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Navy Fighter Squadron VF-11

VF-11 Red Rippers NAS Oceana, Virginia

Veterans: 9
Latest Activity: Mar 24, 2016

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Once a Ripper, always a Ripper

Started by Albert H. Murray Jan 20, 2008. 0 Replies

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Comment by bruce payne on March 24, 2016 at 9:57am

f-14 ripper from 83 to 86-J.F.K and FORRESTAL  Lebanon and every other place you can think of.  We never stood still for more than 3 seconds I still call it Ripper living to this day 

Comment by John E. Pollak on January 10, 2014 at 8:57am

I became a "Ripper" in 1968 as an ATAN and left the squadron in 1971 as a AT2. We made three "Carribean " cruises and three Med cruises. I enjoyed my time as a "Ripper" and served with some real characters like Cdr Dawg Davidson and Lt. JJ "Soupy " Campbell.

Comment by david e clark on October 26, 2013 at 2:00am

thought some of you might like my plain it was one of the best

Comment by david e clark on October 25, 2013 at 1:45am

TRYING MY BEST TO FIND SOME OF THE RED RIPPERS THAT SERVED I N 1985-1989  MY NAME IS DAVID CLARK AND WAS IN THE A/E SHOP 

Comment by William A. Whisenant, Jr on April 10, 2013 at 2:07pm

I was in VF-11 from November 1961 through August 1963.  We were flying The F8u Crusaders in at least two different configurations.  I worked on the flight line as a plane captain the whole time even though my rate was aviation electronics technician.  I made PO3 shortly after I arrive in VF-11.  Never got any higher because I chose not to take the PO2 exam.  Had I passed the exam I would have gotten the rating and that would have required an extension of active duty.

At the time I didn't want that.  Made the 1962-1963 Med cruise on the Franklin D. Roosevelt CVA42. 

I enjoyed my time with VF-11 and especially some good friends.  Several of us were together for almost my whole tour with VF-11.  I would be interested in hearing from anyone assigned to VF-11 during the 1961-1963 time frame.

Comment by Gary F. Moeller on December 17, 2009 at 4:46pm
I left off dates. I was attached to them from very early 72 through 75.
Comment by Gary F. Moeller on December 17, 2009 at 4:44pm
My time in VF-11 was pretty miserable, mainly due to the optempo we kept. I lived out of a seabag the whole time I was in it. Out of a 47 mo. sea tour, I was actually gone 42 mo. After I was finished with that sea tour, the Navy finally saw the light and quit using people TAD from the squadron to AIMD - they created SeaOpDet to alleviate the crazy schedules that people like me experienced.
Except for the OpTempo, I enjoyed the people a lot while in the squadron. We did have a couple of a**hole officers in it, one in particular I will not name, but I remember him (as XO) trying to keep me from going to the closing on my first house. I went up the chain and spoke to the CO, who said of course I can go. All this took place during a packout of the squadron they had me on, even though I was TAD to AIMD!
The AT Shop Chief (Henson was his name, I believe) was a good guy, and he told me of the fire onboard the Forrestal, when he was an airman. He was one of the guys carrying bodies out of the berthing compartment.
Comment by Gerald Mc Donell on December 2, 2009 at 10:12pm
I was with VF-11 back in 1958. We were flying F2H Banshees. We went to sea aboard the USS ESSEX CVA-9. We lost our shipper, CDR ALLEN in a plane crash in the Med. One Great Squadron and a great group of men.
 

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