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VA-127 Desert Bogeys

VA-127 Desert Bogeys

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Batmen - about 1970

Cylon - about 1975

? - about 1980

Desert Bogeys about 1990
Patch courtesy of Mark Robbins

Patch
  • See above

Handle
  • Establishment to JUL 1975: VA-127 Batmen
  • JUL 1975 to 1981: VA-127 Royal Blues
  • 1981 to MAR 1987: VA-127 Cylons
  • MAR 1987: VFA-127 Desert Bogeys

Heritage
  • 24JUL1961: VF-126 detachment arrives at NAS Lemoore.
  • 15JUN1962: VA-127 is formed from the VF-126 detachment.
  • 01MAR1987: VA-127 is redesignated VFA-127.
  • 23MAR1996: VFA-127 is disestablished.
  • History article

Home Ports
  • 24JUL1961: Naval Air Station Lemoore
  • OCT1987: Naval Air Station Fallon

Air Wings
  • 1961: NJ

Deployments
  • None documented.

Aircraft
Commanding Officers
  • 15 Jun 1962: CDR Emory G. Tiffany
  • 19 Oct 1962: CDR Simpson Evans, Jr.
  • 13 Sep 1963: CDR William F. McCullough
  • 25 Sep 1964: CDR J. R. Harper
  • 17 Sep 1965: CDR W. S. Brown
  • 02 Sep 1966: CDR J. C. Duck
  • 05 May 1967: CDR Edward W. V. Webster
  • 12 Jul 1968: CDR Timothy J. Perry
  • 13 Jun 1969: CDR Loren M. Dierdorff
  • 05 Jun 1970: CDR Lawrence A. Sharpe
  • 14 May 1971: CDR George E. Sheldon, Jr.
  • 12 May 1972: CDR Thomas W. Poore
  • 31 May 1973: CDR Cecil Richard Tulley
  • Aug 1974: CDR Ronald M. Shields
  • 10 Oct 1975: CDR Arvin R. Chauncey
  • 21 Dec 1976: CDR Ronald L. Waters
  • 08 Mar 1978: CDR Gary L. Beck
  • 03 Aug 1979: CDR John A. McAuley, Jr.
  • 26 Nov 1980: CDR Donald L. Dill
  • 26 Feb 1982: CDR Wiley P. DeCarli
  • 26 May 1983: CDR Paul J. Valovich
  • 30 Nov 1984: CDR Michael J. Sullivan
  • 30 May 1986: CDR David R. Olson
  • 20 Nov 1987: CDR Ridgeway W. Corbin II
  • 05 Dec 1988: CDR Alan R. Gorthy, Jr.
  • 20 Oct 1989: CDR Gary A. Barrett
  • 11 Jan 1991: CDR Vance L. Toalson

Events
  • History:
    VFA-127's history goes back to NAS Moffett Field, CA when it was part of VF-124, the F-8 RAG squadron. It operated as a separate command in the same hangar as VA-125 and VF-124. All of us replacement pilots would go and get our 10 flight hours under the bag before we would begin our A-4 or F-8 transition.

    The first time I see in my log book that I flew with them Was 4 April of 1960 at NAS Moffett Field. The stamp in my book says VF-124 Jet instrument Training completed on 15 April 1960.

    On July 24, 1961, when an advance party of one officer and 17 enlisted men arrived at the newly commissioned Naval Air Station Lemoore, CA, as the nucleus of a Jet Instrument Training Unit.

    Designated as Detachment ALPHA -- the first unit to conduct scheduled flying from the jet air station -- its primary mission was all-weather jet instrument training for fleet replacement pilots and fleet squadron pilots of the Naval Air Force, Pacific Fleet.

    I flew with VF-124 Det A again 15-25 May of 1962 while I was assigned to VA-93 as the Asst. Ops and Training Officer. The detachment was re designated Attack Squadron (VA) 127 on June 15, 1962.

    I was assigned to VA -127 in 68-69 as the Flight Training Officer. We were flying the TA-4F/J. We did a lot of jet transition of VP pilots who were moving into A-4's because of the shortage of A-4 pilots. We started the adversary training also at that time. We were still the primary instrument training squadron on the West Coast.

    We began working on a jet spin training program also at this time. The A-7 squadrons were loosing aircraft in Vietnam due to stall spins at high gross weights. Two of us, the Safety Officer and myself, went to NAF Monterey to check out in the T-1A. We were slated to receive two of the T-1A's, however that program fell through. VA-125 was doing A-7A/B training and VA-122 was doing A-7E training.

