VP-5 Squadron Shipmates
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AINSWORTH, LCDR Kacy W. Retired p3pilot@charter.net "...I served in with VP-23 (1981-1984) as an IFT (Crew-9), Naval Weapons Test Squadron (WST) (Tron Shop) and VP-91 (1985-1986) as an IFT. Following commissioning and wings, flew as PPC with VP-9 (1991-1994), WingsPAC Staff and retired in 2002. Started working for Lockheed, hoping to work on the P-3 replacement...Oh well, so much for plans..." [23APR2011]

ANDERSON, ADCS Tom Retired trngdesigner@yahoo.com "...Flight Engineer with VP-40, VP-31, VP-9, and Naval Weapons Test Squadron (WST) NAS Point Mugu, California looking to catch up with some Shipmates from 1984 to 1997 who served together..." [22SEP2005]

BALL, AMS1 Denny papasetter@comcast.net "...In 1969 went to bootcamp at Orlando, FL, Naval Weapons Test Squadron (WST) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from July 1970 to July 1973, VXN-8 (Second Mech) from 1973 to 1976, AIMD NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from July 1976 to May 1979, VP-30 1979 and VP-5 (P-3 FE CAC-9) from December 1979 to October 1980. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [04JUN2009]

BARAN, ATC(AW/NAC) Richard "Shipwreck" Shipmate Pix geographer@wavecable.com "...I served aboard the USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3) with ADC Mark Stroschein from 1985 to 1988, HC-1 from 1988 to 1990 NAS North Island, San Diego, California, VP-31 from 1990 to 1991 (student) NAS Moffett Field, California with AT1 Kanton Miller as my instructor, VP-40 from 1991 to 1994 NAS Moffett Field, California and NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, CPWP NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, VP-9 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. I particpated on two deployments with USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3) flying UH-1Ns and marine CH-46s. Flew H-3s and CH-53s with HC1. Saw my first P-3 doing sub prosecution off San Clemente Island. Did the VP-40 "Quad site" as CAC-7s IFT along with AW1 Mark Judge and AO1 Jimmy Thompson, flying from Howard AFB, Panama, NAS Key West, FL, NAS Adak, AL, and LaPaz, Mexico! Later went to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and NAS Misawa, Japan on my fourth deployment in the Navy with the 3 Cajuns (AW3 Christian Leleux, AO3 Troy Kling, and ???) on CAC-7. Served as the last west-coast IFT evaluator with CPWP under CAPTAIN Getzfred, CDR Blanchette and the Chiefs Johnson (little "J" and big "J"). While at the wing I went TAD to VP-47 for their 1997 7th fleet deployment. I then served with VP-9 for 3 deployments (Gulf, Gulf, and NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan), where it was my pleasure and honor to serve as IFT with LT Lamana, AO1 'Ray Ray' Davis, AO1 'L.A.' Mequet, and AEC Mike Johnson. I moved on to Naval Weapons Test Squadron NAS Point Mugu, California in September 2000. We flew P-3As, 'billboard' NP-3Ds, and brought C-130s back into the active duty navy (including 'Phoenix321' of VXE-6 fame for any OAEs out there.) After redesignating from NWTS to VX-30, I deployed the only Airborne Drone Launch and Control DC-130A left in existence to Operation Iraqi Freedom at Ali al Salem AB, Kuwait. I flew with our XO, CDR Steve Gasparovich, LCDR Mark Miller, Major Baxter and SCMSgt Brooks of the CA ANG, AM1 Mike Allen, AME1 Ralph Herrera, and AT1 Sean Schuhriemen. I transferred to VP-1 in August 2004, taking a few weeks to go TAD down to Eglin AFB, FL to fly the AFs last NC-130A 'Lone Wolf' on several T&E flights, culminating in its final flight. I flew with LtCol Duffy, Major Barkley, and SSgt Rousset. After returning I was assigned as Safety/NATOPS LCPO. "We're still alive, so don't worry about it!". I'm working as a commissioned officer with the Washington State Patrol these days..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 20MAY2009 | BIO Updated 23FEB2004 | BIO Updated 23JUL2003 | Rank Updated 13NOV2001 | E-Mail Updated 01JUN2001 | 30JUL2000]

Memorial Picture "...BLAIR, AM1 Edward...Flight Engineer, Passed 22 Feb 07. He was in VP-30 with me in 1965, then transfered to Naval Weapons Test Squadron (WST) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland in 1967. He will be missed. He is survived by his wife Mary, two sons and a daughter..." WebSite: CenterSeat (CENTERSEAT FORUM - Main Category - IN MEMORY) http://www.centerseat.net/ [07AUG2008]

CAPON, Mike mcapon@cisco.com "...I came into the VP Navy in VP-11 1970 to 1971, transfered to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and Weapons System Test (WST) Squadron to fly as IFT on P-3B's, C's, U1 and UII's. Got out in 75. Eventually got an electrical engineering degree in 88, and now work in the DSL design group at Cisco Systems..." [26MAY2000]

COLVERT, CAPTAIN Bob 'Buoyking' Retired buoyking@mminternet.com "...I stumbled across this site and recognized many names from VP-47, VP-45 and NATC NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. I was in VP-47 from 1970-73 making deployments to NAHA Okinawa, NAS Adak, Alaska, and split to NAS Adak, Alaska/ NAS Agana, Guam. Testpilot school for NFO's at NATC and a tour 73-77 at WST/ASW Directorate then ConseventhFLT staff aboard the flagship got me up to 1979 when I joined VP-45 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. We made deployments to NAS Bermuda and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. I build trainers in Orlando for a while then did another tour at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland at Force Warfare. Washington in NAVAIR and five years as PMA -264 finished me off. I'm now in Seal Beach CA working for Boeing. Any Shipmates who have time can drop me a line..." [E-Mail Updated 16DEC99 | 24OCT99]

