VMA-133

VMA-133 Dragons

 

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VMSB-133 - Date Unknown
Provided by John Gabbard


Patch

  • No additional info


Handle

  • Dragons


Heritage

  • VMTB-133 WWII, de-activated 01AUG45
  • VMA-133 Dragons (Reserves); MAG-49 (Regulars)
  • VMA-133, MAG 42 of the 4th MAW
  • 1992: VMA-133 disestablished.


Home Ports

  • Unknown to 1992?: NAS Alameda, CA.
  • 1992? : MCAS Yuma


Air Wings

  • Circa 1977-79: "ME" tail code


Deployments

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Aircraft


Commanding Officers

  • Date? - - - R.V. Jordan


Events

  • August 1, 1945: VMTB-133 de-activated.
  • July 11, 1966
    Marine Capt. Kenneth R, Danison assigned to VMA-133, perished in A-4B BuNo 142789 while on a flight from NAS Alameda to NAS Fallon, NV
    Oakland, CA The Oakland Tribune, July 12, 1966
  • 1975: I was attached to the VMA-133 dragons in 1975. The squadron patch was a dragon with Skyhawks buzzing around it.
    When I first got there in June we had A-4 Charlies, but when the USS Hornet was de-comissioned, I think 1976, we got 14 A-4 Foxtrots from it. Our reserve until was the air support for the east coast grunts, and Cherry Point aircraft were the air support for the 29 Palms grunts in the 200th Marine Corps anniversary war games [2week ATD] in MCAS Yuma, AZ.
    The commandant ordered live ordinance to be dropped close enough to the grunts so that they could "see it, smell it, and taste it!!!". Our XO came back from one of the 28 sorties a day we ran, with a 20mm round in his dashboard, knocking out all his avionics and had to land on visuals only. There was also a F-4 Phantom II that came in with one main strut [right] stuck and went down on its wing half way thru landing and spun out on the runway.
    I don't know which squadron it was with. There were fighter squadrons based full time at Yuma, one I saw had a skull and/or crossbones on the tail-fin. I think it was VMF-211, but not certain.
    The temp was a mild 115 degrees during this 2 week war game.
    On flight line I was the CO's p/c, bird 00.
    David Jones
  • June 24, 1985
    Capt Bill Sanford ejected safely before A-4F BuNo 155057 crashed in a remote area northwest of Yuma, AZ.
  • 1992:
    VMA-133 Disestablished.


Awards

  • No data to date

 

Photographs


Circa 1970:
Flight of four A-4C Skyhawks, believed to be flown by VMA-133
out of NAS Alameda. BuNo 147809, 5G-20 was assigned to NAS Alameda; BuNo 148442, 5G-18 was assigned to NAS Alameda; BuNo. 145078, 5G-16 was assigned to NAS Alameda; and BuNo 147783, 5G-2 was assigned to MARTD Alameda.
Photo from Lt.Col. J.C. Baldwin via his son Joe Baldwin, Jr.

TA-4J 153689 flying through Yosemite with Joe Cupido as the backseater.
"VMA-133 A-4M's headed into Yosemite Park on a VFR low level back to NAS Alameda - three ship down to Chocolate Mountain - Live 500 bomb and rocket deliveries - hit a KC-130 tanker and came home - but one 500 got hung - we landed at George AFB to down-load the bomb - had lunch - low leveled back to Alameda through Yosemite."
AIRFOTO ©Joe Cupido

VMA-133 A-4F BuNo 154194, ME-3 refuels from VAQ-308 EKA-3B Skywarrior ND-631 courtesy of Bob Lawson.

