VMA-131

VMA-131 Diamondbacks

 

Point of Contact - Squadron Duty Officer (SDO)

Refer to the CONTACT LIST under "THE ASSOCIATION" drop down menu.


Joe Cupido

Randy Toskin

Joe Cupid
 
   


Patch

  • The Yellow Last A4 patch was thought out, designed, and put into play by myself.
    I was seat mech. with 131 from 89-95. The patch displayed on the website is a second run patch which can be distinguished by the period at the end "Last Marine Scooter Squadron." The first run did not have the period. I believe the patch was designed the end of 1993 but more so in 1994, but I do not remember without digging through some paper work that I may or may not still have. I had a few designs like the Red white and blue tom cat patch. Ed Miranda helped with the decision of which patch to use.
    Sgt Russ "Stretch" Cataldo II


Handle

  • Diamondbacks


Heritage

  • VMA-131 Diamondbacks, were based at Naval Air Station Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn, New York during the 1960's.
  • VMA-131 Diamondbacks, also known as MARTD Willow Grove were based at Willow Grove, Pennsylvania in 1972. When in a reserve status the Squadron was known as VMA-131 and as an active duty squadron MAG-49. The Diamondbacks deployed to MCAS Yuma, Arizona for training.


Home Ports

  • Date - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Location:
  • 1960 - Naval Air Station Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn, New York.
  • 1972 - Naval Air Station Willow Grove, Pennsylvania.
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Air Wings

  • Date - - - - - - - - - - - - Tail code - - - - - - - Air Wing
  • Modex "OG" while at Willow Grove, PA


Deployments

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

 


Aircraft

 

 

  • Douglas A4D-1 (A-4A) Skyhawk
    • 137825 C/N 11295
      • 16 Mar 1967 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 06 Feb 1968 - NAS - NAS Olathe, KS
    • 137829 C/N 11299
      • 16 Mar 1967 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 25 Jul 1968 – NAS New York - Convert to TA-4A
      •  
    • 139946 C/N 11311
      • 15 Nov 1966 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 10 Feb 1968 - NARTU - NAS Norfolk, VA
    • 139957 C/N 11322
      • 11 Jun 1966 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 25 Jul 1968 – NAS New York - Convert to TA-4A
      • 19 Nov 1968 - NAS - NAS Memphis, TN
    • 139958 C/N 11323
      • 07 Jun 1966 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 25 Jul 1968 – NAS New York - Convert to TA-4A
      • 26 Sep 1968 - NAS - NAS Memphis, TN
    • 142178 c/n 11432
      • 01 Jun 1966 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 25 Jul 1968 - NAS New York - Convert to TA-4A
      • 14 Oct 1968 - NAS - NAS Memphis, TN
    • 142180 c/n 11434
      • 15 Dec 1966 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 24 Jul 1968 - NAS New York - Convert to TA-4A
      • 10 Apr 1969 - NAS - NAS Memphis, TN
    • 142184 c/n 11438
      • 26 Jan 1967 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 08 Feb 1968 - NARTU - NAS Norfolk, VA
    • 142224 c/n 11478
      • 23 Apr 1966 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 01 Aug 1968 - NATTC - NAS Lakehurst, NJ

  • Douglas A4D-2 (A-4B) Skyhawk
    • 142679 c/n 11741
      • 07 Aug 1965 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 19 Nov 1965 - VA-125 - NAS Lemoore, CA
    • 142682 c/n 11744
      • 11 Oct 1968 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 12 Oct 1968 - NAS New York - Convert to TA-4B
      • 17 Nov 1969 - NAS - NAS Grosse Ile, MI
    • 142716 c/n 11778
      • 07 Aug 1968 – NARTU Jacksonville - Convert to TA-4B

      • 23 Mar 1969 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 08 Apr 1969 - NARTU - NAS Jacksonville, FL
    • 142722 c/n 11784
      • 19 May 1968 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 07 Aug 1968 - NAS New York - Convert to TA-4B
      • 10 Jan 1970 - NAF - NAF Detroit, MI
    • 142730 c/n 11792
      • 25 Jul 1968 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 07 Aug 1968 - NAS New York - Convert to TA-4B
      • 30 May 1969 - Stricken - 1S
    • 142734 c/n 11796
      • 14 Apr 1966 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 07 Aug 1968 - NAS New York - Convert to TA-4B
      • 28 Oct 1968 - Stricken - 3SO
    • 142736 c/n 11798
      • 28 Sep 1967 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 07 Aug 1968 - NAS New York - Convert to TA-4B
      • 26 Oct 1968 - Stricken - 3SO
    • 142744 c/n 11806
      • 07 Aug 1968 - NAS Olathe - Convert to TA-4B

      • 23 Mar 1969 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 06 Apr 1969 - NAS - NAS Olathe, KS
    • 142746 c/n 11808
      • 30 Nov 1968 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 01 Dec 1968 - NAS New York - Convert to TA-4B
      • 04 Feb 1969 - NAS - NAS Twin Cities, MN

      • 22 Feb 1969 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 02 Dec 1969 - NAS - NAS South Weymouth, MA
    • 142754 c/n 11816
      • 16 Jul 1965 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 07 Aug 1968 - NAS New York - Convert to TA-4B
      • 22 Jan 1970 - NAS - NAS South Weymouth, MA
    • 142760 c/n 11822
      • 01 Mar 1966 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 07 Aug 1968 - NAS New York - Convert to TA-4B
      • 01 Nov 1968 - Stricken - 3S0
    • 142761 c/n 11823
      • 25 Sep 1965 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 08 Feb 1968 - VA-831 - NAS Cecil Field, FL

      • 27 Jul 1968 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 07 Aug 1968 - NAS New York - Convert to TA-4B
      • 04 Dec 1969 - NAS - NAS South Weymouth, MA
    • 142764 c/n 11826
      • 09 Mar 1966 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 08 Feb 1968 - VA-831 - NAS Cecil Field, FL

      • 02 Oct 1968 - NARTU Jacksonville - Convert to TA-4B

      • 23 Mar 1969 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 15 Apr 1969 - NARTU - NAS Jacksonville, FL
    • 142769 c/n 11831
      • 07 Aug 1969 - NARTU Jacksonville - Convert to TA-4B

      • 23 Mar 1969 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 08 Apr 1969 - NARTU - NAS Jacksonville, FL
    • 142770 c/n 11832
      • 22 Jul 1968 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 07 Aug 1969 - NAS New York - Convert to TA-4B
      • 20 Nov 1969 - MASDC - Davis-Mothan AFB, Tucson, AZ
    • 142771 c/n 11833
      • 14 Aug 1967 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 07 Aug 1969 - NAS New York - Convert to TA-4B
      • 27 Apr 1970 - MASDC - Davis-Mothan AFB, Tucson, AZ
    • 142783 c/n 11845
      • 24 Oct 1968 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 25 Oct 1968 - NAS New York - Convert to TA-4B
      • 15 Nov 1969 - NAS - NAS Grosse Ile, MI
    • 142784 c/n 11846
      • 23 Jun 1967 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 07 Aug 1968 - NAS New York - Convert to TA-4B
      • 11 Nov 1968 - Stricken - 3S0
    • 142790 c/n 11852
      • 18 Nov 1965 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 08 Feb 1968 - VA-831 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
    • 142814 c/n 11876
      • 05 Jan 1966 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 07 Aug 1968 - NAS New York - Convert to TA-4B
      • 21 Nov 1969 - MASDC - Davis-Mothan AFB, Tucson, AZ
    • 142821 c/n 11883
      • 18 Sep 1968 - NATC TST PIL SCH - Convert to TA-4B