CRANDALL, LCDR Woodruff M. "Woody" Retired woodruffcrandall@gmail.com Shipmate Pix "...I served with VP-22 from 1969 to 1972 as an AWN (my wife says I still Glow in the Dark sometimes!). Great experiences with deployments to NS Sangley Point, Philippines and NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan with Detachments to U-Tapao Royal Thailand Air Force Base, Thailand and NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. I left the Navy to finish College and returned via AOCS in 1975. After all the "Fun & Games" at AOCS I served with VT-10 ("FO" school), VT-29 (Loved those Convairs!!), VP-31 and arrived at VP-1 in 1977 for a deployment to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and a wonderful Detachment to NAS Agana, Guam. In 1980 headed East to VP-30 as NFO Instructor and Naval Weapons Test Squadron (WST) Czar. 1983 saw me disappear into the Strange World of NMPC Sea Duty Component Det Dallas where my mind was "altered" and fingerprints erased (only kidding-I think). When released from confinement in 1985 had my pay back tour in DC in OP-13. Escaped to NAS Moffett Field, California in 1987 for re-programming at VP-31 then assigned to VP-19 for my DH tour. I had a blast on our NAF Misawa, Japan deployment thanks to the Soviets and Spring Ex 1989. It was amazing to see that many subs in one Op Area and that many P-3s fighting for rights to be ONTOP. We needed an Air Traffic Controller to keep us out of each other's way! After that last great melee, I was shipped off to Armed Forces Staff College and then back to DC to baby sit the NATOPS and Air Tac-Man conferences and publications. Retired in late 1991 and began working for Summit Research Corporation (DOD Contractor) out of Gaithersburg, MD as a Program Manager and recently, Director of Corporate Development. After 8 great years there, moved around to various other contractors until joining Adaptive Methods, Inc in 2003 as a Program Manager for NAVSEA IWS 5 SSQ-89 programs and several others. Currently, serving as Corporate Facility Security Officer and Operations Manager overseeing our 5 office locations across the East Coast. Browsing through the other entries has been a trip into the past and makes me realize just how much I miss the Squadron environment, hard work and fun we all had. Would love to hear from more of my former Shipmates and try to track down some buddies that have vanished. I'm still trying to find that "Bucket of Prop Wash" AWC Gary Dunlap sent me searching for that first week I reported to VP-22! I've reconnected with a number of my VP-22 Shipmates from the 1968 to 1972 era and we gather annually at different locations. We moved from Northern Virginia, just West of DC to Melbourne, FL. Have 2 sons and one granddaughter (She's beautiful!!!) and living in the Boca Raton, FL..." [E-Mail/BIO/PIX Updated 02FEB2019 | E-Mail/BIO/PIX Updated 14APR2010 | 16JUN98]

DOMER, AM1(AW) Bradley domerb2000@yahoo.com "...I got my start in the "Big Red" VP-19 from 1988-1991, then on to AIMD @ NAS Moffett Field, California 1991-1993, VP-40 NAS Whidbey Island, Washington 1993-1998, then AIMD NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii & MALS-24 MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii 1998-2001 to work with the Marines after they closed NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. I then returned to the "rough" P-3 sea duty in VP-9 at MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii 2001-2005. HELLO 'PERDIEM'! It's now summer of 2005, and I have arrived back on the mainland at VX-30 NAS Point Mugu, California (good-bye perdiem)..." [BIO Updated 26AUG2005 | E-Mail Updated 26DEC2002 | BIO Updated 07APR2001]

DURKIN, CPO William T. bill@durkinsrealty.com "...Duty stations include FASRON-895 1951 NAS Sand Point, WA from there I transferred to mobile FASRON-113 NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. My next duty station was VP-17 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. Following a deployment from Japan I returned to the states and was discharged in 1955. I reentered the navy through the TAR program in 1956. I served at Staff Line until 1960. I reupped regular Navy and picked up VP-23 in NAS Brunswick, Maine. I transferred to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland in 1964 to Test Pilot school were I had a chance to become a F/E in the P-3's. I went to school at VP-30 and after graduating went to WST at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. I then cancelled out my shore duty to transfer to VP-8, best move I ever made. I was assigned to Crew 12 and met some of the best men I ever flew with. I stayed with Crew 12 until the squadron was transferred to NAS Brunswick, Maine. I was assigned to VP-30 where I stayed until I retired in September 1973. I would like to hear from any of my Shipmates! Aircraft I flew with was PB4Y2's, PBY's, P2V's thru P2V7, R5D's, R4D8's, and the P-3's..." [25JAN2000]

FARRELL, Blake farrell@apci.net "...I served with VP-9 (1984-1989), CPW-10, Weapons System Test (WST) (1989-1992) and VP-22 (1992-1993). I flew Sensor Station 1/2 on P3C Update I and III aircraft. WEBSITE: http://www.apci.net/~farrell/blufalcn.htm..." [20SEP1997]

FOELLER, AX1 Steve sfoeller2912@gmail.com "...I served with the Naval Weapons Test Squadron (WST) (1973-1976) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland flying as IFT, VP-56 (1976-1980) with deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAS Bermuda flying in the IFT position. On the NAS Keflavik, Iceland deployment I was the graveyard Electronics Shop lead and on the NAS Bermuda deployment I was the NATOPS evaluator. While with the Dragons it was my privilege to work with some of the most accomplished people that I have ever known. I would really enjoy hearing from my brothers..." [30MAY2021]

