NAVAL AIR WEAPONS MEET 1956-1959.
In 1956, the U.S. Navy decided to establish an annual competition between specially selected Navy and Marine Corps squadrons from both coasts.
The first such competition was named "Navy Fleet Air Gunnery Meet" and was held at NAAS El Centro, in June 1956. Six teams, selected from shore-based fighter units, competed with two firing runs each at 15,000 and 25,000 feet.
Followed competitions in 1957, 1958 and 1959.
It is not clear why the Navy suspended the organization of the annual meet after 1959. Most likely, budget constraints and operational commitments precluded the colorful gathering of so many squadrons at the same time.
50 color and 120 b/w photos, including emblems of units.
Some of the warplanes illustrated are: F9F Panther/Cougar, FJ-3/-4 Fury, F4D Skyray, A3D Skywarrior, F8 Crusader, F3H Demon, A4 Skyhawk, AD-6 Skywarrior.