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Circa 1969

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...The Mad Foxes Are Back - VP-15 Eagles Bid Farewell - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 27 - NO 32 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 30 OCT 1969..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [26MAY2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...Truckloads of Food - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 27 - NO 23 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 28 MAY 1967..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [24MAY2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...VP-16 Thrills Atlanta Open House Visitors - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 27 - NO 09 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 22 MAY 1969..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [21MAY2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...CDR Schulze To Take Command of VP-16 - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 27 - NO 05 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 14 APR 1969..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [20MAY2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...VP-16 On The Move - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 27 - NO 03 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 10 APR 1969..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [20MAY2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...VP-16 Eagles Return To Home Nest Friday - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 26 - NO 47 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 27 FEB 1969..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [02MAY2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation March 1969 "...On Patrol - Page 30 - Naval Aviation News - March 1969..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1969/mar69.pdf [16SEP2004]

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Circa 1968

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...New Eagle CDR R. H. Schulze - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 26 - NO 25 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 12 SEP 1968..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [27APR2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...VP-16 Eagle Receives 10 Air Medals From CO - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 26 - NO 23 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 29 AUG 1968..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [26APR2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...'Approach' Magazine Jacket To Illustrate VP-16 Orions - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 26 - NO 23 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 29 AUG 1968..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [26APR2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...Eagles Change 'Perch' - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 26 - NO 08 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 16 MAY 1968..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [23APR2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...VP-16 To Get New CO - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 26 - NO 05 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 25 APR 1968..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [21APR2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation September 1968 "...On Patrol - Page 30 to 31 - Naval Aviation News - September 1968..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1968/sep68.pdf [15SEP2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation June 1968 "...On Patrol - Page 30 to 31 - Naval Aviation News - June 1968..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1968/jun68.pdf [15SEP2004]

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Circa 1967

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...Navy 'Country Expert' Briefs VP-16 Eagles - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 25 - NO 33 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 09 NOV 1967..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [18APR2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...Patrol Squadron Hosts Reservists - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 25 - NO 18 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 27 JUL 1967..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [18APR2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...Welcome Home Patrol Squadron 16 Eagles - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 25 - NO 10 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 01 JUN 1967..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [17APR2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation August 1967 "...Fleet Air Wings On Patrol - Page 28 to 29 - Naval Aviation News - August 1967..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1967/aug67.pdf [11SEP2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Squadron Awards..." Contributed by Mahlon K. Miller mkwsmiller@cox.net [23APR2001]

  • Armed Forces Service Medal
    13 Sep 96 - 10 Feb 97

  • Meritorious Unit Commendation
    11 Mar 81 - 10 Feb 82
    28 Dec 82 - 01 Jun 83
    15 Mar 84 - 15 Aug 84
    01 Feb 93 - 01 Feb 94
    08 Sep 96 - 10 Feb 97

  • Navy "E" Ribbon (Battle "E")
    01 Jan 83 - 31 Dec 83

  • Navy Unit Commendation
    01 Jan 67 - 31 Mar 68
    09 Jun 76 - 06 Nov 76

  • Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation (Gallantry)
    01 Dec 66 - 31 May 67

  • SECNAV Letter of Commendation
    01 Feb 93 - 01 Feb 94

  • Coast Guard SOS Ribbon
    01 Apr 88 - 30 Jun 88
    01 Oct 88 - 31 Dec 88

    VP-16 Participating Aircrew
  • Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
    23 Oct 83 - 21 Nov 83
  • Navy Expeditionary Service Medal
    03 Jan 83 - 31 May 83

    Circa 1966

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...CDR Spoon Takes Helm Of Patrol Squadron Sixteen - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 24 - NO 21 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 21 APR 1966..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [12APR2011]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...VP-16 Departs For 'Springboard 1966' - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 23 - NO 44 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 27 JAN 1966..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [10APR2011]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation October 1966 "...Fleet Air Wings On Patrol - Page 28 to 29 - Naval Aviation News - October 1966..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1966/oct66.pdf [07SEP2004]

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    Circa 1965

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation November 1965 "...Atlantic Air Wings On Patrol - Page 26 to 27 - Naval Aviation News - November 1965..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1965/nov65.pdf [03SEP2004]