FRANZ, Ted RCMService@aol.com "...I joined VP-30 upon graduation from AFTA at NATTC, Memphis in November of '77. Yeah, I know, rent-a-crow. I completed WST/IFT training in May of '78. I met VP-45 in Sigonella that month, and returned to JAX with the squadron in July. I assumed the duties as CAC-5 IFT in August of '78 and remained with that crew until my departure from the squadron in May of '82. I did two more Sig deployments, as well as a stint to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan as part of a three aircraft detachment from October to December '80. Joined the rest of the squadron in Bermuda from December '80 to March '81. I was the squadron's IFT position NATOPS Instructor from February '81 to May '82. After VP-45, I spent three years at NATC, Pax River, MD with the Anti-Submarine Aircraft Test Directorate as a Master QAR. Departed the NAV in May of '85. I presently reside in South Florida and own a business dealing with the procurement of federal government contracts..." [Updated E-Mail 16JUN99 | 12NOV97]

FULTON, AWC (AW) Walt wfulton@prb.net or walt_f@hotmail.com "...Homesteaded at NAS Moffett Field, California from July 69 until I retired in August 88. Served at FAETUPAC and VP-31 (69, RAG training), VP-46 (69-74, Julie/ECM, Jez, SS-1, NATOPS Evaluator), VP-31 (74-77, P-3B Acoustic Instructor) VP-46 (77-80, SS-1, NATOPS Evaluator, Weapons System Test (WST) Instructor Team, AW Div CPO) COMPATWINGSPAC and COMPATWING TEN (80-84, ASW Watch Officer, OPCON/ADP Div CPO), VP-46 (84-87, SS-1, Ops/Scheds CPO, AW Div CPO) COMPATWING TEN (88, Analysis Div). Deployed/detached to NS Sangley Point, Philippines, NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, Utapao, NAS Adak, Alaska, NAS Kodiak, Alaska, Midway, Guam, NAS Iwakuni, Japan, NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, NAS Misawa, Japan, Bandar Abbas, NAS Keflavik, Iceland, Andoya, NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, Greenland, Cocos, Diego Garcia, Berbera, and Masirah. Moved to southern Maryland (Pax River) in 89. Since then I have been with PRB Associates, Inc. (Systems Engineer, working on P-3 and TSC-related programs). Flying in P-3s was fun. Saw a lot of places that Nebraska farm boys usually don't get to see. Too bad we didn't earn frequent flier mileage points back then..." [09FEB99]

GILES, Merle L. Merle.Giles@VTA.org "...1960-62 VP-50 P5M-2 NAS Iwakuni, Japan. (Crew 5 Electrician) 1963-65 NATC NAS Patuxent River, Maryland Weapons System Test (WST) Squadron Air crew on numerous special projects aircraft YP-3V-1 BUNO: 148276 A-NEW project. The original P-3 (Modified Electra) P-3V-1 BUNO: 148888 & 148889 Flew special projects flights on the "Droop Snoot" P-3V-1 the only P5M to have a jet installed in the aft gun mount. 1965-70 VP-46 NAS Moffett Field, California Air crew and ground pouder for three (3) Deployments. Naha, NS Sangley Point, Philippines and good ole NAS Adak, Alaska. 1970-74 VP-31 NAS Moffett Field, California. Maintenance and occasional aircrew. Just enough flight time time to get my pay. 1974-76 VP-46 Deployed to NAS Iwakuni, Japan and NAS Misawa, Japan. 1976 Decided to call it a career. 1976-76 Sperry Rand NAS Moffett Field, California. 1979-93 Federal Civil Service NAS Moffett Field, California. Worked as a "Sand Crab" in AIMD Calibration Lab untill they declared peace and closed the base. Currently employed by the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) in San Jose at the Light Rail Division. Fifteen minutes from home, If I take the bus. What more could a lucky guy like me ask for. Planes, Trains and one (1) grandson. Ron!..." [14FEB2000]

GOLDENSTEIN, AME2 George W. gwgoldensteina10@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-49 (05/1964-06/1966) with deployments to NAS Bermuda, NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada, and NAS Adak, Alaska and Weapons System Test (WST) Squadron at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 16JUL2013 | E-Mail Updated 26DEC2001 | 17MAY2000]

GOSHORN, Don vprep@daccess.net "...VP-18 P2V7s 61-63, VP-30 IFT instructor 65-67 P-3A/B/C, VP-45 67-70 P-3A/B, VP-30 70-75 P-3C, WST/OFT Tech (civil service) 2F69D, 14B44, 2F87T, 14B35..NAESU Rep VP-5..VP-62 P-3C UDIII..presently with LSI on the P-3 AIP birds in tech pub creation..." [BIO Updated 15AUG98]

HALBERT, ADR2 Bernard "Hal" bhalbert2002@yahoo.com "...I served with VR-1 (Zebra Division) from 1955 to 1958, VAW-12 at NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island, VP-26 from 1962 to 1965 and flew on Crew 1 with CDR Miller, LT Selzer, LT Fowler, and Larry Young (don't remember names of rest of crew). Flew as 2nd Mech then made PC (1963 to 1965). Had good times there. Went on to Weapons System Test (WST) Squadron at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland then to NAS Norfolk, Virginia. Any info on any Reunions or Larry Young or Frank Prease..." [E-Mail Updated 09JUL2010 | 07MAR2000]

