TYPE G-1 VA-105 GUNSLINGERS
U.S. Navy squadron VA-105 was a strike fighter squadron also known as s the 'Gunslingers'. It was formed in 1952 and was active until 1957. The squadron was reinstated in November '67 and equipped with the latest A-7 Corsair light attack aircraft.
This jacket is a faithful recreation of the actual jacket worn by LCDR D. F. Ranson who also adorned his jacket with patches from other squadrons he had flewn with, namely VA-22 and VA-55.
The patch on the right sleeve shows that he was engaged in mission Iron Hand
(Operation Iron Hand was a joint United States Air Force and Navy operation conducted during the Vietnam War. It was a type of SEAD mission, primarily intended to suppress Soviet-supplied surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems in North Vietnam, although neutralizing radar-directed AAA was important as well. The "Iron Hand" is a metaphor to the steady hand and nerves of steel it took for pilots to fly directly at the radar-emitting anti-aircraft missile sites while the radar-seeking missiles flew down to destroy the target.)
Centred at the top back position is the famous Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club patch denoting the wearers participation in the Vietnam War. (Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club was a tongue-in-cheek nickname for the United States Seventh Fleet during the Vietnam War).
This is a stunning historically accurate limited edition piece.