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    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation July 1965 "...Selective Air Reserve - Page 26 to 27 - Naval Aviation News - July 1965..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1965/jul65.pdf [01SEP2004]

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    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation July 1965 "...On Patrol With Atlantic Air Wings - Page 26 - Naval Aviation News - July 1965..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1965/jul65.pdf [01SEP2004]

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    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation May 1965 "...On Patrol With Atlantic Air Wings - Page 36 to 37 - Naval Aviation News - May 1965..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1965/may65.pdf [31AUG2004]

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    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation March 1965 "...On Patrol With Atlantic Air Wings - Page 26 to 27 - Naval Aviation News - March 1965..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1965/mar65.pdf [31AUG2004]

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    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation January 1965 "...On Patrol With Atlantic Air Wings - Page 28 to 29 - Naval Aviation News - January 1965..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1965/jan65.pdf [31AUG2004]

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    Circa 1964

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...VP-16 Nears End Of Switch To New P-3A - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 22 - NO 35 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 29 OCT 1964..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [06APR2011]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...Local Units Participating In US-Canadian Antiub Exercises - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 22 - NO 30 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 24 SEP 1964..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [04APR2011]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...Orions Arrive In Jax With VP-16's Emblem - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 22 - NO 23 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 06 AUG 1964..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [03APR2011]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...VP-16 Eagles Visit With Canadians - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 22 - NO 08 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 30 MAR 1964..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [30MAR2011]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...VP-16 Deployed To Puerto Rico For Maneuvers - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 22 - NO 02 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 19 MAR 1964..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [29MAR2011]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...Eagle Squadron To Get New CO and XO March 6 - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 21 - NO 50 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 05 MAR 1964..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [29MAR2011]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation September 1964 "...The Wings With Eyes On The Sea - Page 19 to 22 - Naval Aviation News - September 1964..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1964/sep64.pdf [29AUG2004]

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    Circa 1963

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation May July 1963 "...VP-16's Secret Well Kept - Page 27 - Naval Aviation News - July 1963..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1963/jul63.pdf [27AUG2004]

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    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News April 1963 "...Archeologist As Navigator - Page 34 - Naval Aviation News - April 1963..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1963/apr63.pdf [25AUG2004]

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    Circa 1962

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...VP-16 Leaves For Overseas Next Monday - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 20 - NO 26 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 06 SEP 1962..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [24MAR2011]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...VP-16 Crewmen Present During Space Recovery - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 19 - NO 46 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 01 MAR 1962..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [20MAR2011]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: CameraCommendation "...VP-16 Commendations: August 27th, 1962 and September 4th, 1962..." Contributed by GOODELL, Billie N. goodkemp@aol.com [20JAN2007]

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    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News March 1962 "...VP-16 Personnel Train In Irland - Page 18 - Naval Aviation News - March 1962..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1962/mar62.pdf [22AUG2004]

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    Circa 1961

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...VP-16's Crew One Collects Melon Debt From Observer - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 19 - NO 18 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 09 AUG 1961..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [16MAR2011]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...VP-16 Gets Rosy Roads ASW Duties - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 19 - NO 14 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 06 JUL 1961..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [15MAR2011]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...CDR Bagby Is Skipper VP-16 - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 19 - NO 09 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 01 JUN 1961..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [14MAR2011]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...VP-16 Receives Many Deployment Laurels - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 19 - NO 07 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 18 MAY 1961..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [14MAR2011]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...A Lucky Night..." Contributed by GOODELL, Billie N. goodkemp@aol.com [02MAR2007]

    When I received my orders and checked into VP-16 in 1961 Charlie Bennett Sr. had us a house rented with all of the utilities on. We became great friends and they were known as Mom and Pop to us. We were like one large family. I purchased a large lakefront cottage on the Keystone Lakes in Keystone, Fl. We spent a lot of our spare time there. One weekend we got there early and put out some trot lines to get us some fresh fish. All the lines were heavy nylon and anchored with heavy lead anchors. Around eight I asked Pop if he would ike to run the lines with me. Our neighbor let us use a twelve foot shallow boat. I was pulling the boat with the line and taking the fish off. One of the lines got across the aft and as Pop tried to get it off one of the hooks went all the way through his hand. He did not say a word but leaned backward and when he did the boat disappeared. Lucky there was a full moon. I told him to hold on and got the two cushions and put one under each of his arms. I treaded water and somehow pulled him until our feet touched bottom. Lucky we left the tackle box on shore. I got a pair of diagonals cut the line then I cut the hook and pulled it out of the hand. We went in bandaged his hand and went to a hospital for a tetanus shot. Next day I dove down and retrieved all of our gear.

