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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-16 History ThumbnailCameraInspects VP-16 Contributed by GOODELL, Billie N. goodkemp@aol.com [25OCT2006]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-16 P3 ThumbnailCameraVP-16 P3 Maverick Missle "...Picture of the maverick missile on LF-778 , an AIP aircraft, at a stopover at Patrick AFB..." Contributed by LT John "Hozer" Holzbaur jholzbaur@hotmail.com [27JAN2001]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-16 P3 Bomb Thumbnail "...BUNO: 163293's Bombay with a single MK-50 BU 0 REXTORP on station "6" in preparation for a "TORPEX"..." Contributed by LT John "Hozer" Holzbaur jholzbaur@hotmail.com [26OCT2000]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-16 P2 Thumbnail "...TWELVE O'CLOCK LOW - That's how this 35-ton P2V aircraft from VP-16 appears through the periscope sight of an "enemy" submarine during a preview of the squadrn's participation in "Operation Springboard" in the Caribbean Sea area. Loaded with ASW electronic gear, planes of the squadron will simulate attacks on "enemy" subs from the Atlantic Fleet during the annual training exercise..." Contributed by MARK KONOS akula87@aol.com [ICQ# 9439117] [Updated ICQ 14AUG98 | 31MAR98]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...VP-16 is returning from a split site deployment covering Puerto Rico, Panama, and Keflavik Iceland...the advanced party for VP-16 came home today! The airlift arrived at 1800 local..." Contributed by Timothy M Walker AW1(AW/NAC) USN Retired tmwalker@bellsouth.net [03AUG98]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...VP-16 Aircraft Flies Long Non-Stop Trip..." Contributed by Ray Jobes RAYJOBES@AOL.COM [28FEB2000]

VP-16 P2

A P2V-5F attached to Patrol Squadron 16, recently flew non-stop from Keflavik, Iceland to NAS Jacksonville, returning from a five-month deployment.

Loaded to its maximum gross weight of 80,000 pounds, the P2V-5F Neptune took off from Keflavik carrying 3,900 gallons of fuel and flew 3,100 nautical miles to Jax in 16-and-a-half hours, landing with 278 gallons of reserve fuel, enough to remain airborne for another hour and two-thirds.

The average ground spped was 188 knots with almost no air received from winds.

Lt. George W. dittmann, the pilot, claims no record but VP-16 is unable to uncover any evidence of a P2V-5F accomplishing an equivalent feat on 3,900 gallons of fuel.Contributed by Ray Jobes RAYJOBES@AOL.COM [29JAN2000]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...VP-16 Set To Leave For 'Operation springboard'...Fighter Squadron 16, an all-weather antisubmarine warfare unit of Fleet Air Wing II, departed for the Caribbean area on Saturday, February 3, to participate in a massive training exercise known' as "Operation Springboard." CDR Charles E. Rodgers, squadron executive officer, led a flight of P2V aircraft to Puerto Rico where they rendezvoused with the squadron "skipper", CDR Robert G. Bagby. The skipper and several squadron crews had previously deployed to the NS Roosevelt Roads, PR as part of the Project Mercury Recovery Force. Ground support personnel were airlifted to the Caribbean outpost. "Operation Springboard" is an annual training exercise in which most of the ASW patrol squadrons of the Atlantic Fleet take part, deploying their personnel and aircraft to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR while engaged in the operation. Surface units of the Fleet are also there to play the role of "enemy." Purpose of the operation is to improve the units' ability to perform their primary mission and tasks. During the operation each squadron crew will complete : series of competitive exercise in the multiple tactics require) to locate, track or "kill" an enemy submarine. VP-16 will return here in mid-February..." Contributed by MARK KONOS akula87@aol.com [ICQ# 9439117] [Updated ICQ 14AUG98 | 31MAR98]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Logo Thumbnail $7.00 (Which would include any S/H charges) Contact: Joe a1bestcaps@cs.com [16OCT99]

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