HINES, CDR Brad Retired bbtkhines@aol.com "...I served with VP-40 from 1976-1979, surviving "Death Crew 3". Joined COMPATWINGSPAC staff in 1979 to help establish the Weapons Test Trainer (WST) Squadron Training and Evaluation Team, then transferred to CPW-10 when it was re-established in 1981. Spent three years as XO, then CO of NAVFAC Antigua, West Indies from 1982 to 1985 doing SOSUS. Returned to NAS Moffett Field, California to run CPWP's TTT in 1985 and then as a Department Head and instructor in VP-31 until 1987. Moved across the field to Big Red (VP-19) working for "Little Red" just in time to establish the first VP Det to operate out of Saudi Arabia in the Gulf "Imminent Danger Area". After Training and Ops O jobs, went to CTF-72 as Plans O to develop the MPA/Sea Control campaign for OPLAN 5000. In 1989 was first VP rep on staff to teach at Tactical Training Group Pacific (San Diego). Commanded Navy Recruiting District San Diego from 1992 to 1994. Went to a NATO tour outside of London from 1994 to 1997 (tried to teach Europeans about the virtues of California wine). Returned to recruiting as Director of Operations and Deputy Commander for the Northeast U.S. Navy Recruiting Region (15 states + Europe). Retired in 2000 and now work for Lockheed Martin, Undersea Systems in Syracuse, NY. Please keep in touch!..." [E-Mail Updated 16NOV2003 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 03SEP2002 | 14FEB2000]

HUNNEWELL, AWC Jim Retired p3s3aircrew@cox.net Shipmate Pix Circa 1998 Shipmate Pix Circa 1980 "...I served with VP-46 (1978-1981), ASWOC/TSC NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal (1982-1985), CPW-10 / WST (1986-1989) Instructor Duty, VS-37 (1990-1993), COMSEACONWINGPAC (1993-1996), VS-35 (1996-1999), VQ-5) and COMSEACONWINGPAC..." [E-Mail Updated 27MAR2019 | PIX Added 12AUG2000 | BIO/E-Mail Updated 24JUN2000 | 28APR99]

KIRK, PO3 Thomas Lee thomasleekirk@aol.com "...I belonged to WST in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from 1969 to 1973. Left as a PO3, fligh crew and lucky to make both. A lot of good times, good flights, and good friends. Also served on the Road Runner when it went to Japan and Tiawan. Doesn't seem that long ago and those memories keep me grinning on a cool sunny afternoon in WV. Thanks..." [21JAN2006]

KOLLING, ADR2 Larry E. lekolling@yahoo.com "...My last rate was ADR2. I was a Plane Captain on a AD5 with tail #33860 WST NAS Patuxent River, Maryland 1960 to June 1962, next to NAS Midway Island with Airborne Early Warning Barrier Squadron Pacific NAS Midway Island Det. June 1962 to June 1963. There I was a Ground Engineer on the WV2 working the late night shift. My last duty was aboard the USS Salisbury Sound (AV-13). I would like to hear from anyone who I served with..." [03NOV2005]

KRESS, Ralph J. rjk@octm "...Served in VS-31 from 1961 to 1965. Earned my AC wings and made Chief while in VS-31. Many good memories. I retired in 1967. Also served in VC-5 and VC-6. Ships company aboard Shangri-La & Lexington. Shore duty at NAS Anacostia, Washington, D.C., Oceana, and Weapons System Test (WST) Squadron at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Would like to hear from Shipmates..." [18OCT2001]

LANDIS, ATCS Kevin Retired kslandis@md.metrocast.net "...I served with VP-4 from October 1982 to April 1984, VP-6 from April 1984 to October 1985, Naval Air Development Center from September 1986 to December 1989, VPU-1 from January 1990 to September 1994, NAS Point Mugu, California from September 1994 to November 1997, got lost on the USS Nimitz from November 1997 to November 2000, and glad to say returned to flying at Weapons System Test (WST) Squadron NAS Point Mugu, California from December 2000 to December 2003. Seems I didn't have enough of P-3's, so now I'm retired and working as a contractor for PMA-290 in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland..." [E-Mail Updated 10JUN2008 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 29APR2005 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 23MAR2004 | E-Mail Updated 01MAR2001 | 29FEB2001]

LANTAYA, Cirilo Retired jp3mek@yahoo.com "...I served in VP-6 Mech Shop (Power Plants) from Aug 1983-Aug 1989, then got transffered to shore duty to AIMD NAS Miramar, California from there went to VF-24 and 211 and made 2 deployments to the gulf aboard USS Nimitz, went back to shore duty with Naval Weapon Test Squadron in NAS Point Mugu, California now designated as VX-30 Air Test And Evaluation, Retired March 2000, and currently working in a company here in Point Mugu, CA having contract from the Navy for aircraft maintenance of VX-30's P-3A and C-130 Aircraft..." [18JUN2005]

LEVESQUE, AT2 David dlvqaz56@gmail.com "...I served with VP-44 (11/1976-06/1980), Ground pounding at Naval Weapons Test Squadron (WST) (11/1976-07/1979) with deployments to NAS Bermuda- NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal (1977) and NAS Keflavik, Iceland (1979) and VP-11 (06/1980-06/1981) as Weapons System Test (WST) and IFT during their transistion to Update IIs with deployment to NS Rota, Spain- NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. Any old Shipmates please drop me an email..." [E-Mail Updated 10JAN2020 | E-Mail Updated 08DEC2007 | E-Mail Updated 12MAY2001 | 17NOV99]

LEVESQUE, Ken "Levek" kenl@iar.net "...I was in VP-47, '89-'93. NAS Adak, Alaska-'90, NAS Misawa, Japan-'92, NAS Adak, Alaska det '93, and NAS Cubi Point, Philippines det '92. Weapons System Test (WST) Team TAD 92-93. Had a great time and miss it much. Now, I'm a slacker civilian network administrator. EWO all the way. Love to here from somone!..." [14JUL98]

