Fly again with the Hellrazors of VA-174 in this wooden 18 inch A-7 model. Each model is carefully carved from wood and painted to provide a beautiful piece of craftsmenship!
Attack Squadron 174 (VA-174) also known as the “Hellrazors” was a United States Navy attack squadron based at Naval Air Station Cecil Field, Florida, and were attached to Light Attack Wing One. The unit has evolved several times throughout its history that dates back to 1944. When it was established in March 1944 the unit was designated VB-81 flying the SB2C Helldiver. It was redesignated VA-13A on 15 November 1946. The unit was redesignated VA-134 on 2 August 1948 flying F-4U Corsairs, and redesignated VF-174 on 15 February 1950. The Hellrazors received their final designation VA-174 on 1 July 1966 after becoming the first US Navy squadron to receive the A-7A Corsair II. It was the second squadron to bear the VA-174 designation, the first VA-174 was disestablished on 25 January 1950. The squadron was disestablished on 30 June 1988.
The nickname “Hellrazors” was conceived by Walt Disney Studios, which also created the squadron’s insignia, a caricature of an imaginary bat-like, razor-beaked creature from Hell, embodying the qualities of ferocity, determination, and a razor sharp skill in the use of aircraft and airborne weapons
VA-174 was an Attack Squadron of the U.S. Navy. It was established as Bomber Squadron VB-82 on 1 April 1944, redesignated as VA-17A on 15 November 1946, and finally as VA-174 on 11 August 1948. The squadron was disestablished on 25 January 1950. Its nickname throughout its life was the Battering Rams. A second, unrelated, squadron was assigned the VA-174 designation in 1966
15 December 1944: The squadron embarked on USS Bennington, along with other units of Carrier Air Group 82 (CVG-8200, and departed for Pearl Harbor, arriving there on 7 January 1945, following a stopover at NAS San Diego.
16 February 1945: VB-82 participated in the first carrierbased air strikes on Tokyo, flying sorties against installations at Mitsune and Mikatagahara Airfields on Hachijō-jima, Nanpo Shoto.
20–22 February 1945: Squadron aircraft provided air support for the invasion of Iwo Jima.
19 March 1945: Japanese naval vessels in the Inland Sea were attacked by VB-82 aircraft and other aircraft assigned to Task Group 58.1.
7 April 1945: Squadron aircraft participated in Task Force 58’s attacks on the Japanese battleship Yamato and her escorts in the East China Sea. The attacks resulted in the sinking of the Yamato, one cruiser and four destroyers.
March–May 1945: The squadron participated in preinvasion strikes on Okinawa and provided air support during the invasion of the island.
17 June–9 July 1945: The squadron was embarked on USS White Plains for transit back to the US