Vaw-Vrc Foundation

Vaw-Vrc Foundation Mission: To promote VAW/VRC as an integral part of Naval Aviation. To promote community awareness and serve as a historical museum for all Command and Control and Early Warning as well as Carrier Onboard Delivery warfare specialties.

Vision: To honor those that have flown, maintained and championed the VAW/VRC community. Our vision is that the USS Midway VAW/VRC Ready Room will represent all VAW/VRC personnel by honoring both those who have served and those currently serving. The USS Midway VAW/VRC Ready Room will stand as a motivational tool to excite future generations of Naval Aviators, specifically VAW/VRC maintainers, Naval Flight Officers, and Pilots, and will educate the general public concerning the long tradition of excellence and achievement of the VAW/VRC community. In addition, the ready room will support Navy families by providing insight into squadron life during long separations at sea.

Operating as usual

09/03/2020

To the VAW/VRC Community Alumni and Supporters:

As you are almost certainly aware by now, a Hawkeye aircraft from the training squadron, VAW 120, crashed in a field on the eastern shore of Virginia this week while on a pilot training mission. Fortunately, all aboard the bird exited the aircraft and parachuted to safety.
We are all curious about what caused the aircraft to crash and many other details about the mishap and naturally want to discuss it. We are all guilty of this, myself included, because we are concerned and because it happened in our Community. But please try to resist the urge to speculate about and discuss the mishap in public forums. It’s fine to pass the word that it happened so all are aware and to express our relief that all the young warriors went home to their families that night. Just please refrain from discussing it farther than that and, again, avoid speculation on the causal factors.
This request comes not only from the VAW/VRC Foundation but also from the wing commander, Commodore France. I spoke with him a short while ago and he asked me to ask you to limit your discussion of the incident and let the mishap investigation run its course. Since they have the crew to talk to and a good deal of other evidence he doesn’t expect the investigation to take long. However, because of social media and the level of discussion and speculation it’s generated since the accident his staff and the AirLant and AirForces staffs have been inundated with calls and requests from the press. With the usual challenges of keeping the wing running and the added workload resulting from the crash they already have their hands full. Let’s help them out by stepping back from further discussion or speculation about the mishap. The Commodore has promised to brief us on the releasable findings of the mishap investigation as soon as he can.
I hope you and yours are safe and well.
Randy “Bubba” Bannister
President, VAW/VRC Foundation

FRCSW Inducts Last C-2A Greyhound for PMI-3 | NAVAIR
09/03/2020
FRCSW Inducts Last C-2A Greyhound for PMI-3 | NAVAIR

FRCSW Inducts Last C-2A Greyhound for PMI-3 | NAVAIR

Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW) has been extending the service life of the C-2A Greyhound transport through a variety of maintenance plans and modifications since 2001. With a 10,000-pound payload capacity, the C-2A has served the Navy since 1965 by transporting high-priority cargo, mail an...

UPDATED: E-2C Hawkeye Crashes Near Wallops Island, Crew Recovered Safely - USNI News
09/03/2020
UPDATED: E-2C Hawkeye Crashes Near Wallops Island, Crew Recovered Safely - USNI News

UPDATED: E-2C Hawkeye Crashes Near Wallops Island, Crew Recovered Safely - USNI News

This post has been updated with an additional statement from the Navy. A Navy command and control aircraft on a training flight crashed near the NASA flight center on Wallops Island, Va., service officials told USNI News on Monday. The crew of the E-2C Hawkeye – two pilots and two aircrew – safe...

E-2 Hawkeye | National Review
09/01/2020
E-2 Hawkeye | National Review

E-2 Hawkeye | National Review

A look at the Navy’s carrier-based airborne early warning and command and control aircraft.

Navy E-2D Hawkeye squadron reaches key milestone
08/29/2020
Navy E-2D Hawkeye squadron reaches key milestone

Navy E-2D Hawkeye squadron reaches key milestone

VAW-126 becomes the Navy's first fleet E-2D Advanced Hawkeye squadron qualified to conduct aerial refueling, doubling its time in the air.

