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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: Sep 8

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I was there

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

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Comment by Bruce Alan Lockhart on July 24, 2011 at 3:54pm
Stationed @ Miramar in VAW-110 training from Jan 77-April 77
Comment by Natalie Aiuto on July 17, 2011 at 9:09am

I was IS right from Lowery AFB in Denver, assigned to TARPS at VF-124 from Dec 1978 through Oct 1980. The shop was not even set up until 6 mos. after I arrived.  Temp. assignment was in aircrew records tracking quals and flight time. I got to go through all the quals myself, including Martin Baker seat shot! Went to reserve F-4 group and got a ride! I have many fond memories of this place!

Comment by Bill Coleman on May 12, 2011 at 4:58pm
I was with VF-302 from 77 to 80. One of our guys set off an ejection seat which landed down by the next hanger.
Comment by Donald Cecil on July 19, 2010 at 10:23pm
I was there from 69-72 first with VF-124, short stint with VFP-63, and then with VF211. Uss Handcock,Viet Nam. Was an AE.
Comment by Adrian Hernandez on July 10, 2010 at 2:41am
After a month's leave and back from Subic, I reported to VF-142 at Miramar NAS in December of 1970. Assigned to the base medical dispensary. Sick Call for Navy and Dependents was non-stop there. Drove a crash truck to the air strip from time to time. We would hear a loud alarm horn in the dispensary indicating an emergency at the air strip. Myself, (when on duty), another corpsman, and a physician would respond in one of those crash trucks.
Then, sometime later the squadron went to El Centro for a week or two.
Also remember going to Jack In The Box on Balboa and Convoy avenues for lunch sometimes. One time me and another corpsman drove an ambulance up to the drive through window to order lunch. We had the overhead emergency flashing lights on during the whole time. Boy did we get some stares. It was so funny.
Did we do bad?
And finally, in June of '71 we flew to Alameda to join up with the Big E, which was being readied for Vietnam.
Last goodbyes to girlfriend and family at the terminal.
We took off from Miramar in a four engine prop, and I noticed that the seats in it were all installed backwards. Kinda strange. But of course, back in those days, everything was like,..... kinda,... beyond friggin' strange?!!
Indeed it was my friends. Indeed it was.
Comment by D. Gordon Brown on June 13, 2010 at 9:24pm
I was one of the senior counselors at the Naval Drug Rehabilitation Center (NDRC) located at NAS Miramar CA from 1978 until I left the Navy September 19, 1980.
Comment by Steven D. Kyle on June 11, 2010 at 10:20am
I was an instructor for the Aviation Physiology Training Unit, supporting Fightertown, USA and TopGun candidates. Our curriculum included instruction in the physiological aspects of flight, ejection seats, night vision and water survival. Additional duties included supporting the flight line as a member of the rescue ambulance team.
Comment by Marvin R. Lucas on May 2, 2010 at 4:01pm
i was there with VF-211 when it was in hanger 1 and then in hanger 4 i sailed on the Connie, Kitty Hawk and Nimitz while withe Kitty Hawk our command mcpo was AVCM Gaylor.i also was tad at the jet shop, and did framp with VF-124. I retired out of VF-211.
Comment by gilbert m. lopez on April 3, 2010 at 1:39pm
i was with VF-21 there at miramar in 67-69 sailed on the ranger... can be reached e-mail papagils@aol.com
 

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