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VA-126/VF-126 Bandits

VA-126/VF-126 Bandits

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Nulli Secondus about 1960
Courtesy Harry S.Gann

W.A. Lucy/Sean Keenan

Fighting Sea Hawks about 1967
Courtesy Harry S.Gann

Bandits about 1980
Courtesy Harry S.Gann

Gary Verver

Patch
  • VA-126 Nulli Secondus
  • 15 OCT 1965: VF-126 Fighting Seahawks
  • 1981: VF-126 Bandits

Handle
  • VF-126 Fighting Seahawks (Squadron Motto "Without Equal")
  • 1981: VF-126 Bandits

Heritage
  • ABOUT VA/VF-126 and TOP GUN
    NFWS (TOP GUN ) is sometimes confused with the VF-126 Fighting Seahawks / Bandits. NFWS (TOP GUN) and VF-126 are two different entities.

    The Naval Fighter Weapons School (TOP GUN) was originally established as a "school" within VF-121, a F-4 Phantom Replacement Air Group (RAG) at NAS Miramar. NFWS was tasked with providing graduate level Air Combat Maneuvering (ACM) training, and the first class started March 3, 1969.
    NFWS initially began as a VF-121 department (school), evolving in January 1972 into a separate VF-121 detachment, all the while using VF-126 A-4’s and maintenance support personnel.
    The NFWS instructors flew the A-4’s, and each crew going through as students brought with them their own squadron maintenance personnel and own squadron aircraft.
    In July 1972 NFWS was given full squadron status as the Naval Fighter Weapons School. NFWS handled the graduate courses for Navy pilots, while VF-126 was more of a "day to day" adversary unit, supporting the F-4's & F-14's at Miramar.

    Navy Attack Squadron 126 (VA-126) was established 06 April 1956 with assets from VA-54 & VA-125. VA-126 used the Grumman TF-9 Cougar for fleet instrument training. When the Skyhawk was being replaced as the fleet attack aircraft in 1967, "126", now VF-126, was already providing aircraft for aggressor training. The Skyhawk was chosen as the bandit aircraft because of its small size, maneuverability and smokeless trail, similiar to a MiG-17. VF-126 started providing the adversary mission from Miramar in April 1967. VF-126 continued the bandit mission until they were disestablished in April 1994.
  • 06 April 1956: - - VA-126 established
  • 15 October 1963: - VA-126 redesignated VF-126.
  • History article.
  • 01 April 1994: - - VF-126 disestablished.

Home Ports
  • NAS Miramar

Air Wings
  • 1960-64: Tail Code = ED

Deployments
  • None

Aircraft
Commanding Officers
  • 1956: Commander G. L. Cassel.
  • 1960: Commander C. J. Lee
  • 1961: Commander W. C. Chapman
  • 1962: Commander C. R. Johnson
  • 1963: Commander P. F. Cunningham
  • 1964: Commander R. A. Braid
  • 1965: Commander V. R. Hubka
  • 1966: Commander R. E. Mcjunkin, Jr.
  • 1967: Commander W. J. Hickman
  • 1968: Commander F. J. Breaux
  • 1969: Commander K. R. Wiley
  • 1970: Commander R. C. Evans
  • 1971: Commander R. K. Huisman
  • 1972: Commander E. D. Deweese
  • 1973: Commander R. M. Scruggs
  • 1974: Commander C. Black
  • 1975: Commander K. Russell
  • 1976: Commander J. K. Schoenfeld
  • 1977: Commander R. W. Musgrove
  • 1978: Commander R. W. Castle, Jr.
  • 1980: Commander J. W. Nunn
  • 1981: Commander R. A. Knutson
  • 1982: Commander D. J. Carey
  • 1984: Commander N. R. Criss
  • 1985: Commander R. H. Cunningham
  • 1987: Commander W. J. Butterworth, Jr.
  • 1988: Commander T. R. Brown
  • 1990: Commander M. A. Szoka

Events
  • March 1956:
    VA-126 assigned with thirteen Chance-Vought F7U-3M, Cutlass was based at Naval Air Station Miramar after returning from a WESTPAC cruise on United States Ship Hancock. The Squadron was located in the old "nose dock" hangers (now gone) at Miramar. The big concrete hangars had not yet been built. Sharing the area was sister squadron, VA-116, also flying the F7U-3M.
    The squadron Leading Chief was AMC R. Doshe. He was one of the first E7's to be promoted to E8, and one year later, to E9.
  • April 6, 1956:
    Present squadron established from VA-126, VA-125 and VA-54. All three were decommssioned and recommissioned as VA-126. Squadron mission was to provide instrument training in jets.
  • 1958: Air Pac Champs

