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Martin P4M Mercator

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P4M ThumbnailCameraVP-21 P4M BUNO: 124362 "...VP-21 (HC 4) P4M-1 (BuNo 124362) at NAS Glenview, August 1950. Photo from the TailHook Association http://www.tailhook.org/..." Contributed by Mahlon K. Miller mkwsmiller@cox.net [21MAR2004]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P4M ThumbnailCameraVP-21 P4M BUNO: 122208 "...Official U. S. Navy Photograph - NA85-2746 18JUL1950 - USN 421750 Aerial recognition views of P4 M BUNO: 122208 - Right side view..." Contributed by John Lucas JohnLucas@netzero.com [04JAN2004]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P4M ThumbnailCameraVP-21 P4M BUNO: 122208 "...VP-21 (HC 1) P4M-1 (BuNo 122208) in-flight, date unknown. Photo from the TailHook Association http://www.tailhook.org/..." Contributed by Mahlon K. Miller mkwsmiller@cox.net [00AUG2003]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P4M ThumbnailCameraVP-21 P4M BUNO: 122208 "...VP-21 (HC 1) P4M-1 (BuNo 122208) in-flight, date unknown. Photo from the TailHook Association http://www.tailhook.org/..." Contributed by Mahlon K. Miller mkwsmiller@cox.net [00AUG2003]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P4M ThumbnailCameraVP-21 P4M BUNO: 122208 "...VP-21 (HC 1) P4M-1 (Buno 122208) in-flight near NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, circa 1950. Photo from the TailHook Association http://www.tailhook.org/..." Contributed by Mahlon K. Miller mkwsmiller@cox.net [00AUG2003]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P4M ThumbnailCameraVP-21 P4M BUNO: 122209 "...VP-21 Mercator BuNo 122209 flies over NAS Patuxent River, Maryland in 1951..." Foundation Volume 23 Number 2 Fall 2002 Page 48-55 National MUSEUM of Naval Aviation..." [09DEC2002]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P4M ThumbnailCameraVP-21 P4M BUNO: 124363 "...Line Drawing - VP-21 (HC-2) P4M-1 (BuNo 124363)..." Contributed by Mads Bangsø webmaster@aircraftprofiles.dk WebSite: Aircraftprofiles.dk http://www.aircraftprofiles.dk/ [29MAR2006]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P4M ThumbnailCameraVP-21 P4M BUNO: 124373 "...VP-21 (HC 1) P4M-1 (BuNo 124373) in-flight, 18 July 1951. Photo from the TailHook Association http://www.tailhook.org/..." Contributed by Mahlon K. Miller mkwsmiller@cox.net [00AUG2003]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P4M ThumbnailCameraVP-21 P4M BUNO: 142209 "...VP-21 (HC 3) P4M (BuNo 142209) in flight near Patuxent River, MD, circa 1950's. Photo from the Naval Historical Center..." Contributed by Mahlon K. Miller mkwsmiller@cox.net [19MAR2001]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P4M ThumbnailCameraVP-21 P4M BUNO: Unknown "...Five Martin P4M-1 Mercators of U.S. Navy patrol squadron VP-21 in flight in 1950..." WebSite: U.S. Navy Naval History Center http://www.history.navy.mil/ [02MAR2012]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: VP History ThumbnailCameraVP-21 P4M BUNO: Unknown "...Naval Aviation News - October 1951..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1950s/1951/oct51.pdf [25JUL2004]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P4M ThumbnailCameraVP-21 P4M BUNO: Unknown Contributed by Old Forge Publishing OldForgePub@aol.com [08APR2003]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P4M ThumbnailCameraVP-21 P4M BUNO: Unknown Contributed by John Lucas john.lucas@netzero.net [07SEP2001]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P4M ThumbnailCameraVP-21 P4M BUNO: Unknown "...VP-21 P4-M Mercator circa 1950. Photo is from the National Archives..." Contributed by Mahlon K. Miller mkwsmiller@cox.net [19MAR2001]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P4M ThumbnailCameraVP-21 P4M BUNO: Unknown "...First P4M Aircraft assigned to VP-21 1951..." Contributed by CWO Jack M. Bamberger jackbam@worldnet.att.net [26MAR98]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P4M ThumbnailCameraVP-21 P4M BUNO: Unknown "...I found this picture hanging on the wall of my Senior Chiefs office at NAMTRAGRUDET NAS North Island, San Diego, California. No one knows where it came from, it always just been there as long as anyone can remember. Thought you might like to post it where it belongs on VQ-1's stuff. If any one knows anything about this bird I'd like to hear about it..." Contributed by AT1(AW/NAC) Jay Bachrach jrbachrach@yahoo.com [02JAN99]