      • 08 Jul 1969 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 19 Oct 1969 - NARF - NAS Jacksonville, FL
    • 142826 c/n 11888
      • 26 Jul 1968 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 07 Aug 1968 - NAS New York - Convert to TA-4B
      • 17 Nov 1969 - NAS - NAS New Orleans, LA
    • 142833 c/n 11895
      • 09 Oct 1968 - NAS Twin Cities - Convert to TA-4B

      • 01 Sep 1970 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 02 Sep 1970 - Stricken - 4S
    • 142837 c/n 11899
      • 18 Sep 1968 - NATC Flight Test - Convert to TA-4B

      • 20 Jun 1969 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 21 Sep 1969 - Stricken - 1S
    • 142848 c/n 11910
      • 25 Mar 1966 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 08 Feb 1968 - VA-831 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
    • 142862 c/n 11924
      • 25 May 1966 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 07 Aug 1968 - NAS New York - Convert to TA-4B
      • 29 Oct 1968 - Stricken - 3SO
    • 142871 c/n 11933
      • 28 Feb 1966 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 07 Aug 1968 - NAS New York - Convert to TA-4B
      • 24 Nov 1969 - NAS - NAS Glenview, IL
    • 142876 c/n 11938
      • 08 Oct 1965 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 29 Jun 1968 - NAS - NAS New Orleans, LA
    • 142883 c/n 11945
      • 13 Nov 1965 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 07 Aug 1968 - NAS New York - Convert to TA-4B
      • 25 Oct 1968 - Stricken - 3S0
    • 142890 c/n 11952
      • 03 Dec 1968 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 04 Dec 1968 - NAS New York - Convert to TA-4B
      • 04 Nov 1969 - NAS - NAS New Orleans, LA
    • 142897 c/n 11959
      • 30 Oct 1968 - NAS Twin Cities - Convert to TA-4B

      • 01 Sep 1970 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 02 Sep 1970 - Stricken - 4S
    • 142900 c/n 11962
      • 21 Oct 1968 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 22 Oct 1968 - NAS New York - Convert to TA-4B
      • 30 Apr 1970 - MASDC - Davis-Mothan AFB, Tucson, AZ
    • 142908 c/n 11970
      • 25 Oct 1968 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 26 Oct 1968 - NAS New York - Convert to TA-4B
      • 21 Feb 1970 - MASDC - Davis-Mothan AFB, Tucson, AZ
  • Douglas A4D-2 (A-4B) Skyhawk (Cont.)
    • 142939 c/n 12001
      • 21 May 1966 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 20 Jan 1967 - H&MS-31 - MCAS Beaufort, SC
    • 142946 c/n 12008
      • 13 May 1966 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 23 Jan 1967 - H&MS-31 - MCAS Beaufort, SC
    • 142950 c/n 12012
      • 22 Aug 1967 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 07 Aug 1968 - NAS New York - Convert to TA-4B
      • 17 Nov 1969 - Stricken - 2S
    • 144871 C/N 12117
      • 13 Jun 1968 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 07 Aug 1968 - NAS New York - Convert to TA-4B
      • 14 May 1969 - Stricken - 1S
    • 144875 C/N 12121
      • 23 Oct 1968 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 24 Oct 1968 - NAS New York - Convert to TA-4B
      • 07 Jul 1969 - NARTU - NAS Memphis, TN

      • 18 Jul 1969 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 04 Nov 1969 - NAS - NAS New Orleans, LA
    • 144895 C/N 12141
      • 16 Aug 1967 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 07 Aug 1968 - NAS New York - Convert to TA-4B
      • 19 Jan 1970 - NAS - NAS South Weymouth, MA
    • 144906 C/N 12152
      • 27 Sep 1967 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 07 Aug 1968 - NAS New York - Convert to TA-4B
      • 20 May 1970 - MASDC - Davis-Mothan AFB, Tucson, AZ
    • 144916 C/N 12162
      • 30 Sep 1967 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 07 Aug 1968 - NAS New York - Convert to TA-4B
      • 12 Dec 1969 - MASDC - Davis-Mothan AFB, Tucson, AZ
    • 144952 C/N 12198
      • 20 May 1968 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 07 Aug 1968 - NAS New York - Convert to TA-4B
      • 27 Oct 1969 - NATFSI - NAS Lakehurst, NJ
    • 144962 C/N 12208
      • 03 May 1966 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 22 Jan 1967 - Stricken - 1S
    • 144963 C/N 12209
      • 23 Sep 1966 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 16 May 1967 - NAS - NAS Los Alamitos, CA
    • 144964 C/N 12210
      • 02 Sep 1965 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 02 Sep 1965 - NART - NAS New Orleans, LA
    • 144995 C/N 12241
      • 09 Oct 1968 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 10 Oct 1968 - NAS New York - Convert to TA-4B
      • 27 Oct 1969 - NATFSI - NAS Lakehurst, NJ
    • 144997 C/N 12243
      • 16 Sep 1965 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 17 Jan 1966 - VA-15 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
    • 144999 C/N 12245
      • 19 Oct 1967 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 08 Feb 1968 - VA-831 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
    • 145003 C/N 12249
      • 01 Apr 1966 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 19 Mar 1968 - NAS - NAS Olathe, KS

  • Douglas A4D-2N (A-4C) Skyhawk
    • 145141 c/n 12387
      • 31 Oct 1969 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 22 Jan 1970 - MARTD - NAS New York, NY

      • 10 Feb 1970 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 06 Apr 1970 - NAS New York - Convert to A-4L
      • 05 Aug 1970 - NAS - NAS Atlanta, GA
    • 147714 C/N 12478
      • 30 Oct 1969 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 28 Jul 1970 - VSF-76 - NAS New Orleans, LA
    • 147723 C/N 12487
      • 26 Apr 1970 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 17 May 1970 - MARTD - NAS New York, NY
    • 147736 C/N 12500
      • 04 Nov 1969 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 01 Jan 1970 - MARTD - NAS New York, NY
    • 147830 C/N 12594
      • 30 Oct 1969 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 22 Jan 1970 - MARTD - NAS New York, NY

      • 10 Feb 1970 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 08 Jul 1970 - VSF-76 - NAS New Orleans, LA
    • 148304 C/N 12614
      • 10 Feb 1970 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 01 Jun 1970 - NAS - NAS New Orleans, LA
    • 148439 C/N 12632
      • 13 Dec 1969 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 10 Feb 1970 - MARTD - NAS New York, NY

      • 26 Apr 1970 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 17 May 1970 - MARTD - NAS New York, NY
    • 148445 C/N 12638
      • 01 May 1970 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 08 May 1970 - MARTD - NAS Alameda, CA
    • 148452 C/N 12645
      • 03 Nov 1969 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 01 Jan 1970 - MARTD - NAS New York, NY

      • 26 Apr 1970 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 17 May 1970 - MARTD - NAS New York, NY
    • 148463 C/N 12656
      • 01 Nov 1969 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 22 Jan 1970 - MARTD - NAS New York, NY

      • 10 Feb 1970 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 01 Aug 1970 - VSF-86 - NAS New Orleans, LA
    • 148479 C/N 12672
      • 28 Oct 1969 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 22 Jan 1970 - MARTD - NAS New York, NY

