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Bandits (VF 126) Crew List

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There are 14 crew members registered for the Bandits (VF 126).

NameRank/RatePeriodRemarks/Photo
Ratcliff, KennethE-3 Aviation Storekeeper1967 – 1968I worked on the flight line and office. I was then transferred, with a bunch of us, to VF-121 Top Gun School. I worked on the flight line, barracks and then the Materials Office as a E-3 AK. I was then transfer to "Tico"
Banning, Peter / (Red)AMS3Aug 1, 1969 – Aug 15, 1971126 had mostly TA-4F and a few of the modified camo painted A4-E for top gun sortys, my buddies were AMSAN Dan Cromwell,AEAN Kent Dow,airman Don Duncan and airman Emilio Diez , after 4 yrs in navy did 21yrs w/ NY ANG
Wilson, WallyAME 2nd Class Petty OfficerMay 1970 – Aug 1971
Olan, A profile iconADJ3Mar 1973 – Mar 1976Tad fuel farms, octagon, 3rd class PO Plane captain TA4j flight-line, engine build-up EBU Shack.
Neel, SkipABH1Oct 1973 – Mar 1976Started off assigned to Line Div, then TAD to Base Military Police.Capt. Cole Black was the C.O. and a Vietnam POW.
Hayward Jr, WarrenAE-2Jan 25, 1980 – Dec 25, 1980Arrieved here after returning from Japan serving with VA-56 on the USS Midway CV-41.
Jackson, StephenAirmanAug 15, 1981 – Aug 15, 1985Qualifed as a PC on each of the squadron's type aircraft (TA-4J, A-4F, and T-2C). Got to fly back-seat in 610 with LCDR Seine! The Bandits were the very best!!
Cody, Tami (Tlc)YN1Mar 21, 1982 – Aug 26, 1992I didn't actually serve on the boats, but I sure did know a lot of shipmates who did. I spent nearly 10 years @ Miramar, first w/COMFITAEWWINGPAC & then with VF-126. Go Bandits. There were no finer men & women anywhere than "Fighertow
Nolde, BobbyAD2Apr 1983 – Feb 1986I was the only enlisted person that was turn up qualified on the T2C aircraft!! I miss the A-4, T-2 & the Phantom!! Cdr Cunningham was the best CO next Cdr Carey!!
Shannon, Toddams3Jun 6, 1983 – Oct 3, 1985i rember making plane captain on the t-2c buckeye then the a-4 looking to here from any one it was fun in sunny san digo but i liked sea duty better
Riedel, Michael profile iconE-4 aviation structural mechanicApr 6, 1985 – Mar 21, 1988The Navy: The Bandits Squadron experience was good. I painted the planes for the movie Top Gun and served under the " DUKE " CMDR- Randall Cunningham. My buddies: Joe Sanzo.(ame) PO1 Miller. call me 213-864-0467. Im O.K.
Rucker, RobertE51986 – 1989Was a memorable experience, I was A4 and T2 low and hi power turn-up operator and CDI. Hoping I can reconnect will some old shipmates... AE2 Bruce you out there?? Anyone wishing to contact 713-992-3865
Wedlake, RussellAT3Jan 4, 1987 – Nov 4, 1989War games in El Centro was fun, remember Mexicali?
Young, Robert (Bob)OSC(SW)Mar 1991 – Feb 1994This was the best tour of my career. I learned more than i ever needed and practiced my trade with abandon. El Centro and Fallon became second homes. In TACCS - "P-Chiz is dead!" Made chief.

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