Naval Aviation News - January 1963 - Cuban Missile Crisis

January 1963 Naval Aviation News Magazine


FRONT COVER (at right) : With his pen as a weapon, Grampaw Pettibone (dreamed up 20 years ago by Capt. Seth Warner) is depicted by his creator, Robert Osborn. Gramp's recurring expletives are all about him—'Great horned toadies,' Balls of fire,' Jumpin' Jehosophat,' and 'Great sufferin' catfish'—as Gramps takes up once again his offensive.


  • Inside Cover
    CVA-63, USS Kitty Hawk, salutes the year bearing her hull designator and represents the carrier air power of the United States.
  • Quarantine
    With speed, efficiency and effectiveness, Naval Aviation flexes its powerful wings during the Cuban Missile crisis.
  • Grampaw Pettibone
    The enduring, but not always endearing, Gramps of NANews reaches his twentieth anniversary.
    The middlemen between inventors and users test and evaluate new shipboard and airborne equipment.
  • Sign Language
    NANews presents a pull-out double page of new aircraft service markings.
  • Sky Wink
    BuWeps' Marie Pfeiffer describes the recently launched ANNA-1B geodetic research satellite.
  • Evolution of Carriers
    The U. S. Navy looked for a sturdier carrier design and found one in the "battle carriers."
    Cmdr. Robert E. Empey, NATOPS Division Director, tells how the changes are made and the manuals written.


  • Cmdr. Cecil E. Harris Head, Aviation Periodicals Office
  • Cmdr. Paul Jayson : Editor
  • Izetta Winter Robb : Managing Editor
  • LtCmdr. Robert J. Massey, Scot MacDonald, JOC : Associate Editors
  • Cmdr. Oliver Ortman, Harold Andrews : Contributing Editors
  • Janis C. Burns Assistant Editor
  • James M. Springer Art Director

Issuance of this publication was approved by the Secretary of the Navy on 3 April 1961

Published monthly by Chief of Naval Operations and Bureau of Naval Weapons to disseminate data on aircraft training and operations, space technology, missile, rocket and other aviation ordnance developments, aeronautical safety, aircraft design, power plants, aircraft recognition, technical maintenance and overhaul procedures.

Send mail to Naval Aviation News, OP 05A5, Navy Department, Washington 25, D.C. Office located at 2306 Munitions Bldg.; telephone: Oxford 62252 or 62259. Annual subscription rate is $2.50 check or money order ($1.00 additional for foreign mailing) made payable and sent to Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington 25, D.C. Single copy costs $.25.


'Again, we of the United States Navy can rightfully stand proud in the light of the Navy's response in the recent Cuban crisis. The timely reaction by all concerned was in the truest Naval tradition and served to re-affirm the vital importance of mobile, sea-based striking power.

Our country and the rest of the free world can rest assured that the Navy will continue to stand ready to respond wherever and whenever we are needed. Well Done.'

—Adm. G. W. Anderson, Jr., CNO

Fighter Squadron One Hundred Fourteen (VF-114)

Fighter Squadron One Hundred Fourteen

Fighter Squadron One Hundred Fourteen (VF-114) proudly displays its 'new' insignia, a modification of the 'Executioner' patch used prior to 1950. In the original design, Bellerophon rode Pegasus in a dive to depict the squadron's bombing mission.

A 90° clockwise rotation of the heraldry put the team in a climb to symbolize Phantom II-flying VF-114's current interceptor role. Cdr. J. J. Konzen, former 'Executioner' X.O., relieved Cdr. A. W. Chandler as Commanding Officer in December while the squadron was deployed with the Seventh Fleet in Kitty Hawk.



Like a giant wheel, the calendar of days turns inexorably, unstoppably. Today's current events become tomorrow's history.

Locked inside the 12 covers were 480 pages of 1962's events in Naval Aviation:

  • 'First American in Orbit,'
  • The Evolution of Aircraft Carriers,
  • "Today's Revolution in Electronics,
  • "Realistic Drills on Carriers,' and
  • 'Riding the Range at Mach 2.5.'

To keep track of tomorrow's history, get your personal copy of the News by sending $2.50 check or money order to Superintendent of Documents, Gov't Printing Office, Washington, D.C.

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