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-16 History ThumbnailCameraBillie N. GOODELL "...Goodell a cold Master-at-Arms on a deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. Note the metal quarters some times covered with snow..." Contributed by GOODELL, Billie N. goodkemp@aol.com [07DEC2006]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News August 1961 "...Squadrons Reunited - Page 26 - Naval Aviation News - August 1961..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1961/aug61.pdf [20AUG2004]

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    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News May 1961 "...New Squadron Record Set - Page 17 - Naval Aviation News - May 1961..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1961/may61.pdf [19AUG2004]

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    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Saturday, April 1, 1961 THE INITIATOR...PATRON Sixteen Scores Enviable Safety Record During Deployment...Patrol Squadron SIXTEEN passed a historical landmark here last week when they completed 35,000 hours of accident-free flying. One of the four P2V Neptunes airborne at the time on Exercise with the U. S. Sixth Fleet set the new mark. The aircraft accident-free period dates back to January. 1957, when VP-16 recorded its last aircraft accident. The 35,000 hours flown without an accident is equivalent to being constantly airborne for 1458 days and at average speed, the P2V could have circled the earth 252 times at the equator. During this period Patrol Squadron SIXTEEN, whose home port is NAS Jacksonville, Fla., has been deployed four times and participated in numerous operations and exercises outside the United States. In accumulating this enviable safety record, they have operated from foreign bases ranging from the cold, frozen North to the hot, dusty deserts of Africa. They have participated in countless NATO exercises and conducted individual operations with most of the Allied Navies. An itinerary of their journeys includes most of the capitals and historical cities of Europe and the Middle East. Patrol Squadron SIXTEEN, under the leadership of Cdr Ralph F. Bishop, has the primary mission of conducting all-weather Antisubmarine Warfare. In performing this mission they fly the famous P2V Nentune. During this accident-free period the squadron has been successively commanded by Cdr. Max A. PIPER. CDR Earle B. ABRAMS, CDR. Jackcon W. CLARK, CDR. Leslie T. BARCO, Jr. and the present skipper, CDR. BISHOP..." Contributed by MARK KONOS akula87@aol.com [ICQ# 9439117] [Updated ICQ 14AUG98 | 31MAR98]


    Circa 1960

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...Through These Portals Pass - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 18 - NO 7 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 21 APR 1960..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [11MAR2011]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraP2V BUNO: 131522 "...P2V BUNO: 131522 at VFW-3761 Post Home (http://www.freewebs.com/vfw3761/p2vneptuneaircraft.htm. Don Bates provided aircraft data and gray and the blue photographs. Assignments: FASRON-108 (07JAN55), VP-11 (15FEB55), VP-16 (19MAR56), NAS Anacostia, Washington, D.C. (28FEB57), VA(HM)-13 (22MAR58), VP-24 (31JAN59), VP-8 (14OCT59),l VP-16 (12SEP60), VP-7 (26FEB62)..." Contributed by Don Bates kndbates@verizon.net [03AUG2009]

    Department of The Navy
    AIR:00D3:WJA:mw dated 5 March 1982
    Mr Wyatt McFarland.

    Dear Mr McFarland,

    The Curator for the Navy forwarded your 22 January letter to my office for reply to you.

    You asked for information on your SP-2E.

    The distance from the ground to top of fuselange is 14' 4"; from center to center of landing gears left/right it is 25' 11"; and from center to center of main to nose landing gear is 24' 9". Weight and connecting points are items too complex to explain in a letter.

    You need copies of the Flight Handbook and the Erection and Maintenance Manual for the P2V-5F, which was the aircraft's designation before being changed to P-2E.

