"99 Black Sheep
Steve Chapis, Associate Editor/Photographer for the Warbird Digest, is requesting input for a book on VMA-214 post WWII, F4U through F-35B.  Korea, post Korea, Vietnam and Desert Storm through Iraqi Freedom, etal is his target area for research.  Please contact him with appropriate input about your VMA-214 experiences, events, data, TINS, etc.  He can be reached at and 302-856-9355 or cell at 302-228-9648.”


A-4A 142227, Western Museum of Flight, Torrence Airport, CA
Restoration Crew Members Wanted
 Electrical/Pneumatic/ Hydraulic Experience, Metallic/Nonmetallic Materials Preservation
Sheet Metal Training, Painting Skills
Aircraft Maintenance Background
Contacts with Aviation Suppliers and Materials a major plus

Looking for Restoration Team Leader to Identify candidates and requisite skills.
 Plan and assign tasks in accordance with needs of the aircraft and team members availability.

Contact Cindy Macha, Museum Director, at



2017 Valions Veterans Reunion


Valions from the A1, A4, A7 and FA-18 eras will be attending!




860 A1A Beach Blvd St. Augustine Beach, FL 32080

Phone: 904-471-2555





Friday, October 13, 2017


Sunday, October 15, 2017





Holiday Isle Oceanfront Resort - Veterans Association - USD

Room Type




Run of House




Run of House





Rooms will be available 3 days pre and post of these dates will be available to the group.

Poolside and Oceanfront rooms are not included in this room block, but may be reserved based on availability and at a rate of $170.00 per night.

All rates are net non-commissionable and are subject to state and local taxes currently 10.5%.


The Holiday Isle Oceanfront Resort does not guarantee specific room type availability. Requests will be accommodated to the best of the Hotel’s ability. Hotel check-in time is after 4:00PM on the day of arrival. Check-out time is before 11:00AM on the day of departure. Requests for early check-in or late check-out will be charged ½ of the daily room rate per room. This option is based on availability. In order for a guest to have their phone turned on and the ability to charge incidentals to their room, a cash deposit or credit card guarantee is required at check-in. Maximum occupancy per guest room is (4) persons. Rollaway beds cannot be place in rooms that have two beds due to the fire code. Guests must be 21 years of age to register for a guest room.


All tax exempt groups must include a Florida or Federal Government tax exempt form with the signed contract. Tax exempt groups are required to pay with a government or organization credit card or check that has been approved for payment.



Reservations: Individual call-in

Reservations may be made by calling 1-800-626-7263 and identifying oneself as being with the Valions Veterans Association. A credit card will be needed to guarantee the reservation for late arrival

Reservations must be guaranteed by a master account, credit card, or advance deposit received prior to the cut-off date.


Individual Call-in reservations must be cancelled prior to 6pm on the day of arrival to avoid any cancellation penalty. Reservations that are not cancelled will be considered a No-Show and billed for the first nights room and tax as penalty.

On Wednesday, September 13, 2017 any remaining sleeping rooms that have not been reserved by the group will release back to general sale. At this point the rooms and/or the group rate may not be available.




Reservations made after the cut-off date are made on an availability basis at current rates. Please call 800-626-7263 and ask for our in-house reservations department.





The Holiday Isle Oceanfront Resort has a “Quiet Hours” policy in effect 7 days a week. All hotel guests are expected to follow this policy. Quiet Hours take effect at 11:00pm and continue until 8:00am. At 11:00pm, all activities in, and around the guest rooms must be kept at a low volume, as not to disturb other guests. This policy also includes any hospitality rooms in use. If this rule is not followed, and we receive complaints about any loud noise you will be asked to please adhere to our “Quiet Hours” policy. If, after being asked, we receive more complaints you may be asked to leave the hotel. Your understanding and acceptance of our “Quiet Hours” policy is expected and appreciated.




This will be our 9th Valions reunion. As always, this will be a relaxed vacation opportunity to gather and share sea stories at a great location. Beautiful beach, great pool, the hotel has just been renovated. Minutes away from St. Augustine: History, Restaurants, shopping for the ladies – something for everyone!


Pizza by the Pool - 6pm Friday 10/13/17


Our traditional welcoming event for arrivals. A laid-back gathering to greet old friends and a chance to start new friendships.

Look for the Valions flag.

We are permitted to bring in food from an outside vendor. All drinks must be purchased at the Tiki bar and consumed in our adjoining poolside area. Pizzas will be ordered, and we’ll split the bill.


