The real VT-22
Training Squadron 22 began as Advanced Training Unit 6 (ATU-6), formed on June 13, 1949 at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, entrusted with training newly designated Naval Aviators transitioning to jets. ATU-6 flew the TV-1 trainer aircraft, and was the first unit to train Naval Aviators in jet aircraft. That same year, ATU-6 was relocated to Naval Air Station Whiting Field in Milton, Florida, and redesignated as Jet Transitional Training Unit 1 (JTTU-1). JTTU-1 was tasked with not only training new Naval Aviators, but fleet aviators as well, including the Blue Angels during their transition to jet aircraft in the 1940s.
In 1951, JTTU-1 relocated again to the newly formed Naval Auxiliary Air Station Kingsville (now Naval Air Station Kingsville), where it was re-designated as Advanced Training Unit 3 (ATU-3), and then later in 1952 as Advanced Training Unit 200 (ATU-200). The mission of ATU-200 was training newly designated naval aviators in jet familiarization, formation tactics, instruments, and navigation. ATU-200 was again re-designated as Advanced Training Unit 212 (ATU-212), expanding its training to include all-weather training as well. In 1958, ATU-212 began transitioning from the TV-1 trainer aircraft to the newly procured F9F-88/8T Cougar. With the new aircraft, the training of ATU-212 expanded to include ordnance delivery and carrier qualification.
In 1960, ATU-212 was re-designated to its current name, Training Squadron 22 (VT-22). In 1970, VT-22 began transitioning to the Navy's new jet trainer, the TA-4J Skyhawk. VT-22 functioned as the advanced training squadron at NAS Kingsville, training student naval aviators in the final areas of training before transitioning to fleet assignments. In 1994, VT-22 began transitioning to the current trainer aircraft in use, the T-45A Goshawk. With the change in aircraft, VT-22's training role changed from solely advanced training, to include intermediate training and familiarization flying in jet aircraft. More recently, several upgrades were made to the trainer aircraft, resulting in its re-designation as the T-45C.
The Virtual VT-22
Welcome aboard VCVW-11.
On January 15, 2018 Virtual VT-22 was formed. Our role is to be your first stop on the way to joining your desired squadron. All are welcome no matter what your level of knowledge or ability. Our only request is that you have the desire to want to be a part of this group and are willing to put forth the effort needed to progress thru the training. You will find an outstanding group of instructors with a wide knowledge of aviation and DCS sim modules in particular.
Our current training aircraft of choice is the F-5E-3, but we will be transitioning to the F-18 when it is released. For this reason you will not be required to purchase the F-5 if you have no desire to use this module. We can work with training in other modules. We like the F-5 because it does present some challenges that when mastered will make the transition to the F-18 an easier process.
Training and Qualification
Our goal is to get your D Cat’s completed. This will include: Start-up (including cockpit prep), Taxi, Takeoff, Traffic Pattern, Approach, Landing, and Shutdown. Basic comms procedures. Basic navigation procedures including TACAN, WYPT, and VFR Ops. Basic aerobatic manoeuvers. Basic formation flight. Case 1 carrier qualification. Basic emergency procedures. Upon completion of your D Cat’s you will be released to the Wing for your squadron assignment.
Greetings from the CO:
Just to add my personal welcome to VCVW-11. I know we are all here because we have a desire to fly airplanes, not just any airplanes, but high performance complex military jets. We do this because we enjoy doing this and that is what makes us a very motivated group. We are motivated to learn these planes and being in a group of like-minded accelerates our learning process and increases our enjoyment. With those thoughts in mind you will know that our instructors and I will be here to help you thru this initial process and get you on your way to your squadron, continuing all our learning as we build camaraderie and lasting friendships.
Please feel free to talk to any one of us about any concerns, questions, ideas, suggestions, or anything else that may come up. I look forward to flying with and learning from all of you.
Lt Col. Jack “Homer” Gurley
C.O. VT-22 “Golden Eagles”