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Circa 1989

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation September-October 1989 "...History - Change-Of-Command - Page 24, 30, and 31 - Naval Aviation News - September-October 1989..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1980s/1989/so89.pdf [22OCT2004]

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Circa 1988

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation September-October 1988 "...History - Change-Of-Command - Page 28 to 30 - Naval Aviation News - September-October 1988..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1980s/1988/so88.pdf [21OCT2004]

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Circa 1987

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation September-October 1987 "...Change-Of-Command - Page 35 - Naval Aviation News - September-October 1987..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1980s/1987/so87.pdf [20OCT2004]

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Circa 1983

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation November-December 1983 "...History - Change-Of-Command - Page 29 - Naval Aviation News - November-December 1983..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1980s/1983/nd83.pdf [17OCT2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation July-August 1983 "...Awards - Page 30 and 32 - Naval Aviation News - July-August 1983..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1980s/1983/ja83.pdf [17OCT2004]

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Circa 1982

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation September 1982 "...Records - Change-Of-Command - Page 44 and 46 - Naval Aviation News - September 1982..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1980s/1982/sep82.pdf [16OCT2004]

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Circa 1981

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation September 1981 "...Change-Of-Command - Page 48 - Naval Aviation News - September 1981..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1980s/1981/sep81.pdf [14OCT2004]

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Circa 1980

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation May 1980 "...History - Change-Of-Command - Page 30 and 31 - Naval Aviation News - May 1980..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1980s/1980/may80.pdf [11OCT2004]

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Circa 1979

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation August 1979 "...History and Change-Of-Command - Page 23, 25 and 26 - Naval Aviation News - October 1979..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1970s/1979/oct79.pdf [10OCT2004]

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Circa 1978

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation October 1978 "...History - Change-Of-Command - Page 31 and 33 - Naval Aviation News - October 1978..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1970s/1978/oct78.pdf [09OCT2004]

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Circa 1974

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation February 1974 "...Awards - Page 19 - Naval Aviation News - February 1974..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1970s/1974/feb74.pdf [30SEP2004]

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Circa 1972

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation November 1972 "...Aviation Safety Awards Announced - Page 3 - Naval Aviation News - November 1972..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1970s/1972/nov72.pdf [27SEP2004]

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Circa 1971

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation November 1971 "...FY-1971 Safety Awardees Named - Naval Aviation News - November 1971..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1970s/1971/nov71.pdf [25SEP2004]

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Circa 1964

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation March 1964 "...VT-28 Records Prolific 1963 - Page 22 to 23 - Naval Aviation News - March 1964..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1964/mar64.pdf [28AUG2004]

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Circa 1962

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News November 1962 "...VT-28 - Naval Aviation News - November 1962..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1962/nov62.pdf [24AUG2004]

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Circa 1960

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News December 1960 "...'All S2F' Syllabus Begun - Page 33 - Naval Aviation News - December 1960..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1960/dec60.pdf [18AUG2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...History of Training Squadron 28 - and Mark W Felhofer..." WebSite: http://www.felhofer.com/military/about.htm [10APR2004]

Training Squadron TWO-EIGHT was established on May 1, 1960 under the leadership of Commanding Officer, Commander O. T. Knight. Prior to that, VT-28 operated as Advanced Training Unit 611. The primary mission of VT-28 was advanced multi-engine flight training for Student Naval Aviators (SNA's). Over 6,000 Naval Aviators have been trained by VT-28 before assignment to fixed wing, multi-engine squadrons. This curriculum has evolved over the years in response to the changing need to the Navy and advances in aviation technology.

VT-28 quickly established a standard of excellence which has continued unabated for 35 years. With 44 instructors, 48 TS-2F "Tracker" aircraft, 400 enlisted personnel and an average on board student count of 125, VT-28 set new training, safety, and cost efficiency records in its first ten months of operation. During the 1960's, as the demand for fixed wing maritime pilots increased, so did the scope and responsibility of Training Squadron TWO-EIGHT.

By the mid-sixties, the flight syllabus, augmented by simultaneous ground training, had expanded to include Familiarization, Basic and Radio Instrument Navigation, Cross County, Night Familiarization and Carrier Qualification. The TS-2F "Tracker" proved itself a most reliable and stable training platform during periods of changes in the syllabus and increased requirements. In 1969 alone, nearly 300 Naval Aviators were designated and 40,000 aircraft hours flown by VT-28. The squadron carrier qualified or "CQ'd" thousands of Student Naval Aviators in the "Tracker" until its retirement in 1979 when it was replaced by the T-44A on March 1st of that year.

The squadron continued to train Advanced Maritime Student Naval Aviators in the T-44A aircraft until 1990, at which time CNATRA directed the squadron to change its mission and become the first Instructor Training Squadron. VT-28 then assumed the responsibility for all instructor training within Training Air Wing FOUR as well as Instructor Standardization, Functional Check Flights, and course curriculum oversight in both the T-34C and the T-44A aircraft.

On April 1, 1993, VT-28 changed its mission once again; this time to provide Primary/Intermediate Maritime and Helicopter instruction to Student Naval Aviators while flying the T-34C. In the first months as CNATRA's fifth Primary Squadron, VT-28 continued to set the standard for training excellence, flying over 20,230 mishap free flight hours and graduating over 200 primary students and over 100 intermediate students.

With the mission change, a new squadron patch was designed. The new patch depicts the silhouette of a Texas Ranger mounted on a rearing hours. Flying over the Ranger is an aircraft leaving a patriotic contrail. This patch symbolizes the proud tradition of VT-28's nickname and radio call sign, "Ranger," as well as the pride the squadron possesses for its new mission and its country.

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...ATU-611 was formed in 1958 at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas. It became VT-28 in spring of 1960. Its mission was training multi-engine and mirror landing systems. It flew S2F Trackers..." Contributed by Jack Steen jsteen@wzrd.com [23AUG99]

Circa 1950

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News July 1950 "...Torpedo Squadron 28 - Page 19 - 20 - Naval Aviation News - July 1950..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1950s/1950/jul50.pdf [20JUL2004]

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