    In 1974-77 while I was OpsO, XO and CO of VC-7 at NAS Miramar our support squadron was VC-13 in New Orleans. We could not handle all of the requests for air support missions from Surface Force Pacific so we requested that NavResFor supply a det from VC-13 to augment us at Miramar. That worked so well that they were given a home port change to Miramar. VC-13 got right in on the adversary work as well as target towing and radar calibration flights. VC-13, VF-126 became the primary adversary squadrons at NAS Miramar. VC-7 had all we could handle with the target towing missions.

    VA-127 was again re designated VFA-127 on March 1, 1987, in keeping with its new role as the Pacific Fleet adversary squadron responsible for training Naval Strike Fighter pilots in air-to-air combat.

    In October 1987, the squadron moved to NAS Fallon, making VFA-127 the only Navy squadron permanently based in Nevada.

    Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 127, the Navy's last active-duty adversary squadron at Naval Air Station (NAS) Fallon, NV, was disestablished on 23 March 1996. The adversary role performed by the "Desert Bogeys" at NAS Fallon since 1987 was assumed by the "Fighting Saints" of Fighter Squadron Composite 13. While VFA-127 flew both F-5's and F/A-18's in the adversary role, VFC-13 only flew F-5's. Most of the Hornets from VFA-127 were transferred to the reserve force.
    Dick Dellwo
    CDR USN(Ret.)
    Provided 2005

  • July 24, 1961:
    VF-124 Detachment ALPHA, from NAS Moffett Field, began conducting flights out of the new NAS at Lemoore CA. It became the basis of a Jet Instrument Training Unit for fleet replacement pilots for the Pacific Fleet.

  • June 15, 1962:
    Detachment ALPHA is redesignated VA-127.


  • September 1966:
    VA-127 changes aircraft to the TA-4 Skyhawk


  • 1968-69:
    VA-127, the primary instrument training unit for the West Coast, adds adversary training to their mission.

  • February 24, 1969:
    Crashed into Mt. Whitney, CA in snowstorm on SAR mission. LCdr. James W. Lucchessi and Lt(jg). Harlow W. Rails were missing while on a flight south of Cedar Grove, CA. Their TA-4F BuNo 154654 was reported missing when it vanished from the radar screens while flying east of Porterville in Tulare County, in mountains 6,000 to 9,000 feet high.
    Nevada State Journal, Wednesday. August 6, 1969.

  • September 17, 1970:
    Lt. Robert B. Moore ejected safely when his A-4E BuNo 151154 crashed 8 miles NE of Sparks, NV.
    Reno, NV Nevada State Journal article

  • March 22, 1971:
    Lt. Sherman L. Schuele and Lt(jg). Richard Clayton ejected safely before their TA-4F BuNo 153686 crashed and burned at Edwards AFB while on a routine instrument training flight from NAS Lemoore.
    Long Beach, CA Independent, Tuesday, Mar. 23, 1971.

  • August 21, 1971:
    Lt. James Verdi and an unidentified pilot from were killed when their TA-4J BuNo 154636 crashed 10 miles south of the Mineral King wilderness area in the Sierra Nevada range during an instrument and orientation training flight.
    Bakersfield, CA The Bakersfield Californian, Friday, Aug, 27,1971.

  • October 1973:
    The Flight of the Echos to Israel.

  • March 1, 1987:
    VA-127 is redesignated VFA-127.

  • August 7, 1987:
    Lt. Steven Moreau perished in TA-4J BuNo 153504, in a Saline Valley crash.

  • August 25, 1987:
    Lt. Thomas Rullman ejected safely before his A-4E BuNo 150007 crashed three miles north of NAS Lemoore shortly after take-off.
    Fresno, CA, Fresno Bee, Wednesday, August 26, 1987.

  • October 1987:
    VFA-127 moves from NAS Lemoore to NAS FAllon, and is the only permanently based squadron there.

  • March 23, 1996:
    VFA-127 is disestablished. The adversary role is picked up by VC-13.

Awards
  • No info yet.

Photographs


1967: VA-127 T-Bird, NJ-708 in the JUN 1967 issue of NAN.

