Computer made 4.0 inch/100mm
STRIKE FIGHTER SQUADRON ONE ZERO SIX “Gladiators” (VFA-106)
Strike Fighter Squadron ONE ZERO SIX (VFA-106) began as Bomber-Fighter Squadron SEVENTEEN (VBF-17) at Agana Airfield, Guam on 11 Jan 1945. Flying F6F Hellcats from USS Hornet (CV-12) the squadron participated in combat operations against the Japanese. The squadron was redesignated twice as Fighter Squadron SIX B (VF-6B) and as Fighter Squadron SIXTY TWO (VF-62) before becoming Attack Squadron ONE ZERO SIX (VA-106) in 1955. During that time the squadron flew the F4U4 Corsair, F8F Bearcat, F2H Banshee, F9F8B Cougar and the AD4 Skyhawk. As VA-106 the squadron participated in numerous combat cruises during both the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. VA-106 was deactivated on 7 Nov 1969. Strike Fighter Squadron ONE ZERO SIX was activated at NAS Cecil Field, FL, on 27 Apr 1984 as the East Coast Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) for the Navy’s newest tactical aircraft, the F/A-18 Hornet. In the summer of 1999, VFA-106 moved from NAS Cecil Field, FL to NAS Oceana, VA. As the Super Hornet FRS, VFA-106’s mission is train newly winged Navy aircrew in the tactical employment of the F/A-18 Super Hornet.