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MAG-42 & H&MS-42

MAG-42
and
H and MS-42 Flying Gators


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Patch
  • No data to date

Handle
  • Flying Gators

Heritage
  • 19xx established.
  • 19xx disestablished.

Home Ports
    Date: Location:
  • 19?? (at least 1984-87 per Greg Johnson)-- N.A.S. Cecil Field

Air Wings
    Date - - - - - - - - - - - - Tail code - - - - - - - Air Wing
  • No data to date

Deployments
    Departure & Return - - - - - - - - Air Wing - Carrier - Aircraft - - Area of Operations:
  • No Data to date


Aircraft
Commanding Officers
    Date Assumed Command - - - - - - - Commanding Officer
  • DEC 1977 to JUN 1978 - - - Col. Henry R. Warfield
  • JUN 1978 to JUN 1980 - - - Col. Richard (Dick) Blanc
  • (Thank you Aileen Blanc)
  • JUN 1980 to APR 1983 - - - Col. N. L. Derickson
  • APR 1883 to JUN 1983 - - - Col. J. C. Eisenhammer
  • AUG 1990 to APR 1992 - - - Col. Robert Hickerson
  • APR 1992 to JUN 1992 - - - Col. Tim Hill

Events
  • June 22, 1983
    An unidentified pilot was killed when his A-4F BuNo 154194, which had taken off from Volk Field near Camp Douglas, WI shortly before, was making a bombing run over a range on the base, crashed on government land 3 miles east of Finley, north of Necedah in Juneau County.
    Wisconsin State Journal, Thursday, June 23, 1983.

  • September 18, 1983
    Wayne Marshall ejected from A-4E BuNo 152098 following an engine failure on a low level training route.
    per Sebastian V. (Vince) Massimini

  • 1984-1987
    MAG-42 Det-A was equipped with the A-4 and the TA-4J
    per Greg Johnson.

  • June 9, 1987
    A Marine Corps A-4F Skyhawk BuNo 154203 made an aborted takeoff from the Alameda Naval Air Station and crashed into the bay, but its pilot escaped from the wreckage without help, a Navy spokesman said. The pilot, whose name was being withheld Tuesday, was conducting a routine training mission at about 3:05 p.m. when his plane lost power on takeoff, said Bill Valente, a spokesman for the air station. The plane crashed into the Oakland Estuary, Valente said. About 4 feet…

  • January 10, 1990
    Maj. Charles R. Mize (Det A Jacksonville) ejected safely from A-4M BuNo 158162 after an in-flight fire during aerial refueling from a C-130 tanker near MCAS Yuma, AZ.
    Twin Falls, ID, Times-News, Thursday, January 11, 1990.

Awards
    Award - - - - - - - - - Inclusive Dates:
  • No data to date

Photographs


APR 1980:
H&MS-42 155082.

Photographer & location unknown.

May 1980 H&MS-42 Skyhawk BuNo 155074, MB-20, parked on the flight line.
Gary Verver Collection

H & MS-42 A-4F Skyhawk BuNo. 154991 (1982)
A-4F BuNo. 154996 side number MB 14 from H & MS-42 Det C is pictured on the Luke Air Force Base tarmack.
Photograph by Lane Philbeck.

Flying Gator A-4F Skyhawk BuNo. 155028 - September 1984
A-4F BuNo. 155028 side number MB 16 from H & MS-42 Det C is pictured on the Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona flight-line. The Skyhawk was deployed for GP (general purpose) bomb and 20mm machine gun training.
Photograph by Lane Philbeck.

07 JUL 1988:
MAG-42 TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 153689
, #17, in-flight at MCAS Yuma.
copyright photo by Werner Munzenmaier.

07 JUL 1988:
VMA-133 Dragons TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 153483
, ME-21, in-flight at MCAS Yuma.
copyright Joe Cupido.

DEC 1991:
H&MS-42 154337 in the hangar at NAS Alameda.
AIRFOTO - Joe Cupido.


Sources:
  • Lane Philbeck
  • John Gabbard
  • Aileen Blanc
  • Sebastian V. (Vince) Massimini


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