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Circa 1952

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News May 1952 "...3 Squadrons Safety Leaders - Page 35 - Naval Aviation News - May 1952..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1950s/1952/may52.pdf [26JUL2004]

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Circa 1950

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP History ThumbnailCamera "...FAW-3 Inspection - VP-7, FASRON-101, stand-by inspection 29 June 1950 when RADM Edgar A. Cruise assumed command of FAW-3..." The Neptunes Squadron Book - August 1950 [15MAY2002]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: HISTORY: "...The thing about FASRON 101 that I enjoyed most was the variety of aircraft to work on. The P2V Fleet for VP-8 & VP-7 went from the -2 to the P2V-5 during my tour there. I remember one of the common things in those days were those R3350's blowing PRT's completely off of the engine and some times even through the Cowling. Also during my tour for a short time The FASRON had an F6F-5, and an SNJ. Our pilots had a lot of fun with those two birds. Of course we had our usual SNB-5 Beechcrafts, and in my book that was also a fine flying machine. We also inherited 6 JRF-5 Grumman Goose flying boats, which were supposed to stay in Fly-away preservation. Ha Ha. those birds made more trips to places like Maine, on week-ends. I was Plane Captain on all 6, as well as Beech craft, side No. 316, and I was usually busy on Friday afternoons launching any where from 2 to all 6 Grumman Gooses (or is that Grumman Geese). We recommisioned VP-11 while I was in the squadron, and equipped them with PB4Y2's. The NAS Bermuda VP's would fly in and we would support them with Beaching and Maintenance on there PBM-5's and eventually the P5M's. Liked to got killed when I almost fell off of the engine nacelle. Another popular flying machine we acquired during my tour was a PBY-5A, that nobody knew what to do with, so we took it and flew it. Same thing with the PV-2, and the PB-1. Then there was the Canadian Squadron with the Lancaster Bombers, and the English with their Shackleton Bombers. Those aircraft had pneumatic flaps and landing gear retraction, as well as air brakes. (Guess that's where the got the term of "the brakes of Naval Air" or "skid marks in the sky."). Some times we would have to go out to the run-up area at the end of the active runway to bleed the moisture out of the air brakes, so the would have some..." Contributed by COWELL, AD2 Tom tecowell@exis.net [25APR2001]

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