22 SEP 1975:
VMA-133 TA-4J BuNo 153675, ME-15,
22 SEP 1975.
Bill Curry photo, from Gary Verver Collection.

30 Sept 1975 MARTD Alameda Skyhawk BuNo 158517, ME-14, parked on the ramp at an open house.
Gary Verver Collection

24 JAN 1976: On the ramp at Alameda, 149614 VMA-133 ME-09.

25 MAY 1976: BuNo 155025, ME-02, parked on the ramp.
Peter Bergagnini

25 MAY 1976:
VMA-133 A-4F BuNo 154196, ME-05,
25 MAY 1976 at NAS Alameda. At right is ME-13 BuNo 15420? (last digit might be 2).
Photo from P. Bergagnini, from Verver Collection.

25 MAY 1976:
right rear view of VMA-133 Dragons A-4F Skyhawk BuNo 155027
, ME-06, with a pair of wing tanks on the ramp at NAS Alameda.
photo by Peter Bergagnini.

Circa 1977-79: Two A-4F Skyhawks in formation over the CA. foot-hills, BuNo 154194 and 155018. Note the bridge painting on the fueslages.
Photographer unknown

1977: BuNo 155025, ME-02, parked on the flightline.
Rob Mignard

22 Sep 1977 Skyhawk BuNo 155027, ME-06, parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

22 Sep 1977 Dragons Syhawk BuNo 155006, ME-08, based at Alameda, CA parked on the ramp.
Photo by G.B.Rhodes, Gary Verver Collection

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

10 DEC 1977:
right front view of VMA-133 Dragons A-4F Skyhawk BuNo 155025
, ME-02, with a pair of wing tanks on the ramp at NAS Alameda.
photographer unknown.

02 Nov 1978 Dragons Skyhawk BuNo 155009, ME-10, parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

20 NOV 1978:
right side view of VMA-133 Dragons A-4F BuNo 155006
, ME-08, on the ramp with a pair of wing tanks at NAS Alameda.
photo by Alec Molton?.

10 DEC 1977:
VMA-133 Dragons TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 158518
, ME-14, on the ramp at NAS Alameda.
photographer unknown.

date unknown:
left side view of VMA-133 Dragons A-4F Skyhawk BuNo 154987
, ME-01, in-flight with a pair of wing tanks and a TER on #1.
Photographer unknown.

date unknown:
right front view of VMA-133 Dragons A-4F BuNo 155057
, ME-09, on the ramp with a pair of wing tanks and a centerline MBR.
Photographer unknown.

07 FEB 1979: Dragons Skyhawk BuNo 154970, ME-07, parked in the ramp. Dragons Skyhawk BuNo 153675, ME-15, in the right foreground.
Dr. C.A. "Sketch" Eddy

07 FEB 1979: Dragons Skyhawk BuNo 154996, ME-00, parked in the ramp.
Dr. C.A. "Sketch" Eddy

26 APR 1979: Dragons Skyhawk BuNo 155025, ME-02, parked in the hangar.
Dr. C.A. "Sketch" Eddy

11 MAY 1979:
left side view of VMA-133 Dragons A-4F Skyhawk BuNo 154970
, ME-07, with a SHRIKE missile on #1 and a centerline tank on the ramp at what looks to be MCAS Yuma.
photographer unknown.

SEP 1980:
VMA-133 A-4F BuNo 154204,
ME-13, SEP 1980.
Photo by S. Van Anken, from Verver Collection.

NOV 1980:
left front view of VMA-133 Dragons A-4F Skyhawk BuNo 154194
, ME-03, on the ramp at MCAS Yuma with a pair of wing tanks.
photographer unknown.

Dragons Skyhawk BuNo 153675, ME-15, parked on the flight line with a centerline tank.
Gary Verver Collection.

BuNo.147675 USMC Dragons Skyhawk ME-00. on the ramp.
G. Verver collection.

BuNo.148528 USMC Gators Skyhawk on the ramp with intake screens
Courtesy of Gary Verver.