      • 10 Feb 1970 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 29 Jun 1970 - NAS New York - Convert to A-4L
      • 08 Oct 1970 - VA-204 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
    • 148483 C/N 12676
      • 13 Nov 1969 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 01 Jan 1970 - MARTD - NAS New York, NY
    • 148491 C/N 12684
      • 03 Nov 1969 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 09 Jul 1970 - VSF-76 - NAS New Orleans, LA
    • 148502 C/N 12695
      • 01 May 1970 - NAS - New York, NY
      • 08 May 1970 - NAS - NAS Los Alamitos, CA
    • 148503 C/N 12696
      • 01 May 1970 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 15 May 1970 - MARTD - NAS Alameda, CA
    • 148515 C/N 12708
      • 04 Oct 1969 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 28 Feb 1970 - Stricken - 1S
    • 148517 C/N 12710
      • 29 Oct 1969 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 03 Jul 1970 - VSF-86 - NAS New Orleans, LA
    • 148555 C/N 12748
      • 23 Feb 1970 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 08 Mar 1970 - NAS - NAS Los Alamitos, CA
    • 148589 C/N 12782
      • 30 Oct 1969 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 22 Jan 1970 - MARTD - NAS New York, NY

      • 10 Feb 1970 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 06 Jun 1970 - NAS - NAS New Orleans, LA
    • 148591 C/N 12784
      • 01 Apr 1970 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 04 Jun 1970 - NAS - NAS New Orleans, LA
    • 149506 c/n 12831
      • 01 May 1970 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 08 May 1970 - NARTU - NAS Alameda, CA
    • 149565 c/n 12890
      • 13 Nov 1969 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 01 Jan 1970 - MARTD - NAS New York, NY

      • 26 Apr 1970 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 17 May 1970 - MARTD - NAS New York, NY
    • 149575 c/n 12900
      • 08 Aug 1970 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 04 Sep 1970 - MARTD - NAS South Weymouth, MA
    • 149600 c/n 12925
      • 01 May 1970 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 07 May 1970 - NAS - NAS Los Alamitos, CA
    • 149608 c/n 12933
      • 01 May 1970 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 08 May 1970 - NARTU - NAS Alameda, CA
    • 149617 c/n 12942
      • 15 Nov 1969 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 01 Jan 1970 - MARTD - NAS New York, NY

      • 26 Apr 1970 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 17 May 1970 - MARTD - NAS New York, NY
    • 149630 c/n 12955
      • 01 Feb 1970 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 07 Feb 1970 - NARTU - NAS Memphis, TN
    • 149635 c/n 12960
      • 28 Oct 1969 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 08 Jun 1970 - NAS - NAS New Orleans, LA
    • 149646 c/n 12971
      • 13 Nov 1969 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 01 Jan 1970 - MARTD - NAS New York, NY

 

 

 

  • Douglas A4D-2N (A-4C) Skyhawk
    • 145082 c/n 12328
      • 27 Sep 1972 - MARTD - NAF Willow Grove, PA
      • 05 Nov 1974 - NAS - NAS Memphis, TN
    • 147678 C/N 12442
      • 04 Aug 1972 - MARTD - NAF Willow Grove, PA
      • 04 Aug 1972 - MARTD - NAF Willow Grove, PA
    • 147723 C/N 12487
      • 19 Sep 1970 - MARTD - NAF Willow Grove, PA
      • 05 Jan 1971 - MARTD - Convert to A-4L
      • 13 Apr 1971 - VA-204 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
    • 147735 C/N 12499
      • 13 Sep 1970 - MARTD - NAF Willow Grove, PA
      • 01 Oct 1970 - MARTD - NAS New York, NY

      • 01 Nov 1970 - MARTD - NAF Willow Grove, PA
      • 01 Mar 1975 - Stricken - 1SO
    • 147779 C/N 12543
      • 02 Feb 1971 - MARTD - NAF Willow Grove, PA
      • 22 Nov 1975 - MASDC - Davis-Mothan AFB, Tucson, AZ
    • 147788 C/N 12552
      • 04 Apr 1974 - MARTD - NAF Willow Grove, PA
      • 23 Apr 1975 - Stricken - 3SO
    • 147822 C/N 12586
      • 01 Feb 1971 - MARTD - NAS Willow Grove, PA
      • 23 Jul 1972 - Stricken - 1S
    • 147835 C/N 12599
      • 14 Sep 1972 - MARTD - NAF Willow Grove, PA
      • 27 Sep 1975 - MASDC - Davis-Mothan AFB, Tucson, AZ
    • 147841 C/N 12605
      • 16 Jan 1971 - MARTD - NAF Willow Grove, PA
      • 04 Nov 1971 - NAS - NAS Glynco, GA
    • 148439 C/N 12632
      • 13 Sep 1970 - MARTD - NAF Willow Grove, PA
      • 31 Dec 1970 - MASDC - Davis-Mothan AFB, Tucson, AZ
    • 148452 C/N 12645
      • 16 Sep 1970 - MARTD - NAS Willow Grove, PA
      • 04 Apr 1974 - MASDC - Davis-Mothan AFB, Tucson, AZ
    • 148483 C/N 12676
      • 19 Sep 1970 - MARTD - NAF Willow Grove, PA
      • 09 Mar 1975 - MARTD - NAS Alameda, CA
    • 148558 C/N 12751
      • 02 Feb 1971 - MARTD - NAF Willow Grove, PA
      • 13 Nov 1971 - NAS - NAS Glynco, GA
    • 148569 C/N 12762
      • 05 Apr 1974 - MARTD - NAF Willow Grove, PA
      • 15 Oct 1974 - NAS - NAS Memphis, TN
    • 148602 C/N 12795
      • 01 Oct 1970 - MARTD - NAS Willow Grove, PA
      • 08 Oct 1970 - MARTD Willow Grove - Convert to A-4L
      • 01 Feb 1971 - MARTD - NAS Memphis, TN
    • 148605 C/N 12798
      • 02 Oct 1970 - MARTD - NAF Willow Grove, PA
      • 28 Dec 1971 - NAS - NAS Glynco, GA
    • 148606 C/N 12799
      • 27 Aug 1971 - MARTD - NAS Willow Grove, PA
      • 30 Jul 1975 - MASDC - Davis-Mothan AFB, Tucson, AZ
    • 149489 c/n 12814
      • 09 Nov 1971 - MARTD - NAS Willow Grove, PA
      • 16 May 1975 - MASDC - Davis-Mothan AFB, Tucson, AZ
    • 149492 c/n 12817
      • 13 Sep 1970 - MARTD - NAF Willow Grove, PA
      • 28 Oct 1975 - MASDC - Davis-Mothan AFB, Tucson, AZ
    • 149565 c/n 12890
      • 13 Sep 1970 - MARTD - NAS Willow Grove, PA
      • 25 Jun 1971 - Stricken - 1S
    • 149580 c/n 12905
      • 07 Jan 1971 - MARTD - NAS Willow Grove, PA
      • 20 Jun 1976 - MASDC - Davis-Mothan AFB, Tucson, AZ
    • 149587 c/n 12912
      • 16 Jan 1971 - MARTD - NAS Willow Grove, PA
      • 14 Apr 1976 - MASDC - Davis-Mothan AFB, Tucson, AZ
    • 149617 c/n 12942
      • 01 Oct 1970 - MARTD - NAS Willow Grove, PA
      • 30 Apr 1974 - MASDC - Davis-Mothan AFB, Tucson, AZ
    • 149646 c/n 12971
      • 19 Oct 1970 - MARTD - NAS Willow Grove, PA
      • 10 Nov 1970 - MARTD Willow Grove - Convert to A-4L
      • 12 Feb 1971 - MARTD - NAS Memphis, TN
  • Douglas A4D-5 (A4-E) Skyhawk
    • 149989 c/n 13042
      • 20 Feb 1975 - MARTD - NAF Willow Grove, PA
      • 26 Aug 1979 - Stricken - 1SO
    • 150001 c/n 13054
      • 28 Aug 1975 - MARTD - NAF Willow Grove, PA
      • 30 Apr 1979 - H&MS-49 Det Willow Grove - NAS Pensacola, FL
    • 150013 c/n 13066
      • 26 Feb 1975 - MARTD - NAF Willow Grove, PA
      • 13 Apr 1979 - H&MS-49 Det Willow Grove - NAF Willow Grove, PA
    • 150596 c/n 13007
      • 04 Oct 1971 - MARTD - NAS Willow Grove, PA
      • 08 May 1973 - Stricken - 1S
    • 151030 c/n 13200
      • 29 Mar 1975 - MARTD - NAF Willow Grove, PA
      • 01 Jul 1978 - H&MS-49 Det Willow Grove - NAF Willow Grove, PA
    • 151036 c/n 13206
      • 01 Apr 1975 - MARTD - NAF Willow Grove, PA
      • 08 May 1979 - H&MS-49 Det Willow Grove - NAS Pensacola, FL
    • 151038 c/n 13208
      • 07 Aug 1975 - MARTD - NAF Willow Grove, PA
      • 10 Apr 1979 - H&MS-49 Det Willow Grove - NAF Willow Grove, PA
    • 151044 c/n 13214
      • 21 May 1975 - MARTD - NAF Willow Grove, PA
      • 01 Oct 1978 - H&MS-49 Det Willow Grove - NAF Willow Grove, PA
    • 151046 c/n 13216
      • 07 Feb 1975 - MARTD - NAF Willow Grove, PA
      • 12 Apr 1978 - H&MS-49 Det Willow Grove - NAF Willow Grove, PA
    • 151078 c/n 13248
      • 03 Dec 1975 - MARTD - NAF Willow Grove, PA
      • 22 Jun 1979 - H&MS-49 Det Willow Grove - NAF Willow Grove, PA
    • 151090 c/n 13260
      • 27 Aug 1976 - MARTD - NAF Willow Grove, PA
      • 19 Apr 1977 - H&MS-49 Det Willow Grove - NAF Willow Grove, PA
    • 151095 c/n 13265
      • 19 Sep 1976 - MARTD - NAF Willow Grove, PA
      • 16 Jan 1979 - H&MS-49 Det South Weymouth - NAS South Weymouth, MA
    • 151194 c/n 13364
      • 02 Jun 1978 - MARTD - NAF Willow Grove, PA
      • 02 Jun 1978 - H&MS-49 Det Willow Grove - NAF Willow Grove, PA
    • 152061 c/n 13449
      • 08 Jun 1975 - MARTD - NAF Willow Grove, PA
      • 26 Apr 1977 - H&MS-49 Det Willow Grove - NAF Willow Grove, PA
    • 152070 c/n 13458
      • 28 Feb 1975 - MARTD - NAS Willow Grove, PA
      • 21 Jun 1978 - H&MS-49 Det Willow Grove - NAS Willow Grove, PA
    • 152081 c/n 13469
      • 09 Oct 1975 - MARTD - NAF Willow Grove, PA
      • 15 May 1979 - H&MS-49 Det Willow Grove - NAS Pensacola, FL

  • Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk
    • 155103 c/n 13919
      • 24 Oct 1974 - MARTD - NAF Willow Grove, PA
      • 11 Mar 1979 - H&MS-49 Det Willow Grove - NAF Willow Grove, PA
    • 156933 c/n 14026
      • 04 Nov 1974 - MARTD - NAF Willow Grove, PA
      • 09 Jan 1977 - H&MS-49 Det Willow Grove - NAF Willow Grove, PA

 


Commanding Officers

 

 

 

  • Dates of Command- - - - - - - - - Commanding Officer
  • April 1958 - April 1961 - - - - - Maj L. J. Downes
  • April 1961 - June 1962- - - - - - LtCol Hindrim
  • June 1962 - July 1963 - - - - - - LtCol R. Henshall *
  • June 1963 - September 1963- - - - LtCol P. W. Dougherty - (acting CO)
  • September 1963 - March 1965 - - - LtCol P. W. Dougherty
  • March 1965 - March 1967 - - - - - LtCol J. Hendershot
  • March 1967 - June 1969- - - - - - LtCol W. Mitchell
  • June 1969 - June 1971 - - - - - - LtCol J. P. Warrender
  • June 1971 - August 1973 - - - - - LtCol P. P. Gaenzler
  • August 1973 - August 1975 - - - - LtCol. John R. Powers
  • August 1975 - September 1977- - - LtCol G.R. Omrod
  • September 1977 - September 1979 - LtCol J.R. Shea
  • September 1979 - September 1981 - LtCol B. C. Dyer
  • September 1981 - August 1983- - - LtCol D. Muir
  • August 1983 - August 1985 - - - - LtCol R. L. Beavis
  • August 1985 - August 1987 - - - - LtCol R. B. McVey
  • August 1987 - August 1989 - - - - LtCol E. L. Bishop
  • August 1989 - August 1991 - - - - LtCol J. J. Kuzmick
  • August 1991 - August 1993 - - - - LtCol F. A. Feltenberger
  • August 1993 - November 1996 - - - Col G. C. Lake
  • November 1996 - March 1998- - - - LtCol J. F. Rufo
  • March 1998 - December 1998- - - - LtCol M. D. Volland

  • * Killed during AT, July 1963 at MCAS, Cherry Point

  • Corrected CO list from Tom Simmons and Bob Beavis


Events

  • April 15, 1958
    On 15 April 1958 Marine Fighter Squadron 131 ( VMF-131) was activated into the Organized Marine Corps Reserve at Naval Air Station, Brooklyn New York (Floyd Bennett Field). In 1962 it changed its designation to Marine Attack Squadron 131 (VMA-131).
  • July 24, 1963
    VMA-131 CO Lt. Col. Robert V. Henshall perished in A-4B BuNo 142107 on landing at MCAS Cherry Point, NC
    Statesville, NC, Statesville Record & Landmark, Thursday, July 25, 1963
  • July 23, 1972
    While on a training flight, an unidentified Willow Grove, PA VMA-131 pilot ejected safely and was recovered from the North East Cape Fear (NC) river. His A-4C BuNo 147822 crashed on a farm in Fender County, NC.
    Burlington, NC, Times-News, Monday, July 24, 1972
  • May 8, 1973
    Marine Capt. R. W. Strasburg ejected safely from A-4C BuNo 150596 over Hatfield, PA, after he detected vibrations in the cockpit while on a training flight from NAS Memphis, TN.
    Photo by Art Wilkinson via Ron Picciani
    Bucks County, PA, Today's Spirit
  •  
  • March 1, 1975
    Maj. Ralph S. Dilullo ejected safely when he experienced mechanical difficulties and his A-4C BuNo 147735 slammed into a wooded hillside and exploded in rural Northampton Township, PA.
    Bucks County, PA, Courier Times, Sunday, March 2, 1975
    Doylestown, PA, The Daily Intelligencer, Monday, March 3, 1975
  • August 26, 1979
    Capt. Robert M Baker was killed when his A-4E BuNo 149989 exploded 500 feet in the air, ripping off the tail and crashing into a cemetery less than a mile south of the air station.
    Bucks County, PA, The Daily Intelligencer, Monday, August 27, 1979
    Doylestown, PA, The Daily Intelligencer, Tuesday, August 28, 1979
  •  
  • May 5, 1984
    XO LtCol Bob "Beak" McVey ejected from his A-4E BuNo 149654 following a bird strike through the right front windscreen while landing at NAS Cecil Field, FL. The plane so well trimmed that it flew until it ran out of fuel and, fortunately, plummeted to earth without any loss of life.
  •  
  • May 1984
    After a bad day with the "Tanker".
    VMA-131 was on a two week ATD to NAS Cecil with our E's. Our arrival airshow included the XO taking a bird through the right front windscreen and ejecting with the plane so well trimmed that if flew until it ran out of gas and, fortunately, plummeted to earth without any loss of life with the exception of the avian FOD.
    Later in the det, I was on a wing going to a tanker for a night plug and some night work at Pinecastle. The basket was dead and before I could do anything, I owned it. The fireball my flight lead said he saw envelop the jet blew the door out of the intake into the hell hole and severed the hydraulics. The maintenance guys did not know how the airplane flew as long as it did with the FOD damage to the engine.
    Recovered at Cecil after I chained the gear down, hook skipped at both ends and managed to stop by doing circles on the run up pad at the west end of the runway. Once again, luck outfoxed skill and here's the picture to prove it.
    Gene "Blade" Atwell, former USMC Skyhawk Aviator
  •  
  • January 12, 1990
    Capt. Duane Pandorf ejected safely 1 mile from NAS Willow Grove, PA before his VMA-131 A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 158149 clipped a one-story car leasing company building and a home beside it on Route 611, skidded along the path of the city street about a half-block down a slight hill and came to rest at a stop sign at the intersection of Broadway and Willow Avenues.
    Unknown newspaper, Saturday January 13, 1990
    Doylestown, PA, The Daily Intelligencer , Sunday, January 14, 1990
  •  
  • June 22, 1994:
    Naval Air Station Willow Grove just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was on this day that members of VMA-131 witnessed the retirement of the last USMC A-4s, which were at the time being flown by the Diamondbacks, members of Marine Aircraft Group 49, Fourth Marine Aircraft Wing. Visitors included many Skyhawk pilots and support crews, aviation greats like Mr. Bob Rahn and friends of the Skyhawk.
    Four aircraft took part in the ceremonies, three in standard grey paint schemes applied to USMC A-4s and one painted up in VMA-131 Squadron colors. This aircraft also displayed the time of service of the A4 in the USMC as well as the name of the Group Commander. This small flight took off, returned in the missing man formation and rejoined as a flight of four. Following an overhead with tailhooks down, the A4s roared into the break and one by one landed. The last A4, flown by a very good friend of mine taxied in with it's break chute deployed.
    Taking part in the flight were four senior Marine Scooter pilots, the last Marine Skyhawk pilots to serve:
    • Col. George "Eagle" Lake
    • LtCol. John "Baja" Rufo
    • Maj. Dave "Yoda" Hurston
    • Maj. Mike "Struts" Volland