MARCHETTI, AT1 James "Jim" tazmarchetti@yahoo.com "...I was a "Boomer" (VP-48) from October 1986 to September 1989, NAS Adak, Alaska (December 1985 to June 1986), 11 months later went to P.I. (April 1987 to September 1987) and 13 months later had a "memory tour" back to NAS Adak, Alaska (December 1988 to June 1989) again. I was a Special Projects (BT) IFT and Weapons System Technician (WST) and LOVED VP-48. Then on to VP-31 "Black Lightning" as an Instructor/MTS/Curriculum Dev. Mgr. until my departure in August 1992. Lived in Overland Park, Kansas for 5 years and came back to the SF Bay Area in 1997. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of any other Boomers, I would appreciate a quick note from you..." WebSite: http://www.patrolsquadron48.org/ [E-Mail/BIO Updated 07JAN2004 | 02DEC97]

MARTINEZ, Ricardo A. "Marty" ramart51@aol.com "...I served with VP-6, VP-9, VX-20 and VX-30. Working as a Maintenance Manager (LAWTFC Fueling Operations) at Los Angeles International Airport since retirement in 2004..." [05MAY2017]

McKINNEY, J. Michael mmckinne@navprgms.mar.lmco.com"...I'm a VP Sailor and a previous Lockheed P-3 Tech. Rep and I'm presently working in Lockheed Martin P-3 Engineering. My love of the P-3 began in 1973 when I got my first ride in one as an AT2. After that I received orders to VP-30 Pax River,MD to P-3B Weapons System Test (WST) school in 1974. Upon completion of Weapons System Test (WST) school I was assigned to VP-11 (1975)and starting working towards becoming an IFT. I was awarded my AC Wings after the 1975 Rota/Lajes deployment. I made the subsequent deployment in 1976 to Bermuda/Lajes. Nov.76 I was transferred to VP-30 for P-3C IFT school. I was then assigned to VP-45 in 1977 and deployed to Sicily in 1978, after which I got out of the Navy and went to work for Lockheed. As a Lockheed Tech. Rep.I was assigned to VP-46 (1979-1982), Royal Netherlands Navy (82-83) Royal Australian Air Force (84-86), VP-47 (86-87), VP-50 (87-88) Commander, Patrol Wing Five (CPW-5) (88-92) CPW-11 (92-93) and worked on the Korean Navy P-3C aircraft on the Lockheed flight line. Old shipmates please drop a line..."

MERRIWEATHER, Phil philgmerr@att.net "...I served several tours with VP a/c during my 22 year naval service. I was with VP-50 (65-67), NATC (WST) "Project Trim" (67-68), VAH21 (68-69), NATC (WST) (69-72), VC-5 (72-76), and VP-48 (79-82). I also did a tour at MAMTG-1012 (82-85) as the phase CPO for the P-3C Organizational Avionics Maintenance Courses. I would be interested in hearing from anyone who served in those organizations during the periods mentioned..." [E-Mail Updated 07JUN2002 | 01FEB98]

MOULIN, AWC "Dick" Retired rmoulin@ctel.net "...VP-18, VP-8, VPU-1, Special Projects, NATC ASW Test, CPWL, Commander, Patrol Wing Five (CPW-5), FAETUPAC NAS Whidbey Island, Washington-- Retired '80, 5600 P-3 Flight hrs, 2024 P2 Flight hrs. Qualified Aircrew P2/P3/WV-1/F3D/F4H -- and got 1 ride in a blimp just before it decomissioned. Duty Assignments: - NAS Glynco, Georgia/USNAVCIC Scol, '60-'62 - USS Saratoga, VA-36 Roadrunners, Cuban crisis ' '62, Med '63 - USS Enterprise, VA-66, Med '64, Operation Sea Orbit '64 - VP-18 Crew 7&1, (Roos Rds/ NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba/DOMREP), '65-'67 - FAETUPAC NAS Whidbey Island, Washington '68-'70 Weapons System Test (WST) & Non-Acoustic Instructor - VP-8 '70-'74, SS1, Crew 12, "The Tale of the Tiger" - Commander, Patrol Wing Five (CPW-5) Special Projects (Old Buzzards), '74-'75. Senior Acoustic Inel Analyst/Operator - Naval Air Test Center, ASW Directorate, P-3 Test. Acoustic Projects Test Chief, P-3 Skeds Officer '75-'78...Tech Evals; AQA-7 (3V), P-3 Super B, P3C UD1, 2, 2.5, UYS-1, SLOT, SS Operator interactive displays. Flight Evals; Super B, UD 1, 2, 2.5, UYS-1, IRDS. Omega Nav, Interactive Displays, TSCCS, Link 11. Factory Acceptance: IRDS, UD 2.5, 14B44, UYS-1. (Yep, you can blame most of the things used in current P-3's on me and the other guys at NATC/ASW/P-3 Test in the late '70's). - Special Projects (Old Buzzards) Senior Acoustic Operator '78-'80 - Retired 1980 -Vitro Corp, SOS Bath, '80-'83, programmer FFG-7 project - Summit Research Corp, COMPATWINGSLANT '83-'94 Tactical Information Management System, Site Manager/ Technology Advisor/ AIRDAS Project Manager/ NATO MPA Data & Programming Standards Committee/CNO ISAR Data Base Manager - LL Bean, Freeport, Maine, '95-pres. Customer Service representative/newhire,rehire training. Comments: From a position of semi retirement I'll say that I throughly enjoyed my 34 years of association with the airdale Navy. Most enjoyable was my time as an aircrewmember, and as a civilian at CPWL. A number of us retired in the Brunswick area, so I still see a lot of old Shipmates from CPWL, VP-8 and Special Projects. I remain fairly current on VP issues through the VPI magazine, and my son-in-law, who is an active duty chief presently assigned to the "Buzzards". Good luck &, "keep flying 'em safe"..." [07APR98]

