HO3S-1


MED     CVG-17      9/9/50 - 2/1/51
SquadronNameMarkingsAircraft
VF-171AcesR 1XXF2H-2
VF-172Blue BoltsR 2XXF2H-2
VF-173JestersR 3XX F4U-5
VF-174Hell RazorsR 4XX F4U-5
VA-175Devil's DiplomatsR 5XXAD-4/4Q
VC-4Night CappersNA XXF2H-2B
F4U-5N
VC-12OmarsNE XXAD-3W
VC-33 DET 6Night HawksSS 80XAD-4N/4Q
HEDRON-2 2ND MAW DET LL 4XXF4U-5P
HU-2Fleet AngelsUR XX HO3S-1


MED     CVG-1      3/20/51 - 10/6/51
SquadronNameMarkingsAircraft
VF-11Red RippersT 1XXF2H-2
VF-12(Flying) UbangisT 2XXF2H-2
VF-13AggressorsT 3XXF4U-5
VF-44HornetsT 4XXF4U-5
VA-15ValionsT 5XX AD-4/4L
VC-4 DET 6Night CappersNA XXF4U-5NL/5N
VC-12OmarsNE XXAD-4W
VC-33 DET 6Night HawksSS 80XAD-4N/4Q
VC-62 PL XXF8F-2P
HU-2 DET 6Fleet AngelsUR XXHO3S-1


MED     CVG-4      4/19/52 - 10/12/52
SquadronNameMarkingsAircraft
VMF-211 AF 1XXF4U-4
VF-62GladiatorsF 2XXF2H-2
VF-43ChallengersF 3XX F4U-4
VF-44HornetsF 4XXF4U-4
VA-45BlackbirdsF 5XXAD-4/4L
VC-4 DET 6Night CappersNA XXF2H-2B
F4U-5NL/5N
VC-12 DET 6OmarsNE XXAD-4W
VC-33 DET 6Night HawksSS 80XAD-4B/4NL
TBM-3E
VC-62 DET 62 PL XF2H-2P
HU-2 DET 6Fleet AngelsUR XX HUP-1


MED     CVG-8      4/26/53 - 10/21/53
SquadronNameMarkingsAircraft
VF-81CrusadersE 1XXF9F-5
VMF-122CandystripersLC 2XX F9F-5
VF-83RampagersE 3XX F9F-5
HEDRON-2 LL 4XXF2H-2B
VA-85Black FalconsE 5XXAD-4/4B/4L
VC-4 DET 6Night CappersNA 6XX F2H-2B
F2H-3
VC-12 DET 6OmarsNE XXAD-4W
VC-33 DET 6Night HawksSS 80XAD-4B/4N/3Q
VC-62 DET 62 E 91XF2H-2P
VC-8 NC XXAJ-1
HU-2 DET 6Fleet AngelsUR XX HUP-1


MED     CVG-10      7/7/54 - 12/20/54
SquadronNameMarkingsAircraft
VF-11Red RippersP 1XX F2H-4
VF-62GladiatorsP 2XX F2H-2
VF-103ClubleafsP 3XX F9F-6
VA-104Hell's ArchersP 4XX AD-6
VC-5 NB X AJ-2
VC-9 FG XAJ-2
VC-12 DET 31 NE 70X AD-4W
VC-33 DET 31Night HawksSS 80X AD-4N
VC-62 DET 31-54 PL 90X F2H-2P
HU-2 DET 31Fleet AngelsUR XX HUP-2


MED     CVG-17      4/5/55 - 9/29/55
SquadronNameMarkingsAircraft
VF-171AcesR 1XX F2H-3
VF-172Blue BoltsR 2XXF2H-2
VMF-122CandystripersLC 3XX FJ-2
VA-175Devil's DiplomatsR 5XX AD-6
VC-8 NC X AJ-2
VC-12 DET 31OmarsNE 7XXAD-4W
VC-33 DET 31Night HawksSS 80XAD-5N/3Q
VC-62 DET 31 PL 93XF2H-2P
HU-2 DET 31Fleet AngelsUR XXHUP-2


