Adams, Richard C., CAPT

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131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1972-1974, 131X, USS Mars (AFS-1)

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Monrovia, Liberia
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Order of the Shellback Cold War Medal Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club

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Born of missionary parents in Monrovia, Liberia, he entered the U. S. Naval Academy in June 1944.  He graduated in June 1948 and reported to Pensacola for flight training in the fall.

During the Korean War he made two deployments with VF-112 flying the F9F-2 Panther jets, and was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross, three Air Medals, and a Navy Commendation with Combat "V".  This duty was followed by a year of USAF exchange duty with the 63rd Fighter Interceptor Squadron (F-86A and F-86F) at Oscoda, Michigan.  In October 1953 he reported to the Naval Air Training Command to instruct in the F9F-2 at Kingsville, Texas.

From 1954 to 1956 Captain Adams attended the Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey, California, where he received a B.S. degree in aeronautical engineering in June 1956.  This was followed by a year of graduate work at the forrestal Research Center, Princeton University.  There he majored in airplane performance, stability and control; receiving an M.S. degree in aeronautical engineering in June 1957.  Two years were then spoent in Air Development Squadron Three (VX-3) where Captain Adams' activity was concentrated in F-6A (SKYRAY) weapons system and tactics developments.

In August 1959 he became the Air Operations Officer on the staff of Commander SECOND Fleet.  In August 1961 the Captain was selected to attend the U. S. Navy Test Pilot School at the Naval Air Test Center, Patuxent River, Maryland.  Here he earned the distinction of being the outstanding student in his class.  Following completion of the Test Pilot School he joined the Flight Test Divisionat Patuxent Riber flying test flights in A-4E, A-5A, A-6A, F-8E, T-39, E-2A and the F-4B aircraft.  In 1963 he was advanced to the position of Head, Flying Qualities and Performance Branch of the Flight Test Division.  Upon completion of this tour of duty he reported to VF-14 as Executive Officer in February 1965.

Following a deployment with the SIXTH Fleet in the Mediterranean, he assumed command of VF-14 in December 1965 and began preparing the squadron for combat operations in Southeast Asia.  The Squadron deployed with Air Wing One on the USS FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT (CVA-42) in June 1966 and entered combat in August.  In November 1966 Captain Adams, having flown 54 combat missions, returned to the staff of Commander Naval Air force, Atlantic for six months temporary duty with the air wing training section.  He then assumed command of Key West based VF-101 which trains F-4 Phantom pilots and NFOs for Atlantic Fleet attack carrier air wings.  In july 1968 he was ordered to the USS SARATOGA (CVA-60), as Executive Officer.  He served in this capacity until August 1969, after which he reported to the Office of the Director of Defense Research & Engineering as Navy Military Assistant in the office of the Assistant Director, Air Warfare.  Among his many responsibilities in this assignment was the updating and rewriting of the Development Concept Paper (DCP) for the F-14 and preparation of the initial drafts of the DCP's for the AIM-7F and AGILE missiles.

Captain Adams became a student at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in August 1971.  While at ICAF he wrote a paper on the management practices changes in the Department of Defense in the acquisition of major weapon systems, lectured on the management of R&D in the Department of Defense and was chairman of a research project and paper on U. S. Foreign Trade (Export) Policy prepared for the Council on International Economic Policy, Executive office of the President.  In August 1972 he assumed dutiesas Commanding Officer, USS MARS (AFS-1).
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Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FLVF-111 Sundowners<B>US Air Force (USAF)</b>Commander Naval Air Training (CNATRA)
Naval Postgraduate School (Faculty Staff)COMSECONDFLTNTPS - Navy Test Pilot SchoolNAS Patuxent River (NASPAX)/Naval Air Test Center (NATC) PAX
VF-14 TophattersUSS Franklin D.Roosevelt (CVA-42)COMNAVAIRLANT/Commander Carrier Air Wing 1 (CVW-1)COMNAVAIRLANT
VF-101 Grim ReapersUSS Saratoga (CVA-60)Industrial College of the Armed Forces (Faculty Staff)USS Mars (AFS-1)
  1948-1950, 139X, Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
  1950-1952, 131X, VF-111 Sundowners
  1952-1953, 131X, US Air Force (USAF)
  1953-1954, 131X, Commander Naval Air Training (CNATRA)
  1954-1956, 131X, Naval Postgraduate School (Faculty Staff)
  1959-1961, 131X, COMSECONDFLT
  1961-1962, 131X, NTPS - Navy Test Pilot School
  1963-1965, 131X, NAS Patuxent River (NASPAX)/Naval Air Test Center (NATC) PAX
  1965-1966, 131X, VF-14 Tophatters
  1966-1966, 131X, USS Franklin D.Roosevelt (CVA-42)
  1966-1966, 131X, COMNAVAIRLANT/Commander Carrier Air Wing 1 (CVW-1)
  1966-1967, 131X, COMNAVAIRLANT
  1967-1968, 131X, VF-101 Grim Reapers
  1968-1969, 131X, USS Saratoga (CVA-60)
  1971-1972, 131X, Industrial College of the Armed Forces (Faculty Staff)
  1972-1974, 131X, USS Mars (AFS-1)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1952-1953 Korean War/Third Korean Winter (1952-53)
  1966-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (66-67)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval AcademyNaval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CAPrinceton University
  1944-1948, United States Naval Academy
  1954-1956, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA
  1956-1957, Princeton University
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