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VA-172 Blue Bolts 1969/1970

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VA-172 Blue Bolts





In September 1961, VA-172 upgraded to the A4D-2N (A-4C). VA-172 entered combat over Vietnam in August 1966 from the Roosevelt, and after a Mediterranean deployment on board the USS Shangri-la (CVA-38) in 1969, returned to Vietnam on board the Shangri-la in March 1970. The Blue Bolts lost five A4Cs and five pilots to enemy action during both war cruises. VA-172 was disestablished on 15 January 1971. ( Source: www.va-172.org)

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