MED     CVG-10      8/13/56 - 2/11/57
SquadronNameMarkingsAircraft
VF-11Red RippersP 1XX F2H-4
VF-103ClubleafsP 2XX F9F-8B
VA-106GladiatorsP 3XXF9F-8B
VA-104Hell's ArchersP 4XX AD-6
VAH-11 DET 31CheckertailsNC XAJ-2
VAW-12 DET 31 NE 7XXAD-5W
VA(AW)-33 DET 31 SS 8XXAD-5N
VFP-62 DET 31 PL XX F2H-2P
HU-2 DET 31Fleet AngelsUR XXHUP-2


WESTPAC     CVG-15      9/19/60 - 5/27/61
SquadronNameMarkingsAircraft
VF-151VigilantesNL 1XX F3H-2
VA-152FriendliesNL 2XX AD-6
VA-153Blue Tail FliesNL 3XX A4D-2N
VF-154Black KnightsNL 4XX F8U-1E
VA-155Silver FoxesNL 5XX A4D-2
VMA-324VagabondsDX 6XX A4D-2
VAW-13 DET DELTAZappersVR-70X WF-2
VMA-121Green KnightsVK 8XX A4D-2
VAH-2Royal RampantsNL 9XX A3D-2
VCP-61 DET DELTA SS 90X F8U-1P
HU-1 DET DELTAPacific Fleet AngelsUP XX HUP-2


WESTPAC     CVG-15      12/12/61 - 7/17/62
SquadronNameMarkingsAircraft
VF-151VigilantiesNL 1XX F3H-2
VA-152FriendliesNL 2XXAD-6
VA-153Blue Tail Flies NL 3XXA4D-2
VF-154Black KnightsNL 4XXF8U-2N
VA-155Silver FoxesNL 5XXA4D-2
VAH-2Royal RampantsNL 6XXA3D-2
VAW-13 DET DELTAZappersVR-71XAD-5Q
VAW-11 DET DELTAEarly ElevensRR-7XXWF-2
VFP-63Eyes of the FleetPP 9XXF8U-1P
HU-1 DET DELTAPacific Fleet AngelsUP XX HUP-3


WESTPAC     CVG-15      4/3/63 - 11/25/63
SquadronNameMarkingsAircraft
VF-151VigilantesNL 1XXF-3B
VA-152FriendliesNL 2XXA1-H/J
VA-153Blue Tail FliesNL 3XXA4-C
VF-154Black KnightsNL 4XX F-8D
VA-155Silver FoxesNL 5XXA-4C
VAH-2Royal RampantsNL 60XA-3B
VAW-11 DET DELTAEarly ElevensRR-79XE1-B
VFP-63 DET DELTAEyes of the FleetPP 90XRF-8A
HU-1 DET DELTAPacific Fleet AngelsUP XXUH-25B


WESTPAC     CVW-15      12/7/64 - 11/1/65
SquadronNameMarkingsAircraft
VF-151VigilantesNL 1XX F-4B
VA-165BoomersNL 2XX A1-H/J
VA-153Blue Tail FliesNL 3XX A4-C
VF-154Black KnightsNL 4XX F-8D
VA-155Silver FoxesNL 5XX A-4E
VAH-2Royal RampantsNL 6XXA-3B
VAW-11 DET DELTAEarly ElevensRR-7XXE1-B
VFP-63 DET DELTAEyes of the Fleet PP 9XX RF-8A
VAP-61World RecordersSS 9XX RA-3B
HU-1 DET DELTAPacific Fleet AngelsUP XX UH-2A/B


WESTPAC     CVW-2      7/29/66 - 2/23/67
SquadronNameMarkingsAircraft
VF-21FleelancersNE 1XX F-4B
VA-22Fighting RedcocksNE 2XX A4-C
VA-23Black KnightsNE 3XXA4-E
VF-154Black KnightsNE 4XX F-4B
VA-25Fist of the FleetNE 5XX A-1H
VAH-2 DET ARoyal RampantsZA 69X A-3B
VAW-13ZappersVR-7XXEA-1F
VAW-11 DET AEarly ElevensRR 14XE-2A
VFP-63Eyes of the FleetPP 9XX RF-8G
HC-1Pacific Fleet AngelsUP XXUH-2A