  • 15 OCT 1963:
    Redesignated VF-126.
  • OCT 1964: VA-126 began providing adversary missions. During the Vietnam War they used the TF-9J, TA-4F and the A-4E for adversary training.
  • MAR 1965:
    I transferred into the squadron as an AEAN in March 1965. I was stationed at NAS Coronado, VP-31, and was training as an aircrewman on the P5Ms (a.k.a. pigboats) when they were decommissioned. The P5Ms and P2Vs were being phased out by the P3 Orions stationed at NAS Moffet Field, Detachment Alfa. I checked into VF-126 under the command of Cdr. R. A. Braid and served under Cdrs. Verne Hubka, R. E. "Fishhook" Mcjunkin, Jr., and W. J. Hickman. When I checked into the squadron, they were flying TF9J Cougars and performed maintenance in nose docks. Our squadron spaces were wooden buildings and the area in which they were located was called "Splinterville." Our next door neighbor was squadron VU7 (a.k.a. Vacation Unit 7), The squadron was training pilots in advanced instrument flying called "flying under the hood" because a curtain kept the pilots from looking out when flying instruments. While at VF126 I obtained an OMIS card so I could fly back-seat in the TF9J. In 1965, NAS Miramar had a "pick rocks beer bust" to clear the space for its new golf course. There was free beer for the men that toiled for that purpose. The designation VF126 replaced the VA126 in a small ceremony. A metalsmith whom we called, "Far East Foster," was photographed "painting" the new designation on a TF9J. The Nulli Secundus (Second to None) squadron patch was replaced by the diving eagle with a background shield divided in half, the yellow depicting day, and the dark with stars depicting night. Otherwise, VF126's training for day/night flying capability. In 1967, we had a ceremony to "push off" the last TF9J. Men were photographed pushing the last TF9J off, otherwise replacing them with the TA4J which we recently received. Ironically, the last TF9J did not start for the ferry pilot. However, when I was assigned to check out the aircraft, it started immediately. The next day the last TF9J was gone, being fully replaced by the TA4Js. I was not fully checked out on the TA4J because I was being discharged. In 1973, I was assigned to VT24 in NAS Beeville, Texas where they flew the TA4Js. The TA-4J was a nice flying aircraft. I flew back-seat numerous times.
    Wallace Begay, USN Retired
    Historian, U. S. West, University of New Mexico
  • APR 1967:
    VF-126 started providing the adversary mission from NAS Miramar in April 1967.
    They also had several other missions, Pacific Fleet Out-Of-Control flight training and instrument training.
  • November 9, 1967:
    TA-4F BuNo 153520 collided with a F-4 Phantom II 40 miles off the California coast. TA-4F pilot Lt. John M. Nash was rescued. The Pilot and RIO of the F-4 were missing.
    Long Beach, CA Independent article
    Laurel, MS Leader-Call article
  • March 3, 1969:
    NWFS is established as a school within VF-121 utilizing VF-126 A-4 a/c and maintenance assests. VF-126 Bandits handled the day to day aggressor role while the TOP GUN Instructors flew graduate level missions against their students.
    VF-126 continued the "Bandit" mission
  • October 7, 1971:
    Lt. Gary Meador ejected safely and Cdr. Edward Stanley Hosepia was killed when their TA-4J BuNo 152859 began losing altitude and crashed after takeoff from NAS Miramar while on an instrument training flight.
    Long Beach, CA Press-Telegram article
  • October 25, 1974:
    Lt. Eric Johnson and Lt. Paul Edward Kane were missing after their TA-4J BuNo 153468 plunged into the ocean and apparently sank 60 miles west of San Diego, CA.
    Des Moines, IA The Des Moines Register article
  • March 27, 1975:
    Lt. Jeffrey Woodfield and LCdr. Ralph Gaither ejected safely when their TA-4J BuNo 158132 crashed near the Salton Sea while on a routine training flight.
    Yuma, AZ The Yuma Daily Sun article
  • January 14, 1976:
    Unidentified crew ejected safely before their TA-4J BuNo 154617 crashed off the Southern California coast shortly after take-off from NAS Miramar.
    Long Beach, CA, Independent Press-Telegram article
  • January 6, 1977:
    During a takeoff in rain and when their TA-4J BiNo 153475 went into a 400 foot skid, Lt. Wayne R. Olson and Lt. Eugene M. DerManuel ejected safely before it burst into flames.
    Oxnard, CA, The Press-Courier article
  • June 2, 1977:
    During take-off, LCdr. John W. Snyder Jr. and Lt. Richard A. Smith ejected safely before their TA-4J BuNo 152864 slammed into a NAS Miramar runway and burned.
    Oxnard, CA The Press-Courier article
  • October 3, 1991:
    Cdr John Roach ejected but was killed when parachute failed to deploy. His A-4E BuNo 150073 crashed into the Pacific 60 miles off San Diego, CA.
    US Armed Forces Pacific Stars and Stripes, Saturday, October 5, 1991
  • 1 April 1994:
    VF-126 was disestablished

Awards
  • 1961-69-71: CNO Aviation Safety Award

Photographs


196? - VA-126 GRUMMAN TF9J
A VA-126 Grumman (Iron Works) TF9J Cougar catches a wire on the boat.
Picture from Harry S. Gann.

1967 - Photos from year book.
ATN3 Angelo Annarino

196? - VA-126 A-4B SKYHAWKS
Three A-4B Skyhawks (BuNo. 142219, NJ 650; BuNo. 139946, NJ 659; & BuNo. 142155, NJ 657) in formation over Naval Air Station Lemoore.
From a photograph by Otto Krueger.

September 1969: - VF-126 Skyhawk BuNo 153468, NJ-600, assigned to CAPT Lou Page, Commander Readiness Attack Carrier Air Wing Twelve.
Roy Lock

Date unknown - Bandits Skyhawk NJ-1000 parked on the ramp.
Unknown via W. Mutza

26 July 1972 - VF-126 Skyhawk Diamond
Four VF-126 TA-4Js in diamond formation over Avalon, Santa Catalina Island, California.
26 July 1972 - Another shot.
Picture from Harry S. Gann.

August 3, 1972 - VF-126 A-4E MONGOOSE SKYHAWKS
Four VF-126 A-4Es in flying in right echelon and demonstrating their colorful paint jobs. Shortly after this picture was taken on August 3, 1972, Israel took delivery of most Navy A-4Es.
Picture from Harry S. Gann.

1972 - Bandits Skyhawk formation from l-r: NJ-613, NJ-617, NJ-618 and NJ-61.
Douglas photo by Harry Gann.

May 1974 - VF-126 Ramp. NAS Miramar
Photo by Bill Curry from the Scott Van Aken collection.

5 June 1974 - VF-126 NJ-619, BuNo 152855, eastbound over NALF San Clemente.
Don Scott photo, Gary Verver Collection.

September 1974 - Bandits Skyhawk BuNo 152861, NJ-614, parked on the line.
Photo by Lorence R. Fizia.

September 1974 - Bandits Skyhawk BuNo 153466, NJ-613, parked on the line.
Photo by Lorence R. Fizia.

September 1974 - Bandits Skyhawk BuNo 153475, NJ-615, parked on the ramp.
Photo by Lorence R. Fizia.

1975 - VF-126 Skyhawk BuNo 153518, NJ-605, parked on the flightline.
Unknown Photographer via W. Mutza

May 1975 - Bandits Skyhawk BuNo 154617, NJ-600, assigned to RADM L.A. Snead II, attache to a tug and towbar. Assigned p/c is ADJAN Volheim.
Unknown Photographer via W. Mutza

Artwork on BuNo 154617.
Javier Ruberto

June 1975 - Bandits Skyhawk BuNo 152858, NJ-620, parked on the flight line.
Gary Verver Collection

June 1975 - Bandits Skyhawk BuNo 152858, NJ-627, parked on the ramp adjacent to the hangar.
Gary Verver Collection

1975 - VF-126 TA-4J BICENTENNIAL SKYHAWK
To celebrate America's Bicentennial the Skipper's TA-4J, 154290 NJ-601 was painted to for America's birthday.
Picture from Harry S. Gann.

