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USN VA-86 Sidewinders, AJ400, USS Nimitz, 1978
US Navy Attack Squadron 86 (VA-86) Sidewinders was the new designation given to VF-921 on July 1st, 1955. The squadron transitioned from the F7U Cutlass to the A-4 Skyhawk before becoming the first operational squadron to upgrade to the A-7 Corsair II in June, 1967. The Sidewinders deployed many times with the A-7 on various Nimitz class carriers. The squadron was re-designated Navy Strike Fighter Squadron 86 (VFA-86) on July 15th, 1987 when it transitioned to the F/A-18 Hornet.