WESTPAC     CVW-15      7/26/67 - 4/6/68
SquadronNameMarkingsAircraft
VF-151VigilantesNL 1XXF-4B
VF-161ChargersNL 2XX F4-B
VA-153Blue Tail FliesNL 3XX A4-C
VA-25Fist of the FleetNL 4XX A-1H/J
VA-155Silver FoxesNL 5XXA-4E
VAH-2 DET 43Royal RampantsZA 6XXKA-3B
VAW-13ZappersVR-7XX EA-1F
VFP-63 DET 43Eyes of the FleetNL 71XRF-8G
VAW-116Sun KingsNL 70XE-2A
HC-1 DET 43Pacific Fleet AngelsUP XXUH-2A


WESTPAC     CVW-15      9/7/68 - 4/18/69
SquadronNameMarkingsAircraft
VF-151VigilantesNL 1XX F4-B
VF-161ChargersNL 2XX F4-B
VA-153Blue Tail FliesNL 3XX A4-F
VA-52KnightridersNL 4XX A6-A
VFP-63 DET 43Eyes of the FleetNL 50X RF-8G
VA-216Black DiamondsNL 6XX A4-E
VAW-116Sun KingsNL 010 E-2A
VAQ-130 DET 43ZappersVR 014 EKA-3B
VAH-10 DET 43VikingsNL 6XX KA-3B
HC-1 DET 43Pacific Fleet AngelsUP 00X UH-2C


WESTPAC     CVW-15      9/23/69 - 7/1/70
SquadronNameMarkingsAircraft
VF-151VigilantesNL 1XXF-4B
VF-161ChargersNL 2XXF4-B
VA-82MaraudersNL 3XXA7-A
VA-86SidewindersNL 4XXA7-A
VA-35Black PanthersNL 5XX A-6A
VFP-63 DET 43Eyes of the FleetNL 60XRF-8G
VAQ-135Black RavensNL 61XEKA-3B
VAW-116Sun KingsNL 01XE-2A
HC-1 DET 9Pacific Fleet AngelsNL 0X UH-2C


WESTPAC     CVW-15      11/12/71 - 7/17/72
SquadronNameMarkingsAircraft
VF-51Screaming EaglesNL 1XX F-4B
VF-111SundownersNL 2XXF4-B
VA-22Fighting RedcocksNL 3XXA7-E
VA-94Mighty ShrikesNL 4XXA7-E
VMA(AW)-224BengalsNL 5XX A6-A/B/KA-6D
VFP-63 DET 5Eyes of the FleetNL 60XRF-8G
VAQ-135 DET 3Black RavensNL 61X EKA-3B
HC-1 DET 6Pacific Fleet AngelsNL 00X UH-2C
VAW-111 DET 4Gray BeretsNL 01XE-1B


WESTPAC     CVW-15      3/9/73 - 11/8/73
SquadronNameMarkingsAircraft
VF-51Screaming EaglesNL 1XX F-4B
VF-111SundownersNL 2XX F-4B
VA-22Fighting RedcocksNL 3XXA7-E
VA-94Mighty ShrikesNL 4XXA7-E
VA-95Green LizardsNL 5XX A6-A/B/KA-6D
VFP-63 DET 5Eyes of the FleetNL 60XRF-8G
VAQ-135 DET 3Black RavensNL 61XEKA-3B
HC-1 DET 6Pacific Fleet AngelsNL 00XSH-3G
VAW-111 DET 4Gray BeretsNL 01XE-1B


WESTPAC     CVW-15      12/5/74 - 7/2/75
SquadronNameMarkingsAircraft
VF-51Screaming EaglesNL 1XX F4-N
VF-111SundownersNL 2XX F4-N
VA-22Fighting RedcocksNL 3XX A7-E
VA-94Mighty ShrikesNL 3XX A7-E
VA-95Green LizardsNL 5XX A6-A/KA-6D
VFP-63 DET 5Eyes of the FleetNL 61X RF-8G
HC-1 DET 3Pacific Fleet AngelsNL 00XSH-3G
RVAW-110 DET 2FirebirdsNL 01X E-1B