Circa 1975 - Bandits Skyhawk BuNo 154290, NJ-601, as she comes in for a landing.
R. Lawson

December 1975: - Bandits Skyhawk BuNo 154290, NJ-601, assigned to Hawk One, CDR Russel, parked on the ramp.
Unknown Photographer via W. Mutza

October 1975 - VF-126 TA-4F NJ-601, BuNo.154290. with Bicentenial markings.
Taken NAS Miramar. Gary Verver Collection.

30 November 1975 - VF-126 TA-4J BuNo 154289, NJ-611
Photo by C. Gerdes, G. Verver collection.

April 1976 - VF-126 BuNo.153669 at Hill AFB. Photo copyright by Joe Cupido and used with his permisson.
Provided by Gary Verver.

10 May 1976 - Bandits Skyhawk BuNo 154290, NJ-601, assigned to CDR Russell, HAWK One, parked on the ramp in its Bicentennial paint scheme.
Photo by T.R. Waddington, Gary Verver Collection.

24 September 1977 - BuNo 153518, NJ-605, parked on the ramp in a white and blue paint scheme.
Photo by G.B. Rhodes, G. Verver collection.

1977 - VF-126 TA-4J SKYHAWKS
Bandits' Skyhawk BuNo 154288, NJ-622, and NJ-606/608 fly low over San Diego, California. Lindberg Field is in the background.
Picture from Harry S. Gann.

1977 - Bandits' Skyhawk BuNo 154288, NJ-622, in a formation that makes 622 look like a four seater.
Picture from Harry S. Gann.

15 October 1977 - Bandits' Skyhawk BuNo 154338, NJ-611, parked on the ramp adjacent to the hangar.
Gary Verver Collection

1978 - VF-126 Skyhawk BuNo 152858, NJ-615, parked on the flightline.
Rob Mignard

9 April 1978 - Bandits Skyhawk BuNo 154631, NJ-626, parked on the ramp with a centerline tank.
G. Verver collection via R. Dowers

July 1979 - VF-126 Skyhawk BuNo 153518, NJ-604, assigned to LCDR Mittendorff, parked on the flightline.
Rob Mignard

April 1980 - BuNo.150023
Gary Verver Collection.

May 1980 - Bandits' Skyhawk BuNo 154330, NJ-605, assigned to LCDR Bill Butterworth parked on the ramp and painted in an overall gray scheme.
Photographer unknown, G. Verver collection

18 August 1980 - Midshipman Cindy Mason, center, and LT Mary Jorgenson are escorted to the flight line by a public affairs officer. Mason will go on a demonstration flight in Bandits' Skyhawk BuNo 154289 during a training program for NROTC students.
PH1 Terry C. Mitchell

18 August 1980 - Midshipman Cindy Mason (rear) & Lt. Mary Jorgenson, a pilot with VF-126, make final preperations for her flight in Bandits' Skyhawk BuNo 154289, NJ-613, during a training program for NROTC students.
PH1 Terry C. Mitchell

18 August 1980 - LT Mary Jorgenson, a pilot with VF-126, signals from the cockpit that she is ready to begin her flight in Bandits' Skyhawk BuNo 154289, NJ-613, during a training program for NROTC students.
PH1 Terry C. Mitchell

18 August 1980 - Midshipman Cindy Mason sits in the rear seat of Bandits' Skyhawk BuNo 154289, NJ-613, prior to her flight during a training program for NROTC students.
PH1 Terry C. Mitchell

18 August 1980 - Midshipman Cindy Mason (rear) and Lt. Mary Jorgenson (pilot) give the thumbs-up signal prior to taking off on a familiarization flight in Bandits' Skyhawk BuNo 154289, NJ-613, during a training program for NROTC students.
PH1 Terry C. Mitchell

November 1980 - Bandits' Skyhawk BuNo 154330, NJ-605, assigned to LCDR Bill Butterworth parked on the ramp and painted in an overall gray scheme.
Photographer unknown, G. Verver collection

1991 - Bandits' Skyhawk BuNo 154289, NJ-613, parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

9 January 1982 - VF-126 TA-4J BuNo 153677, NJ-10.
Photo by P. Wilson, G. Verver collection.

April 1982 - Skyhawk BuNo 154631, NJ-601, assigned to Bandit One CDR Knutson as he taxis away from the flight line.
Ted Paskowski, Gary Verver Collection.

1982 - BuNo 154631, NJ-601, parked on the flight line.
Gary Verver Collection

15 AUG 1982: A TA-4 Skyhawk (VF-126, NJ-601, BuNo unknown) adversary aircraft, painted to simulate Soviet-bloc air force camouflage, lands at the air station after a training mission. The TA-4 is assigned to the Navy Fighter Weapons School, referred to as "Top Gun," which provides air combat maneuvering (ACM) training for Navy and Marine Corps pilots.

September 1983 - BuNo 153518, NJ-604, parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection.

1983 - VF-126 Skyhawk BuNo 154181, NJ-620, parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

Date unknown - In-flight view of VF-126 Skyhawk formation: BuNo xxxxxx, NJ-612; BuNo xxxxxx, NJ-604, BuNo xxxxxx, NJ-615 & BuNo 154181, NJ-620.
Gary Verver Collection

Date unknown - Right side in-flight view of VF-126 Skyhawk formation: BuNo 154181, NJ-620; BuNo xxxxxx, NJ-615; BuNo xxxxxx, NJ-604 & BuNo xxxxxx, NJ-612.
Gary Verver Collection

Date unknown - In-flight view of VF-126 Skyhawk formation: BuNo xxxxxx, NJ-615 & BuNo 154181, NJ-620.
Gary Verver Collection

30 July 1983 - TA-4J SKYHAWK BuNo. 153518
Bandit TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo. 153518, side number 04 at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona.
From a photograph by Fred Krause.

August 1983 - TA-4F Skyhawk BuNo. 154289
TA-4F Skyhawk BuNo. 154289 side number NJ 604 waits for the next vict - er student.
Photograph from Michael Klaver, Webmaster of the F-4 Phantom II Website.

22 October 1983 - VF-126 TA-4J BuNo 154313, NJ-03.
Photo by J. Handelman, G. Verver collection.

22 October 1983 - BuNo 154313, NJ-03, parked on the ramp in an unusual camouflage scheme.
Gary Verver Collection.

November 1983 - BuNo 154338, NJ-11, configured with a centerline tank as she taxies by the photographer.
Gary Verver Collection.

