VFA-305

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A Hornet of VFA-305 Lobos releases the arresting wire after landing aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) in 1990. (Click the photo to enlarge it)

VFA-305, nicknamed the Hackers from 1971-1974, and the Lobos from 1974-1994, was a Strike Fighter Squadron of the U.S. Navy Reserve. It was established as Attack Squadron VA-305 on 1 July 1970 at NAS Los Alamitos, California as part of a reorganization intended to increase the combat readiness of the Naval Air Reserve Force. It was relocated to NAS Point Mugu in January 1971. The squadron was redesignated VFA-305 on 1 January 1987, and disestablished on 31 December 1994.[1]

Significant events[edit]

In November 1976, the squadron deployed aboard USS Ranger (CV-61) for annual active duty training and as part of CVWR-30’s tactical air mobilization test and operational readiness exercise/inspection, to ensure that it was seaworthy and combat ready. This was part of a Reserve Air Test ordered by Congress. From September–November 1990, the squadron’s deployment with CVW-11 aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) was the first total integration of a reserve squadron with an active duty air wing for a long deployment in support of direct fleet operational requirements. Squadron personnel participated in exercises and officer exchanges with the armed forces of Argentina and Chile. They also flew drug interdiction missions during the deployment. In 1993 the squadron added the roles of Adversary and Fleet Support to its primary mission. It was disestablished on 31 December 1994.[1]

Aircraft assigned[edit]

The squadron operated the following aircraft, with the years first received as shown: Douglas A-4 Skyhawk, variants A-4C (1970) and A-4E (1971); LTV A-7 Corsair II, variants A-7A (1972) and A-7B (1978); and single-seat McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet (1987).[1]

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References[edit]

This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Aviation Squadrons.

  1. ^ a b c Grossnick, Roy A. (1995). Dictionary of American Naval Aviation Squadrons, Volume 1, Chapter 7, Section 5: Strike Fighter Squadron Histories for VFA-203 to VFA-305. Washington, D.C.: Naval Historical Center, Department of the Navy. Retrieved 2014-02-06.