WESTPAC      CVW-15      2/15/77 - 10/5/77
SquadronNameMarkingsAircraft
VF-191Satan's KittensNL 1XX F-4J
VF-194Red LightningsNL 2XXF-4J
VA-22Fighting RedcocksNL 3XX A7-E
VA-94Mighty ShrikesNL 4XX A7-E
VA-95Green LizardsNL 5XX A6-E/KA-6D
VFP-63 DET 3Eyes of the FleetNL 61X RF-8G
VMAQ-2 DET A/BPlayboysNL 62X EA-6A
HC-1 DET 3Pacific Fleet Angels NL 00X SH-3G
VAW-114Hormel HawgsNL 60X E-2B
VQ-1 DET 13World WatchersPR XXEA-3B


WESTPAC     CVW-14      11/13/79 - 6/11/80
SquadronNameMarkingsAircraft
VMFA-323Death RattlersNK 1XX F-4N
VMFA-531Grey GhostsNK 2XXF-4N
VA-97WarhawksNK 3XX A-7E
VA-27Royal MacesNK 4XX A-7E
VA-196Main BatteryNK 5XX A6-E/KA-6D
VAW-113Black EaglesNK 60X E-2B
VFP-63 DET 2Eyes of the FleetNK 62X RF-8G
HC-1 DET 3Pacific Fleet AngelsNK 72X SH-3G


WESTPAC     CVW-14      8/20/81 - 3/23/82
SquadronNameMarkingsAircraft
VF-154Black KnightsNK 1XX F-4N
VF-21FreelancersNK 2XX F-4N
VA-97WarhawksNK 3XX A7-E
VA-27Royal MacesNK 4XX A7-E
VA-196Main BatteryNK 5XX A6-E/KA-6D
VAW-113Black EaglesNK 60XE-2B
VFP-63 DET 2Eyes of the FleetNK 11X RF-8G
HC-1 DET 3Pacific Fleet AngelsNK 61X SH-3G


WORLD CRUISE     CVW-14      3/21/83 - 9/12/83
SquadronNameMarkingsAircraft
VF-154Black KnightsNK 1XX F-4N
VF-21FreelancersNK 2XX F-4S
VA-97WarhawksNK 3XX A7-E
VA-27Royal MacesNK 4XXA7-E
VA-196Main BatteryNK 5XXA6-E/KA-6D
VAW-113Black EaglesNK 60XE-2B
HS-12WyvernsNK 61XSH-3G


MED      CVW-13      10/2/85 - 5/19/86
SquadronNameMarkingsAircraft
VFA-131WildcatsAK 1XX F/A-18A
VFA-132PrivateersAK 2XX F/A-18A
VMFA-314Black KnightsAK 3XX F/A-18A
VMFA-323Death RattlersAK 4XX F/A-18A
VA-55War HorsesAK 50X A6-E/KA-6D
VAW-127SeabatsAK 6XX E-2C
HS-17Neptune's RaidersAK 61X SH-3H
VAQ-135Black RavensAK 62X EA-6B
VQ-2BatmenJQ 17 EA-3B


MED     CVW-13      9/29/87 - 3/28/88
SquadronNameMarkingsAircraft
VFA-131WildcatsAK 1XX F/A-18A
VFA-136Knight HawksAK 3XX F/A-18A
VFA-137KestrelsAK 4XX F/A-18A
VA-55War HorsesAK 50XA6-E
VA-65TigersAK 51X A6-E
VAW-127SeabatsAK 6XX E-2C
VAQ-133WizardsAK 604EA-6B
HS-17Neptune's RaidersAK 61X SH-3H


MED     CVW-13      5/31/89 - 9/30/89
SquadronNameMarkingsAircraft
VMFA-451WarlordsAK 1XX F/A-18A
VFA-132PrivateersAK 2XX F/A-18A
VFA-137KestrelsAK 4XX F/A-18A
VA-55War HorsesAK 50XA6-E
VA-65TigersAK 51X A6-E
VAW-127SeabatsAK 6XX E-2C
VAQ-133WizardsAK 604EA-6B
HS-17Neptune's RaidersAK 61X SH-3H


!!!!!!!!!! Help !!!!!!!!!!
I need YOUR help to make this site great. I need any stories, photo's or ships information that you have on the Coral Sea. I can scan photo's for you if you don't have a scanner, email me for details. Please donate your memories so all Coral Sea crew members and their family's can enjoy this site to its fullest. Also let me know if anything you see here is in error. Thanks!!!

Contact me, Bob Dorais, at: cv43@usscoralsea.net
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