MULICH, AWC Nick Retired nicknjax@gmail.com "...I entered the navy February 1958. After completing AE "A" school, my first assignment was Service Test at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from November 1958 through November 1960. I attended S3H factory school and was transferred to VP-5 in April 1961. I was assigned to Crew 11 for the NS Rota, Spain/ NAS Keflavik, Iceland split deployment. VP-5 was was heavily involved in the Cuban crisis. I departed the Navy in February 1963 to work for TWA at the KC overhaul Plant. In October 1965 I returned to the Navy as an AX2 after completing "A" school. I was then sent to NAS North Island, San Diego, California for assignment with VP-50 after completing P5M Maintenance schools. I was in VP-50 from January 1967 through April 1969. I checked in 8 days after the P5M crashed. As an AX2, I was assigned to P5M Crew 5 until we transitioned to the P-3A at NAS Moffett Field, California. As an AX1 I was assigned to Crew 12 and remained there until transfer to "B" school. I changed rates to AW while attending "B" school and was assigned to VP-23 from January 1970 through January 1973. For 3 months I was the only enlisted qualified Aircrewman. I passed the AWC test and was transferred to Naval Air Development Center Warminster until June 1973 when I was selected for ADCOP at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. After ADCOP, I was transferred to VP-49 from April 1975 through October 1977. My final tour was NTEC Orlando where I led the factory acceptance team for the 14B44 and Weapons System Test (WST) trainers. I retired in December 1980 and now live in Jacksonville..." [E-Mail Updated 14APR2009 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 14NOV99]

MURPHY, John murphydad@hotmail.com "...I flew with VP-40 from '94 to '98. I missed the brawl at the Officer's Club but did do three deployments, the last with Jim Robinson and mighty CAC-4. I continued to fly NP-3D's and qualified in a Metroliner at the Weapons System Test (WST) Squadron. Stacy and I have two kids and I'm currently flying with Southwest Airlines. Hope to hear from you!..." [12JUN2001]

PAULES, AE2 James jrpaules@msn.com "...I served with VQ-2 (1970-07/1972). I got married on my way from Naval Weapons Test Squadron (WST) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland to NS Rota, Spain and brought my wife along to Spain. She was a freshman in college and picked up a few courses from the University of Maryland while we were there. I did one deployment on an aircraft carrier to support the "whales" and then decided I’d rather be an air crewman. I got qualified as the aviation electrician’s mate (i.e. cook) and an ECM Operator. VQ-2 was transitioning from the Super Connies to the P-3’s and since I wasn’t going to make the Navy my career, I got assigned to one of the Super Connie crews. I made several deployments to Athens and NAS Key West, Floridat and even got to go on a NATO exercise to Iceland and Norway … even got my "Blue Nose" card for going above the Arctic Circle. After I got out of the Navy I used my GI Benefits to get an Electrical Engineering degree from Penn State and then worked 33+ years at Three Mile Island..." [11MAR2014]

PETERSON, CDR Roy "Pete" Retired rptrsn@yahoo.com "...I enlisted in 1968. I earned my AC wings at NAS Lemoore, California as a helicopter rescue crewman, fly rescue mission in the Sierra Nevada mountains. After two years of shore duty, I received orders to VP-11 as an AT-2. I went through VP-30 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland trained as in IFT, but when I arrived at the squadron I found out that if I wanted to fly I have to be a radioman. No problem let me fly. I made the short notice deploy to WesPac with VP-11 July-Nov 1972 operating from NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and U-Tapao Royal Thailand Air Force Base, Thailand. After a, very short stint as a civilian, I returned to active duty and changed my rate to AW. After AW "A" school and another pass throught the RAG, I reported to VP-44. Flying the oldest P-3A as SS2 then SS1 I made two deployment NS Rota, Spain / NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal and NAS Bermuda between 1974-1977 making AW1 along the way. I followed that tour with two years at TSC NAS Sigonella, Sicily, where I really learned acoustic analyis from some great AW's. AW1 Mike Stokes, AWC Al Cox, AWC Mike Cantor and AWC Mel Watkin a great acoustic analyist and one of the best leaders I had in my naval career. En route to shore duty at Naval Weapons Test Squadron (WST) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland by way of VP-30 I was selected for AWC and was intiated in 1979. A couple of weeks later, I found out I'd been select for an a commission as an Aviation Operations LDO Ensign. My shore duty was cut short and after knife and fork school, I to the USS Ranger, in NS Subic Bay, Philippines for an 8 month deployment to the Indian Ocean. Working in the ASW Module a was promoted to LT(jg) on my second deployment to the Indian Ocean. After 2 years 2 months and 1 day I departed USS Ranger to NAVAVSCHCOM NAS Pensacola, Florida for training as a Naval Flight Officer. VP-10 at NATU Mather Airforce Base, VP-31 and I found myself in Hawaii as an LT NavCom in VP-1, CAC-6. Under the leadership of LT Frank Dombrowski, I quickly qualified as a TC. After a split deployment to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan / NAF Misawa, Japan I earned my Mission Commander designation and a JO crew. Select for the College Degree Program (CDP), with the help of the XO CDR Zambernardi, I made the very hard decision to forgo another VP-1 deployment and took orders to New Hampshire College. Completeing my BS degree in 9 months, transferred to Commander Patrol Wings Atlantic (CPWL) where I was the Aircrew Training Officer. A great job in a great location 1987-1991. From there it was time for my fourth patrol squadron. After my 5th time through the RAG, I reported to VP-8 as a LCDR Department Head. Two deployments to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and all the det sites, I stretched this tour as long as I could, knowing that as an AW/LDO this was my last active duty squadron. It was a good tour (Tiger, Tiger) and I flew with them from Oct 1991 until June 1995, picking up my P-3 5000 hour pin along the way. Shore duty followed as the Director of Training, Fleet Aviation Specialized Training Group Atlantic (FASO). It was a very interesting job with schools in NAS Brunswick, Maine, NAS Jacksonville, Florida, Mayport, plus all the Marine air stations, not to mention SERE. We worked hard to keep up with all the changes in tmissions, new technology and the impacts on flight crew training. My last tour 1999-2002 was as XO of NAS Souda Bay, Crete, Greece where I retired with over 5500 hours in the P-3 and over 33 years active service. It was a great career. At my retirement ceremony, I was piped ashore then back aboard our 42' sloop Brilliant, where my bride Stephanie spent 5 years cruising the Med, crossing the Atlantic in 2006, the Caribbean, then the US East Coast until last year when we moved ashore in Florida..." [26MAY2015]