1984 - Bandits Skyhawk formation, top to bottom: BuNo 155031, NJ-622, BuNo 155017, NJ-621 and BuNo 154634, NJ-602, in flight over San Diego, CA.
U.S. Navy photo by PH2 Trombecky

March 1984 - VF-126 Skyhawks
Five TA-4J Skyhawks and one A-4F Skyhawk rest on the TOPGUN Bandits tarmac at Naval Air Station Miramar, near San Diego, California. Right to left TA-4J BuNo 154313, NJ-603, TA-4J BuNo 153518, NJ-604, A-4F BuNo 155017, NJ-621, and three other TA-4J's.
From a photograph by Fred Krause.

17 March 1984 - VF-126 A-4F BuNo 155031 (top) and A-4F BuNo 155017.
A-4F Aircraft of VF-126 in flight over San Diego, CA..
Fleet Audio Visual Center, NAS Miramar. Official U.S. Navy photo by PH2 Trombecky.
Gary Verver Collection.

Date unknown - BuNo 155036 NFWS A-4F Skyhawk
Bandits Skyhawk BuNo 155036, NJ-623, parked on the flight line in an adversary camouflage scheme of alternating bands of dark green and red sand.
Picture from Harry S. Gann.

March 1984 - Another Picture of TA-4J 153518
Bandit TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo. 153518, side number 04 at Naval Air Station Miramar, near San Diego, California.
From a photograph by Fred Krause.

March 1984 - BuNo 153512 VF-126 Bandit TA-4J Skyhawk
A sea mist gray on gray Bandit TA-4J Skyhawk side number 06 at Naval Air Station Miramar, near San Diego, California, March 1984.
From a photograph by Fred Krause.

March 1984 - BuNo 154338 VF-126 TA-4J Skyhawk - March 1984
A sea mist gray on gray Bandit TA-4J Skyhawk side number 11 at Naval Air Station Miramar, near San Diego, California.
From a photograph by Fred Krause.

March 1984 - VF-126 A-4F Skyhawk BuNo. 155017 - March 1984
This garish Top Gun Bandit A-4F Skyhawk, BuNo. 155017 with side number 21, was seen at Naval Air Station Miramar, near San Diego, California.
From a photograph by Fred Krause.

March 1984 - VF-126 TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo. 153678 - March 1984
An off white Bandit TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo. 153678, side number 03 at Naval Air Station Miramar, near San Diego, California.
From a photograph by Fred Krause.

March 1984 - VF-126 Bandit TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo. 153678 - March 1984
A gray on gray Bandit TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo. 153678, side number 10 at Naval Air Station Miramar, near San Diego, California.
From a photograph by Fred Krause.

5 May 1984 - A later picture OF VF-126 A-4F Skyhawk Number 21
This colorful Bandit A-4F Skyhawk, BuNo. 155017 with side number 21, was seen on display at a Naval Air Station Miramar airshow May 5, 1984.
From a photograph by Fred Krause.

1984 - Bandits Skyhawks BuNo 154181, NJ-620 (brown/tan camouflage), and BuNo 155064, NJ-625 (blue/gray camouflage).
U.S. Navy

21 May 1984 - Bandits Skyhawk BuNo 153678, NJ-610.
Gary Verver Collection

21 May 1984 - Bandits Skyhawk BuNo 153678, NJ-610 over San Diego, CA.
Photo US Navy by PHCS B. Lawson.

21 May 1984 - Air-to-air left side view, from top to bottom, of: an E-2C Hawkeye from VAW-113; an F-14 Tomcat from VF-124; and a Bandits F-5E Tiger II and TA-4 Skyhawk BuNo 153678, NJ-610 over San Diego, CA.
Photo US Navy by PHCS B. Lawson.

21 May 1984 - Air-to-air, from top to bottom, of: an E-2C Hawkeye from VAW-113; an F-14 Tomcat from VF-124; and a Bandits F-5E Tiger II and TA-4 Skyhawk BuNo 153678, NJ-610 over San Diego, CA.
Photo US Navy by PHCS B. Lawson.

21 May 1984 - Air-to-air right side view, from top to bottom, of: an E-2C Hawkeye from VAW-113; an F-14 Tomcat from VF-124; and a Bandits F-5E Tiger II and TA-4 Skyhawk BuNo 153678, NJ-610 over San Diego, CA.
Photo US Navy by PHCS B. Lawson.

21 May 1984 - Closer air-to-air right side view, from top to bottom, of: an E-2C Hawkeye from VAW-113; an F-14 Tomcat from VF-124; and a Bandits F-5E Tiger II and TA-4 Skyhawk BuNo 153678, NJ-610 over San Diego, CA.
Photo US Navy by PHCS B. Lawson.

August 1985 - VF-126 A-4F BuNo.155031 NJ-622, NAS Miramar.
Photo by Scott VanAken.

May 1988 - BuNo 150110, NJ-626, parked on the ramp in a blue/gray camouflage scheme.
Gary Verver Collection.

March 1986 - VF-126 A-4F BuNo 155017, NJ-621, El Centro.
Photo by Scott VanAken.

May 1986 - VF-126 Skyhawk BuNo 153512, NJ-606, on the ramp and painted in a blue/gray camouflage scheme. Pilot is retrieving his gear from the nose cone.
Photo by Patrick Martin, Gary Verver Collection.

BuNo 154183 of VF-126.
From Texomajack

19 July 1987 - BuNo 153678, NJ-610, parked on the flight line as the driver boards without the ladder.
Photo by Jim Wooley, Gary Verver Collection.

14 September 1987 - Bandits' Skyhawk BuNo 151044, NJ-625, and a Bandits F-5E Tiger, stationed at Naval Air Station Miramar, California. Both aircraft are carrying AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles.
U.S. Navy by PHC Dupree

14 September 1987 - Aerial view of a Bandits Skyhawk BuNo 151044, NJ-625, and a Bandits F-5E Tiger, stationed at Naval Air Station Miramar, California. Both aircraft are carrying AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles. U.S. Navy by PHC Dupree

November 1987 - BuNo 152861, NJ-614, parked on the line in a brown/tan/green camouflage scheme.
Gary Verver Collection.

January 1988 - BuNo 152861, NJ-614, parked on the line in a brown/tan/green camouflage scheme.
Gary Verver Collection.

January 1988 - BuNo 153678, NJ-610, parked on the flight line.
Gary Verver Collection

January 1988 - BuNo 152061, NJ-657, parked on the ramp in a tan/gray camouflage scheme.
Gary Verver Collection.

