By Steve Ginter
The McDonnell F3H Demon was once a subsonic swept-wing usa army carrier-based jet fighter plane. After serious issues of Westinghouse J40 engine that used to be eventually deserted, the successor to the F2H Banshee served beginning in 1956 redesigned with the J71 engine. even though it lacked enough energy for supersonic functionality, it complemented sunlight dogfighters corresponding to the F8U Crusader and F11F Tiger as an all-weather, missile-armed interceptor until eventually 1964. It was once withdrawn ahead of it could actually serve within the Vietnam while it, and finally additionally the Crusader, used to be changed by way of the super winning F4 Phantom. McDonnells Phantom, which was once both able opposed to floor, fighter and bomber goals, bears a robust relations resemblance because it used to be itself conceived as a complicated improvement of the Demon. The supersonic USAF F-101 Voodoo additionally retained a lot of the Demons format.
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Ler training squadron. AS FAWTUP AC from ct. 1953 to 2 May 1958, they maintained Detach It Bravo at NAS Moffett Field. In Feb. 1955, FA W PAC transferred its home base to AS North Islar ~alif. Also in 1955 FAWTU PAC was given the job ( lpplementing the Air Forces Air Defense program. VF(AW)3 flew the F3D Skynight, F4D Skyray and the F3H Demon. PHOTO BELOW - F3H-2N of VC-3 on 5-56 in grey and white scheme with blue wing pylons and red interior gear doors and silver gear. W. T. Larkins photo. 66 VF-13 "AGGRESSORS" The "AGRESSORS" were commissioned in Sept.
During 6 and 7 June, VF-61 participated in LANTFLEX 1-57, which demonstrated air-to-surface rocket fire,' in-flight refueling and combat air patrol to the president and selected cabinent members. The squadron deployed to CVA-60 from 8 Aug. to 22 Oct. of 1957. During this period they participated in Task Group 28 operations and operations "Intex", "Sea Spray" and "Strike Back". The last operation aboard Saratoga was operation "Pipe Down" from Oct 13th to 16th. This was a NATO operation in which VF-61 became the first Demon squadron to land aboard the HMS Ark Royal.
Refresher carquals were conducted aboard the USS Lexington (CVA-16), USS Kearsarge (CVA-33) and the USS Ticonderoga (CVA14). The squadron deployed aboard the Tico- in Oct. 1958 for a West Pac cruise. Upon return to NAS Miramar the Demons were relinguished for FJ-4B Furys and the squadron was designated VA-1l2 and transferred to N AS Lemore, Calif. Squadron patch - yeIlow field, blue upper shield, green lower shield, white stripe with red lettering, black boa~ders, bomb & Sword, gold & black wings, white dove with green leaves, grey helmet with red plume.