Attack Squadron 85; Official Nickname: Black Falcons, 1958–1994. A-6 squadron / NAS Oceana

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  • If anyone is interested we are having a VA-85 reunion in VA. Beach on Sept 20 & 21, 2024 airshow weekend contact me for details at or 518-339-4088 so if your interested please contact me.
  • I want to give a shout out to an old shipmate who was in the squadron during the '76-'79 timeframe and recently joined NavyVets.  Many of you might remember him but didn't know him by his first name, "Harry".  He was better known as Danny B. 
    I had the privilege of knowing Danny during my time on the line & in the PP shop. 

  • With sadness, I was recently informed of the passing of VA-85 veteran, friend and shipmate, Chris Zeitler.  

    Chris was a plane captain from '78 to '81.  He was a true friend to all who knew and worked with him. At Chris' request, there will be no funeral service.

    For more information or to send condolences to Chris' family, contact Bert Gonzalez @ (954) 816-6714 after 4PM (EST)

    Rest In Peace


  • Hello Everyone,
    This Bev, Max's wife.
    I wanted to let you know that Max passed away unexpectedly on Sept 17, 2016.
    His service will not be until January 27, 2017, when our son can be here from Bahrain.

  • I hope to see everyone in Charleston. 

  • I was in VA-85 1971 to 1975. AQ3-2 worked AIMD W/C 690 and W/C 650

  • I remember you James. 

  • Hey Max it's great to have you onboard. You might remember me for falling off an airplane and breaking my arm. You're right ,being on the line crew was one of those great life experiences that you don't even realize at the time . We were young and invincible . Now we are older, wiser ,and aware of our mortality . I look forward to catching up with you .
  • I remember Frank. He was in va-85 when I got there in early 1969.
  • Permission to come aboard. I was in VA-85 from July 1976 to Feb 1978. I was an Aviation Electricians Mate but spent my entire time on the line. I was 2 years into my tour before I joined so command left me on the line instead of putting me in a shop. I loved it though. The Line Crew was awesome...dangerous and rowdy but really exceptional unique people. Al, I remember you. Thanks for starting the group.

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2017 VA85 Reunion

Time flies but unfortunately A-6's no longer do.  Nevertheless, keep the camaraderie going!  For those who are wanting or plan to attend the next reunion, it will take place October 5th thru 8th in Charleston, SC.  To get updates regarding the reunion, you need to be added to the reunion roster.  Send an email indicating your interest to:  va85reunion@gmail.comWe had a great time during our last reunion in 2014.  Lets keep it going.  Hope to see everyone there.Any suggestions?

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Locating an old shipmate.

Does anyone recall a tall AT in the early 80's? His name was Steve, but I can't recall his last name.Also, I'm trying to locate an AE, Joey Martinez, if anyone knows how to contact him. He was in VA85 in the late 70's- early 80's.Any help would be much appreciated.

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