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cspg
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posted 08-06-2013 11:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is this model (Flying Mule), and consequently Fighter Squadron, space-related in any way? If so, how?
Falcon Models Wings of Fame FA728003
Grumman F11F-1 Tiger Diecast Model
USN VF-33 Astronauts, AF205, USS Intrepid, 1959

Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-06-2013 11:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From Wikipedia:
In 1958 VF-33 transitioned to the supersonic Grumman F11F-1 Tiger and was renamed "Astronauts."

cspg
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posted 08-06-2013 12:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I did see that on Wikipedia but the question remains: why (astronauts)?

onesmallstep
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posted 08-06-2013 01:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There is no connection to NASA for that squadron name, other than perhaps coming right after NASA being formed (and before the Mercury 7 being chosen in 1959), the pilots chose that particular name. It was fitting, because the Tiger was the Navy's first supersonic carrier aircraft. There was an F11F-1 painted in VF-33 colors bearing the name 'Astronauts' on display for many years on the flight deck of the USS Intrepid museum (where VF-33 flew off for several years), now berthed in New York's Hudson River. It now has been repainted in Blue Angels markings.

Sadly, the Tiger's frontline career lasted a short four(!) years. Ironically, it served longer with the Blue Angels, eleven years (I saw them at an airshow in 1968, their last year with the jet). There IS an astronaut connection to VF-33, though, post-F11F-1s: Future MOL and NASA astronaut Dick Truly's first assignment was flying F-8 Crusaders off the Intrepid, and later the Enterprise, as part of the squadron, now back to its old name of 'Tarsiers.' Many of his mementos from his Navy and NASA days are now in the collection of the Intrepid.

cspg
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posted 08-06-2013 03:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the info. The Intrepid was the only connection I could make with astronauts, only if you look into retrospect. I was wondering if any pilots (or candidates) applying for MOL, MISS, X-15 or Mercury actually flew on this plane and/or the Intrepid.

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posted 08-06-2013 04:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The only (future) astronaut I could find that flew this type of plane was Alan Shepard, while assigned to Patuxent River NAS in Maryland.

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