VAH-5 Savage Sons A-3D Model
Fly off the USS Forrestal again with VAH-5 and the Savage Sons in this A-3D model. Each model is carefully carved from wood and hand painted to provide a unique piece of art you’ll love.
Originally established as Composite Squadron Five (VC-5) at NAS Moffett Field, California on 9 September 1948, it was redesignated as Heavy Attack Squadron Five (VAH-5) on 1 November 1955 and was later redesignated as Reconnaissance Attack (Heavy) Squadron Five (RVAH-5) in May 1964. The squadron was disestablished on 30 September 1977.
1-Reconnaissance Attack Squadron FIVE has both an’”official”
and an “unofficial” origin. Although it is not considered the
“official” origin of RVAH-5, there was a Composite Squadron FIVE
comissioned on 6 September 1943 at NAS Seattle, Washington.
During the years prior to its decommissioning, the Squadron
participated in World War II action at Guam, Peleliu and Leyte
Gulf. In one span from April 1944 to December 1944, VC-5 flew
2,273 combat sorties and a total of 7527.4 hours. The Squadron
returned to the United States following the war and was decommissioned
on 1 October 1945.
The official origin dates from the commissioning of VC-5
at Moffett Field, California in 1948. The Squadron was known •
as the “Grim Reapers” and flew the P2V-3 Neptune until March 1950,
when the first of the North American AJ-1 “Savage” aircraft was
received. The Squadron moved to Norfolk, Virginia, in late 1950,
and to NAS Jacksonville, Florida in 1952, deploying twice to
Port Lyautey, Morocco during this period. In February 1955, the
Squadron moved to Sanford, Florida, with the nickname “The
Savage Sons of Sanford”.
Flying the AJ “Savage”, the “Savage Sons” won the first
HATWING ONE Bombing Derby in the Spring of 1957. In October
•of the same year, the “Savage Sons” won the second HATWING ONE
Bombing Derby, flying the new A-3D “Skywarrior.” During the
period from January 1958 until January 1968, the Squadron
underwent many changes, both in mission and aircraft. Highlights
of this period were:
1958 – Won fourth HATWING ONE Bombing Derby, won the Third
Annual Naval Air Weapons Meet at El Centro, California
representing the Atlantic Fleet. Named the top Heavy
Attack Squadron in the Navy for the year, and won the
Douglas Bombing Trophy for the year 1957. Deployed
twice to the Mediterranean.
1959 – Won the Chief of Naval Operations Safety Award for
1958-1959. Won Seventh HATWING ONE Bombing Derby,
including Wing Commander’s Trophy.
1960 – Received the Atlantic Fleet Battle Readiness Excellence
Pennant (“E”). Deployed to Mediterranean aboard USS
1961 – Deployed to Mediterranean aboard FORRESTAL – the third
cruise in as many years. The Squadron set many
bombing and flight time records for A-3 squadron. Topped all other Altantic Fleet Heavy Attack by 750 flicht hours for the year. Received the
Atlantic Fleet “E” for the second time in three years.
1963 – Transitioned to North American RA-5C, changing the
Squadron’s primary mission from bombing to tactical