    Both Baja and Struts later commanded VMA-131 and it's Marines is operations after the retirement of their A4s. Struts was the final C.O. of the Diamondbacks and retired the squadron in December of 1998. Again, I was honored to receive his personal invitation and traveled from college to attend. A sad day for the fans of the A4 both civilian and military, the Nation it protected and served, and the United States Marine Corps.
    From "BladeTwoOne", dated 9/14/2003.


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Photographs


NOV 1970: MARTD Willow Grove BuNo 148439 A-4C 148439 lost its canopy on take-off from runway 33 at NAS Willow Grove.
Ron Picciani

MAR 1972: BuNo 140596, 5W-03 and 147735, 5W-07 take-off. 1450596 assigned 04 OCT 1971 MARTD NAS Willow Grove, destroyed 8 May 1973 while assigned to VMA-131, modex QG-03.
SEP 1972: BuNo 155096
Photo by Frank J. Klaiss from Ron Picciani.

Circa 1972 VMA-131 pilots.Unit photo, Lt.Col. John Powers as C.O.
Pic Two
R.L. Beavis photos.

BuNo 158179, QG-03, as the pilot watches two Skyhawks execute a formation takeoff.
John Binford

BuNo 160024, QG-00, Viper parked on the ramp.
John Binford

MAR 1973: 150596 at NAS Willow Grove
BuNo 150596 destroyed the evening of 8 Sept., 1973. Marine Capt. R. W. Strasburg ejected safely over Colmar, PA, on return flight from NAS Memphis to NAS Willow Grove.

BuNo 152070

BuNo 151988

BuNo 158179, VMA-131 QG-05, on the ramp.

1974: BuNo 147735, QG-07, parked on the ramp.
Unknown photographer via W. Mutza

SEP 1975:
VMA-131 BuNo 149492.
T-28 at right is 2W-311.
Photographer is unknown, from Gary Verver.

OCT 1976: left rear view of Diamondback Skyhawk BuNo 149989, QG-10, MARTD Willow Grove. MAG-4 TA-4J BuNo 155103, QZ-00, in the foreground.
A. Hafter

date unknown:
right side view of VMA-131 Diamondbacks A-4E BuNo 152061
, QG-02, on the ramp at an unknown location. VMA-131 A-4E QG-04 at right.
photographer unknown.

Date unknown:
VMA-131 A-4M BuNo 159785,
QG-09.
From W. Munzenmaier?, from Gary Verver.

19 DEC 1975:
VMA-131 A-4E BuNo 152070, QG-01
.
Photographer unknown.

Diamondbacks Skyhawk BuNo 147835, QG-02, parked on the ramp.
Lionel Paul

Someone (Gene Atwell) had a bad day at the Tanker!
"Boom" Powell

Diamondbacks Skyhawk BuNo 150121, tail code QG, releasing Snakeye retarded fin bombs.
USMC photo via CAPT Hook (Wynn Foster).

BuNo 152061, QG-02 and TER's.
Gary Verver Collection.

12 Oct 1977 Dragons Syhawk BuNo 155018, ME-12, based at Alameda, CA parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

1977-1987:
VMA-131 A-4E 152061
, QG-02, location unknown
Photographer unknown.

MAR 1978: Willow Grove based Diamondbacks Skyhawk BuNo 151036, QG-07, parked on the ramp.
Bill Curry

21 MAY 1978:
right side view of VMA-131 Diamondbacks A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 151090
, QG-12, on the ramp during an Open House at NAS Glenview. KC-130F Hercules BuNo 149811, QH-811, ended up as a live fire target at China Lake.
photographer unknown.

19OCT1978: BuNu 151984 is used as a backdrop for unit photo.
Photo provided by Bob Beavis

JUN 1978:
right side view of VMA-131 Diamondbacks A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 151090
, QG-12, on the ramp at an unknown location. USMC A-6A Intruder in the background is BuNo 152902 and the XF F-14 Tomcat belongs to VX-4.
photo by P. Stevens.

19 OCT 1978: BuNu 151984 closeup during unit photo.
Photo provided by Bob Beavis

Col Beavis' A-4 gets a fill up
Photo provided by KC-135 crewman

18 March 1979 MARTD Willow Grove Skyhawk BuNo 155103, QZ-000, parked on the line. VMA-131 Diamondbacks Skyhawk BuNo 152081, QG-04, at left.
Gary Verver Collection

May 1979 Diamondbacks Skyhawk 151030, QG-08, on the flight line.
Gary Verver Collection.

May 1979 Diamondbacks Skyhawk 151090, QG-02, on the flight line.
Gary Verver Collection.

MAY 1979: Diamondbacks Skyhawk BuNo 151044, QG-05, parked on the ramp. A-4E BuNo 151070 in the background.
Dave Steinbacker

Diamondbacks Skyhawk 151090, QG-02, parked on the flight line.
Gary Verver Collection.

16 AUG 1979:
left side view of VMA-131 Diamondbacks A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 152081
, QG-04, on the ramp at an unknown location with a MER and six practice bombs on #2 and a centerline drop tank. VMA-131 A-4E QG-12 at left.
Photographer unknown.

BuNo.149989
Gary Verver Collection.

November 1979: VMA-131 Diamondbacks A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 152061, QG-02, NAS Willow Grove.
Official U.S. Navy photo

17 Januqry 1980: A-4E Skyhawk BuNo. 150001
A VMA-131 Diamondback Skyhawk A-4E QG 11 banks over the runway at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona. VMA-131 was on a det to Yuma.
Photograph by Harry S. Gann

A-4M Skyhawk BuNo. 158182
VMA-131 QG 00, "Old Double Nuts" needed an engine change while on deployment at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona during February or March 1979.

