Thanks to all of you who have sent me additions, updates, and words of encouragement over the years. Special mention must be made of the following people for their helpful information and corrections: LT Kevin "Bugs" Aanestad, of VF-211; LT Doug Beal; Douglas Beckering; Mark Bovankovich; R. Christopher Bronk; Scott Carpentieri; Chris Cavas; Ken Cook; George Cowan, recently of VQ-5; Rudy Friederich at the Aircraft Carrier Study Group; LT Rich "Hoonyer" Fields; Sean Fuller, recently of HS-6 "Indians"; LCDR Pete "Griff" Griffiths, of VQ-6; LTJG Joe Guerrein of VFA-82; Jan Jacobs, managing editor at The Hook magazine; AT3 James L. Jones of VF-143; LT Mark Kelso of VAW-117; CDR Tony Kiggins, formerly "Kestrel One" at VFA-137; Scott Kitterman; Chip Kozy; Vic and Linda Kucera; LT Jim "Chunks" Langham, a RIO formerly of VF-32; Dave Lavictoire; JO2 Lance Lindley; LT Tim McGarvey of VS-29; Peter Murphy; Scott Myers; "Nat"; Tab Pake; LCDR John Parker; LCDR Dave "Hey Joe" Parsons, USN (Ret.); Frank "Dancing Bear" Putnam, formerly a RIO at VF-143; Jim Ritchie, formerly of VA-23; C. Ross; J. Sakurai; LCDR Bruce Schneider of VAQ-130; CDR Wayne Sharer; Darryl Shaw; Rich Simcsak; "Socrateaz"; CAPT Dave Sveden at Tyndall AFB; LCDR Hank Teommey, USN (Ret.); Robert C. Tindall; Ray Travis; Mike Weeks; and Colin Wells.

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Eagles, and Tigers, and Vipers . . . oh my!
A number of non-native birds of prey made an out-of-season appearance in Northern California, over the weekend of May 29-30, 2004.  The Moffett Air & Space Expo was held early this year, and featured a pair of F-15s, a whole flock of F-16s, and even a section of Navy adversary jets from NAS Fallon.  Photo pictorial.

A Novice's Guide to Digital Aviation Profile Art
How to hide an appalling lack of artistic talent through the use of software.

It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's...Superbug!
The F/A-18E Super Hornet visited the San Francisco Bay Area during the September 2003 AirExpo at Moffett Federal Airfield.  A photo pictorial of the strikefighter that will form the backbone of the Navy's tactical aviation capability in the coming decades.

Overhaul 2001
This website, including Vulture's Row, is undergoing a much-needed major overhaul.  Check here to read about plans for the future of the site.

Frequently Asked Questions
Have a question about this site? Check the FAQ. (5 Sept 1998)

The CV Guide
A look at the aircraft carriers of the U.S. Navy. This new feature replaces the old Status of Deployed Carriers page. (17 Jan 1999)

Ship Visit:  USS Hornet (CV-12/CVA-12/CVS-12)
A photographic tour of the eighth ship of the U.S. fleet to bear the name Hornet, which along with its air wing downed over 600 Japanese aircraft in WWII and recovered the first men to walk on the moon.  Decommissioned after 27 years of service, she was restored in 1995 and is currently a floating museum in Alameda Point, California.

Featured Squadron Insignia: VA-23 "Black Knights"
Vulture's Row periodically features a new carrier squadron insignia, along with some information on the squadron. The fifth unit in the spotlight is VA-23, a squadron that saw action in combat ranging from the Korean War to the Pueblo crisis. (5 Sept 1998)

"CAG Birds of Air Wing Five"
Some photos of the special paint schemes worn by CAG fighters of the Navy's only forward-deployed air wing. Contributed by J. Sakurai.

"Hoover Hilton"
Photos of the S-3B "Hoover" in action, along with pictures of the USS Abraham Lincoln, submitted by LT Tim McGarvey.

Current Carrier Air Wing Composition
The squadrons making up the current carrier air wings, including squadron names, aircraft types, tailcodes, and side numbers.

Carrier Battle Group Composition
Composition of the carrier battle groups, after the LANFLT and PACFLT reorganizations announced in 1995.

Hangar Deck
Photographs and profiles of the aircraft in today's air wings.

Air Wing Patches and Insignia Gallery
The insignia of all ten active fleet carrier air wings, along with recently disestablished CVW-15.

Air-to-air victories in Desert Storm
Coalition air-to-air kills, along with callsigns, credited pilots, serial numbers, units, and ordnance used.

Coalition air combat attrition in Desert Storm
Coalition losses and combat damage, sorted by unit, location, and cause.

Air-Delivered Munitions in Desert Storm
A summary of all munitions delivered by USAF, USN, and USMC aircraft during Desert Storm, including numbers expended, unit costs, and total costs in FY 1991 US dollars.

Other Related Links
Other military aviation, naval, and military organization/command links on the net.


Vulture's Row was created on May 22, 1995, and is maintained by Robin J. Lee (

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