VA-45 Blackbirds (1970s) TA-4J Model
Fly with the Blackbirds of VA-45 in this T-A4J model. Each model is carefully crafted from wood and hand painted to provide a piece you’ll love.
Length – 18 inches
Fighter Squadron 45 or VF-45 was an aviation unit of the United States Navy. Originally established as Attack Squadron 45 (VA-45) on 15 February 1963, it was redesignated VF-45 on 7 February 1985 and disestablished on 31 March 1996. It was the third US Navy squadron to be designated VA-45 and the second US Navy squadron to be designated as VF-45. The squadron adopted the Blackbirds nickname and insignia of the second VA-45.
VA-45 A-4E escorts a Soviet Tu-16 c.1972
A VA-45 A-4E from the USS Intrepid intercepting a Tu-126 over the Mediterranean Sea in 1973
VF-45 TA-4Js and F-5Ns at NAS Key West in 1993
VF-45 F-16N at NAF Andrews in 1993
In February 1963 the jet training function of VA-44 at Naval Air Station Jacksonville was separated to off to form the new VA-45 at Naval Air Station Cecil Field.
VA-45 Detachment 11 was assigned to Carrier Anti-Submarine Air Group 56 (CVSG-56) aboard the USS Intrepid for a Mediterranean deployment from 16 April to 15 October 1971. VA-45 Detachment 1 was assigned to CVSG-56 aboard the Intrepid for a Mediterranean deployment from 24 November 1972 to 4 May 1973.
VF-45 was based at Naval Air Station Cecil Field and then Naval Air Station Key West to provide air combat adversary services with TA-4F/Js, F-5Ns and F-16Ns.
Following its inactivation, the role of VF-45 and other Regular Navy adversary squadrons was assumed by strike fighter and fighter composite squadrons of the Naval Air Reserve. At NAS Key West, this role is currently executed by Fighter Composite Squadron ONE ELEVEN (VFC-111) flying the F-5N and F-5F