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Attack Squadron VA-42

A-6 Training Squadron at NAS Oceana, Va.

Veterans: 17
Latest Activity: Feb 4, 2016

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VA-42 in the 60's

Started by Alfred A. Banzer Apr 8, 2009. 0 Replies

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Comment by Edwin Constantine on February 4, 2016 at 6:25pm

Had 3 tours with the Green Pawns.  Homesteaded in Hanger 122 with a little 4 1/2 detour over to NAMTRADET 1003.  Even found the underground shelter for the whole hanger.

Comment by Michael Alan Shoptaw on September 8, 2013 at 10:51pm

Attended AE Framp school. Transferred to the Green Pawn at the end of the Gulf War and worked many, many hours and weekends catching aircrews up on training. At times it felt like the hangar turned into the wind for the next launch. :) LPO for the AE Shop, then went to Quality working all three shifts before becoming LPO. Also got my Aviation Warfare Specialist there. Alot of great people were in this squadron.  

Comment by George W. Schmidt on January 3, 2013 at 11:00pm

WO1 and CWO2 from 1972 to 1975.  AT and AE Branch Officer, Maintenance Duty Officer, CQ Detachment Maintenance Officer in USS Lexington (CVT-16).  Earned NATOPS Qualification and flew Maintenance Functional Checkflights in A-6E.  ( I am also a Private Pilot and own a Piper J3C-65 Cub.)  I am a Life Member of the Association of Naval Aviation.  GREEN PAWNS FOREVER!

Comment by Donald Lee Drake, Jr on July 13, 2012 at 11:53am

I also remember the days of the Green Pawn Squadron Patch. Never knew they adopted the old VA-176 Patch.

Comment by Donald Lee Drake, Jr on July 13, 2012 at 11:52am

I was an instructor with VA-42 in 1981 until my discharge in 1985

Comment by dj on January 10, 2010 at 9:18pm
Worked in the AME shop and QA 84-85 Alot of good people,good duty
Comment by Alva Cotter Shell, IV on December 26, 2009 at 10:40am
Picture here is my family. I was the ASDO watch from 1530-2330 M-F during my last year and a half from Nov "88" thru Apr "90". I was placed on limited duty from having my first back surgery which I fractured my back during the deployment on the USS CORAL SEA (CVA-43) "87"-"88" while attached to VA-55.
Comment by Al Lieberman on May 10, 2008 at 12:59pm
attended VA-42 in April 1976 for A-6E/KA-6D Plane Captain Training

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