1970-72: VA-127 Skyhawk BuNo 154976, NJ-750, parked on the ramp during an open house.
"Boom" Powell

OCT 1971: Royal Blues Skyhawk BuNo 154656, NJ-701, parked on the ramp painted anall white with a blue tail.
Unknown photographer from Gary Verver Collection.

Royal Blues Skyhawk BuNo 154632, NJ-624, parked on the ramp.
Harry GAnn

1970-72: VA-127 Skyhawk BuNo 154976, NJ-750, parked on the ramp during an open house.
Photo from "Boom" Powell.

BuNo 152877, NJ-718, configured with two drop tanks Apr 1972.
Gary Verver Collection.

BuNo 154310, NJ-712, parked on the ramp & configured with a pair of drop tanks 9-Apr-72.
Gary Verver Collection.

MAR 1972: Batmen Skyhawk BuNo 153690, NJ-700, assigned to COMAIR Lemoore, parked on the line.
N. Taylor

JUL 1973: Batmen Skyhawk BuNo 153672, NJ-702, parked on the line next to BuNo 154856.
Dave Steinbacker

MAY 1975: VA-127 Skyhawk BuNo 150007, NJ-730, being guided into position by a plane handler using a tillie bar.
Unknown photographer via W. Mutza

VA-127 Skyhawk BuNo 153498, NJ-715, parked on the flightline.
Unknown photographer via W. Mutza

Mid 1970s: VA-127 Skyhawk BuNo 154330, NJ-706, parked on the Lemoore flightline in the midst of a paint job.
Photographer unknown, G. Verver collection

21 July 1975 air-to-air right side view of Attack Squadron 127 (VA-127) Skyhawk BuNo 154976, NJ-750.
Navy Photo by PH3 Stoner.

12 OCT 1975: Blue Tails Skyhawk BuNo 154651, NJ-708, parked on the NAS Lemoore ramp.
G. Verver collection via R. Dowers

12 OCT 1975: VA-127 Skyhawk BuNo 154209, NJ-721, parked on the Lemoore ramp.
Dave Steinbacker

Aug 1976 VA-127 Skyhawk BuNo 155081, NJ-700, parked on the Lemoore flight line.
Gary Verver Collection

BuNo 154624, NJ-707, parked on the ramp with a pair of drop tanks Sept. 1976.
Gary Verver Collection.

VA-127 Cylon A-4F BuNo. 154183
Cylon A-4F NJ 701 BuNo. 154183 flown by Lieutenant Gary "Whitey" White. Earlier, in 1976, BuNo. 154183 was assigned to VC-7 at Miramar and pictured at Tinker Air Force Base.
From a photograph from Mark Robbins.

BuNo 155081, NJ-700, parked on the flight line Sept. 1976.
Gary Verver Collection.

BuNo 154631, NJ-01, parked on the ramp with a centerline tank date unknown.
Gary Verver Collection.

APR 1977: VA-127 Skyhawk BuNo 153690, NJ-701, assigned to Commanding Officer CDR Ron Waters, painted a blue/gray camouflage scheme and parked on the line next to A-7E Corsair II BuNo 157494.
Rob Mignard

07 OCT 19777:
Arriving from NAS Lemoore in VA-127 TA-4F BuNo 154624
, is RAdm R. P. McKenzie (2nd from left), Commander Light Attack Wing U.S. Pacific Fleet, and administrative commander of VX-5 Vampires. He is flanked by (l.-r.): VX-5 CO Capt. L. E. Giuliani; his pilot & aide LT J. R. Hutchison; VX-5 XO Cdr. M. D. Munsinger; and VX-5 LT Larry Thompson.
Rocketeer photo.

12 AUG 1977: an unknown VA-127 Skyhawk escorts the YF-17 Hornet prototype, s/n 72-1569, as they fly over the Sierra mountains.
U.S. Navy photo

1977 Abbotsford B.C. Canada: BuNo. 155081 on display at the air show.
John Voss

8 Nov 1978 BuNo 154334, NJ-704, parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

8 Nov 1978 VA-127 Skyhawk BuNo 155081, NJ-700, parked on the Lemoore flight line.
Gary Verver Collection

Nov 1978 Skyhawk BuNo 153690, NJ-701, parked on the flight line.
Photo by T.R. Waddington, Gary Verver Collection.

BuNo 153690, NJ-701, assigned to CDR G.L. Beck, VA-127 CO, on the flight line - 1979.
Gary Verver Collection.