Cecil Field visit Saturday 10/14/17 Caravan of vehicles will rendezvous at the old barracks location.


Group Dinner 6pm Saturday evening 10/14/17

Location: Local offsite restaurant – TBD


Sunday 10/15/17 Day of relaxation with friends




The Hotel requires that all alcoholic beverages be dispensed only by Hotel bartenders and servers. The Hotel’s alcohol beverage license requires that the Hotel employees request proper identification (Photo ID) of any person of questionable age. The Hotel has the right refuse beverage service to any person who is underage or in the Hotel’s judgment appears to be intoxicated. No alcoholic beverages will be consumed while using the pool. All beverages purchased at the Tiki Bar must be consumed at the Tiki Bar. Alcohol brought to the hotel by the guests may not be consumed in any public areas of the hotel, including the pool. This alcohol must be consumed in the guest rooms or the hospitality rooms (if applicable). Our liquor license does not allow for liquor to be consumed in or around the pool, or any other public area.


Questions: Contact Will McManus or Mike Walker


I have a photograph of a Douglas A-4 Skyhawk on Fisherman's Wharf in 1992, close to the USS Pampanito, which I have attached.....
This is definitely one of three A-4A's converted to recruiting tools at NAS Alameda. They carried the nose numbers 500, 501 and 502. 500 carried Bu 142220 ending up at Fighting Classics at Marana. That left two but NAS Jacksonvile and NAS Atlanta also had folding wing A-4A's. Of those, 142180 ended up at the former NAS Wildwood in a very faded Blue Angels scheme. This had no undercarriage and was mounted on a low loader, so we believe that this was not 501. 
Also, it is rumored that at least two of these machines were "bitzers", composite machines built from bits off the scrapyard. The fact that your machine did not carry a proper Bureau number, suggests that this was one of those.
I would suggest you log it as "108634"/501 including the inverted commas, with a c/n as unknown.
Regards, Steve Morley at   Also please contact with any info.


In this case the clue is the hinged vertical stabilizer and what appears to be a hinge fold on the upper wing surface indicating this is one of three A-4As with a folding tail and wings. One was used by recruiters in the Lemoore area and yours may be the one in this photo taken by Martyn Swann in 2011. The BuNo on the tail is 142220 which is an A-4A BuNo and may, or may not, be correct. BuNo 142220 spent a lot of its service time in CA, but was at NAS Memphis when it was dropped from the inventory and there is some information that it ended up at Fighting Classics in Marana, AZ.






CHECK OUT this video; the story of "Jessie Beck" and Dick Perry of VA-164. The history of the Naval Air War over Viet Nam summed up in one video.

Today's sentiment:

Here's to old, here's to new.
You may know me, I may know you.
But, for some we've never met,
It's a meeting you won't forget.

A-4's, they say, are Tinker Toys.
They say they're made for little boys.
But, alas, we no longer qualify
For our asses no longer will comply.

So, let's resolve to return and repeat
To gather, do business, drink and eat.
Be you civilian Navy or Marine
Together forever, there is no between.

Association Poet Laureate - "Bear".

NAS Cubi Point, Subic Bay Phillipines.


Skyhawk Association's suggested "Plan Of the Day".

[Restricted to old salts and die-hard leathernecks who have clearance from their flight surgeon.]

Original sketch by and courtesy of Hank Caruso


  • 06:00 = Roll-over and go back to sleep

  • 07:00 = Roll out of your rack and take a shower - please! Uniform of the Day is casual (must cover the "personal parts" of your body.)

  • 08:00 = Muster at the coffee shop, consume your breakfast while reviewing the events of the day so far.

  • 11:00 = Report for duty at your favorite aviation shop, museum, or outdoor display. Contemplate what needs to be done to maintain your good standing with the local aviation buffs, and consider an attempt to remember it for future reference.

  • 12:00 = Report to your favorite lunch establishment for coffee, sliders, and ice-cream.

  • 13:00 = Gather again with others interested in aviation for a discussion surrounding the differences of various time-frames in aviation history (the good old days), the merits of various aircraft in various mission scenarios, and the death of the "Happy Hour" as you remember it.

  • 16:00 = Happy Hour, where every attempt is made to resurrect happy hour as you remember it.

  • 18:00 = Report to your resident sick-bay for an attempt to recover from "Happy Hour".

  • 20:00 = Keep trying to recover.

  • 22:00 = Give up on a recovery, and hit the rack.

  • 22:00 to 06:00 = Dream of A-4 Skyhawks, and a OK3.


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