1948
08/21/2020

1948

E-1 Tracer
U.S. Navy

- First flight: 1958 (62 Years ago)

- Manufacturer: Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation (later Grumman Aerospace Corporation)

Grumman designed this “airborne early warning” aircraft for the Navy in at-sea use, the first of its kind. The E-1 Tracer’s radar system contributed to its pivotal role—particularly in Vietnam—in surveillance, arranging ground strikes, relaying enemy position, and directing fighters.

[Pictured: A U.S. Navy Grumman E-1B Tracer (BuNo 148126) from Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 111 (VAW-111) Det.12 "Hunters" in flight. VAW-111 Det.12 was assigned to Carrier Anti-Submarine Air Group 57 (CVSG-57) aboard the aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CVS-12) for a deployment to the Western Pacific and Vietnam from May 28 to Oct. 28, 1967.]

U.S. Navy // Wikimedia Commons

VRC-40 and VAW-123 Return to Norfolk
08/07/2020
VRC-40 and VAW-123 Return to Norfolk

VRC-40 and VAW-123 Return to Norfolk

NORFOLK, Va. (Aug 6, 2020) Aircraft assigned to the “Rawhides” of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 40 sit on the tarmac after returning home to Naval Station Norfolk August 6, 2020. The squadron has supported the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) carrier strike group which has been underwa...

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07/22/2020
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07/18/2020

We are sad to report the untimely passing of Cary Voss, skipper of the VAW-112 Golden Hawks 1990-1991. He was a superb NFO, a remarkable Naval Officer, and a valued friend to many. Details are few at this time but we will pass additional information when it is available. Rest in peace shipmate.

07/11/2020
The Boy on the Beach - Omaha Beach 2014 - PineArts

The Boy on the Beach - Omaha Beach 2014 - PineArts

I DID NOT SHOOT THIS VIDEO. I DID TITLE IT AND POST IT HERE IN MEMORY OF D-DAY 6 JUNE 1944. I THOUGHT IT WAS APPROPRIATE FOR THE TIMES. MAYBE IT WILL REMIND VIEWERS OF WHO WE ARE AS AMERICANS AND HOW WE GOT HERE. ON 6 JUNE 1944 THOUSANDS OF YOUNG MEN OF EVERY RACE, COLOR AND CREED RISKED THEIR LIVES...

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07/07/2020
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State Department Approves E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Sale to France - USNI News
07/07/2020
State Department Approves E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Sale to France - USNI News

State Department Approves E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Sale to France - USNI News

The State Department approved a possible sale of three E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft to France, in a deal that would bring the U.S. and French carrier air wings even closer together. If finalized, France would become the third country to operate the airborne early warning and control aircraft, afte...

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Just found your page and plan to follow. Are you interested in Cruise Book photos from days gone by?
CAPT Skip Braden pinning my EAWS wings, 1991. He was CO of VAW-120 and I was an AMS1 and a C-2A Aircrewman FRS Instructor at the time.
There was a 3 part SciFi mini-series that aired in 2005 called "The Triangle". In part 2 and 3, a very dirty E2 aircraft is shown flying with markings on the side "METEORLOGICAL SURVEY" and the number 021'. I realize this is fiction and this is a movie prop but is anyone aware of the E2 aircraft being used for anything other than military purposes?
Happy Thanksgiving!
September's 1MC newsletter contains an article I had to share here. I was the first VAW-115 Avionics Division Officer on Midway when she first deployed with the E-2B's to WestPac 1970-71. I only regret I have too many commitments to be able to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony on October 18th. "- Ribbon Cutting for the VAW 115 Avionics Shop on the Museum Ship Midway: Ken Borchik, a VAW 115 alumnus, has been the prime mover in turning the space that was the VAW 115 avionics shop on Midway into a remarkably accurate display of what a working avionic shop would have looked like. The avionics shop is joining Ready Room 4 as a space on Midway supported by the Foundation. The ribbon cutting to open the shop will be on 18 October. Attendees will meet on the pier adjacent to Midway at 0830 to be escorted aboard the ship." I look forward to seeing pictures of the restoration and ribbon cutting event.
"Thank you for your service" 50+ years of it.
After the B.I.S. trials at Patuxent, we spent the next 18 months in Norfolk incorporating minor updates to the first production delivery. The team of 13 artisans from Bethpage worked closely with VAW-123 and 125 to train the flight and maintenance crews and ready the first two deployments of the "C". Their successful deployment was a remarkable milestone.