A-7 Corsair II Exhibit

VA-125 Vought A-7 Corsair II Navy Fighter Jet Showing it's Tail Numbers.

This is what the a7 corsair II looked like at NAS Lemoore, California
This is the A-7 Corsair II tail numbers from VA-125. And a great picture of the Navy fighter jet at the Prairie Aviation Museum Vought A-7 Corsair II from VA-125.

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This is the A-7 Corsair II tail numbers from VA-125.  And a great picture of the is jet fighter at the YellowAirplane Museum.

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Tail numbers of the A-7 Corsair from VA-125 in Lemoore California
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 job.

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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