Flinn, William, ATCS

Aviation Electronics Technician
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Current Service Status
USN Retired
Current/Last Rank
Senior Chief Petty Officer
Current/Last Primary NEC
AT-8345-F-14 System Aircraft Organizational Maintenance Technician
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Aviation Electronics Technician
Primary Unit
1988-1990, AT-8345, VF-51 Screaming Eagles
Previously Held NEC
ATR-0000-Aviation Electronics Technician Radar and Radar Navigation Equipment
AT-6611-Aircraft UHF Communications, ADF and ICS Equipment IMA Technician
AT-6612-Aircraft Tacan/Radio Navigation Equipment IMA Technician
638X-Limited Duty Officer - Aviation Avionics
Service Years
1976 - 1996
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Military Customs Inspector
Order of the Shellback
Order of the Golden Shellback
Persian Excursion
Plank Owner
AT-Aviation Electronics Technician
Four Hash Marks

 Official Badges 

US Navy Retired 20

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback US Navy Honorable Discharge Order of the Golden Shellback Navy Chief Initiated

Cold War Medal Navy Chief 100 Yrs 1893-1993 Persian Excursion LDO/CWO

Cold War Veteran Cold War Veteran Navy Officer Honorable Discharge

 Military Association Memberships
Department of ColoradoPost 1781, Rocky Mountain PostBranch 49Association of Naval Aviation
  2009, American Legion, Department of Colorado (Member) (Denver, Colorado) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2009, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 1781, Rocky Mountain Post (Member) (Fort Collins, Colorado) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2009, Fleet Reserve Association (FRA), Branch 49 (Member) (Denver, Colorado) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2009, Association of Naval Aviation - Assoc. Page

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  1986-1988, AT-8345, VF-194 Red Lightning - Yellow Devils

AT-Aviation Electronics Technician

From Month/Year
September / 1986

To Month/Year
April / 1988

VF-194 Red Lightning - Yellow Devils Unit Page

Petty Officer First Class

AT-8345-F-14 System Aircraft Organizational Maintenance Technician

San Diego

 VF-194 Red Lightning - Yellow Devils Details

VF-194 Red Lightning - Yellow Devils

The U.S. Navy fighter squadron VF-194 was established as VF-91 on 26 March 1952 and equipped with the Grumman F9F-2 Panther. The squadron was assigned to Carrier Air Group 9 (CVG-9) and made its first deployment on theUSS Philippine Sea (CVA-47) from December 1952 to August 1953 to Korea and the Western Pacific. In 1954 the squadron exchanged their Panthers for the swept wing Grumman F9F-6 Cougar. Between 11 May 1954 and 12 December 1954 VF-91 circumnavigated the world aboard the USS Hornet (CVA-12). From February to June 1956 VF-91 made its next deployment on the USS Oriskany (CVA-34), this time equipped with the F9F-8 Cougar.

The F9F-8s were replaced by the North American FJ-3 Fury in 1957 and the squadron made a Western Pacific cruise aboard the USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14) between September 1957 and April 1958.

In 1959 VF-91 transitioned to the Vought F-8C Crusader and made three deployments aboard the USS Ranger (CVA-61) between 1960 and 1963.

On 1 August 1963 VF-91 was redesignated VF-194 and reassigned to Carrier Air Wing Nineteen. Between 1964 and 1973 VF-194 made eight deployments to the Vietnam War, two aboard the USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31) (1964, 1965/66), two aboard the Ticonderoga (1966/67, 1967/68) and the last four aboard the Oriskany. During these deployments the squadron flew the F-8E from 1965 to 1968 and then the F-8J. After the end of the US involvement in Vietnam in 1973, VF-194 made another two cruises to the Western Pacific aboard the Oriskany. VF-194 and its sister squadron VF-191 were the last US Navy fighter squadrons equipped with the F-8 Crusader.

When the Oriskany was retired as the last active Essex-class carrier, VF-194 received the McDonnell Douglas F-4J Phantom in 1976. Together with VF-191 the squadron was reassigned to Carrier Air Wing Fifteen. However, after only one deployment aboard the USS Coral Sea (CV-43) the squadron was disestablished on 1 March 1978.

On 1 December 1986 a new VF-194 was established, which claimed the unit's name and markings. After training withVF-124 the squadron was due to deploy onboard the USS Independence (CV-62) flying the Grumman F-14A Tomcat as part of CVW-10. However, VF-194 was disbanded on 30 April 1988, before the cruise could take place.

Air Units - Fixed Wing


Parent Unit
Fixed Wing

Air Squadron

Created/Owned By
Not Specified

Last Updated: Sep 10, 2018
Memories For This Unit

Best Moment
Being a VF-194 Plank Owner and helping stand up a new unit.  We got to build the squadron from scratch with hand-picked people.

Worst Moment
Finding out that our squadron was being decommissioned.  We hadn't even been a unit for two full years before they decided to pull the plug on our air wing.

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18 Members Also There at Same Time
VF-194 Red Lightning - Yellow Devils

Bowman, David, PO1, (1964-1991) YN YN-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Crawford, Rob, CPO, (1975-1996) AO AO-8345 Petty Officer First Class
FUNE, EDDIE, MCPO, (1982-Present) AM AM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Minnick, Frederick, PO1, (1969-1992) AZ AZ-6313 Petty Officer First Class
Morrissette, Curtis, SCPO, (1979-2003) AE AE-8345 Petty Officer First Class
Bingham, Erik, CPO, (1982-2005) 00 8845 Petty Officer Second Class
Constantine, Richard, PO2, (1983-1989) AQ AQF-8324 Petty Officer Second Class
Graham, Jeffrey, CPO, (1979-2000) AD AD-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Haugh, Steven, SCPO, (1981-2008) AM AM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Keegan, Brian, MCPO, (1982-Present) AME AME-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Weed, Michael, CPO, (1979-2002) AQ AQF-8324 Petty Officer Second Class
Davis, Steve, AN, (1965-1967) ADJ ADJ-0000 Airman
Allmon, George, CDR, (1978-2007) Chief Petty Officer
Lindley, Randy, PO3, (1985-1989) Petty Officer Third Class
Borja, Joselito, CPO, (1987-2007) Airman
Breitigam, Eric, CPO, (1986-2007) Airman
Jackson, Timothy, CPO, (1987-2008) Seaman Apprentice
Crisostomo, Alfonso, CPO, (1987-2007) Airman Apprentice

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