Fighter Squadron 43 

"Challengers"

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History 

1. May 1945 VF-74A Established 
1. August 1945 VF-74A  was redesignated VF-74
15. November 1946 VF-74 was redesignated VF-1B
1. Septebmer 1948 VF-1B was redesignated VF-21
1. July 1959 VF-21 was redesignated VA-43
1. July 1973 VA-43 was redesignated VF-43
1. July 1994 VF-43 Disestablished at NAS Key West FL

Planes:
  1949 - 1951
F4U-5
   
1951 - 1954
F9F-2
VF-21-02.png (64128 Byte)
1954 - 1956
F9F-6
USN F9F-6 21 02.png (67388 Byte) USN F9F-7 21 01.png (68871 Byte)
1956 - 1956
FJ-3
VF-21-1.png (106961 Byte) VF-21-2.png (109011 Byte)
1956 - 1959
F11F-1
  1957 - 19??
A4D-1
VA-43-01.png (84038 Byte) VA-43-02.png (78157 Byte)  
  19?? - 19??
T-28B
USN T-28 06.png (73088 Byte)    
  19?? - 19??
A-4E
VA-043-51.png (83934 Byte) VA-043-52.png (86983 Byte)
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VF-74A, VF-74, VF-1B ,VF-21, VA-43, VF-43 Deployments 
VF-74
7. November 1945 - 2. January 1946 CVB-41 USS Midway CVBG-74 F4U-4 74-F-00
1. March 1946 - 28. March 1946 CVB-41 USS Midway CVBG-74 F4U-4 M 100
VF-1B
29. October 1947 - 11. March 1948 CVB-41 USS Midway CVBG-1 F4U-4 M 100
VF-21
3. May 1949 - 26. September 1949 CVB-43 USS Coral Sea CVG-2 F4U-5 M 100
10. Janaury 1951 - 17. May 1951 CVB-42 USS F. D. Roosevelt CVG-6 F9F-2 C 100
1. December 1952 - 19. May 1953 CVB-41 USS Midway CVG-6 F9F-7 C 100
6. January 1954 - 1. March 1954 CVA-12 USS Hornet ATG-181 F9F-7 C 100
3. February 1955 - 30. April 1955 CVA-14 USS Ticonderoga CVG-6 F9F-7 C 100
30. November 1954 - 18. June 1955 CVA-15 USS Randolph ATG-181 F9F-6 B 100
24. January 1956 - 31. March 1956 CVA-59 USS Forrestal ATG-181 FJ-3 I 200
15. October 1956 - 22. May 1957 CVA-20 USS Bennington ATG-181 FJ-3 I 200
4. October 1957 - 6. December 1957 CVA-61 USS Ranger CVG-8 F11F-1 AM 200
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VF-74A, VF-74, VF-1B ,VF-21, VA-43, VF-43 Commanding Officers 
? 18. November 1995 ?
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History 

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last update 22. February 2013

written 24. April 2005

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