I was told that today was the final day that VMFA-142 would be flying. VMFA-142 was moving to Cadre status at a ceremony to be held late on Saturday, May 31, 2008.
The last three planes to fly took off from NAS Atlanta/Dobbins ARB field at a little after 3 p.m. in the afternoon. They flew for about an hour, out of my camera range, and then came back and landed.
If you zoom in on this photo, it almost looks like the pilot, LtCol Tracy "BC" Farris, is turning to look at me taking the photo. LtCol Farris is the CO for the Gators.