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RVAH-9 Hoot Owls USS Nimitz 1977 RA-5C Model


  • Length – 18 inches
  • Made From Mahogany
  • US Naval Aviator Owned Business

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RVAH-9 Hoot Owls USS Nimitz 1977 RA-5C Model

Fly off the USS Nimitz 1977 again in this RA-5c model of the RVAH-9 Hoot Owls. Each model is carefully carved from wood and painted to provide a unique piece of art you’ll be proud to show off.

  • Length – 18 inches
  • Made From Mahogany
  • US Naval Aviator Owned Business

RVAH-9 Hoot Owls was a Reconnaissance Attack (Heavy) Squadron of the U.S. Navy. Originally established as Composite Squadron Nine (VC-9) on 15 January 1953, it was redesignated as Heavy Attack Squadron Nine (VAH-9) on 1 November 1955 and was redesignated as Reconnaissance Attack (Heavy) Squadron Nine (RVAH-9) on 3 June 1964. The squadron was disestablished on 30 September 1977.

RVAH-9 was established as VC-9 on January 15, 1953. At that time, the squadron had two TEN Avengers and a P2V Neptune, and a personnel complement of 60. VC-9 was responsible for the Navy’s first aerial refueling operation, in which they refueled F-2H Banshees from the USS MIDWAY using an AJ Savage. In addition to refueling, VC-9’s primary mission was high altitude bombing. The squadron, based in Sanford, Florida, deployed on the aircraft carriers HORNET, CORAL SEA, and RANDOLPH. In November 1955, the official designation of VC-9 was changed to VAH-9 (Heavy Attack Squadron 9). VAH-9 made its first deployment to the Mediterranean Sea on the USS TICONDEROGA in December-May 1955. In January 1957, VAH-9 received its first A3D Skywarrior aircraft and deployed with the USS SARATOGA to assist the Sixth Fleet during the 1958 Lebanon Crisis. The squadron flew a total of 2700 hours during this deployment, averaging 33 hours per day. After five deployments with the SARATOGA, VAH-9 transitioned to the A-5 and was redesignated as RVAH-9 in April 1964. The squadron deployed on the SARATOGA in December 1964 for another deployment to the Mediterranean Sea. In October 1965, RVAH-9 deployed on the USS RANGER for a deployment to the Western Pacific, where they flew 480 missions, including pre-strike reconnaissance and bomb damage assessment in South and North Vietnam. RVAH-9 made deployments to the Mediterranean Sea with the SARATOGA in 1970 and 1971, and was based in Rota, Spain for these deployments. In 1968, the squadron moved its homeport to Albany, Georgia and deployed on the RANGER for a deployment to the Western Pacific. RVAH-9 was based in Key West, Florida starting in January 1974 and deployed on the USS INDEPENDENCE in the Mediterranean Sea in the same year. In May 1975, the squadron participated in Operation Solid Shield on the SARATOGA with CVW-3, and deployed on the USS NIMITZ in June for initial ship training and a North Atlantic cruise. RVAH-9 deployed on the NIMITZ again in January 1976 for carrier qualifications, type training, and ORE, and participated in another Operation Solid Shield in May. The squadron deployed on the NIMITZ for its maiden cruise to the Mediterranean Sea in July. From February to September 1977, RVAH-9 was based at NAS Key West and conducted a variety of operational and training missions, including photography for the Environmental Resources Institute and MATWING 1, and tasked training missions for TRAEX-77. RVAH-9 was disestablished on September 30, 1977.
Commander F. G. GOODING Jan 53 – Sep 54
Commander W. 2. LEMOS Sep 54 – Sep 56
Commander J. M. MILLER Sep 56 – Jul 57
Commander W. R. HAZLET Jul 57 – Oct 58
Commander F. L. HARRIS Oct 58 – Oct 59
Commander E. P. YATES Oct 59 – Jul 60
Commander S. R. JOHNSON Jul 60 – Jun 61
Commander T. A. WAGNER Jun 61 – Jul 62
Commander George W. KIMMONS Jul 62 – May 63
Commander J. L. SHIPMAN May 63 – Jun 64
Commander J. A. deGANAHL Jun 64 – Jun 65
Commander Charles J. YOUNGBLADE Jun 65 – Jun 66
Commander Don M. SULLIVAN Jun 66 Jun 67
Commander Richard S. HOPPER Jun 67 – Jun 68
Commander Clifford E. THOMPSON Jun 68 – Jul 69
Commander Courtland D. BALL III Jul 69 – Jul 70
Commander William F. MEYER Jul 70 – Jul 71
Commander Gunnar F. WILSTER Jul 71 – Mar 72
Commander Joseph W. HOOD Mar 72 – Apr 73
Commander Murl E. RUSTED, Jr. Apr 73 – May 74
Commander Albert J. PERRELLA, Jr. May 74 – Apr 75
Commander James L. HARRE Apr 75 – Apr 76
Commander Michael H. MADDEN Apr 76 Jul 77
Commander Thomas A. MYERS Jul 77 – Sep 79


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