VA-304 Firebirds KA-6D (1990) Model
Fly with the Firebirds of VA-304 in this handcrafted KA-6D model. Each piece is carved from wood and handpainted to provide a piece you’ll love.
Length: 18 inches
Wingspan: 17.4 inches
- 1964: Delivered to the US Navy.
- 1964-65: VA-75 as AG-504.
- 1966-67: VA-85 as NH-501.
- Converted to KA-6D tanker.
- 1974: VA-85 as AA-521.
- 1975: VA-35 as AJ-521.
- 1976: VA-34 as AB-521.
- 1978: VA-85 as AA-521.
- 1979-81: VA-65 as AE-523.
- 1983-84: VA-176 as AE-516.
- 1993: VA-304 as ND-423.
- 4/1993: Put into storage at the AMARC bone yard.
VA-304, nicknamed the Firebirds, was an Attack Squadron of the U.S. Navy Reserve, based at NAS Alameda, California. It was established on 1 July 1970, and disestablished almost 25 years later, on 31 December 1994.
1 July 1970: established as part of a reorganization intended to increase the combat readiness of the Naval Air Reserve Force. Elements of reserve unit, VA-20G3, were used to form the newly established squadron.
May 1987: They operated from the Canadian Forces Base Edmonton, Alberta, while participating in exercise Rendezvous 87-Bold Warrior. The exercise was a mock full-scale battle between elements of the Canadian Armed Forces with VA-304 acting as an aggressor force.
August 1988: They were the first reserve squadron to receive and operate the A-6E Intruder.