April 1988 - VF-126 Skyhawk BuNo 153512, NJ-616, on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

19 August 1988 - VF-126 Skyhawk BuNo 151044, No. 33. This A-4E was used as an aggressor aircraft using enemy tactics against US squadrons. Note the ACMR (Air Combat Maneuvering Range) pod on the centerline station.
Photo: B. Trombecky
Gary Verver Collection

February 1989 - VF-126 TA-4J BuNo 153512, NJ-611.
Gary Verver Collection.

July 1989 - Gun Skyhawk BuNo 149656, #554, parked on the ramp painted in an all dark green scheme. Rob Mignard

1 March 1990 - BuNo 149656, #554, still in Top Gun markings on display at the United States Naval Aviation Museum at NAS Pensacola.
U.S. Navy photo by Jim Bryant.

27 October 1990 - VA-127 Skyhawk BuNo 154183, NJ-702, assigned to CDR Toalson parked on the ramp and painted a grey/brown camouflage scheme.
W. Munzenmaier

2 November 1990 - Desert Bogeys' Skyhawk BuNo 154183, NJ-702 "Mongoose", parked on the ramp with a centerline tank.
Frank J. Mirande

26 April 1991 - Bandits' Skyhawk BuNo 155064, NJ-625, parked on the flight line.
Photo by M. Anselmo, G. Verver collection

23 March 1991 - BuNo 154657, NJ-04, parked on the ramp with a centerline tank.
Gary Verver Collection.

15 June 1991 - VF-126 A-4F BuNo 155036, NJ-623, NAS Miramar.
Photo by Scott VanAken.

June 1991 - BuNo 154330, NJ-610, parked on the ramp.
Photo by K. Snyder, Gary Verver Collection.

15 June 1991 - Bandits' Skyhawk BuNo 151059, NJ-632, parked on the ramp and painted a brown/tan camouflage scheme.
Craig Kaston

July 1991 - TA-4J BuNo. 155031
TA-4J BuNo. 155031 side number November Juliet 622 of VF-126 "Bandits", based at Naval Air Station Miramar, California. Photographed on a visit to Naval Air Station Atlanta in July, 1991, this Juliet-model bears a fairly common adversary scheme of alternating bands of light and medium gray.
From a photograph by Frank J. Mirande.

July 1991 - TA-4J BuNo. 155031 Tail Detail
TA-4J BuNo. 155031 tail detail illustrates the squadron insignia then applied to all "Bandit" aircraft. Within a few months, this would disappear in favor of national insignia of potential enemies.
From a photograph by Frank J. Mirande.

October 1991 - BuNo 155025, NJ-626, parked on the flight line.
Photo by K. Snyder, G. Verver collection

October 1991 - right side view of Bandits Skyhawk BuNo 155018, NJ-627, parked on the ramp.
Keith Snyder, Gary Verver Collection.

October 1991 - BuNo 155036, NJ-623, parked on the flight line.
Keith Snyder, Gary Verver Collection.

October 1991 - Bandits' Skyhawk BuNo 155025, NJ-626, parked on the flight line.
Copyright by Keith Snyder.

December 1991 - Bandits' Skyhawk BuNo 153489, NJ-615, parked on the ramp.
Photo by K. Snyder, Gary Verver Collection.

December 1991 - Bandits' Skyhawk BuNo 153491, NJ-616,, parked on the ramp.
Photo by K. Snyder, Gary Verver Collection.

December 1991 - Bandits' Skyhawk BuNo 154632, NJ-614, parked on the Miramar ramp.
Photo by K. Snyder, Gary Verver Collection.

December 1991 - BuNo 154325, NJ-617, parked on the ramp.
Photo by K. Snyder, Gary Verver Collection.

December 1991 - BuNo 154181, NJ-620, parked on the ramp.
Keith Snyder, Gary Verver Collection

December 1991 - BuNo 154190, NJ-624, parked on the ramp.
Keith Snyder, Gary Verver Collection

December 1991 - Bandits' Skyhawk BuNo 154657, NJ-613, parked on the ramp.
Keith Snyder, Gary Verver Collection

23 December 1991 - BuNo 155018, NJ-627, parked on the ramp.
U.S. Navy photo by B. Trombecky

1991-92 - Bandits' Skyhawk BuNo 154209, NJ-621, parked on the ramp and painted in a tan/brown camouflage scheme.
Unknown photographer via W. Mutza

Circa 1991-92 - Bandits' Skyhawk BuNo 159483, NJ-630, parked on the line.
Craig Kaston

1991-92 - Bandits' Skyhawk BuNo 151059, NJ-632, parked on the ramp and painted a brown/tan camouflage scheme.
Unknown photographer via W. Mutza

21 April 1992 - Bandits' Skyhawk BuNo 154181, NJ-620, parked on the ramp.
W. Munzenmaier

21 April 1992 - Bandits' Skyhawk BuNo 154183, NJ-600, parked on the ramp and painted a tan/brown camouflage scheme.
W. Munzenmaier

Date unknown - Bandits' Skyhawk BuNo 154632, NJ-614, painted in a blue/grey camouflage scheme.
J.D. Stewart

21 April 1992 - Bandits' Skyhawk BuNo 155017, NJ-621, parked on the ramp.
W. Munzenmaier

21 April 1992 - Bandits' Skyhawk BuNo 155018, NJ-627, parked by the hangar and painted a tan/brown/green camouflage scheme.
W. Munzenmaier

21 April 1992 - Bandits' Skyhawk Skyhawk BuNo 151988, NJ-630, parked on the rmap and painted in a brown/gray camouflage scheme.
W. Munzenmaier

21 April 1992 - Bandits' Skyhawk BuNo 151044, NJ-625, parked on the ramp with the hook and flaps down and the nose cone removed.
W. Munzenmaier

21 April 1992 - Bandits' Skyhawk BuNo 149666, NJ-630, parked on the ramp and painted a brown/green camouflage scheme. Pretty low on the main gear for a Skyhawk without an engine.
W. Munzenmaier

21 April 1992 - Bandits' Skyhawk BuNo 151059, NJ-632, parked on the ramp and painted a brown/tan camouflage scheme.
W. Munzenmaier

2 May 1992 - VF-126 A-4F BuNo 154181, NJ-620, Miramar.
Photo by Scott VanAken.

2 May 1992 - VF-126 A-4F BuNo 154183, NJ-600, Miramar.
Photo by Scott VanAken.

2 May 1992 - VF-126 A-4F BuNo 155018, NJ-627, Miramar.
Photo by Scott VanAken.

2 May 1992 - VF-126 A-4F BuNo 155064, NJ-625, Miramar.
Photo by Scott VanAken.

May 1992 - Bandits Skyhawk BuNo 154183, displaying a camouflage paint scheme, on the flight line. The aircraft, assigned to the Commander, Fighter Wing Pacific, provides adversary training for Pacific Fleet-based squadrons.
U.S. Navy photo, PH2 Bruce Trombecky

May 1992 - BuNo 155000, #50, parked on the ramp in a brown/tan camouflage scheme.
Gary Verver Collection.

