A-7 Corsair II tail markings after
repaint. Although the museum called VA-125 to get the proper information,
they didn't realize that the staff and crew of Attack Squadron 125 had totally
changed and also had switched to the F-18 Hornet. The paint on the new
planes was totally different, now with only two numbers on the tail instead of
the squadron's three number scheme. When I was attached to VA-125, VA-125
was the only squadron who used the three number tail designations where the
other squadrons used, the now popular, two number scheme. While looking at
this, just inside the vertical tail, under the number 12 is the CVAT-98 UHF Com
Antenna. Seen below that is a thicker part of the tail where two cone type
antennas are located, covering both aft quarters of view of the passive ECM
system. In the nose were also two more of these antennas covering the
forward quarters of view. If there was an electronic threat, like a fire
control radar locking onto the aircraft, these antennas and related ECM,
Electronic Counter Measures equipment would let the pilot know the threat level.
I can't tell you anymore about this system because the systems are still
classified. But, it would be great to have this super duper radar detector
in your car.
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|Click Here's the tail markings for VA-125.
Norm called the Navy to verify the proper numbers for the airplane and
they gave them 412 as the proper side number. Most of the planes
at NAS Lemoore had only the last two digits painted on top of the tail,
but VA-125 actually painted all three. The captains plane always
ended in the numbers 00. So this was one error, painting only two
numbers on the tail. There was a second error, however. This
was that the real side numbers for VA-125 were 500 series, so this plane
would actually have 512 painted on the tail and on the side as you will
see in the photos of the plane taken in 1976 later in this exhibit series.
As far as everything else, it looks perfect. These guys did a great
All the time in the Navy, I never knew
what the letters NJ stood for. I asked both Norm and Chuck and neither
of them knew. So on 10-2001, I called VA-125 themselves and spoke
to the Maintenance Chief and the Executive Officer, neither of them knew.
Finally, after a couple of months one of the pilots that actually flew
this plane, Gordon Doody, called me about the
A-7 Exhibits on this site.
He told me that they stood for the CAG (Carrier Air Group) In this
case the Training Group, (I think). If anyone knows, please send
me an email at the bottom of this page.
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