    The Air Force may have copies of these books. We have retired ours to the National Archives. I suggest that you ask at Rickenbacker.

    If the Air Force does not have the books, all you can do is write the National Archives, Printed Archives Branch, 4205 Suitland Road, Washington, D.C. 20409. Ask for the books by aircraft designation.

    The histoty of Bureau Number: 131522 is as follows:

    29JUL54 - accepted by Navy BAR, Burbank, CA
    05AUG54 - Went to O & R, NAS Jacksonville, Florida
    07JAN55 - Went to FASRON-108, Burbank, CA
    15FEB55 - Went to VP-11, NAS Brunswick, Maine
    19MAR56 - Went to VP-16, NAS Jacksonville, Florida
    28FEB57 - Went to NARTU (Naval Air Rescue Training Unit) NAS Anacostia, Washington, D.C.
    03MAR57 - Went to BAR Burbank for rework
    25MAR57 - Went to O & R NAS Alameda, California
    22FEB58 - Went to O & R NAS Norfolk, Virginia
    22MAR58 - Went to VA(HM)-13, Malta
    30NOV58 - Went to NAS Chincoteague, Virginia
    31JAN59 - Went to VP-24 NAS Keflavik, Iceland
    14OCT59 - Went to VP-8 NAS Norfolk, Virginia
    04JAN60 - Went to O & R BUWEP at NAS Alameda, California
    26APR60 - Went to VWRFR Burbank, CA
    12SEP60 - Went to VP-16 NAS Jacksonville, Florida
    26FEB62 - Went to VP-7 NAS Jacksonville, Florida
    00APR64 - Went to NS Rota, Spain for 6 month tour
    16MAR65 - went into storage at Litchfield Park, a Navy Storage facility in Arizona.
    00DEC65 - Still in storage, Litchfield Park was disestablished and a tri-service storage facility Military Aircraft Storage & Disposition Center, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Tucon, AZ, became a storage site. This aircraft transferred there in Dec 1965.
    15JAN71 - Out of storage, went to NARTD North Island
    05MAR72 - Aircraft struck administratively from active inventory with 6,179 flying hours total service for training purposes at NARDET Training at NARDET Columbus, Lockbourne AFB, Ohio
    09FEB79 - Lockbourne AFB requested this aircraft as training device in fire/crash rescue.
    28FEB79 - Aircraft transferred to Air Force Custody.

    Signed: Wm. J. Armstrong, Historian Naval Air Systems Command.

    From The Department of Defense, Rickenbacker, AFB, Aircraft SP2E No. 131522 transferred to VFW Post 3761 Baltimore, Ohio 6 May 1982
    Signed: H.W. Wickline, Colonel USAF, Commander.

    Letter From Wyatt McFarland

    COMRADES AND SISTERS

    This is for you, not a memorial, monument, or a donation, but a piece of American Heritage from yesteryear, not so long ago but yet tucked away in the past. She was to die a death not befitting so many of her kind, to be burned, but somewhere down the road of her military career fate played a hand. Her career is above reproach, her destiny is now yours, for her final landing and resting place will be Liberty Union VFW Post 3761. Where else can American Heritage stop, be revived and begin a new career of American Heritage, but in the hands of the Veterans.

    Lockheed Aircraft Corporation
    P2V-5 Model 526

    Lockheed Factory S/N
    426-5403

    Patrol & Anti-Submarine Search SP-2E # 131522

    Wing Span
    103' 10 "

    Length
    81' 7 "

    Length with stinger
    91' 2"

    Height
    28' 1"

    Weight Empty
    41,754 Lbs.

    Gross Weight
    67,500 Lbs.

    Max-Gross
    76,152 Lbs.

    Fuel
    2800 to 3900 Gals.

    Tip Tanks
    350 Gals.

    Range
    4,750 Miles

    Service Ceiling
    23,200 Ft.

    Power Plants
    (2) R-3350-30WA's

    Power Plants Aux
    (2) J34-WE-34

    Armament (Nose)
    (2) 20mm Cannon

    Armament (Top)
    (2) 50 Cal.

    Armament (Tail)
    (2) 20mm Cannon

    Cruise Speed
    207 MPH

    Top Speed
    323 MPH at 17,400 ft.