After the engine change the Skyhawk was towed from the hangar and the "Hot Rod" broke through the revetment paving and sank to its starboard pylons in the ground. A water leak from a nearby wash rack had excavated a chamber under the pavement and the weight of the Skyhawk collapsed the asphalt. The "Tinker Toy" then sank into the eroded chamber.

The Marine crash crew manned the "Cherry Picker" and hoisted the Skyhawk from its predicament without damage. Two days later the "Swell if its Mattel" flew to its Willow Grove homebase.
Photograph by and from Randy Toskin

Circa 1980: Diamondback Skyhawk BuNo 149989, QG-10, MARTD Willow Grove.

1980 BuNo 150001, QG-11, tied down on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

BuNo.149587 Diamondbacks Skyhawk, QG-100, at rest in the Arizona sunshine.
Courtesy of T.R. Waddington, G. Verver collection

16 MAY 1981:
right side view of VMA-131 Diamondbacks A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 150121
, QG-10, in a two-tone grey lo-vis paint scheme on the ramp at Chicago O’Hare.
photographer unknown.

16 MAY 1981:
right side view of VMA-131 Diamondbacks A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 150121
, QG-10, in a two-tone grey lo-vis paint scheme on the ramp at Chicago O’Hare.
photographer unknown.

16 MAY 1981:
right rear view of VMA-131 Diamondbacks A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 150121
, QG-10, in a two-tone grey lo-vis paint scheme on the ramp at Chicago O’Hare.
photographer unknown.

16 MAY 1981:
right front view of VMA-131 Diamondbacks A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 150121
, QG-10, in a two-tone grey lo-vis paint scheme on the ramp at Chicago O’Hare.
photographer unknown.

12 July 1981 BuNo 151046, on the flight line.
Gary Verver Collection

DEC 1981: BuNo 151038, QG-06, parked on the ramp.
Rob Mignard

Dec 1982 Skyhawk 151030, QG-08, on the flight line in low-vis gray.
Gary Verver Collection

02 Dec 1982 BuNo 151030, QG-08, on the flight line in low-vis gray.
Photo by Ted Paskowski, G. Verver collection

04 Dec 1982 BuNo 152061, QG-02, parked on the ramp.
Photo by Ted Paskowski, G. Verver collection

29 Jan 1983 BuNo 151030, QG-08, on the flight line in low-vis gray.
Photo by Ted Paskowski, G. Verver collection

29 Jan 1983 BuNo 151038, QG-06, on the flight line in low-vis gray.
Photo by Ted Paskowski, G. Verver collection

Feb 1983 Diamondbacks Skyhawk BuNo 149654, QG-04, parked on the ramp.
W. Hartman, G. Verver collection

FEB 1983:
right side view of VMA-131 Diamondbacks A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 151090
, QG-12, on the ramp with a centerline tank at Peterson AFB, Colorado Springs, CO.
photo by Werner Hartman.

FEB 1983:
VMA-131 A-4E BuNo 151090, QG-12

Photo from W. Hartman, G. Verver Collection

24 July 1983 BuNo 151046, QG-00, on the flight line.
Photo by Ted Paskowski, G. Verver collection

24 July 1983 BuNo 152061, QG-02, parked on the ramp.
Photo by Ted Paskowski, G. Verver collection

Aug 1983 BuNo 152072, QG-15, on the flight line.
Gary Verver Collection.

29 Jan 1984 BuNo 150001, QG-11, tied down on the ramp.
Photo by Ted Paskowski, G. Verver collection

29 Jan 1984 Diamondbacks Skyhawk BuNo 149654, QG-04, parked on the ramp.
Photo by Ted Paskowski, G. Verver collection

May 1984 BuNo 152072, QG-15, on the flight line.
Gary Verver Collection.

1984: R.L. "Beaver" Beavis boarding VMA-131 QG-07 at Alpena, Michigan.
Photo of R.L. Beavis snuggled up next to a KC-135 tanker.
R.L. Beavis

Aug 1985 BuNo 152070, QG-01.
Gary Verver Collection

July 1986 Diamongbacks Skyhawk BuNo 152072, QP-15, being towed across the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

26 JUL 1986:
BuNo 152072, an A-4E,
on display at a Dayton OH air show.
W. Munzenmeir

July 1987 Diamondbacks Skyhawk 151046, QG-00, on the flight line.
Gary Verver Collection

26 JUL 1986: BuNo 152072, QP-15, parked on the ramp.
W. Munzenmaier

BuNo.160024
Wynn Foster (Captain Hook).

24 July 1988:
right front view of VMA-131 Diamondbacks A-4M BuNo 158435
, QG-14, with a centerline tank on the ramp at Dayton, OH in a lo-vis grey paint scheme.
photo from W. Munzenmaier.

14 APR 1990:
VMA-131 A-4M BuNo 158166, QG-02,
14 APR 1990 at NAS Willow Grove.
Photographer unknown from Verver collection.

A-4M Skyhawk BuNo. 160024
A-4M Skyhawk BuNo. 160024 side number QG 06 of VMA-131 "Diamondbacks", USMC Reserve, based at Naval Air Station Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. Photographed at Naval Air Station Atlanta in standard Tactical Paint Scheme grays, complete with low-viz "diamond stripe" on July 30, 1991.
From a photograph by Frank J. Mirande.

12 Aug 1990 BuNo 158161, QG-04, assigned to MAJ Wilson parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

12 Aug 1990 left front view of Diamondbacks Skyhawk BuNo 158161, QG-04, assigned to MAJ Wilson parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

12 Aug 1990 left side view of Diamondbacks Skyhawk BuNo 158161, QG-04, assigned to MAJ Wilson parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

12 Aug 1990 right front view of Diamondbacks Skyhawk BuNo 158179, QG-05, assigned to MAJ Carite parked on the flight line.
Gary Verver Collection

12 Aug 1990 head on view of Diamondbacks Skyhawk BuNo 158179, QG-05, assigned to MAJ Carite parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

12 Aug 1990 close-up nose section view of Diamondbacks Skyhawk BuNo 158179, QG-05, assigned to MAJ Carite parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

12 Aug 1990 BuNo 158179, QG-05, assigned to MAJ Carite parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

12 Aug 1990 left side view of Diamondbacks Skyhawk BuNo 158179, QG-05, assigned to MAJ Carite parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

12 Aug 1990 close-up view of Diamonbacks Skyhawk BuNo 158414, wing mounted TER & ordnance.
Gary Verver Collection

Date unknown:
VMA-131 BuNo 150001
parked on the ramp.
Photo from G.B. Rhodes

Circa 1990:
Pic1
Pic2
Col Bob "Beaver" Beavis on the ladder of BuNo 158161, QG-04 of VMA-131.
Photo from Bob Beavis.