12 May 1979 BuNo 153690, NJ-701, assigned to CDR G.L. Beck, VA-127 CO, parked on the flight line.
Gary Verver Collection

BuNo 153679, NJ-705, parked on the flight line May 1979.
Gary Verver Collection.

May 1979 left side view of VA-127 Skyhawk BuNo 153681, NJ-713, parked on the flight line.
Gary Verver Collection

VA-127 Skyhawk BuNo 153681, NJ-713.
Gary Verver Collection

VA-127 Cylon TA-4F BuNo. 154335
VA-127 TA-4F Skyhawk BuNo. 154335 side number NJ 703 awaits another student.
Photograph from Michael Klaver.

VA-127 Cylon Close Parade Formation - 1980.
A VA-127 Cylon TA-4J Skyhawk in close parade formation after takeoff at Nellis Air Force Base. Photo was taken in 1980, while VA-127 was on detachment from Naval Air Station Lemoore.
Photograph by Harry S. Gann.

May 1980 BuNo 153683, #14, parked on the flight line & configured with a missile launcher on the port side.
Gary Verver Collection

May 1980 VA-127 Skyhawk BuNo 154656, NJ-710, parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

VA-127 Skyhawk BuNo 154656, NJ-710, parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

BuNo 154657, NJ-04, parked on the ramp with a pair of drop tanks May 1980.
Gary Verver Collection.

May 1980 BuNo 153676, #14, parked on the flight line & configured with a missile launcher.
Gary Verver Collection

May 1980 VA-127 Skyhawk BuNo 153483, NJ-703, parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

June 1980 VA-127 Skyhawk BuNo 153672, NJ-707, parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

VA-127 Skyhawk BuNo 153483, NJ-703, parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

BuNo 153482, NJ-706, parked on the ramp in a lo-vis gray scheme Oct. 1980.
Gary Verver Collection.

1981: VA-127 Skyhawk BuNo 154657, NJ-704 parked on the ramp and painted in a blue/gray camouflage scheme.
Unknown via W. Mutza

Jan 1981 VA-127 Skyhawk BuNo 154657, NJ-704, parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

APR 1981: BuNo 153683, NJ-701, parked on the line and painted an overall dark gray.
Rob Mignard

BuNo 154657, NJ-04, parked on the ramp with a centerline tank Jun 1981.
Photo by J.R. Kerr, G. Verver collection.

VA-127 Cylon A-4F and TA-4Js
Cylon A-4F, NJ 701 BuNo. unk, TA-4J's NJ 702 BuNo. unk, NJ 705 BuNo. unk, and NJ 710 BuNo. 154656.
From a photograph from Mark Robbins.
Additional information from Gary Verver:
Top to bottom, 701, 702, 705 and 710 BuNo 154656. Caption on reverse is:
Showing off their camouflage versatility, a flight of TA-4J Skyhawks from Attack Squadron One Twenty-Seven, (VA-127) fly in formation with a Squadron A-4F Skyhawk. VA-127 has the mission of training aircrews in a realistic ACM environment.
Flying lead is the Commanding Officer of VA-127, Cdr Wiley "Caesar" P. DeCarl, in "Cylon 701". On his wing is the Executive Officer of VA-172, Cdr Paul "Booger" J. Valovich, and Lt Steve "Ezzard" Charles, in "Cylon-702"; Lt Tom "T.D." Durkin and Lcdr Pat "Padre" McNulty, in "Cylon-705"; and Lcdr James "J.R." Goddard, and Lt. J. "Whopper" Barnes in "Cylon-710".
Photography by Bruce R. Trombecky.

BuNo 153672, NJ-707, parked on the ramp with a centerline tank Apr. 1981.
Gary Verver Collection.

29 OCT 1981: VA-127 Skyhawk BuNo 154334, NJ-714, assigned to LT N.T. Boyd, parked on the ramp and painted in a blue/gray camouflage scheme.
Dave Steinbacker

Circa 1982: two TA-4Js in formation - NJ-704 and 706.
Photo from Gary Verver

May 1982 BuNo 154190, NJ-701, parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

1982 BuNo 154190, NJ-701, parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

14 Jun 1982 left side view of VA-127 Skyhawk BuNo 153672, NJ-707.
Photo by Ted Paskowski, Gary Verver collection.

BuNo 153672, NJ-707, parked on the flightline with a centerline tank in a green/brown/gray camouflage scheme July 1982.
Gary Verver Collection.