PETRONE, Andrew C. apetrone@thermawave.com "...I joined 01JUL77 went to boot camp at San Deigo then NATTC, Millington. I was at VP-9 from MAR78 to JUL81. From there I went to NAMTGD1012, NAS Moffett Field, California (SEP81-JUN85); NSF Diego Garcia (JUL85-JUL88); NAMTGD1012 (AUG88-MAY92; NSF Diego Garcia (JUN92-JUL93); VQ5 NAS Agana, Guam (AUG93-OCT94), San Diego (OCT94-FEB96) CVN72 Lincoln Deployment (MAY95-OCT95]; Weapons System Test (WST) Squadron, NAS Point Mugu, California (MAR96-JUL97) retired..." [25AUG2000]

ROBERTSON, Robbie Jrobert329@aol.com "...Served in VP-4 from 1966-1970, Weapons System Test (WST) NAS Patuxent River, Maryland 1970-1975, VQ-2 1975-1978, BUPERS Aircrew Detailer 1978-1981, NPPSA DET Dallas 1981-1987. Still flying P-3's and C-130's for Lockheed in Marietta Ga. Looking forward to the VP-4 Reunion. Would like to hear from all my old Shipmates..." [10MAR98]

SATTERFIELD, AEC Dick Retired gemstar@ibm.net"...Started with P-3's in WST, NATC Pax Riv. in '64 then to VP-9 and VP-31. Retired from VP-47 in Jan of '76 as an AEC. One outfit not mentioned is Weapons Systems Test Div. as a P-3 operator. We had the first one - 148276, a convert -ed Electra which was also a prototype Charlie. The other two were 148889 and 152141 which were used as test-beds for test and evaluation of new weapons systems. Interesting tour. Retired for a second time (from IBM) and live in San Jose, CA. Dick Satterfield, former AE ed Electra which also was the Charlie prototype..."

SMITH, ATC George E. Retired p3chief@gmail.com "...I served with VP-11 W/C 210 and Maint.Cont. from September 1987 till retirement in July 1990; AIMD NAS Brunswick, Maine W/C 610 & ATE and Production Control Chief from February 1984 through Augugst 1987; VP-10 August 1980 - January 1984, transitioned to P-3CUII as a WST in W/C 210 and "Still finding it HARD TO BE HUMBLE"; VP-30 WST school January 1980 through July 1980; NAS Jacksonville, Florida December 1976 - January 1980, Air Ops Tron shop, then sent to AIMD as W/C 610 supervisor; VS-28 June 1972 - November 1976 as an S-2G "I" level com/nav tech at AIMD NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island and IM-3 division aboard the INDY. In 1976 we then transitioned to the S-3A Viking and I as an "I" level APS-116 radar tech at AIMD NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida and IM-3 aboard AMERICA. I have worked the last 15 years for Boeing (McDonnell Douglas) at Kennedy Space Center as a Quality Inspector during the Space Lab days and now as a Quality Engineer processing the International Space Station. Nothing I have done since since, can come close to the pride and satisfaction I experienced in the Navy. Would love to hear from any of my old Shipmates!..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 27FEB2006]

TUCKER, AW2 Joseph (Mike) jmtss3@hotmail.com "...Served in VP-50 from 90-92. Now stationed at VP-5. Would like to hear from squadronmates. Also served aboard the USS Carl Vinson CVN-70, FASODETMOFFETT, CPW-11, and hope to soon be back at CPW-11 Weapons System Test (WST) Team for a much needed break from 4 and 1/2 years of sea duty in VP-5..." [19MAY99]

VanREKEN, AVCM Mark H. Retired mvanreken@hotmail.com "...P-3B(D) Radio operator, VP-23 76-79; P-3C UII IFT, VP-26 80-81; P-3B Sensor operator, VP-26 (VPU-1) Special Projects, 81-84; NAMTGD 1011 IFT/WST Instructor, 84-87; P-3C(NUD) IFT, VP-56 87-91. Retired in 93 as AVCM...." [E-Mail Updated 13SEP2003 | E-Mail Updated 23MAY2000]

VATTER, AMEC Tom Retired tfvatter@us.hsanet.net "...I served a P-3 Flight Engineer from 1963 - 1989. I was pleased with to do the P-3 flying in Squadrons like VP-8, NATC NAS Patuxent River, Maryland WST, VP-19, VP-30, VP-50, VP-31, VXN-8, NATC ASW then Force Warfare, VXN-8 until retirement. During those years Logged a few hours I think it was 15,575 but who was counting. Looking to hear from any old Shipmates. Drop a line. I am now working as a support contractor for the P-3 Retrofits and Special Projects group at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland..." [18MAR99]

