The date was 16 April 1956. The place was Naval Air Station (NAS) North Island in San Diego. Then and there, US Navy Composite Squadron THREE (VC-3) Blue Nemesis became the first Navy squadron to achieve operational status with a sensational new bat-winged jet fighter- the Douglas F4D-1 Skyray or Ford. The new jet would go on to become the first carrier-based aircraft to hold a world absolute speed record (752.944 miles per hour) and the first such aircraft capable of exceeding the sound…

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