On 23 July 1947 the first jet powered aircraft, an FH-1 Phantom, was delivered to the Navyâ€™s first all-jet squadron, VF-17A, ushering in a new era in naval aviation. Training in these early jet squadrons was sometimes ad hoc, partly because the aircraft themselves were experimental. One pilot reported, â€śVF-17A trained itself. Checkout consisted of reading the handbook and watching a movie on compressibility.â€ť Less than a year later the squadron was fully equipped with 16 FH-1s. On 5 May 1948 VF-17A became the Navyâ€™s first carrier-qualified jet squadron, having completed three days of operations on board Saipan (CVL 48) during which all of the squadronâ€™s pilots plus the commander of Carrier Air Group 17 qualified with a minimum of eight takeoffs and landings each.