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VS-21 Fighting Redtails S-3b 700 model

$279.00

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VS-21 Fighting Redtails S-3b 700 model

A carefully crafted S-3b Viking model with the VS-21 Fighting Redtails s – a perfect display to capture your time with the legendary squadron!  Each model is solid wood and hand painted to provide a piece of exceptional quality.

Length -13 inches

Wingspan – 18 inches

The squadron was established as Torpedo Squadron FORTY ONE (VT-41) at Naval Air Station Seattle, Washington, under the command of Lieutenant Joseph P. Keigher, with the General Motors-built TBM-1, TBM-1C, and TBM-3 Avenger torpedo bomber as part of Escort Carrier Air Group FORTY ONE (CVEG-41). Commander Air Force Pacific Fleet had designated the squadron upon formation as having antisubmarine warfare as its primary mission. On 15 November 1946, as part of a service-wide reorganization, VT-41 was redesignated Attack Squadron ONE E (VA-1E), which was translated into “1st attack squadron (“VA-1”) based on escort carriers (“E”)”, while CVEG-41 was simultaneously redesignated Escort Carrier Air Group ONE (CVEG-1). The Group, which consisted of VA-1E and its sister fighter squadron VF-1E, was assigned on 4 December 1946, to the escort carrier Badoeng Strait, and VA-1E was identified by the tail code “BS” (call sign “Beef Steak”). In 1947-1948, VA-1E conducted regular ASW exercises aboard Badoeng Strait between the US West Coast and the Western Pacific. The squadron saw extensive service in ASW trials and tactics development aboard Badoeng Strait.[1] When the US Navy turned back to the designation system used before November 1946, both CVEG-1 squadrons VA-1E and VF-1E were merged into Composite Squadron 21 (VC-21) on 1 September 1948, creating one of six new anti-submarine squadrons. The squadron was redesignated Anti-Submarine Squadron 21 (AIRASRON 21 or VS-21) and obtained the nickname “Redtails” on 23 April 1950. After putting the S-3B Viking into service in 1991, on 1 October 1993, the squadron was redesignated Sea Control Squadron 21 (retaining the abbreviated form VS-21). VS-21 was finally disestablished on 28 February 2005.[2]