VA-46

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Highlanders in formation
BuNo.142730 (AB401, BuNo.142771 (AB403) and BuNo.142726 (AB408).
Maybe 1958-59. ?

1959: Clansman Skyhawk BuNo 142718, AB-414, at left and unknown VA-172 Blue Bolts Skyhawk at right.
Naval Aviation News

1960: front to back Clansman Skyhawk BuNo 142715, AB-409, Blue Bolts Skyhawk BuNo 144900, AB-306, and Clansman Skyhawk BuNo 142718, AB-404, aboard the F.D.
From "Boom" Powell

1960-62: Clansman Skyhawk BuNo 147760, AK-510, parked on the ramp.
Neil Schnieder

Clansman Skyhawk, #504, on the NAS Cecil flightline after CDR H.J. Tate, LCDR's C.Y. Dellinger & C.R. Long, LT's W.H. Fleischmann, J.H. Kirkpatrick & W.H. Byng & LTjg J.L. Buckley qualified with the Bullpup missile.
Naval Aviation News photo

1961 MED Cruise
Ron Zillmann

1962 MED Cruise
Ron Zillmann

1962 Clansman Skyhawk BuNo 147756, AK-505, tied down near the island during the 1962 Med cruise.
Photo from Ron Zillman.

1962: Clansman Skyhawk formation, l-r: BuNo 147741, AK-501, BuNo 147748, AK-507, BuNo 147766, AK-506, and BuNo 148575, AK-500.
Ron Zillman

1962: Clansman Skyhawk BuNo 147748, AK-507, launches from the USS Shangri-La (CVA-38) while she is at anchor in Genoa, Italy.
Naval Aviation News photo by PH2 R.E. Hamm

A-4C 147741, a PR photo taken around 1963 or 1964.
Photo from Dave Dollarhide

1965 Clansman Skyhawk formation from top-bottom: BuNo 148445, AK-505, BuNo 147760, AK-503, BuNo 147748, NK-507, and BuNo 148532, NK-512.
Naval Aviation News photo.

Oct 1965 Clansman Skyhawk BuNo 148445, AK-505 flies alongside the USS Shangri La.
Naval Aviation News Photo.

1965: Clansman Skyhawk AK-510 and Gladiators Skyhawk AK-303 and AK-305 aboard the Shang as a line crewman trudges by with a string of towbars.
Naval Aviation News

VA-46 "Greenie Board" in 1967 on board the USS Forrestal, 4 months prior to combat deployment and the subsequent shipboard fire. The "Clansmen" were flying A-4Es. McCain and Saul show no landings since they had orders to VA-46, but had not yet reported.
The "Greenie Board" represents the "grades" for the "Traps" (landings) by the VA-46 Pilots.
Photograph from Captain Dave Dollarhide.

DOUGLAS A-4E SKYHAWK BuNo. 150064.
This Aircraft was lost in the 1967 U.S.S. Forrestal fire.
VA-46 "AA405" was flown by LCDR Fred White aboard Forrestal. He was in this aircraft at the time of that disastrous fire and was killed. Much research has gone into ensuring the correct details of "AA405".
Drawing and information provided by Jim Caiella. Jim has provided several drawings for this site.

There are at least two differing opinions concerning which A-4 was struck by the Zuni rocket that originated from a F-4.
The commonly accepted opinion is that John McCains A-4 was struck by the rocket that started the fire.
DOUGLAS A-4E SKYHAWK BuNo. 149996.
However, a according to the "Manual of the Judge Advocate General Basic Final Investigative Report Concerning the Fire on Board the USS Forrestal (CVA-59)", a 7,500 page report, "A review of the voluminous material contained in the Report of Investigation establishes the central fact that a ZUNI rocket was inadvertently fired from an F-4 aircraft (#110) and struck the external fuel tank of an A-4 aircraft (#405)...". Throughout the body of the findings there are numerous references to #405 and LCDR White.
Also refer to this offical Navy Site for another description of the event.
So there you have the two scenarios.
BuNo. 149996 drawing provided by Jim Caiella.
Also see the dedication of a 149996 Replica at the the Greenville Museum!

BuNo.150129 was lost in the Forrestal Fire.
Dave Dollarhide, VA-46, was in BuNo150129 (AA417) just forward of John McCain when the fire broke out. They both scrambled out of their cockpits and survived with minor injuries, but 150129 was blown overboard by an M-65 1,000lb. bomb, as were other Skyhawks.
Photo from Dave Dollarhide.

LtCdr. Ron Boyle, LtCdr. Gerry Stark (VA-46 Operations Officer) and Lt(jg). Dave Dollarhide.
Photo from Dave Dollarhide.

DOUGLAS A-4B SKYHAWK BuNo. 142741 side number AC-403 - 1968.
Clansman A4D-2 / A-4B BuNo. 142741 side number AC-403. The Clansmen were assigned the A-4B again after their Echos were blown up in the September 1967 United States Ship Forrestal fire.
Photograph from Captain Dave Dollarhide.

POOR OLD BuNo. 142741 - 2001. BuNo. 142741 had successfully evaded the smelter and was under the sugar pines in Ackerman, Mississippi. Please note the VA-46 McDougal Tartan plaid was still visible on the fuselage. She is now at a new home, the National Vietnam War Museum in Orlando Fl.

A-4B 144997, destroyed in 1968 when Dave Dollarhide ejected following an engine failure.
Photo from Dave Dollarhide

23 March 1968 BuNo 144930, AC-400, parked on the ramp.
Photo by Clay Jansson via Tailhook Association.

June 1968 Jack F. O'Hara, Clansman CO, Skyhawk BuNo 145035, AC-401, and his car with matching paint scheme.
Naval Aviation News Photo.

1968: Clansman Skyhawk BuNo 142741, AC-403, piloted by Dick Briner on a cross country flight fron NAS Cecil Field, FL to California.
Dave Dollarhide

1968: Another shot of Clansman Skyhawk BuNo 142741, AC-403, piloted by Dick Briner on a cross country flight fron NAS Cecil Field, FL to California.
Dave Dollarhide

1968: Clansman Skyhawk BuNo 142741, AC-403. LTJG Dave Dollarhide in the cockpit.
Dave Dollarhide

1968: Clansman Skyhawk BuNo 142741, AC-403. LTJG Dave Dollarhide in the cockpit
Dave Dollarhide

1968: Clansman Skyhawk BuNo 142741, AC-403. LTJG Dave Dollarhide in the cockpit.
Dave Dollarhide

1968: Clansman Skyhawk BuNo 142741, AC-403 and squadron pilots during a weapons detachment at NAS Fallon, 1968.
Dave Dollarhide

2005: Clansman Skyhawk BuNo 142741, with LTJG Dollarhide's name still on it hidden under the existing paint job, is ready to move to a new museum for display.


2005: Clansman Skyhawk BuNo 142741, with LTJG Dollarhide's name still on it hidden under the existing paint job, is ready to move to a new museum for display.


2005: Clansman Skyhawk BuNo 142741, with LTJG Dollarhide's name still on it hidden under the existing paint job, is ready to move to a new museum for display.


2005: Clansman Skyhawk BuNo 142741, with LTJG Dollarhide's name still on it hidden under the existing paint job, is ready to move to a new museum for display.



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