    Landing Speed
    109 MPH

    Rate of Climb
    1820 Feet per minute

    Crew
    9

    Number A/C Built
    424

    The P2V-5 first flew on 29 Dec 1950, it had a search light to illuminate the target for the nose guns. The light is housed in the nose of the starboard wing tank. The P2V-5FS (SP-2E) has a magnetic anomaly detection gear in the stinger tail, it also carried the Julie/Jezebel active and passive detection systems. The Navy updated the P2V-5 to the P2V-6 on 16 Oct 1952, this plane was built under the P2V-5 plans in 1953. She has been called "The Old Man of The Sea", but the Navy called her the "Neptune". Navy Neptune, "Truculent Turtle" set a world distance record of 11,236 miles. The Navy "Neptune" have seen service in Viet Nam.

    Written By: Wyatt McFarland, Updated 11AUG92

    Moving From Rickenbacker to Post 3761

    A real big thank you to Paul Wooster for the many hours of his own time and hard work for getting the "Neptune" moved from Rickenbacker to the VFW Post Home.

    Crew of the Neptune in 1965

    It should be noted that three (3) comrades of our Post were members of the aircrew when this aircraft was on active duty.

    They are, Don Bates, Herb Jung and Richard Woody.

    The crewmembers when 131522 was taken out of active service in 1965 was as follows, Lcdr. Bob Byerg (pilot), Lt. Bob Harris (co-pilot), Lt. Larry Johnson (navigator), Lt. Bob Crabtree (tacco), ADJ2 Don Bates (plane captin), ATR2 Howard Hollweg (radar), AX2 John Delconte (juli/jez), AE3 Wayne Des Rosiers (electrician), ATN3 Henry Rustmann (radio), ADR3 Richard Woody (2nd mech), and AO1 Herb Jung (ordance) This is per Don Bates e-mail Dec. 7, 2008.

    Another thank you to all those who helped Paul with the move. I don't know if anyone kept a list of those who helped and I don't want to miss anyone, if there is a list please let the Post know and we will add it .

    We have a book at the Post with letters and picture of the A/C and the move of the aircraft if you at the Post and would like to see it, please ask.

    P2V Story From Don Bates 12/08/2008

    On the evening of July 2, 1963 we left Jax, Fl. on a routine 10 hour flight, due east over the Atlantic Ocean, to monitor shipping in the area. We did this by checking for screw sounds, getting a fix, then honing in on the ships, clicking on the search light to get it's name and port of registry. We would chart this along with the ship's heading. About 6 hours into the flight we picked up screw sounds that were identical to a Russian conventional sub. We honed in on it to find that it was submerged. So we dropped 3 consecutive practice depth charge s, which was at the time a warning to surface and be recognized. Nothing! We did it several more times and no response. We were told by the higher-ups to stay with it till they could get another crew launched to relieve us as we were now low on fuel. We idled back as slow as we could go and still stay airborne. By the time our relief plane arrived we didn't have enough fuel to return to Jax, so we were diverted to Nassau Airport in the Bahamas to get fuel. Nassau told us to buzz the field when we got there and they would turn on the runway lights for us to land. I guess they were saving energy way back then. We had to wait till they could locate a driver for the fuel truck. We could see the truck on the other side of the fence where they parked old 522. 2 hours later, 5am, the driver showed up and was so drunk that we ended up driving the truck and fueling the plane ourselves. It ended up being a long and hungry flight, but worth it. At daybreak the Russian sub had to surface to charge his batteries, because they normally charge them at night under the cover of darkness, but we foiled that by staying with them and the other crew got some great daylight pictures.

    Each aircraft had a log book that records were kept in. Inside the log book for 131522 was a newspaper clipping from Shreveport,La. that told the story about ADR2 Swain(plane captain) flying 131522 by himself from Burbank,Ca. to Shreveport,La. which would have been 1960 when it was scheduled to leave VWRFR Burbank to Jax, Fl. From what I can remember, the article told how the Navy was going to court-marshall him and the Airforce stated anyone who could fly that bomber that distance by himself they wanted on their team. It was quite an interesting article. I tried several years ago to find the article from the Shreveport news but they couldn't find it as I didn't have an approximate date. All I could tell them was that it was sometime late 50's early 60's. From your info we now know it was probably Sept 1960. If you have the time you might be able to research the article, explaining that it is important information needed to complete the history of your aircraft. To my knowledge it's the only Neptune to have been flown by one man. You have a piece of history there.

