The Hook - Blacktails of CVW-14 - Spring 1991

Front Cover, The Hook: Journal of Carrier Aviation, Spring 1991.

Front Cover, The Hook: Journal of Carrier Aviation, Spring 1991. GGA Image ID # 1727d3a493

On The Cover: CVW-14 (“The Air Wing From Hell”) black-tailed CAG-birds over the Gulf of Oman during Desert Shield operations in October 1990. Led by CAG, CAPT Jay “Spook" Yakeley, CVW-14 in USS Independence (CV-62), laid much of the “air work" for Desert Storm attacks on Iraqi targets. Photo by CDR C.J. “Heater" Heatley III, USN, CO VF-21.

Table of Contents


“Naval Air—Present and Future”
VADM Richard M. Dunleavy, USN


  • “High Hats and Tophatters or, Can You Top This?”
    Bob Lawson
  • “VF-14—A Pictorial History of the Navy’s Oldest Continuous Squadron”


  • “The Navy’s P-80/TO-1 Shooting Stars”
  • Part One: Early Days of Naval Jet Aviation
    Robert J. Esposito, PhD
  • “The First Day of the Rest of Their Lives”
    The Survival of an A-6 Crew
    LaDonne McCarthy
  • " . . All in a Day’s Work”
    Samuel T. Jordan
  • “Would the Real F-4G Please Stand Up?”
    Jan Jacobs


  • Command Changes
  • “Mid-East Carrier War”
  • “CVW-3 Desert Shield Photo Album”
    CDR John “Lites” Leenhouts, USN Photo Essay
  • “The Blacktails of Air Wing Fourteen”
    CDR C.J. “Heater” Heatley III, USN Photo Essay







Issue: Volume 19, Number 1, Spring 1991

ISSN: 0736-9220

The Hook is published quarterly by The Tailhook Association, a non-profit corporation dedicated to foster, encourage, develop, study and support the aircraft carrier, sea-based aircraft, both fixed and rotary wing, and aircrew of the United States of America and to educate the public in the aircraft carrier’s appropriate role in the Nation’s defense system.

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