29 April 1992:
VMA-133 A-4M BuNo 158155, ME-05,
at NAS Alameda.
Copyright photo by W. Munzenmaier

VMA-131 A-4M BuNo 158161, QG-04, undated.
From W. Munzenmaier

12 Aug 1990: close-up tail section view of Diamonbacks Skyhawk BuNo 158414, tail code QG.
Gary Verver Collection

1992: VMA-131 Diamondbacks A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 160024, QG-00, location unknown.
Unknown

01 MAY 1992: <VMA-131 A-4M BuNo 159788, QG-00.
Photo by Tom Kaminski.

21 June 1992: BuNo 158179, apparently being salvaged for parts.
Gary Verver Collection

21 June 1992: second shot of BuNo 158179, apparently being salvaged for parts.
Gary Verver Collection

July 1992 BuNo 158161, Diamondbacks Skyhawk BuNo 158161, QG-104, parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

July 1992 BuNo 159780, QG-12, parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

July 1992 BuNo 159780, QG-12, parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

July 1992 right side tail section view of Diamondbacks Skyhawk BuNo 159780, QG-12, parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

12 NOV 1992:
VMA-131 A-4M BuNo 159779, QG-07,
12 NOV 1992.
Photo by P. Becker from Verver collection.

Jun 1993 BuNo 159781, QG-08, parked on the ramp with a centerline tank.
Photo by Joe Cupido

Rare, possibly only, series of photos of decorated protective headgear.
JUN 1993:



Photos by Joe Cupido

JUL 1994:




Photos by Joe Cupido

"BladeTwoOne" seated in what would become a treasure of the Delaware Valley Historical Aircraft Association: "VIPER 01"
Photo by Sgt. B.R.Edoo, VMA-131 1998

21 June 1992 BuNo 159788, QG-00, parked on the ramp with the hook down.
Gary Verver Collection

JUN 1993:
VMA-131 Diamondbacks A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 158155
, QG-01, coming in for a landing at NAS Fallon. Name below the cockpit is LTCOL “Ax" Feltenberger, name on the nose gear door is SSGT D.M. Smalls & below that Dave Nice.
Copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

JUN 1993:
right side view of VMA-131 Diamondbacks A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 158155
, QG-01, taxiing at NAS Fallon with an ACMI on #1. Name below the cockpit is LTCOL “Ax” Feltenberger, name on the nose gear door is SSGT D. M. Smalls & below that Dave Nice.
Copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

JUN 1993:
VMA-131 Diamondbacks A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 158155
, QG-01, in-flight with Mk-82 Snakeyes over a NAS Fallon range with VMA-131 A-4M BuNo 160024, QG-00. Name below the cockpit is LTCOL “Ax” Feltenberger. QG-00 has COL W. A. Simpson, Commanding Officer, MAG-49.
Copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

JUN 1993:
VMA-131 Diamondbacks A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 158155
, QG-01, cockpit close-up as it comes in for a landing at NAS Fallon. Name below the cockpit is LTCOL “Ax” Feltenberger, name on the nose gear door is SSGT D.M. Smalls & below that Dave Nice.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

JUN 1993:
VMA-131 Diamondbacks A-4M Skyhawk formation with Snakeyes on the wing stations near NAS Fallon
, top to bottom BuNo 160024, QG-00, BuNo 158155, QG-01, and BuNo 158479, QG-05.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

JUN 1993:
VMA-131 Diamondbacks A-4M Skyhawk formation with Snakeyes on the wing stations near NAS Fallon
, top to bottom BuNo 160024, QG-00, BuNo 158155, QG-01, and BuNo 158479, QG-05.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

JUN 1993:
VMA-131 Diamondbacks A-4M Skyhawk formation near NAS Fallon
, top to bottom BuNo 160024, QG-00, BuNo 158155, QG-01, and BuNo 158479, QG-05.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

JUN 1993:
VMA-131 Diamondbacks A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 159479
, QG-05, taxiing at NAS Fallon with a FFAR ZUNI pod on #5, Snakeyes on #1, #2 and #4 and a centerline tank.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

JUN 1993:
VMA-131 Diamondbacks A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 159479
, QG-05, taxiing at NAS Fallon with a FFAR ZUNI pod on #5, Snakeyes on #1, #2 and #4 and a centerline tank.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

JUN 1993:
VMA-131 Diamondbacks A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 159479
, QG-05, taxiing at NAS Fallon with a napalm canister on #5, Snakeyes on #1, #2 and #4 and a centerline tank.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

JUN 1993:
VMA-131 A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 159779
, QG-07, on the ramp with the hell hole doors open and a centerline tank in front of hangar #2 at NAS Fallon.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

JUN 1993:
VMA-131 Diamondbacks A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 159785
, QG-09, taxiing at NAS Fallon, AMSI instrument on #4 and a centerline tank.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

JUN 1993:
VMA-131 Diamondbacks A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 159785
, QG-09, at NAS Fallon, FAE ordnance. Name below the canopy is CAPT (????) & his call sign looks like Pokey. Name on the landing gear door is SGT J. A. Jerome & below that “Dog”.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

JUN 1993:
VMA-131 Diamondbacks A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 159785
, QG-09, at NAS Fallon, FAE ordnance. Name below the canopy is CAPT (????) & his call sign looks like Pokey. Name on the landing gear door is SGT J. A. Jerome & below that “Dog”.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

JUN 1993:
VMA-131 Diamondbacks A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 159785
, QG-09, taxiing at NAS Fallon with FAE ordnance. Name below the canopy is CAPT (????) & his call sign looks like Pokey. Name on the landing gear door is SGT J. A. Jerome & below that “Dog”.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

JUN 1993:
VMA-131 Diamondbacks A-4M Skyhawk formation with Snakeyes on the wing stations near NAS Fallon
, top to bottom BuNo 160024, QG-00, BuNo 158155, QG-01, and BuNo 158479, QG-05. Name below the canopy rail on QG-00 is COL W. A. Simpson, Commanding Officer, MAG-49.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

JUN 1993:
VMA-131 Diamondbacks A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 160024
, QG-00, in-flight near Fallon, Snakeyes on the wing stations and a centerline tank. Name below the canopy is COL W. A. Simpson, Commanding Officer, MAG-49.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

JUN 1993:
VMA-131 Diamondbacks A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 160024
, on final for NAS Fallon with the gear down and speed brakes open.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

JUN 1993:
VMA-131 Diamondbacks A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 160024
, QG-00, in-flight near Fallon with Snakeyes on the wing stations and a centerline tank.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

JUN 1993:
VMA-131 Diamondbacks A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 160024
, QG-00, in-flight near Fallon with Snakeyes on the wing stations and a centerline tank.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

JUN 1993:
cockpit close-up of VMA-131 Diamondbacks A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 160024
, QG-00, in-flight near NAS Fallon.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

JUN 1993:
VMA-131 Diamondbacks A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 160024
, QG-00, on the NAS Fallon runway with Snakeyes on the wing stations and a centerline tank.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

JUN 1993:
VMA-131 Diamondbacks BuNo 160024
, QG-00, on the NAS Fallon ramp with a cart of Mk-83 slicks in the foreground.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

JUN 1993:
VMA-131 Diamondbacks A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 160024
, QG-00, taxis by the photographer at NAS Fallon with a FFAR ZUNI pod on #5, Snakeyes on #1, #2 & #4 and a centerline tank.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

04 JUN 1993:
right side view of VMA-131 Diamondbacks A-4M BuNo 158422
, QG-04, on the ramp at NAS Willow Grove in a lo-vis grey scheme.
photo by W. Munzenmaier.

