By Barrett Tillman
Scuffling with Squadron eleven used to be tested at San Diego in August 1943, starting a half-century list that spanned aerial strive against in 3 wars from the piston to the jet age. First deployed to Guadalcanal, the 'Sundowners' flew Grumman Wildcats and accomplished its travel because the Navy's third-ranking F4F squadron when it comes to aerial victories. Upon returning domestic, the 'Sundowners' transitioned to Hellcats in practise for a moment strive against deployment. In 1944-45 the squadron flew from USS Hornet (CV-12), engaging within the quickly service moves opposed to the Philippines, Formosa and the Asian mainland. It complete the struggle because the Navy's eleventh score fighter squadron with 158 credited victories. Redesignated VF-111 in 1948, the 'Sundowners' switched over to F9F Panthers and scored history's first jet-versus-jet victory over Korea in 1950. After the armistice, the squadron flew FJ-3 Furies and F11F Tigers, earlier than receiving the world-class F8U Crusader in 1961. throughout the lengthy Vietnam conflict, the 'Sundowners' logged six deployments, scoring MiG kills in either F-8s and F-4 Phantom IIs. From 1978 to disestablishment in 1995, the 'Sundowners' flew F-14 Tomcats from USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) and Carl Vinson (CVN-70), finishing a list of 37 deployments from 17 flattops in its 52-year occupation. From international warfare 2 till after the chilly warfare, the 'Sundowners' demonstrated an unsurpassed list 'at the top of the spear' in naval aviation historical past.