|A pair of VMF-115's Skyrays cruise over the mountains of the Mojave Desert.|
(Mojave Transportation Museum Collection)
VMF-115 had been the first USMC squadron equipped with the Grumman F9F Panther in 1949, and with the jets, they had expended more ordnance in Korea than any other Marine squadron.
When the new Douglas F4D came on line (nicknamed "Ford") in early 1956, VFM-115 got the Marines' first jets, and deployed to MCAAS Mojave for six month of operational flight testing.
The Skyray was the last Douglas fighter built before that company had a "McDonnell" shoved in front of it.
|VMF-115 personnel go through the ceremonies of departing MCAAS Mojave|
on November 20, 1956