May 1992 - BuNo 151988, NJ-630, parked on the flight ramp in a mottled camouflage scheme.
Gary Verver Collection.

May 1992 - BuNo 154183, NJ-600, "double nuts" parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

May 1992 - Left side view of Bandits Skyhawk BuNo 154183, NJ-600.
Gary Verver Collection

Date unknown - BuNo 154188, NJ-701, parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

2 May 1992 - VF-126 BuNo.153513 parked on the flight line and exhibiting the fin flash of China to represent an aggressor country. The aircraft is providing adversary training for Pacific Fleet-based squadrons.
U.S. Navy photo by Bruce Trombecky

5 June 1992 - VF-126 TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo. 154334
TA-4J BuNo. 154334, side number NJ-15 of the VF-126 "Bandits", Naval Air Station Miramar, California, taxiing toward the Naval Air Station Atlanta transit line, June 5, 1992. This aircraft carries what might be called a "snake" camouflage scheme, complete with green Libyan insignia on tail. Prior to the end of the Cold War, "Bandit" aircraft were marked with a red star; this fell from favor (as in other adversary units), so markings of various other prospective enemies were applied after 1991.
From a photograph by Frank J. Mirande.

July 1992 - BuNo.154182 Bandits Skyhawk, parked on the flight line in preparation for a mock combat training mission.
Official Navy Photo by LtCdr. Dave parsons.

July 1992 - Bandits Skyhawk BuNo 155064, NJ-625, parked on the flight line in aggressor markings.
U.S. Navy photo by LtCdr. Dave Parsons

August 1992 - VF-126 A-4M Skyhawk BuNo. 159486 - August 1992
As the USMC retired its A-4M's, a handful ended up in adversary service with the USN. This A-4M Skyhawk from VF-126, BuNo. 159486, was one of them. It was taken at Naval Air Station Miramar's airshow in August 1992.
From a photograph by Mike Shapiro.

5 December 1992 - VF-126 A-4F BuNo 154183, NJ-623, Miramar.
Photo by Scott VanAken.

5 December 1992 - VF-126 A-4F BuNo 154209, NJ-621, Miramar.
Photo by Scott VanAken.

5 December 1992 - Bandits' Skyhawk BuNo 149666, NJ-630, parked on the ramp and painted a brown/green/tan camouflage scheme.
Craig Kaston

5 December 1992 - Skyhawk BuNo 159486, NJ-632, parked on the line and painted in a gray/blue camouflage scheme.
Craig Kaston

24 April 1993 - VF-126 A-4F BuNo 154173, NJ-622,.
Photo by J. Tunney, G. Verver collection.

24 April 1993 - Bandits' Skyhawk BuNo 155030, NJ-624, parked on the ramp next to the hangar.
Photo by J. Tunney, Gary Verver Collection.

Summer 1993 - TA-4J BuNo. 154334 - side number NJ 615
VF-126 Bandit TA-4F BuNo. 154334 - side number NJ 615 at Naval Air Station Miramar, California. Please see this aircraft above on June 5, 1992.
Photograph from Jeff Malone.

May 1993 - Bandits' Skyhawk Skyhawk BuNo 151988, NJ-630, parked on the rmap and painted in a brown/gray camouflage scheme.
Unknown Photographer via W. Mutza

Date unknown - Four VF-126 TA-4 Skyhawks.
Can't read any of the BuNo's, the modex's, clockwise from the top, are NJ-620, NJ-616 in the lead, NJ-617 and NJ-621 in the slot.
Official U.S. Navy photo from the Don Scott collection.

26 march 1994 - Bandits' Skyhawk BuNo 155037, NJ-626, parked on the flightline in a blue/gray camouflage scheme.
Jim Burridge

24 November 1994 - Close-up left front cockpit view as plane captain Airman (AN) Mary Garcia, performs preflight inspections with the pilot of Bandits Skyhawk BuNo 154632, NJ-614.
U.S. Navy photo, PH3 J. Marzini

24 November 1994 - Close-up left front view as plane captain Airman (AN) Mary Garcia, stands nect to Bandits Skyhawk BuNo 154632, NJ-614.
U.S. Navy photo, PH3 J. Marzini

24 November 1994 - Left front view of Bandits Skyhawk BuNo 154632, NJ-614, as plane captain Airman (AN) Mary Garcia, signals the pilot, LT J. P. Whatley, at the conclusion of her preflight inspections.
U.S. Navy photo, PH3 J. Marzini

24 November 1994 - Bandits' Skyhawk BuNo 154632, NJ-614, as plane captain Airman (AN) Mary Garcia, performs her preflight inspections.
U.S. Navy photo, PH3 J. Marzini

24 November 1994 - Bandits' Skyhawk BuNo 154632, NJ-614, as plane captain Airman (AN) Mary Garcia, checks the undercarriage during her preflight inspections.
U.S. Navy photo, PH3 J. Marzini

24 November 1994 - Bandits' Skyhawk BuNo 154632, NJ-614, as plane captain Airman (AN) Mary Garcia, checks the port main gear during her preflight inspection.
U.S. Navy photo, PH3 J. Marzini

24 November 1994 - Plane captains for Fighter Squadron 126 (VF-126), prepare for preflight checks on Skyhawk BuNo 154173, NJ-622.
US Navy PH3 J. Marzini

24 November 1994 - Plane captain for Fighter Squadron 126 (VF-126), performs preflight checks on a Skyhawk BuNo 154209, NJ-621, as ground crewmen look on.
US Navy PH3 J. Marzini

Date unknown - In-flight view of Bandits Skyhawk BuNo 154634, NJ-602, in formation with A-4F BuNo 155017, NJ-621 and A-4F BuNo 155031, NJ-622.
Bruce Trombecky

1994 - BuNo 154334, NJ-615, on display.
David Lindley.

