VA-42 Green Pawn A-6 (1973)Model
Proudly display this 18 inch wooden model of the VA-42 Green Pawn A-6 Intruder. Each model is carefully carved and painted by master craftsman. This is perfect for the goat locker or office and will provide a perfect aid for aviator told stories!
Length: 18 inches
Wingspan: 17.4 inches
- 1973: Delivered to the US Navy.
- 1976: VA-42 as AD-500.
- 1978-79: VA-75 as AC-507.
- 1993: VA-34 as AG-5xx.
- 4/21/1993: Crashed on the Nellis Range near Alamo, NV after a collision with A-6 149949.
VA-42 was established on September 1, 1950 the squadron was designated Fighter Squadron 42 (VF-42). The unit was redesignated (VA-42) on November 1, 1953 the squadron designation remained the same until it was disestablished on September 30, 1994.
“Green Pawn” nickname[
The insignia for VA-42, the “Green Pawn”, was originally approved by the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) for Bombing and Fighting Squadron 75 (VBF-75) on 28 October 1946. When VBF-75 was redesignated VF-4B on November 15, 1946, the insignia was carried over for use by Fighting Squadron 4B (VF-4B).
On 1 September 1948 VF-4B was redesignated Fighting Squadron 42 (VF-42). This squadron continued to use the Green Pawn insignia until it was disestablished on 8 June 1950. When a new Fighting Squadron 42 (VF-42) was established on 1 September 1950 they adopted the Green Pawn insignia that had been used by the former VF-42. In 1953 the insignia was carried over to VA-42 following its redesignation from VF-42.
Grumman A-6E Intruder of VA-42 in 1973 wearing the Green Pawns symbol on its fin
The Green Pawn insignia is a simple, uncluttered and highly recognizable design. The symbol of the pawn was chosen because it has the most potential power of any piece on the chess board. The pawn is canted at a 45 degree angle inside a shield design. It is also said that the aircrews said they were called the Green Pawns for two reasons: it was the Fleet Replacement Squadron (Responsible for training new aircrew and aircraft maintainers; thereby, they were green, or new); and their squadron was a pawn which could be pushed around by the fleet and the senior commands.