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Blackbirds (VA 45) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who were assigned to the Blackbirds (VA 45). Please keep in mind that this list does only include records of people who submitted their information for publication on this website. If you also served aboard and you remember one of the people below you can click on the name to send an email to the respective sailor. Would you like to have such a crew list on your website?

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There are 25 crew members registered for the Blackbirds (VA 45).

NameRank/RatePeriodRemarks/Photo
Usoff, LarryAOANMar 1952 – 1955Looking for any "old timers"...you can reach me at 904 262 3764 or e-mail me: amafrog@att.net
Nolan, RayADJ31965 – 1969
Dulmaine, Robert {bob}anJul 1966 – Jun 28, 1967VA45 was the most exciting time of my life. Working the line I got the chance to do some hands on riding in the back seat of A4s and T28s. What an unforgettable thrill it was. Thank you Navy
Garrow, Frankadjan1967 – 1968besides fueling and washing the Ta4f what else did we do as a plane captain
Atwell, ChuckAO3Jan 1967 – Oct 1969Came aboard while the squadron was at Cecil Field. First command out of AOA School. Big trouble maker for the firs part of my tour, finally settled down. Transferred in 68 to WESTPAC
George, Charles (Danny)AO21969 – 1970I was in charge of the flight line and when I made second class I moved into the AO shop. Before I left I was assigned to share the duty officer duties. Wasn't crazy about that but I did my job. Mustered out Nov 2nd 1970
Tracy, LarryAT2Jul 1969 – Oct 1971Reported to the Blackbirds upon completion of AV "A" school at NATTC Millington, TN. Worked as a plane captain then went to the AT shop. Transferred to Det-11 and made the North Atlantic-Med cruise in 1971. Great squadron!
White, BobadjanJun 18, 1970 – Oct 14, 1971it was different- I went from that to infantry: more fun
Mai, Michael (Mike)AT31971 – Aug 1, 1973
Scarborough, Steve WayneAE/AN --Plane captainFeb 15, 1971 – Oct 15, 1971The Intrepid was a Flagship during that NATO cruise, I had a good time and would like to do it again, except this time at a more leisurely pace.
Sanclimenti, SacANJun 4, 1972 – Feb 19, 1974I reported to VA-45 as an AR. I did my 3 months in 1st lieutenant then reported to the line as a plane captain. My best friends were Davis,McNulty, Swope, and Mean Mouth McMullin. I retired 20 years latter.
Lusk, DanAE2Jul 10, 1972 – Nov 22, 1972
Hodgson, BurtAE1973 – Jun 1976
Neumann, RandiE31973 – 1977Memories of FOD walkdowns and the line shack. Wondering whose still around.
Drew, SusanPETTY OFFICER THIRD CLASSMar 17, 1974 – Jan 17, 1978I was assigned to the "Blackbirds Bits & Pieces" and was the secretary to Commander Trout and Piccioulo. It was a wonderful time in my life. I received my back-seat check out and flew with LT Bowman and LCDR Page. I married Chris Collins
Holmes, RobertAK2Sep 21, 1974 – Apr 1, 1978I went back home to San Diego after service.I used my VA 45 job skills in accounting and went on to receive a BS in accounting and a MBA. Our education benefits covered it all. Cecil Field is gone, great memories!!!
Brooks, ThomasE-5 Aviation Ordnanceman1976 – 1979At first I worked in the 1st Lt. Division for 3 months then was assigned to the Flight line Division for almost 2 years then went into the AO shop for the remainder of my time. Served under Trout, Porter, and Hertzler.
Cunningham, GlennABHAN, ABH-31977 – 1978I was part of the line crew. I was part of the color guard for Light Attack Wing One Color Guard for Commander Porters change of command would like to talk to anyone who was line crew or color guard
Darpel, RonE5Jul 1977 – May 1980Assigned to VA-45 from 1977 to 1980, worked flight line and then AME shop. Had a great time at Cecil Field and Jacksonville Florida, looking for other members. Was back seat qualified and flew in the TA-4J Skyhawk often
Spencer, JamesAE21978 – 1981
Merklinger, SandraE-3Jul 1978 – 1980VA-45 was my first station. Started out working for "Boats" cleaning, moved to the Flight line then eventually to the Ops office where I kept the pilot log books. It was a great time and I have many fond memories.
Birchmire, Geneva (Ginny)E-31979 – 1981Came to the squadron when still at Cecile Field. JAX. Made the move to NAS Boca Chicha Key West
Gallup, DeborahE-31979 – Aug 18, 1981Was plane captain with Va-45 - we were moved out of jax to key west. Female plane captain. Last name was Bonnette then.
Nichols, GaryAME-3 gary nicholsJun 1, 1981 – Jun 1, 1983had a great time in the keys with the blackbirds
New, JoeyPetty Officer 3rd Class/AZOct 30, 1982 – Jun 16, 1986I basically grew up from a teenager to a young adult in VF45. I often think my old buddies Mark Dumont, Brett Boynton, Kevin Key, Mike Krom, James Pass, Joe Van Meter.. I know I'm forgetting a lot of old pals.

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