This first instalment of In Focus features the many varied schemes of Fighter Squadron Composite (VFC-13) Saints F-5Es.
VFC-13 is a United States Navy fighter squadron that provides adversarial training at Navy Air Station (NAS) Fallon in Western Nevada and famously uses the callsign 'Bogey'.
VFC-13 moved from NAS Miramar in April 1996, which became a Marine Corps base. On moving to Fallon, the Saints gave up their A-4Fs and F/A-18As and re-equipped with the F-5E/F, mainly taking on those left by the
disestablishment of VFA-127. The primary mission of the Saints is to allow Carrier Air Wings to work up against realistic adversarial threats prior to a cruise.
The F-5Es operated by VFC-13 are a mixture of ex-USAF aircraft, mainly operated in the adversary role at Nellis AFB, RAF Alconbury and Clark AFB and a (very) few aircraft originally bought directly for the Navy. All were all built in the
The Saints’s F-5E’s have worn a huge number of colourful schemes over the years and in visits in 1998 and 2000 we were lucky
enough to record some of them. This is just a snapshot of those schemes worn by the F-5E through it’s long career.
It is hoped further
installments on this topic will follow.