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VA-23 Black Knights A-4F (1968) model


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VA-23 Black Knights A-4F (1968) model

Fly off the the USS Ticonderoga with the VA-23 Black Knights in this 18 inch A-4F model. Each piece is carefully carved and painted to provide a unique piece that you will be proud to display.

VA-23, nicknamed the Black Knights, was an Attack Squadron of the U.S. Navy, established as Reserve Fighter Squadron VF-653 in December 1949 at NAS Akron, Ohio. The squadron relocated to NAS Alameda on 16 April 1951. It was redesignated VF-151 on 4 February 1953, and as VA-151 on 7 February 1956. It was finally designated as VA-23 on 23 February 1959, and moved to NAS Lemoore on 30 September 1961. The squadron was disestablished on 1 April 1970.

The squadron conducted its first combat strikes on 11 December 1951 during the Korean War.

In February 1955, it provided air support during the evacuation of Chinese Nationalists from the Tachen Islands during the First Taiwan Straits Crisis.

In April 1965, operating from USS Midway on Yankee Station, VA-23 conducted its first combat operations since the Korean War; it became the first squadron to use the Shrike missile in combat.

In March 1968, along with other squadrons in CVW-19, conducted flight operations from USS Ticonderoga in the Sea of Japan. These operations were part of a continuing show of American forces in the area, named Operation Formation Star, following the capture of USS Pueblo by North Korea on 23 January 1968.

In April 1968, VA-23 flew combat strikes around Khe Sanh, South Vietnam, in support of the besieged Marine base there

FG-1D – 1951
F4U-4 – 1951
F4U-4B – 1951
F9F-2 – August 1952
F9F-5 – October 1952
F7U-3M – May 1955
F7U-3 – June 1955
F9F-8B – December 1956
F9F-8 – January 1957
FJ-4B – July 1957
A4D-2 – May 1960
A-4E – December 1962
A-4F – July 1967