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- Blue Nemesis
- 02 MAY 1949 as VC-3
- 01 JUL 1956 redesignated VF(AW)-3
- 01 APR 1963: Decommissioned
- 02 MAY 1949: NAS North Island, CA. as VC-3
- OCT 1949: NAS Moffett Field, CA. as VC-2
- 01 JUL 1956: NS Moffett Field, CA. as VF(AW)-3
- 1950s: NORAD
- None known.
- Date Assigned: Aircraft
- APR 1956: Douglas F-4D Skyray
- 27 SEP 1956:Douglas A4D-1 (A-4A) Skyhawk *
- A-4 Skyhawk aircraft assigned to VFAW-3
- Circa 1959: CDR John "Tex" O'Neil.
VFAW-3 (Fighter Squadron, All Weather), was in the late 1950's the only U. S. Naval element of the North American Defense Command (NORAD). NORAD's duty was to detect aircraft approaching Alaska, Canada, and the Contiguous United States ("CONUS" in "milspeak"), to verify the incoming aircraft against filed flight plans, and aircraft would be "scrambled" to investigate when necessary.
- SEP 1956: The first Navy unit on the west coast to receive the A4D-1 Skyhawk for evaluation.
- 29 MAR 1957
LCDR Patrick F. Cunningham, CO., punched out of A4D-1 BuNo 139924 over San Joaquin Valley, CA
DEC56 NAN photo of a refueling improvement at NAS Moffett Field, fueling a Skyhawk from VF(AW)-3.
DEC56 NAN photo.
- 24OCT to 31DEC 1962: Detachment "Echo" of VF(AW)-3 awarded the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for participating in the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962.
- NAS Key West: VFAW-3 was awarded (twice) NORAD’s "best performing unit" trophy for their service in NORAD.
- John Gabbard