Memorial Picture Shipmate Pix Circa 1992/1998  "...WALKER, Kevin "Flash"...I'm looking for Shipmates of my brother, Kevin "Flash" Walker. He was an AD2. He was retired Navy, and passed away September 07, 2000 when he was shot twice in the back. As far as I can tell, these were the ships and the units Kevin Charles 'Flash' Walker was assigned to (some I have the years): USS Dwight D. Eisenhower CVN-69 1983, 1984 and 1985 Mediterranean Cruise's; USS Coral Sea CV-43 1987 and 1988 Mediterranean Cruise's (Kestrel's 1985 - 1988); USS Forrestal CV-59 Atkron 176 E w/2 diagonal slashes underneath; 1990-1991 Final Operational Deployment VFA-132 'Privateers'; USS Independence CV-62 and USS George Washington CVN-73 1992 Shakedown cruise with CVW-7. Kevin's tours-of-duty (TOD) include NAS North Island, San Diego, California; NAS Patuxent River, Maryland; NS Rota, Spain; a TDY with Grumman Corporation on Long Island, NY (while he was there he got to observe the building of the USAF X-29A FSW prototype; the remaining TOD's were at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Some of the units he was with that I can't place aboard any Faireconron Two (Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron Two) 'Batmen' (possibly NS Rota, Spain); VS-41; VS-31 Topcats; Fighting 143 Pukin' Dogs; Strike Force Squadron 137 (Strkfitron 137) F/A-18 Hornet; Naval Air Test Center Strike Aircraft (possibly NAS Patuxent River, Maryland); VQ-2; and Knighthawk VFA-136 F/A -18 (his last active duty unit). He was also a part of: 1990 Operation Desert Shield; 1991 Operation Desert Storm; and 1991 Team Incirlik Combined Task Force Operation Provide Comfort out of Incirlik, Turkey He also related to me that he had helped with the recovery of the Marine and Army personnel killed in the Beirut bombing..." Contributed by Stephen Kent Walker familysearch27292@yahoo.com [11MAY2004]

WALLACE, AOC(NAC)AW Louis Chance, Jr. "Wally" Retired wallace.chance@ngc.com "...I served with VP-68 (03/1974-31/12/1994) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, RTU68 (06/1973-03/1974) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, USS Independence (CVA-62) (03/1971-03/1973) at NAS Norfolk, Virginia, Air Launched Weapons School (02/1971-03/1971) at NAS Norfolk, Virginia, Naval Weapons Test Squadron (WST) (08/1969-02/1971) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, RTC Great Lakes (01/1969-03/1969), AO "A" School Naval Air Training Center (03/1969-08/1969) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida..." [07AUG2020]

WEBER, AT1 Lawrence laweber@verizon.net "...I was an AT Petty Officer on the crew of the VAH-21 TRIM '902 Iron Butterfly P2V, after its return from Vietnam. That was with NATC Naval Weapons Test Squadron (WST) from July 1970 until it was decommissioned. I served with Senior Chief Vincent and pilot LCMD Boyer..." [06JUN2022]

WHITTENBURG, Rob Weapons System Test (WST)@juno.com">p3cWeapons System Test (WST)@juno.com "...I was assigned to VP-31, WC210 Avionics as an AX2, Weapons System Test (WST)from 12/78 thru 11/81. I mostly worked on early preflights and enjoyed it very much. Presently I am corporate pilot for a local utility company here in Salt Lake City and am flying a Cessna Citation S-II. I am married to a beautiful Filipina school teacher and we have a cute little baby girl. It's wonderful! It would be nice to hear from some of the good Shipmates that I worked with at VP-31 like; J.J. Green, Corky Rootes, Chief Jim Hildebrant, AVCM Tom Doeller, Rex Oliver, Tony Miorin, Rick Taylor, and AXCS Foxe. We had a excellent crew, no AWM's, FMC aircraft, and a lot of fun. Feel free to e-mail me. I'd like to hear from you all!..." [E-Mail Updated 28FEB99 | 08MAR98]

ZACHAR, AW1 Bob Robert6770@AOL.COM "...I was a Weekend Warrior with VP-92 9/70 - 6/72. VP-67 1/73 - 3/94. Flew countless Fri. & Sun night Airlifts picking up squadron mates on Thunder Chicken Airlines; 2600 hours in 21 years. Saw the world. Loved those PI trips!! Couldn't get past AW1, Got in trouble ?? sometimes. Now I'm a Platoon Sgt (E7) in MS Army National Guard - Tank Cmdr. on M1A1 Abrams tanks. 28 years service. The Army is different, but I love the sound of the tank's turbine starting up - reminds me of the P-3's APU. Any ole VP-67 Shipmates out there, email me..." [08JUN98]

ZAFRAN, LCDR Bob Retired vpfourever@gmail.com "...Flew in P2's, P-3's, and P5M's for 22 years. I was an ex-P2 Radioman (AT/AX). I was also a TACCO in the P-3 Orion. I served with VP-4 (1959-1962),FAETUPAC (1962-1965), Naval Flight Officer Training (1965-1966), NATC NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, Weapons System Test (WST) Squadron (1966-1968), Naval Postgraduate School (BS) (1968-1970), VP-4 (1971-1974), Naval Postgraduate School (MS) (1974-1976), VP-40 (1976-1978), NAS Moffett Field, California (1978-1979), and OinC PSD NAS Moffett Field, California 1979-1980)..." [E-Mail Updated 21OCT2008 | E-Mail Updated 12DEC2002 | BIO Updated 20NOV2000 | E-Mail Updated 30JUL98]

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