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VA-146 BLUE DIAMOND
A-7E 157435

September 2, 1988 to March 2, 1998 wile the Nimitz was in the Pacific the Blue Diamond were assigned to her.

July 1987, completing the first NIMITZ/NINE WESTPAC/IO/Arabian Gulf cruise in February 1989, which included Operation EARNEST WILL in defense of reflagged Kuwaiti tankers. In this era, CVW-9 flew Northrup-Grumman F-14 A/A+/B TOMCATs, E-2B/C/C+ HAWKEYEs, A-6E/F INTRUDERs, and EA-6B PROWLERs; McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A/C HORNETs and EA-3B SKYWARRIORs; Vought A-7E CORSAIR IIs; Lockheed S-3 VIKINGs; and Sikorsky SH-3D/H SEA KINGs.

CVW-9

ã All photos are taken and copyrighted by Len Mozey

VA-146 BLUE DIAMOND
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The Corsair II was developed in response to a Navy requirement for a single-place, fair-weather subsonic attack aircraft capable of carrying a much heavier weapons load than the Douglas A-4 Skyhawk. First flight of the new aircraft (Vought A-7) took place on September 27, 1965. In addition to the Navy and Marine Corps, the USAF as well as air forces of two other nations operated the A-7. The definitive versions of the aircraft are the USAF A-7D and the closely related Navy A-7E.