Naval Air Station Fallon is US Navy’s premier tactical air warfare center specializing in Air to Air and Air to ground training. Due to the vast size of the nearby ranges, 80% of all Navy munitions dropped in training is done in NAS Fallon. This is also the only Navy airbase that could house an entire Carrier airwing at one time for training.
Current Units base in NAS Fallon
- Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center ( NAWDC )
- Fighter Squadron composite 13 ( VFC-13) Fighting Saints
- Strike Fighter Wing Pacific Detachment ( SFWPD )
- Fleet Readiness Center West Detachment Fallon
- Naval Munitions Command West-Detachment Fallon
- Naval Aviation forecasting Component (NAFCOMP)
- Naval Criminal Investigative Service ( NCIS)
- Explosive Ordnance Disposal EOD Detachement
From our focus on Naval Aviation, we will be focusing on NAWDC and VFC-13
NAWDC took over the role from the earlier Naval Strike and Air warfare Center ( NSAWC ) in 2015.
Currently they provide Service to aircrews, squadrons and airwing support through flight training, acadamic instructional classes, and direct operational and intelligence support. This include the famous Topgun, (SEAWOLF) rotary wing school, Electronic warfare school, Growler Weapon School HAVOC and Carrier Airborne Early Warning school. NAWDC houses 2870+ military personnel and about 250 civilian and contractors. The current fleet for NAWDC houses 54 aircrafts which include Legacy Hornet F/A-18 A/B/C/D, Superhornet F/A-18 E/F, E-2C Hawkeye, MH-60S helicopter, F-16 A/B, F-5n and E/A-18G. For our visit we get to photograph the hotramp for NAWDC and End of runway shots on NAWDC aircraft doing their routine training.
NAWDC Aircraft on base
|Bord #||Serial #
|61||920410||F-16A Blue Camo|
|56||900947||F-16A Blue Camo|
|04||920458||F-16B Blue splinter|
NAWDC Flight line and End of Runway (EOR)
VFC-13 ” Fighting Saints”
VFC-13 provides Adversary training for Carrier Airwing, fighter and attack squadrons, USAF and other allied forces.
When we were on base , VFC-13 Fighting Saints did not fly , so we were only presented with Static and Hanger shots. VFC-13 flies the a mixed bag of 23 F-5E, F-5F and Ex-Swiss F-5N Tiger II painted in very colorful camouflage scheme that simulate our Adversary fighters. They wear Eastern bloc style Bord numbers with distinct variety of colorful adversary schemes of blue, gray, yellow splinter, black, brown camouflage. From this visit I have a list of jets by serial number that we photograph.
VFC-13 aircraft on base
|13||761578||Black ( MIG28 )|
|14||761535||white grey ( grey nose)|
|20||761580||black F model|
Tiger Camouflage scheme (76-1544)
White Grey Camouflage Scheme