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NAS Miramar

The station is best known as the location of the TOPGUN training program and the movie of the same name. In 1996 the school was relocated to Naval Air Station Fallon. During the heyday of TOPGUN the station was nicknamed "Fightertown USA".

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Latest Activity: Feb 27, 2015

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I was there

Started by Jacqueline L. Franks Jun 15, 2010. 0 Replies

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Comment by glenn dunham on March 19, 2014 at 8:52pm

When VF-124 was disestablished my wife and I were invited to take part in the ceremony and we were asked to bring our Stearman PT-18 to be the center piece on the flight line. What an honor it was to see our little rag wing trainer nestled among the F-18's---quite a contrast .We were invited because I was a plank holder at Miramar and we had participated in quite a few base airshows. After the Navy moved Top Gun to NAS Fallon we flew to Fallon to be in their airshow. When I landed at Fallon I did what most tail dragger pilot do at least once---I ground looped my baby and broke a wing. The Navy let us put the plane in one of their hangers until we could patch it enough to fly it to a repair station just south of Fallon.

Comment by glenn dunham on March 19, 2014 at 7:12pm

My first tour at NAAF Miramar was in 1952. I worked in Base Ops as a Plane Capt for the only two a/c based there. We had an SNJ @ an SNB. with he only jets came from North Island to practice carrier landings. My second tour at NAS Miramar was in late 53 to June 1955. I worked as a Plane Capt in VF124 when we had 12 F7U-3's. In the beginning of my tour our unit was called Project Cutlass and later changed to VF-124. I read a few comments where the writers thought Miramar was out in the Boondock---you should have been there in 1952.  

Comment by Walter williams on September 20, 2013 at 6:53pm
I was at nas miramar when it was out in the boondocks in 1959 to 1961 with attack sqd 115 ARABS wild days and later I was there with VF96 and VF 121 also VAW 112 between 1971 and 1978. Walt williams USN retired
Comment by michael medenwald on August 14, 2013 at 7:31pm

I was there from 1972 thru 1976.  Nas Supply and also VF-124. Got to see a lot of different things quite a culture shock coming from North Dakota.


Comment by Andrew S Earnest on March 2, 2013 at 11:32pm

I arrived at Miramar early 75 to join VF-111 Sundowners.  I put 33.000 miles on my new Yamaha 650 that year it was one of my favorite years ever.  Used to go riding with my friend John "Jack" Mannion would love to hear from him.  I got off active duty in 76 transferred to the reserves.  Meant to go back to San Diego to live but that somehow never happened.

Comment by Steven D. Kyle on November 29, 2012 at 12:34pm

Jacqueline Franks, I remember our softball team (a combination of APTU and Dispensary players) KILLING the NDRC in 1979 :)


Comment by Jacqueline L. Franks on November 29, 2012 at 10:14am

D. Gordon Brown, just wanted to say that NDRC had one of the best softball teams on the base when I was NAS Op-Det from Nov 80-Aug 83.



Comment by Joseph Mattera Jr on August 4, 2012 at 10:01pm

Finished "AO" A school Memphis then fisrt 2 years of my Navy 4 years sent to NAS Miramar weapons station from 1976 to 1978 Great times!!!

Comment by Jacqueline L. Franks on August 10, 2011 at 2:35pm
I was in VAW-110 from Aug 83-Nov 85. Before that I was NAS OP Miramar from Nov 80-Aug 83. And my first tour at Miramar was in VF-126 from June 78-Nov 80.
Comment by william c. mitchell on August 5, 2011 at 1:03pm

I was station at Miramar Oct 1964 to Oct 1966 right out of boot camp in San Diego .  It was like being out in the desert you had to look out for rattle snakes when you walked to the EX from the barracks.



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