BuNo 154204, ME-13, parked on the ramp with a pair of drop tanks.
Gary Verver Collection

BuNo 154996, ME-00, parked on the flight line.
Gary Verver Collection

1980s 155006, ME-08, parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

BuNo 155072, ME-15, parked on the flight line.
Gary Verver Collection

NOV 1981: BuNo 155057, ME-09, parked on the ramp in an overall gray camouflage scheme.
Photographer unknown

22 MAY 1982:
right side view of VMA-133 Dragons A-4F Skyhawk BuNo 154987
, ME-01, as it taxis by the photographer at Hill AFB, UT.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

01 DEC 1982: Right side view of six A-4F Skyhawk aircraft from Marine Attack Squadron 133 (VMA-133) banking to the left in echelon formation.
Maj. T. Campbell

1 Dec 1982 Crewmen upload three Mark 81 general purpose high explosive bombs aboard an A-4F Skyhawk aircraft from Marine Attack Squadron 133.
Maj. T. Campbell

1 Dec 1982 Crewmen upload three Mark 81 general purpose high explosive bombs aboard an A-4F Skyhawk aircraft from Marine Attack Squadron 133.
Maj. T. Campbell

1 Dec 1982 Crewmen upload three Mark 81 general purpose high explosive bombs aboard an A-4F Skyhawk aircraft from Marine Attack Squadron 133.
Maj. T. Campbell

1 Dec 1982 Crewmen upload three Mark 81 general purpose high explosive bombs aboard an A-4F Skyhawk aircraft from Marine Attack Squadron 133.
Maj. T. Campbell

01 DEC 1982:
Right side view of six A-4F Skyhawk aircraft (L-R: BuNo 155009, ME-10, BuNo 155026, ME-11, unknown, unknown, BuNo 154194, ME-0x and unknown)
from Marine Attack Squadron 133 (VMA-133) banking to the left in echelon formation. Note the Intruder at the very top. looks like it is tail code RM-04 which would make the squadron VMAQ-4.
Photo from Maj. T. Campbell.

13 Aug 1983 BuNo 154203, ME-03, parked on the ramp.
Photo by D. Remington, G. Verver collection

Date unknown:
VMA-133 A-4M BuNo 159781,
ME-09.
Photo from W. Munzenmaier.

Date unknown:
VMA-223 A-4M BuNo 159479, WP-9.
Name below the canopy is Capt. D.F. Goold. A-4M in the background is VMA-133 BuNo 159479, ME-00. Photo from W. Munzenmaier.

Date unknown:
OA-4M, BuNo 154335 of H&MS-13.
A-4F in the background is 154194 (ME-03) of VMA-133.
Photographer & location unknown.

Undated:
VMA-133 A-4M BuNo 158191, ME-03, undated.
From W. Munzenmaier.

Undated:
OA-4M, BuNo 154335 of H&MS-13. A-4F in the background is 154194 (ME-03) of VMA-133.
Photographer & location unknown.

SEP 1985:
VMA-133 A-4F BuNo 154970, ME-07,
SEP 1985.
Photo from D. Slowiak, Gary Verver Collection.

07 JUL 1988: BuNo 155018, ME-12, on final for touchdown.
W. Munzenmaier

07 JUN 1991:
VMA-133 A-4M BuNo 158423,
ME-04, 07 June 1991 at NAS Alameda.
Photographer unknown Gary Verver Collection.

NOV 1991:
VMA-133 Dragons hangar at NAS Alameda
, At far left – the tail is BuNo 159479, ME-06, center rear – the tail is BuNo 159489, ME-07, front right is BuNo 159781, ME-08 and BuNo unknown is at front left with the nose up.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

December 1991:
VMA-133 Dragons A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 160034
, ME-10, taxiing at NAS Alameda with Snakeyes on #1 and #5 and an MBER with practice bombs on the centerline.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

December 1991:
VMA-133 Dragons A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 160034
, ME-10, taxiing at NAS Alameda with Snakeyes on #1 and #5 and an MBER with practice bombs on the centerline.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