BuNo 153690, NJ-702, parked on the flight line with a centerline tank in a blue/gray camouflage scheme July 1982.
Gary Verver Collection.

BuNo 154657, NJ-704, parked on the ramp in a blue/gray camouflage scheme Nov. 1982.
Gary Verver Collection.

Jul 1982 Skyhawk BuNo 153690, NJ-702, parked on the flight line.
Gary Verver Collection

1983: AQ1 John Babcocks takes flight in BuNo153681, NJ-713.
John Babcocks

1983 VA-127 Skyhawk BuNo 153679, NJ-705, parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

1983 left side view of VA-127 Skyhawk BuNo 153679, NJ-705, parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

05 APR 1983: VA-127 Skyhawk BuNo 153679, NJ-705, parked on the ramp.
Ted Paskowski, G. Verver collection

04 April 1983 BuNo 154190, NJ-701, parked on the ramp.
Ted Paskowski, Gary Verver Collection

05 Apr 1983 VA-127 Skyhawk BuNo 153676, NJ-706, parked on the flight line & painted to resemble a MIG.
Photo by Kirk Minert, Gary Verver Collection.

05 Apr 1983 VA-127 Skyhawk BuNo 153679, NJ-705, parked on the ramp.
Photo by Ted Paskowski, Gary Verver Collection.

May 1983 VA-127 Skyhawk BuNo 154656, NJ-710, parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

May 1983 BuNo 154334, NJ-712, parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

May 1983 VA-127 Skyhawk BuNo 154334, NJ-712, parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

May 1983 right rear view of VA-127 Skyhawk BuNo 158465, NJ-714, parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

Jun 1983 BuNo 153676, NJ-706, parked on the flight line.
Gary Verver Collection

JUN 1983: VA-127 Skyhawk BuNo 154334, NJ-712, parked on the ramp and painted in a brown/green camouflage scheme.
Dave Steinbacker

Jul 1983 BuNo 153679, NJ-705.
Gary Verver Collection

1983 VA-127 Skyhawk BuNo 153679, NJ-705, parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

1983 left side view of VA-127 Skyhawk BuNo 153679, NJ-705, parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

Aug 1983 VA-127 Skyhawk BuNo 154656, NJ-710, parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

Aug 1983 left front view of VA-127 Skyhawk BuNo 154656, NJ-710, parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

OCT 1983: VA-127 Skyhawk BuNo 153483, NJ-714, parked on the flightline and painted in a gray/brown/green camouflage scheme.
Dave Steinbacker

Dec 1983 of VA-127 Skyhawk BuNo 153681, NJ-713, parked on the flight line.
Gary Verver Collection

VA-127 Cylon TA-4J
Cylon TA-4J NJ 715 BuNo. 154657 flown by Lieutenant Commander Marcel "Frenchy" Beaudu and Lieutenant Scott "Sails" Sayler.
From a photograph from Mark Robbins.

March 1984 VA-127 Skyhawk BuNo 154631, NJ-701, parked on the ramp.
B. Trombecky via Tailhook Association.

19 May 1984 BuNo 154334, NJ-712, parked on the ramp.
T. Paskowski, Gary Verver Collection.

16 Jun 1984 BuNo 153681, NJ-713, parked on the flight line.
Photo by B. Beaton, Gary Verver Collection.

June 1984 BuNo 154190, NJ-701, parked on the ramp.
Daniel Soulaine, Gary Verver Collection

JUN 1984: VA-127 Skyhawk BuNo 154334, NJ-712, parked on the ramp and painted in a brown/green camouflage scheme.
Unknown via W. Mutza

Oct 1984: VA-127 Skyhawk BuNo 154973, NH-703, parked on the ramp in a blue/gray camouflage scheme.
R.E. Arance

OCT 1984: VA-127 Skyhawk BuNo 154334, NJ-712, parked on the ramp and painted in a tan/brown/green camouflage scheme.
R.E. Arance

02 Nov 1984 VA-127 Skyhawk BuNo 154657, NJ-715, in formation with BuNo 153681, NJ-713.
US Navy Photo by LT Baranek.

VA-127 Cylon A-4F BuNo. 154183 and gaggle
VA-127 A-4F NJ 701 BuNo. 154183 flown by Lieutenmant Scott "Sails" Sayler with VFA-125 FA-18 & VA-122 TA-7C.
From a photograph from Mark Robbins.

