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VU-1 "Unique Antiquers"/VC-1"Blue Alii"

Squadron history :

Fleet Utility Squadron One was established at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii on 20 July 1951 and was the second squadron to carry that name. VU-1 provided training and support for fleet units of the 14th Naval District. Starting in the early 1960s, it operated several F-8A and DF-8A Crusaders among other types.

This photo was featured in U.S. Navy Naval Aviation News of May 1970 and shows an F-8K Crusader (BuNo 147016) from VC-1. The date is indicated as 1970, but the squadron no longer operated the F-8 at that date. (Photo: USN)

On 1 July 1965, VU-1 was redesignated VC-1. In its later years, the squadron became know as the "Blue Alii". The "Alii" is an ancient Hawaiian warrior. The squadron badge shows an Alii against a background of the Hawaiian archipelago. The Crusaders were relinquished in favour of TA-4 Skyhawks in 1969.

VC-1 was disestablished on 30 September 1992.

Crusader models used:

F-8A early 1960s - 1969
DF-8A early 1960s - 1969
F-8K ?