VFP-63 Patches


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I’ve got an extensive collection of patches, mostly VF patches. As I’ve learned more about the history of NAVAIR, I’ve come to appreciate that colorful history reflected in patches.

Here are pics of some I’ve seen from VFP-63. VFP-63 was established in 1962 and did a WESTPAC deployment in July I that year. They made numerous deployments to WESTPAC and Vietnam till disestablishment in June of 1982. They operated the RF-8 Crusader and were known as “The Eyes of The Fleet.”

Here are some patches from -63s various deployments. Warning, some of these are pretty salty but that’s what makes them interesting :)

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One response to “VFP-63 Patches

  1. Why alligators? Well, VFP-63 was flying the RF-8G. While the F-8 family as a whole is usually nicknamed Crusader, shortened to ‘sader, inside the family, the “G” model quickly became known as the ‘gator.

    Note that the entire VFP-63 squadron didn’t usually deploy. Instead, as a light photographic squadron, they would supply a 2-4 plane detachment to a deploying carrier. These “dets” were lettered, and as you can see often carried an informal nickname based on the Officer in Charge’s (OiC) last name.