BuNo 154190, NJ-600, parked on the ramp in a brown/tan/green camouflage scheme May 1985.
Gary Verver Collection.

1985: VA-127 Skyhawk BuNo 154657, NJ-715, parked on the ramp and painted in a gray/green/brown camouflage scheme.


MAY 1985: VA-127 Skyhawk BuNo 154190, NJ-700, parked on the ramp and painted in a tan/brown/green camouflage scheme.
P.D. Snow

22 March 1986 VA-127 Skyhawk BuNo 154656, NJ-710, parked on the ramp. Photo by K. Snyder, Gary Verver Collection.

BuNo 154183, NJ-701, parked on the ramp in a brown/tan camouflage scheme May 1986.
Gary Verver Collection.

29 Sept 1986 BuNo 154183, NJ-701, over the Sierras.
Gary Verver Collection

29 Sept 1986 BuNo 154183, NJ-701, VA-122 TA-7 Corsair II NJ-210 & VFA-125 F/A-18 NJ-662 over the Sierras.
Gary Verver Collection

29 Sept 1986 BuNo 154183, NJ-701, VA-122 TA-7 Corsair II NJ-210 & VFA-125 F/A-18 NJ-662 over the Sierras.
Gary Verver Collection

A-4F (BuNo 154190) and TA-4J (second from right) aircraft stand ready to play the adversary role in aerial combat training during exercise GALLANT EAGLE "88".
U.S. Navy photo, PH1 Mike Flynn

VA-127 Skyhawk BuNo 154172 parked on the ramp Nov. 1988.
Gary Verver Collection.

27-May-1989 BuNo 154183, NJ-702, parked on the ramp.
Keith Snyder, Gary Verver Collection

VFA-127 Desert Bogey A-4F BuNo. 154183 - 1990.
A-4F "Mongoose", with J-52-P408 engine. BuNo. 154183 of VFA-127 "Desert Bogeys", from Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada, seen at Naval Air Station Atlanta on November 2, 1990.
From a photograph by Frank J. Mirande.

BuNo 154183, NJ-702, parked on the ramp in a brown/gray camouflage scheme Nov. 1990.
Gary Verver Collection.

Oct 1991 BuNo 151059, NJ-732, on the flight line. Keith Snyder, G. Verver collection.

VA-127 Cylon TA-4J BuNo. 158465.
VA-127 TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo. 158465 side number NJ 00 awaits another student. Later this Skyhawk was assigned to VT-7's Desert Detachment.
Photograph from Michael Klaver.

BuNo.154183, NJ-733, parked on the ramp with a pair of drop tanks.
Gary Verver Collection.

BuNo.154289, NJ-606, parked on the ramp with a centerline tank.
Gary Verver Collection.

BuNo.155058, NJ-735, parked on the flight line with a pair of drop tanks.
Gary Verver Collection.

BuNo.155081, NJ-700, parked on the flight line.
Gary Verver Collection.

BuNo.154334, NJ-714, parked on the ramp & configured with a centerline tank.
Gary Verver Collection.

BuNo.153676, NJ-711, parked on the flight line.
Gary Verver Collection.

BuNo.153676, NJ-711, parked on the flight line & configured with a centerline tank.
Gary Verver Collection.

BuNo 154190, NJ-701, parked on the ramp in a brown/tan/green camouflage scheme.
Gary Verver Collection.

BuNo 154657, NJ-704, parked on the ramp in a blue/gray camouflage scheme.
Gary Verver Collection.

VA-127 Skyhawk BuNo 154992, NJ-704, parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

VA-127 Skyhawk BuNo 153672, NJ-707, parked on the flight line. Gary Verver Collection

Left front view of VA-127 Skyhawk BuNo 153672, NJ-707, parked on the flight line. Gary Verver Collection

Right front view of VA-127 Skyhawk BuNo 153672, NJ-707, parked on the flight line. Gary Verver Collection

Right front view of VA-127 Skyhawk BuNo 158465, NJ-700, parked on the ramp next to VX-4 Evaluators F-4J Phantom Vandy-1.
Gary Verver Collection

07 MAY 1986:
VA-127 TA-4J BuNo 153681, NJ-713, 05 MAY 1986 at NAS Lemoore.
B. Trombecky photo, from Gary Verver Collection.

