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Hi All,

I'm after some information on the Carrier Air Wing that would have been on board the USS Nimitz (roughly about 1979/80), I believe it was CVW-8, but i'm finding it difficult to locate info on the squadrons/ aircraft strength etc....

Was wondering if anyone could help?

Cheers,

Mat

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It was CVW-8, for a long time associated with USS Nimitz. The timeframe you mention is probably that of a Sept. 1979 to May 1980 cruise in the Mediterranean and the Arabian Sea... and if I'm not wrong saw the carrier involved in operation Eagle Claw, the failed attempt to free the hostages in Iran. USS Nimitz did another shorter cruise in late 1980.

The units on board are listed in this page of a great japanese website:

http://www.gonavy.jp/CVW-AJf.html

Guess this site will give you most info you need.

Regarding the strength, IIRC in those days Tomcat and Corsair squadrons had 12 planes, Intruder squadrons had 10, prowler and hawkeye 4. Going by memory here, I can check on some old magazines although I'm pretty sure of the strength for tomcat and corsair squadrons.

The Nimitz spending most time in the mediterranean, CVW-8 featured heavily in the Italian aerospace press of the days, and on the newpapers and magazines too.

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It was CVW-8, for a long time associated with USS Nimitz. The timeframe you mention is probably that of a Sept. 1979 to May 1980 cruise in the Mediterranean and the Arabian Sea... and if I'm not wrong saw the carrier involved in operation Eagle Claw, the failed attempt to free the hostages in Iran. USS Nimitz did another shorter cruise in late 1980.

The units on board are listed in this page of a great japanese website:

http://www.gonavy.jp/CVW-AJf.html

Guess this site will give you most info you need.

Regarding the strength, IIRC in those days Tomcat and Corsair squadrons had 12 planes, Intruder squadrons had 10, prowler and hawkeye 4. Going by memory here, I can check on some old magazines although I'm pretty sure of the strength for tomcat and corsair squadrons.

The Nimitz spending most time in the mediterranean, CVW-8 featured heavily in the Italian aerospace press of the days, and on the newpapers and magazines too.

You're correct. The make-up was 86 aircraft:

12 X F-14

12 X F-14

12 X A-7

12 X A-7

10 X A-6

10 X S-3

6 X Seaking

4 X Prowler

4 X Hawkeye

4 X KA-6

Cheers,

Don

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i believe the line up was

VF-84 Jolly Rogers and VF-41 Black Aces F-14A

VA-82 Marauders and VA-86 side winders A-7E

VA-35 Black panthers A-6E

VS-24 Scouts S-3A

VAW-112 Golden Hawks E-2C

VAQ-134 Garudas EA-6B

HS-9 Griffins SH-3D

VRC-40 Raw hides C-2A

NATC F-4 and A-7

Det. Bravo EKA-3D

VFP-63

Eyes of the Fleet RF-8P

in the numbers previously mentioned the red f-4 and a-7 were from the Naval Air Test Center

someone here maybe able to tell you more about thier embarkation but i seem to remember them being abours at some point ?

hope we helped

jim.

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