USMC FLIGHT JACKET PATCH VMF(AW)451 MARINES 1st TRANSPAC ± 1962 (F8U-2)

Genuine, unused patch, (cut edge and full embroidered 6×6.5 inch) made to celebrate the completion of their MARINE FIRST TRANS PACIFIC air-to-air refueling flight to NAS Atsugi in1962. Beautiful preserved condition.(see pix)Reference: USMC Aviation Patches Book 1 by Eugene S. Holmberg Capt.USMC(Ret) VMF and VMF(AW)-451, Warlords, MAG-33, MCAS El Toro, California, MAG-11 NAS Atsugi, Japan, MAG-32, MCAS Beaufort, South Carolina The Warlords operated the North American FJ-4 Fury from MCAS El Toro until November 1959, when the unit upgraded to the Vought F8U-2. They were redesignated VMF(AW)-451 on July 1, 1961 after transitioning to the F8U-2N all- weather variant. The Warlords became the first USMC single-seat aircraft unit to fly the entire distance to Japan in January 1962. Using new KC-130F Hercules refueling planes, the Warlords arrived in Atsugi, Japan in seven days, rather than the normal 45. The unit moved to MCAS Beaufort in February 1963 and joined MAG-32. The unit deployed to Roosevelt Roads, PR in April of 1965 and participated in the Dominican Republic Intervention. Using a combination of AiM-9 and Zuni rockets, as well as internally mounted 20mm cannons, the Warlords conducted armed road recces. The squadron joined CVW-8 in August of 1965 aboard the USS Forrestal (CVA-59) for a Med cruise. They returned to Beaufort in April 1966 and continued to fly the F-8D until February 1968, when they transitioned to the F-4J Phantom II. 1960s & 1970sWhile at MCAS El Toro, VMF-451 upgraded from the FJ-4 Fury to the supersonic Vought F8U-2 Crusader, flying the day fighter for 18 months before upgrading once again to the F8U-2N all-weather variant, and were redesignated Marine Fighter Squadron (All Weather) 451 (VMF(AW)-451). On January 4, 1962, the squadron deployed to Naval Air Station Atsugi, but instead of being packed aboard a carrier for a 45-day journey, the “Warlords” became the first squadron to make use of the new KC-130 Hercules for air-to-air refuelling as they flew their aircraft to Japan, arriving seven days later. The “Warlords” remained in the Far East until February 1, 1963, when they were ordered to Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, South Carolina. COLLECTORS I have been researching and collecting mid-century military aviation items for close to ten years. All of my items are guaranteed to be authentic and originally made during the period described. See my feedback and bid with confidence. I do sell reproductions as well and they will be clearly stated as such in my listing. I describe all of my items as accurately as possible, and offer as much information as I can to clearly inform you as the buyer. WORLD WIDE SHIPPING I ship once or twice per week depending on activity. I will always combine shipping if you win multiple auctions. I strive to package and ship everything as safe as possible and I will generally pick the most reasonable method of shipping depending on value, weight and size. PAYMENTS I accept paypal only. If you win single or multiple auctions, please wait until you receive my invoice before you pay. I request payment to be received within three days of winning bidder invoice. Parcels will be sent via registered mail only to ensure delivery can be verified. Insurance for valuable items is advised and extra.REGISTERED AIRMAIL FOR THIS ITEM IS: $.21 or €.16 EU collectors please pay in €’s. unless you accept full responsibilities for standard shipping I will not ship otherwise than stated above. If you cannot comply with these conditions, do not bid on the auction. Thank you and good luck. AEROMANCE Mid-Century Combat Aviation & Americana

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