29 OCT 1981:
VA-127 TA-4J BuNo 153681, NJ-713, 29 OCT 1981 at Lemoore.
Photographer unknown, from Gary Verver Collection.

AUG 1984:
VA-127 A-4F BuNo 154183, NJ-701, AUG 1984 at Lemoore.
Photo by B. Trombecky, from Verver collection.

AUG 1984:
VA-127 A-4F BuNo 154992, NJ-704, AUG 1984 ay NAS Lemoore.
Photo by B. Trombecky, from Verver collection.

22 AUG 1985:
VA-127 A-4F BuNo 154183, NJ-701, 22 AUG 1985 at McChord AFB.
Photo by D. Remington, from Verver Collection.

14 JUN 1987:
VFA-127 TA-4J BuNo 153683, NJ-712, 14 JUN 1987 at NAS Lemoore.
B. Trombecky photo, from Gary Verver Collection.

Date Unknown:

TA-4J 153679 at NAS Miramar.
AIRFOTO ©Joe Cupido

02 NOV 1984:
A right side view of two TA-4J Skyhawk (BuNo 154657, NJ-715 and BuNo 153681, NJ-713) aircraft in-flight.
Photo by LT Baranek.

OCT 1986:
VA-127 A-4F BuNo 155000, NJ-702, at Lemoore.
Photo by B-Niedermeier from Verver Collection.

01 JAN 1988:
A row of F-5E Tiger II (#14 & #54), left, and A-4F and TA-4J (second from right) Skyhawk (L-R: A-4F BuNo 154190, NJ-700; BuNo TA-4J 154313, NJ-713 and A-4F BuNo 154172, NJ-702) aircraft stand ready to play the adversary role in aerial combat training during exercise GALLANT EAGLE `88.
Photo by PH1 Mike Flynn.

14 JUN 1993:
NAS Fallon: A Strike Fighter Squadron 127 (VFA-127) F-5E Tiger II aircraft stand on the flight line with two A-4M Skyhawk (BuNo 158171, #51, and BuNo 158417, #53) aircraft of the Naval Fighter Weapons School. The aircraft, which are all painted in camouflage paint schemes, fly air combat maneuvers training missions to provide naval air crews with experience in dealing with threat tactics.
Photo by PH2 Bruce R. Trombecky.

1986:
right side view of VA-127 Desert Bogeys TA-4F Skyhawk BuNo 154334
, NJ-712, on the ramp and painted in a tan/brown/green camouflage scheme.
Photo by Bob Niedermeier.

12 NOV 1977:
left side view of VA-127 Desert Bogeys TA-4F Skyhawk BuNo 154335
, parked on the ramp. Name below the canopy rail is LCRD (W or H) Tappan III and the pc is AA Drillen.
Photographer unknown.

JUN 1987:
left side view of VA-127 Desert Bogeys A-4F Skyhawk BuNo 154973
, NJ-703, on the ramp painted in a blue/gray camouflage scheme.
photo by Bob Niedermeier.

date unknown:
VA-127 Desert Bogeys TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 153681
, NJ-713, on the ramp in a brown/green/grey camouflage scheme.
Photo from Werner Munzenmaier.

JUN 1987:
left side view of VA-127 Desert Bogeys A-4F Skyhawk BuNo 154973
, NJ-703, on the ramp painted in a blue/gray camouflage scheme.
photo by Bob Niedermeier.

APR 1984:
Right side view of a VA-127 Desert Bogeys TA-4F Skyhawk BuNo 153483, NJ-714, on the ramp with the hook down in a brown, tan/green camouflage scheme.
photo by Lee Bracken.

12 AUG 1972:
VA-127 Desert Bogeys TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 153685
, NJ-716, at Richards-Gebaur AFB, MO.
photo by C. Gerdes.

14 APR 1990:
Right side view of VA-127 Desert Bogeys Skyhawk BuNo 154190
, NJ-700, painted in a brown/green camouflage scheme on the ramp at Williams AFB.
photo by B. R, Baker.

circa 1981:
left side view of VA-127 TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 153672


JUL 1991:
VFA-127 Desert Bogeys A-4F Skyhawk BuNo 154183
, NJ-702, in formation with VFA-127 F/A-18A Hornet NJ-402 and A-7E Corsair II BuNo 160000.
Copyright photo by Joe Cupido.



Sources
  • LCDR Allen P. Green III USN
  • Mark Robbins
  • Dick Dellwo
  • Gary Verver


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