    This is what I can tell you about special tours etc. of 131522 while I was Plane Captain. It spent 3 tours out of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba during the Cuban crisis doing reconnaissance around the Island 1962,1963,and 1964. It was on T.A.D.(temporary additional duty) out of Boca Chico Naval air station in the Florida Keys doing reconnaissance between Cuba and the Keys 1963. It went to Puerto Rico for 2 weeks every January for Maneuvers with the Atlantic Fleet to brush up on our skills while it was in VP-7. It was picked by our Commanding Officer, while we were in Rota, Spain, to be displayed in an air show at Lajes Air-Force Base in the Azores Islands. It was on T.A.D. to the Island of Crete, while in Rota, Spain, working the Mediterranean Sea. The "Skipper" picked it and our crew to take him to London, England to meet with his Executive officer, who was in charge of the other half of the squadron in Keflavik, Iceland. It wasn't that he liked "us", he only liked the way we kept the aircraft clean and and in the "up" status and that made "him" look good!

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    As you can see the color of the plane changed from charcoal grey to light gray between Rota in 1964 and storage 1965. It was repainted in Norfolk, Va. November 1964 and a memo followed that nothing was to applied to the paint of any aircraft but soap and water. Unknown by others, our crew had applied Johnson's one step glo-coat which helped us keep old 522 clean and shining. Don

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...(VP-5, VP-7, VP-8, VP-10, VP-11, VP-16, VP-18, VP-21, VP-23, VP-24, VP-26, VP-44, VP-45, VP-49 and VP-56) - Naval Aeronautical Organization OPNAV NOTICE 05400 for Fiscal Year 1960 dated 1 February 1960 is: DECLASSIFIED per Office of Chief of Naval Operations on 1 February 1965 by Op-501 - Atlantic Fleet Support Stations..." WebSite: Naval Historical Center http://www.history.navy.mil/a-record/nao53-68/fy1960-feb60.pdf [13MAR2007]

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    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...(VAP-62, VP-5, VP-16 and VP-18) - Naval Aeronautical Organization OPNAV NOTICE 05400 for Fiscal Year 1960 dated 1 February 1960 is: DECLASSIFIED per Office of Chief of Naval Operations on 1 February 1965 by Op-501 - Atlantic Fleet Support Stations..." WebSite: Naval Historical Center http://www.history.navy.mil/a-record/nao53-68/fy1960-feb60.pdf [11MAR2007]

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    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-16 History ThumbnailCameraBillie N. GOODELL "...Goodell and Enlisted Men's Barracks with Mount Etna in the back ground. NAS Sigonella, Sicily..." Contributed by GOODELL, Billie N. goodkemp@aol.com [07DEC2006]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-16 History ThumbnailCameraBillie N. GOODELL "...Wash day at NAS Sigonella, Sicily with Mount Etna in the back ground..." Contributed by GOODELL, Billie N. goodkemp@aol.com [07DEC2006]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-16 History ThumbnailCameraBillie N. GOODELL "...When VP-16 deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily in 1960 we relieved VP-5. We still had the P2V's. I was Master-at-Arms and on the Rec Committee. We purchased VP-5's fridge and Ii was given thirty seven dollars to stock it with drinks. I turned in twenty five hundred to the rec fund when we left..." Contributed by GOODELL, Billie N. goodkemp@aol.com [29NOV2006]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-16 History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History Contributed by GOODELL, Billie N. goodkemp@aol.com [29MAR2005]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News December 1960 "...Myth Of Mail Buoy Exploded - Page 21 - Naval Aviation News - December 1960..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1960/dec60.pdf [18AUG2004]

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    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-16 History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...VP 16 out of NAS Sigonella, Sicily early 1960's. James A. Peeples AE3 at the time..." Forwarded by Felix J. Roberson CHIEFROBIE@aol.com [27DEC2003]


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