Date unknown - BuNo 154289, NJ-613, parked on the ramp with a centerline tank.
Gary Verver Collection.

July 1986 - BuNo 155017, NJ-621, parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection.

Date unknown - BuNo 154288, NJ-622, parked on the ramp & configured with a centerline tank.
Gary Verver Collection.

Date unknown - VF-126 Skyhawk BuNo 153513, NJ-612, parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

Date unknown - Bandits Skyhawk BuNo 154313, NJ-603, parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

Date unknown - Bandits Skyhawk BuNo 155030, NJ-624, parked on the ramp and painted in a blue/grey camouflage scheme.
J.D. Stewart

Date unknown - Bandits Skyhawk BuNo 155064, NJ-625, on final for touchdown.
J.D. Stewart

14 SEP 1987:
Aerial of three, three ship formation made up of US Navy (USN) aircraft: (lead group) two F-16N Fighting Falcons, F-5E Tiger, (upper right group) F-5E Tiger (lead), A- Skyhawk (BuNo 154181, NJ-620, outside), T-2C Buckeye, (front group) A-4F Skyhawk (BuNo 155064, NJ-625) and two TA-4J (BuNo unknown, NJ-617 & BuNo 153489, NJ-615) Skyhawks. All nine aircraft are with Fighter Squadron 126 (VF-126), Bandits, at Naval Air Station Miramar, California.
In the sky, an F-16 Fighting Falcon (NJ-607), F-5 Freedom Fighter/TigerII, A-4F Skyhawk (155064, NJ-625), TA-4J Skyhawk Trainer (153489, NJ-615), and a T-2C Buckeye (BuNo 157053, NJ-631), fly a trail formation. All are with Fighter Squadron 126 (VF-126), Bandits, Naval Air Station (NAS) Miramar, California.
Aerial of a five ship echelon formation made up of US Navy (USN) aircraft: (lead) F-16N Fighting Falcon, F-5E Tiger, A-4F Skyhawk (155064, NJ-625), TA-4J Skyhawk (153489, NJ-615), and a T-2C Buckeye (BuNo 157053, NJ-631). All five aircraft are with Fighter Squadron 126 (VF-126), Bandits, at Naval Air Station Miramar, California.
Aerial of a nine ship formation made up of US Navy (USN) aircraft: (top row) A-4F Skyhawk (BuNo 155064, NJ-625), F-5E Tiger, F-16N Fighting Falcon, (middle row) TA-4J Skyhawk (153489, NJ-615), F-16N Fighting Falcon, F-5E Tiger, (lower row) T-2C Buckeye (BuNo 157053, NJ-631), TA-4J Skyhawk (NJ-617), and A-4F Skyhawk (BuNo 154181, NJ-620. All nine aircraft are with Fighter Squadron 126 (VF-126), Bandits, at Naval Air Station Miramar, California.
Photos by PHC Dupree, from Gary Verver.

07 AUG 1987:
VF-126 A-4E BuNo 151988, NJ-625, 07 AUG 1987 at Miramar.
Photo by Bob Tromgecky via G. Verver Collection.

19 AUG 1988:
VF-126 A-4E BuNo 151044, NJ-633, 19 AUG 1988 at NAS Miramar.
Photo by B. Trombecky from Gary Verver Collection.

Date unknown:
BuNo 154632, NJ-614, in-flight with gear down.
Photo from JD Stewart

Date unknown:
BuNo 155030, NJ-624, tied down on the ramp.
Photo from JD Stewart

Date unknown:
BuNo 155064, NJ-625, wheels down hook up.
Photo from JD Stewart

FEB 1990:
left side view of VA-126 TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 154657
, NJ-613, painted in a gray/green/brown camouflage scheme on approach to NAS Miramar.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

24 FEB 1989:
VF-126 A-4F BuNo 155036, NJ-623, 1989 at MCAS Yuma.
Photo from B. Trombecky.

21 APR 1992:
VF-126 A-4F BuNo 155064, NJ-625, 21 APR 1992 at Miramar.
Photo from W. Munzenmaier.

01 JUL 1992:
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Pic2
Fighter Squadron 126 (VF-126) A-4M (BuNo 159483, NJ-630) Skyhawk on the flight line in preparation for a mock combat training mission. The aircraft are painted in "threat colors" to represent aggressor forces.
Photo by LCDR Dave Parsons, from Gary Verver.

AUG 1985:
VF-126 A-4F BuNo 155031, NJ-622, AUG 1985 at NAS Miramar.
B. Trombecky photo, Verver Collection.

23 DEC 1991:
VF-126 A-4F BuNo 155031, NJ-622, 23 DEC 1991 at NAS Miramar.
B. Trombecky photo, Verver Collection.

02 MAY 1992:
VF-126 TA-4J BuNo 153513, NJ-612, 02 MAY 1992 at Miramar.
S. Van Anken, Verver Collection.

05 DEC 1992:
Top Gun A-4F BuNo 154209, NFWS-56, 02 MAY 1992 at Miramar.
S. Van Anken, Verver Collection.

05 DEC 1992:
VF-126 TA-4J BuNo 154632, NJ-614, 05 DEC 1992 at Miramar. P/C name on the nose gear door is AN Walker.
S. Van Aken photo, Verver Collection.

05 DEC 1992:
VF-126 A-4F BuNo 155030, NJ-624, 05 DEC 1992 at Miramar. P/C name is AN Valenzuela.
Photo from S. Van Aken, Verver Collection.

24 APR 1993:
VF-126 TA-4J BuNo 154334, NJ-615, 24 APR 1993 at NAS Miramar.
B.Trombecky, Verver Collection.

MAR 1989:
VF-126 A-4E BuNo 149666, NJ-630, MAR 1989.
Photographer unknown from Gary Verver Collection.

18 AUG 1980:
Midshipman Cindy Mason, in the rear, and Lt. Mary Jorgenson, a pilot with Fighter Squadron 126 VF-126, gives the thumbs-up signal prior to taking off on a familiarization flight in a TA-4 Skyhawk (BuNo 154289, NJ-613) aircraft. Mason is participating in a one-week aviation training program for students enrolled in the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC).
Photo by PH1 Terry C. Mitchell.

12 APR 1985:
Male and female sailors work alongside each other. Here a ground crew is changing a tire on an F-14 Tomcat aircraft. An A-4 Skyhawk (VF-126 TA-4J BuNo 154334, NJ-615) aircraft is in the background.
Photographer is PHCM Terry Mitchell, from Gary Verver.

