By lex, on July 8th, 2011
VFA-25 in Lemoore, California was my first fleet squadron, back in 1987-1990. The “Fist of the Fleet” had a long and storied history, including the last shootdown of a jet powered fighter by a radial engine attack aircraft. They also had the baddest squadron logo in the fleet, as evidenced in part by its use by the fictional F-14 (ack, spfft!) pilot Tom Iceman Kazansky in the movie Top Gun (which they didn’t even spell it right).
The squadron’s CAG bird is undergoing a repainting job, as pointed out by the ever-helpful Spaz Sinbad.
I like it, although to be fair, good taste is very much in the eye of the beholder. And when I was there, we only had three battle stars – now it’s four.
I guess they jumbled all the recent fights together: 1991, 2001, 2003.
(Question for the cognoscenti: When did West Coast jets start sporting “A” callsigns?)