Jun 1994 BuNo 160024, QG-00, armed with napalm & iron bombs.
Photo by Joe Cupido

Jun 1994 BuNo 160024, QG-00, armed with napalm & iron bombs.
Photo by Joe Cupido

JUN 1994:
VMA-131 Diamondbacks A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 160024
, QG-00, in-flight near MCAS Yuma with VMA-131 A-4M 158422, QG-04, with Snakeyes and FAE ordnance.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

JUN 1994:
VMA-131 Diamondbacks A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 160024
, QG-00, in-flight near MCAS Yuma with VMA-131 A-4M 158422, QG-04, with Snakeyes and FAE ordnance.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

JUN 1994:
VMA-131 Diamondbacks A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 160024
, QG-00, in-flight with a centerline tank near MCAS Yuma.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

JUN 1994:
VMA-131 Diamondbacks A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 160024
, QG-00, in-flight with Snakeyes, FAE and a centerline tank near MCAS Yuma. Name below the canopy rail on is COL W. A. Simpson, Commanding Officer, MAG-49.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

JUN 1994:
VMA-131 Diamondbacks A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 160024
, QG-00, in-flight with a center-line drop tank near MCAS Yuma. Name below the canopy is LTCOL G. E. Lake, Commanding Officer, VMA-131.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

JUN 1994:
VMA-131 Diamondbacks A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 160024
, QG-00, taxiing with Snakeyes, napalm and a centerline tank at MCAS Yuma. Name below the canopy rail is COL W. A. Simpson, Commanding Officer, MAG-49.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

JUN 1994:
VMA-131 Diamondbacks A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 160024
, QG-00, taxiing with Snakeyes, napalm and a centerline tank at MCAS Yuma. Name below the canopy is LTCOL G. E. Lake, Commanding Officer, VMA-131.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

JUN 1994:
VMA-131 Diamondbacks A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 160024
, QG-00, on the MCAS Yuma flightline next to BuNo 158155, QG-01, MCAS Yuma as iron bombs are readied for loading. Name below the canopy rail is COL W. A. Simpson, Commanding Officer, MAG-49.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

JUN 1994:
VMA-131 Diamondbacks A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 160024
, QG-00, on the MCAS Yuma ramp with napalm and Snakeyes. Name below the canopy rail is COL W. A. Simpson, Commanding Officer, MAG-49.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

JUN 1994:
VMA-131 Diamondbacks A-4M Skyhawk tail shots of BuNo 160024
, QG-00, BuNo 158155, QG-01 & BuNo 159785, QG-09, at MCAS Yuma.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

JUN 1994:
VMA-131 Diamondbacks A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 160024
, QG-00, taxiing with napalm and Snakeyes at MCAS Yuma. Name below the canopy rail is COL W. A. Simpson, Commanding Officer, MAG-49.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

JUN 1994:
VMA-131 Diamondbacks A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 160024
, QG-00, taxiing with napalm and Snakeyes at MCAS Yuma. Name below the canopy is LTCOL G. E. Lake, Commanding Officer, VMA-131.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

JUN 1994:
VMA-131 Diamondbacks A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 159785
, QG-09, taxiing at MCAS Yuma, napalm on #1 and #5, Snakeyes on #2 and #4, and a centerline tank.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

JUN 1994:
VMA-131 Diamondbacks A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 159785
, QG-09, taxiing at MCAS Yuma, napalm on #1 and #5, Snakeyes on #2 and #4, and a centerline tank.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

JUN 1994:
VMA-131 Diamondbacks A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 159779
, QG-07, on the ramp with a centerline tank at MCAS Yuma with a pilot and ready to taxi.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

JUN 1994:
VMA-131 Diamondbacks A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 159779
, QG-07, 20mm close-up, MCAS Yuma.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

JUN 1994:
VMA-131 Diamondbacks A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 158173
, QG-02, with Mk-81’s on the wing stations and a centerline tank taxiing at MCAS Yuma.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

JUN 1994:
VMA-131 Diamondbacks A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 158422
, QG-04, in-flight near MCAS Yuma with FAE ordnance on the wing stations and a centerline tank.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

JUN 1994:
VMA-131 Diamondbacks A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 158422
, QG-04, in-flight near MCAS Yuma with FAE ordnance on the wing stations and a centerline tank.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

JUN 1994:
VMA-131 Diamondbacks A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 158422
, QG-04, in-flight near MCAS Yuma with FAE ordnance on the wing stations and a centerline tank.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

JUN 1994:
VMA-131 Diamondbacks A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 158422
, QG-04, in the background, Snakeyes in the foreground at MCAS Yuma.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

JUN 1994:
VMA-131 Diamondbacks A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 158422
, QG-04, on the ramp at MCAS Yuma as the ordies are loading napalm.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

JUN 1994:
VMA-131 Diamondbacks A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 158422
, QG-04, on the ramp at MCAS Yuma as the ordies are loading napalm.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

JUN 1994:
VMA-131 Diamondbacks A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 158155
, QG-01, taxiing with VMA-131 A-4M BuNo 158173, QG-02, at MCAS Yuma. Name below the cockpit is LTCOL “Eagle” Lake, name on the nose gear door is SSGT D.M. Freese and below that Duck. The name below the cockpit on QG-02 is MAJ (????), SSGT S.T. Campbell on the nose gear door.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

JUN 1994:
VMA-131 Diamondbacks A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 158155, QG-01
, with Mk-82 Snakeye’s on #2 & #4 and napalm on #1 and #5 at MCAS Yuma. Name below the cockpit is LTCOL“Eagle” Lake, name on the nose gear door is SSGT D.M. Freese and below that Duck.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

JUN 1994:
VMA-131 Diamondbacks A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 158155, QG-01
, with Mk-82 Snakeye’s on #2 & #4 and napalm on #1 and #5 at MCAS Yuma. Name below the cockpit is LTCOL“Eagle” Lake, name on the nose gear door is SSGT D.M. Freese and below that Duck.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

Col. George Lake with Double Nuts, last of the finest.
A-4M retired from VMA-311 on June 22, 1994, last Marine Skyhawks.
Photo by C.J. Smith 1994.

Aug 1994 tail section BuNo 159781 (at right) parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

Aug 1994 BuNo 160024, QG-00, parked on the ramp. BuNo 159781 at right.
Gary Verver Collection

15 Jun 1996 left side view of Skyhawk BuNo 158182, restored and partially repainted before going on display.
Gary Verver Collection

15 Jun 1996 close-up view of inert 500 lb. bomb on Skyhawk BuNo 158182, restored and partially repainted before going on display.
Gary Verver Collection

VMA-131 DIAMONDBACK A-4M BuNo. 158182 at the Delaware Valley Historical Aviation Association Willow Grove, PA.
VMA-131 DIAMONDBACK A-4M BuNo. 158182

A-4M Skyhawk Bureau Number 158182, flew with VMA-131. This particular aircraft was delivered to the Marines in October 1971. 158182 also saw service with VMA-331 "Bumblebees," VMAT-102, VMA-214 "Black Sheep," MAG-42, and VMA-131 within MAG-49 prior to being stricken from service in June of 1994.

This old gal escaped the smelter and has gone to Skyhawk heaven and immortality with the Delaware Valley Historical Aviation Association, Willow Grove, PA.

As you can see this Skyhawk has been lovingly restored by restoration manager John Benton and the Delaware Valley Historical Aviation Association crew. The insignia art by Gary Campbell depicts a link to the Diamondback's World War II, heritage. If you are close to Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, please drop in and visit this little old lady.

Note the A-10 Warthog parked in the background.
Photograph from Dan Teker

VMA-131 A-4M BuNo. 158182
STARBOARD FRONT QUARTER
Photograph from Dan Teker

VMA-131 A-4M BuNo. 158182
STARBOARD SIDE VIEW
Photograph from Dan Teker

VMA-131 A-4M BuNo. 158182
STARBOARD WW-II RECOGNITION INSIGNIA
Photograph from Dan Teker

VMA-131 A-4M BuNo. 158182
PORT SIDE
Photograph from Dan Teker

VMA-131 A-4M BuNo. 158182
PORT SQUADRON INSIGNIA
Photograph from Dan Teker

 

 

 

 

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BuNo.160024 and admirers.


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  • SGT Mike Cohen, USMC
  • SSGT Randy Toskin, USMC
  • Lt.Col. John Powers USMC (Ret)
  • Lt.Col F. A. "Ax" Feltenberger
  • Harry S. Gann
  • John Binford
  • Frank J. Mirande
  • Dan Teker
  • Wynn "Captain Hook" Foster
  • Joe Cupido>/li>
  • John Gabbard
  • Sgt Russ "Stretch" Cataldo II
  • Ron Picciani

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