Date unknown:
VF-126 A-4M BuNo 159483, NJ-630.
Photo from W. Munzenmaier.

21 MAY 1984:
An air-to-air left side view of a TA-4 Skyhawk (BuNo 153678, NJ-610) aircraft from Fighter Squadron 126 (VF-126) near San Diego.
Photo by PHCS Lawson.

24 MAY 1984:
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An air-to-air right side view, top to bottom, of an E-2 Hawkeye (BuNo 158644, NJ-322) aircraft from Airborne Early Warning Squadron 110 (VAW-110), F-14A Tomcat (NJ-453) aircraft from Fighter Squadron 124 (VF-124), F-5E Tiger II aircraft from Navy Fighter Weapons School, and a TA-4J Skyhawk (BuNo 153678, NJ-610) aircraft from Fighter Squadron 126 (VF-126).
Photos by PHC Bob Lawson.

01 JUN 1989:
Aerial of an echelon formation led by a US Navy (USN) E-2C Hawkeye (BuNo 158644, NJ-322), Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 110 (VAW-110), Firebirds, Naval Air Station (NAS) Miramar, California (CA), followed by a USN F-14A Tomcat (NJ-453), Fighter Squadron 124 (VF-124), Gunfighters, NAS Miramar, CA. Two aircraft from Naval Fighter Weapons School (Top Gun), Fighter Squadron 126 (VF-126), Bandits, a USN F-16N Fighting Falcon (NJ-02), and a USN A-4E Skyhawk (BuNo 151044, NJ-633) round out the formation over San Vicente Reservoir.
Official photo, from Gary Verver.

27 JUL 1990:
VF-126 A-4F BuNo 155017, NJ-621.
Photo by S. VanAken, from Gary Verver Collection.

15 JUN 1991:
VF-126 TA-4J BuNo 153489, NJ-615, 15 JUN 1991 at Miramar.
Photo by S. VanAken.

06 JUL 1993:
VF-126 TA-4J BuNo 158454, NJ-612. Names below the canopy are LT M.A. "Crash" C?lto(n,r) and LT D. "Troll" Boal.
Photo by C.E. Stewart from Verver Collection.

Circa 1985:
BuNo 151095, NFWS-55, in formation with VF-126 NJj-635.
From Phil Thompson

24 MAY 1984:
(several others already on site.) top to bottom: an E-2C Hawkeye from VAW-113; an F-14 Tomcat from VF-124; and a Bandits F-5E Tiger II and TA-4 Skyhawk BuNo 153678, NJ-61.
Navy Official, from Gary Verver.

1 Jan 1988:
A plane captain climbs down the access ladder after assisting an instructor at the Navy Fighter Weapons School, also known as "Top Gun," into the cockpit of his A-4 Skyhawk aircraft (VF-126 TA-4J, BuNo unknown, NJ-611). Photo by Flynn, from Gary Verver.

VF-126 TA-4F BuNo 153473, NJ-604, on the deck of USS Bennington (CVS-20) during carrier qualifications. Photo courtesy of Bob Lawson.

FEB 1990:
VF-126 Bandits A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 151988
, NJ-634, in a blue/grey camouflage scheme at NAF El Centro.
Photo by Joe Cupido.

JAN 1992:
VF-126 Bandits Skyhawk flightline at NAS Miramar
, right to left are TA-4J BuNo 154632, NJ-614, TA-4J BuNo 154325, NJ-617, A-4F BuNo 155031, NJ-622, A-4F BuNo 155025, NJ-626 all painted in lo-vis gray or blue/grey camouflage and barely visible behind 155025 is A-4F BuNo 155018, NJ-627 in a brown/green camouflage scheme.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

JAN 1992:
VF-126 Bandits Skyhawk flightline at NAS Miramar
, A-4F BuNo 155025, NJ-626, painted in lo-vis blue/grey camouflage and A-4F BuNo 155018, NJ-627, in a brown/green camouflage scheme.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

18 MAR 1985:
VF-126 Bandits TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 154338
, NJ-611, on approach to NAS Miramar.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

15 May 1982:
right side view of VF-126 Bandits TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 154631
, NJ-601, assigned to CDR Knutson "Bandit One" on the ramp at an Open House.
photographer unknown.

15 May 1982:
right side view of VF-126 Bandits TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 154631
, NJ-601, assigned to CDR Knutson "Bandit One" on the ramp at an Open House.
photographer unknown.

15 May 1982:
right side view of VF-126 Bandits TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 154631
, NJ-601, assigned to CDR Knutson "Bandit One" on the ramp at an Open House.
photographer unknown.

JAN 1992:
right front view of VF-126 Bandits A-4F Skyhawk BuNo 155018
, NJ-627, on the ramp at NAS Miramar painted in a brown/green/tan camouflage scheme.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

JAN 1992:
left front view of VF-126 Bandits A-4F Skyhawk BuNo 155031
, NJ-622, on the ramp at NAS Miramar painted in a blue/grey camouflage scheme.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

07 SEP 1984:
left side view of VF-126 Bandits A-4F Skyhawk BuNo 155036
, NJ-623, painted in a brown/green camouflage scheme on approach to NAS Miramar.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

05 DEC 1992:
A right side view of VF-126 Bandits TA-4F Skyhawk BuNo 154334
, NJ-615, parked on the flight line at NAF Andrews AFB, MD.
photo by Bruce Trombecky.

OCT 1969:
VF-126 Bandits TA-4F Skyhawk BuNo 153470
, NJ-601, on the ramp at NAS Miramar. Name below the canopy rail is CDR Ken Wiley. The RF-8 Crusader at left is BuNo 146858.
photo by A. Hansen.

AUG 1967:
VF-126 Bandits TA-4F Skyhawk BuNo 153492
, NJ-644, on the ramp next to a Bugsmasher at NAS North Island.
photo by A. Hansen.

21 APR 1992:
VF-126 Bandits TA-4F Skyhawk BuNo 153489
, on the ramp at NAS Miramar.
copyright Werner Munzenmaier.

21 APR 1992:
VF-126 Bandits TA-4F Skyhawk BuNo 153491
, NJ-616, on the ramp at NAS Miramar minus the engine and with reflective covering over the canopy & windscreen.
copyright Werner Munzenmaier.



Sources
  • Harry S. Gann
  • Fred Krause
  • Jeff Malone
  • Karl A. Schnack, CWO2, USN, RET.
  • Mike Shapiro
  • Ed Tysko


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