Founded in 1977, The Valiant Air Command, Inc. has a continually growing collection of over 45 historic warbirds from the beginnings of aviation to the present day. The VAC is a 501c(3) educational organization dedicated to the preservation of, education about and commemoration of Warbirds from all eras and the men and women who flew, maintained and fought in them.
Ling-Temco-Vought A-7A-4a-CV Corsair II
153135 to MASDC asd 6A0097 Dec 8, 1977. Now located at Valliant Air Command Museum, Titusville, FL162182
Grumman A-6E Intruder C/N I-67557-0569 (cn 580-1218) Constructed as a T-33A-5-LO by Lockheed at Burbank, California, USA.
Circa 1957 Taken on Strength/Charge with the United States Air Force with s/n 57-0569.
24 January 1974 To George T Baker Aviation School, Miami, FL with c/r N64274 (T-33, 57-569).
14 November 1979 Notes: Instructional airframe at the George T. Baker Aviation School in Miami.
15 March 1999 Civil registration, N64274, cancelled.
To Valiant Air Command Air Museum, Space Center Executive Airport (North East Side), Titusville, FL. White USN c/s.HA-200A E.14A-11 (cn 20/15) *6/1963: Delivered to the Spanish AF.
*8/13/1981: Struck off charge.
*Sold on the civilian market as N611HA.
*6/12/2004: Crashed on take-off from Pueblo APT, CA. Pilot was killed.North American T-28D Trojan
NX766NA (51-3766) / AH (cn 174-304)N8114T
1956 Grumman S2F-1 Tracker C/N 342 (Bu136433)Constructed as a J-3 by Piper.
Taken on Strength/Charge with the United States Army Air Force with s/n 44-80595.
To unknown owner with c/r N1406V.
Markings Applied: Rosie the Rocketeer, 53-K, 43-30426
To Valiant Air Command Air Museum, Space Center Executive Airport (North East Side), Titusville, FL.N404RC
1973 UTVA 66(V-51) C/N 0855N5581K
1943 Boeing B75N1 C/N 75-773016998 (c/n 9D) noted summer 2001 at Valiant Air Command Museum, Titusville, FL The Grumman OV-1 Mohawk was an armed military observation and attack aircraft, designed for battlefield surveillance and light strike capabilities. It was a twin turboprop configuration, and carried two crew members in side-by-side seating. The Mohawk was intended to operate from short, unimproved runways in support of United States Army maneuver forces.The OV-1 served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam and during Operation Desert Storm.
Starting in 1972, the Army National Guard (ARNG) began to receive the Mohawk, with the ARNG eventually operating 13 OV-1Bs, 24 OV-1Cs, and 16 OV-1Ds serving with three aviation units in Georgia and Oregon.
U.S. Army OV-1s were retired from Europe in 1992, from Korea in September 1996, and finally in the US in 1996, superseded by newer systems, newer aircraft, and the evolution of spy satellites. The OV-1 was primarily replaced by a militarized version of the de Havilland Canada DHC-7 turboprop commuter airliner equipped with a SLAR system until the U.S. Air Force’s E-8 J-STARS (Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System) aircraft, based on converted Boeing 707 airframes with powerful side-looking radar, became fully operational.Constructed as a F-4J-33-MC by McDonnell at Saint Louis, Missouri, USA. c/n 2849
Taken on Strength/Charge with the United States Navy with BuNo 155563.
To National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola NAS, Pensacola, Florida.N3239T
1942 Douglas DC3C-S1C3G C/N 19054This aircraft was built as C-47A 42-100591 and delivered to USAAF on 11/6/43, and assigned to the U.S. 8th A.F. in Europe. on 1/1/48 the plane was placed in storage at Oberpfaff, West Germany On 5/20/50 the plane went to the Royal Norwegian Air Force as 2100591 and initially coded “T-AI” but later changed to “BW-I” during 1951 and then to “BW-K” during August 1955. On 8/8/56 the aircraft was transferred to the Royal Danish Air Force as K-684, in Eskadrille 721 until retired in 1982. In October 1982 the plane was ferried via Duxford to the USA and registered N3239T to Valiant Air Command. (Info from Arthur Pearcy’s 1988 “Douglas DC-3 Survivors)The Crusader became a “day fighter” operating off the aircraft carriers. At the time, U.S. Navy carrier air wings had gone through a series of day and night fighter aircraft due to rapid advances in engines and avionics. Some squadrons operated aircraft for very short periods before being equipped with a newer higher performance aircraft. The Crusader was the first post-Korean War aircraft to have a relatively long tenure with the fleet and like the USAF Republic F-105 Thunderchief, a contemporary design, might have stayed in service longer if not for the Vietnam war and resulting attrition from combat and operational losses.Vietnam War:
When conflict erupted in the skies over North Vietnam, it was U.S. Navy Crusaders from the USS Hancock that first tangled with Vietnam People’s Air Force (North Vietnamese Air Force) MiG-17s on 3 April 1965. Although the MiGs claimed the downing of a Crusader, Lt Pham Ngoc Lan’s gun camera revealed that his cannons had set an F-8 ablaze, but Lieutenant Commander Spence Thomas had managed to land his damaged Crusader at Da Nang, the remaining F-8s returned safely to their carrier. At the time, the Crusader was the best dogfighter the United States had against the nimble North Vietnamese MiGs. The U.S. Navy had evolved its “night fighter” role in the air wing to an all-weather interceptor, the F-4 Phantom II, equipped to engage incoming bombers at long range with missiles such as AIM-7 Sparrow as their sole air-to-air weapons, and maneuverability was not emphasized in their design. Some experts believed that the era of the dogfight was over as air-to-air missiles would knock down adversaries well before they could get close enough to engage in dogfighting. As aerial combat ensued over North Vietnam from 1965 to 1968, it became apparent that the dogfight was not over and the F-8 Crusader and a community trained to prevail in air-to-air combat was a key ingredient to success.The Crusader also became a “bomb truck” in war, with both ship-based U.S. Navy units and land-based U.S. Marine Corps squadrons attacking communist forces in both North and South Vietnam.
USMC Crusaders flew only in the south, while U.S. Navy Crusaders flew only from the small Essex-class carriers. Marine Crusaders also operated in close air support missions.truckdriver with the rudder of the F-8 Crusader IIThe Vought F-8 Crusader (originally F8U) was a single-engine, supersonic, carrier-based air superiority jet aircraft built by Vought for the United States Navy and the Marine Corps, replacing the Vought F7U Cutlass. After the Navy’s disappointing experience with the Cutlass, the Crusader was referred to by some as “Vought’s Last Chance” after company founder Chance M. Vought. The first F-8 prototype was ready for flight in February 1955, and was the last American fighter with guns as the primary weapon, principally serving in the Vietnam War.
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