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VA(L)Light Attack Squadron (US Navy aviation unit designation used from 1969 to 1972)
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Navy Light Attack Squadron Four (VAL-4)--the Black Ponies--had a short, but an action-filled life, between 1969 and 1972.
Flying Black Ponies is an effective combination of combat narrative, squadron history, and personal memoir, telling the story of Light Attack Squadron 4 (VAL 4, or the "Black Ponies"), a naval aviation squadron stationed in the Mekong Delta during the Vietnam War.
This tug-of-war led directly to the stand-up of an AFSOC squadron and formation of the Navy's single light attack squadron.
the Helicopter Attack Squadron (HAL) 3 Seawolves and the Light Attack Squadron (VAL) 4 Black Ponies.
The A-7B engines of the six light attack squadrons were aging more quickly than previously expected, and the reliability of the VA squadrons could not be counted on for the annual two-week active duty "cruise" of CVWR-30 at NAS Fallon, Nevada, which was nearly cancelled in May 1983.
It should also plan to field larger numbers of aircraft after validating the light attack and light mobility concepts, preferably basing light mobility platforms at many operational mobility wings and light attack squadrons at numerous operational fighter and bomber wings.