DEC 1991:
VMA-133 Dragons A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 158155
, ME-02, enroute over Northern CA to Chocolate Mountain Ranges, flight generated from NAS Alameda. Looks like a 2.75” FFAR launcher on #5.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

DEC 1991:
VMA-133 Dragons A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 158155
, ME-05, enroute to Chocolate Mountain Ranges with a 2.75” FFAR launcher on #1 and Mk-82’s on the centerline - flight generated from NAS Alameda.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

DEC 1991:
VMA-133 Dragons A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 158155
, ME-05, ARBS close-up at NAS Alameda.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

DEC 1991:
VMA-133 Dragons A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 158155
, ME-05, enroute to Chocolate Mountain Ranges with a 2.75” FFAR launcher on #1 and Mk-82’s on the centerline - flight generated from NAS Alameda.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

DEC 1991:
VMA-133 Dragons A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 158155
, ME-05, pilot close-up at NAS Alameda.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

DEC 1991:
VMA-133 Dragons A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 158160
, ME-00, in the hangar at NAS Alameda. VMA-133 A-4M in the background is BuNo 159779, ME-08, and the one in the middle with the tail off looks like BuNo 159489, ME-07.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

DEC 1991:
VMA-133 Dragons A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 158173
, ME-02, in flight with an empty MBER on the centerline VFR RTRB from George AFB after having one hung Mk-81 removed - through Yosemite National Park back to Alameda - Great Flight!
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

DEC 1991:
VMA-133 Dragons A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 158173
, ME-02, in-flight over the Sierras with an empty MBER on the centerline.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

DEC 1991:
VMA-133 Dragons A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 158173
, ME-02, in flight over the Golden Gate bridge.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

DEC 1991:
VMA-133 Dragons A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 158173
, ME-02, in flight over San Francisco Bay VFR RTRB through the bay back to NAS Alameda.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

DEC 1991:
VMA-133 Dragons A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 158173
, ME-02, in-flight over Yosemite National Park.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

DEC 1991:
VMA-133 Dragons A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 158173
, ME-02, taxiing with a MK-81 slick on #5 and a pair of wing tanks at NAS Alameda.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

DEC 1991:
VMA-133 Dragons A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 158173
, ME-02, taxiing with an MBER & practice bombs on the centerline, Mk-81 slicks on #1 & #5 and a pair of wing tanks at NAS Alameda.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

DEC 1991:
VMA-133 Dragons A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 158155
, ME-05, in front of BuNo 158173, ME-02, on the ramp at NAS Alameda with 2.75” FFAR launcher on #1 & #5 and Mk-82 slicks on the centerline MBER. Looks like the San Francisco Bay bridge in the background.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

Date unknown:
head-on view of VMA-133 Dragons A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 158173
, ME-02, taxiing at NAS Alameda with Mk-81 slicks on #1 and #5, an MBER with practice bombs on the centerline and a pair of wing tanks.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

DEC 1991:
VMA-133 Dragons A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 159785
, ME-11, with Mk-81 slicks on #1 and #5, an MBER with practice bombs on the centerline and a pair of wing tanks taxiing at NAS Alameda.
copyright photo by Joe Cupido.

28 APR 1992:
VMA-133 A-4M BuNo 159479,
ME-06, 29 April 1992 at NAS Alameda.
Photo by W. Munzenmaier.

29 APR 1992:
VMA-133 A-4M BuNo 159785,
ME-xx, 29 April 1992 NAS Alameda.
W. Munzenmaier Photo.

29 APR 1992:
VMA-133 A-4M BuNo 159489, ME-07,
29 April 1992 at NAS Alameda.
Photo by W. Munzenmaier.

29 APR 1992:
VMA-133 A-4M BuNo 160034,
ME-10, 29 April 1992 at NAS Alameda.
W. Munzenmaier Photo.

29 APR 1992:
VMA-133 A-4M BuNo 159779,
ME-08, 29 April 1992 at NAS Alameda.
©Photo by W. Munzenmaier.

Sources

  • David Jones

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