VR-57 Conquistadors C-40 Clipper Model
Fly with the Conquistadors of VR-57 in this handcrafted C-40 Clipper model. Each model is carved from wood and hand painted to provide a piece you’ll love. Length – 18 inches
In 1987 and 1990, the VR-57 “Conquistadors” were awarded the Noel Davis Trophy (Battle “E”) for the Reserve Force Squadron achieving the highest level of mobilization readiness. In 1981, 1982, 1988 and 1992, the squadron was awarded CNO Safety Award for its outstanding safety record. In 1989, 1991 and 1997, VR-57 was the recipient of the Commander Fleet Logistic Support Wings retention excellence award.
Fleet Logistics Support Squadron Five Seven was established at NAB North Island, San Diego, California, in November 1977. Formal commissioning ceremonies were held in April 1978 with the delivery of the first C-9B aircraft. VR-57 is one of ten jet logistics squadrons in the United States Navy. The Commanding Officer of VR-57 exercises operational and administrative control of the squadron reporting directly to the commander, Fleet Logistic Support Wing based at Navel Air Station Fort North, Texas.
VR-57 conducts extensive training programs to ensure the highest degree of proficiency and readiness among its pilots and aircrew. This readiness was validated when, with little notice, the squadron was mobilized December 1990, as part of Operation Desert Shield. For four months, operating from Sembach Air Base Germany, the squadron aircrew carried troops, supplies and munitions throughout Europe, the Mediterranean, Saudi Arabia and the Arabian Gulf, For this effort in 1992, the squadron was Awarded The Navy Unit commendation by the Secretary of the Navy and Air force of Standing Unit Award by the Secretary of the Air force.