APH-7  RVAH-7 1969

 

RECONATKRON SEVEN originated from Composite Squadron Seven (VC-7) flying P2V-2 Neptunes and AJ-1 Savage from Moffett Field CA and later from NAS Norfolk.

 

When the squadron moved to NAS Sanford FL in 1955, the designation changed from VC-7 to HEAVY ATTACK SQUADRON SEVEN (VAH-7).

The unit flew the A3D2 Skywarrior until 1961, then transitionned to the new A3J-1 Vigilante nuclear/conventional bomber.

 

In December 1964 VAH-7 was redesignated RVAH-7 when the A3J-1 was replaced by the new RA-5C reconnaissance version of the Vigilante.

W.M. BARNES flew previously combat missions over Korea with VF-53 aboard the USS Valley Forge and over 2500 hrs on A-3 Skywarriors with VAH-8, VAH-4 and VAH-10 from 1965 to 1967.

 

He transitioned to the RA-5C Vigilante with RVAH-7 in 1968.

This APH-7 belonged to W.M. BARNES at the time he flew with RVAH-7 as Executive Officer at NAS Albany during 1969.