UPDATE "...As one of the original 12 pilots assigned to the outfit that eventually became VQ-1, I flew the first P4M-1 built (BuNo 121451) after it was modified to the first P4M-1Q. After receiving our four planes from the Martin factory in Middle River, Maryland, and initial shakedown at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, we completed operational training at NAS Miramar, as VC-11 Special Project Unit. On 10/16/51 we became the Special Project Division of the Air Operations Department of NS Sangley Point, Philippines. The picture Jay posted to VPNavy is P4M-1Q Buno 124366. BuNo 124366 began production at the Glenn L. Martin Aircraft factory in Middle River, Maryland, in 01/50 and was accepted by the Navy 07/26/50. It was assigned to VP-21 07/31/50 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, and was given squadron markings as HC-5. VP-21s eight P4M-1s operated in the Mediterranean and in Europe between 08/51 and 01/52. Between 02/17/53 and 09/02/54, 124366 underwent conversion to a P4M-1Q (Version 2) at NARF Norfolk, Virginia. On 03/23/54 it was back on active duty assigned to VW-1 Det A at NS Sangley Point, Philippines (on 05/13/53 the Special Project Division mentioned above became VW-1 Det A). VW-1 Det A became VW-3 Det A on 06/01/54 and finally VQ-1 on 06/01/55. BuNo 124366 was given squadron markings as PR-6. On 09/01/55 VQ-1 moved to NAS Iwakuni, Japan. Approximately 01/01/60 VQ-1 moved to NAS Atsugi, Japan. BuNo 124366 was stricken from the list of Navy aircraft on approximately 05/15/60 and scrapped at NAS Atsugi, Japan. The aircraft had accumulated 4,626 hours of flight time in its career...LT Mel Davidow Retired meldavidow@earthlink.net..." [07JUL2001]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P4M ThumbnailCameraVP-21 P4M BUNO: Unknown "...Official U. S. Navy Photograph - Circa 11SEP53..." Contributed by John Lucas JohnLucas@netzero.com [10DEC2003]


Consolidated PBY Catalina

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: PBY ThumbnailCameraVP-21 PBY BUNO: 21-P-3/21-P-12 "...Consolidated PBY-4 Catalina flying boats of VP-21 on their new seaplane ramp at NS Sangley Point, Philippines, Winter 1939-40..." WebSite: FlickR http://www.flickr.com/ [22JUL2008]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: PBY ThumbnailCameraVP-21 PBY BUNO: 21-P-6 [09AUG2000]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: PBY ThumbnailCameraVP-21 PBY BUNO: 21-P-8 "...Yahoo Naval Aviation Group - Consoldidated Aircraft Corporation..." Contributed by KOONTS, AT2 Billy billkoonts@aol.com [27AUG2002]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: PBY ThumbnailCameraVP-21 PBY BUNO: 12-P-8 "...Photo from National Archives and Records Administration..." [06JUN2001]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: PBY ThumbnailCameraVP-21 PBY BUNO: 21-P-10 Contributed by John Lucas john.lucas@netzero.net [14JUL99]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: PBY ThumbnailCameraVP-21 PBY BUNO: 21-P-11 "...Manila Bay, off the new NS Sangley Point, Philippines being built at Cavite. One of VP-21's PBY-4s is either landing or taking off, Winter 1939-40..." WebSite: FlickR http://www.flickr.com/ [22JUL2008]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: PBY ThumbnailCameraVP-21 PBY BUNO: 21-P-12 "...VP-21 (old VP-1) was the first combat unit to extend the Neutrality Patrol west to the Philippines. Squadron became VP-101 while there..." Contributed by William T. Larkins wtl@ccnet.com [11SEP98]
Books U.S. Navy Aircraft 1921-1941, U.S. Marine Corps Aircraft 1914-1959: Two Classics in One Volume [Squadron insignias, aircraft, and more!] by William T. Larkins [11SEP98]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: PBY ThumbnailCameraVP-21 PBY BUNO: 21-P-15 Contributed by John Lucas john.lucas@netzero.net [21MAR2003]


Martin PBM Mariner

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: PBM ThumbnailCameraVP-21 PBM BUNO: 59205 "...Circa July 1945..." "National Archives and Records Administration" [29OCT99]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: PBM ThumbnailCameraVP-21 PBM BUNO: Unknown "...VP-21 PBM-5 in-flight, Date unknown. Photo from the TailHook Association http://www.tailhook.org/..." Contributed by Mahlon K. Miller mkwsmiller@cox.net [23OCT2001]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: PBM ThumbnailCameraVP-21 PBM BUNO: Unknown Contributed by Don Sweet SweetUsn@aol.com


Lockheed P2 Neptune

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P2 ThumbnailCameraVP-21 P2 BUNO: 126533 "...HC-9 P2V-6 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland..." Contributed by Eugene N. Wiley wilee@btconline.net [30MAY2002]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P2 ThumbnailCameraVP-21 P2 BUNO: 127732 "...VP-21 P2V-5F (BuNo 127732) at NAS Glenview, July 1956. Photo from the TailHook Association http://www.tailhook.org/..." Contributed by Mahlon K. Miller mkwsmiller@cox.net [17SEP2003]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P2 ThumbnailCameraVP-21 P2 BUNO: 131554 "...Series of photos (Official Navy Photos) taken during the making of a training film on the use of JATO with the P2V. Location: NAS Norfolk, Virginia - Aircraft: P2V6B - BUNO 131554 - Squadron: VP-21 - Home Base: NAS Patuxent River, Maryland - Date: May 14-21, 1954..." Contributed by Robert Wolen rwolen@earthlink.net [02SEP2002]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P2 ThumbnailCameraVP-21 P2 BUNO: 131554 "...Series of photos (Official Navy Photos) taken during the making of a training film on the use of JATO with the P2V. Location: NAS Norfolk, Virginia - Aircraft: P2V6B - BUNO 131554 - Squadron: VP-21 - Home Base: NAS Patuxent River, Maryland - Date: May 14-21, 1954..." Contributed by Robert Wolen rwolen@earthlink.net [28AUG2002]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P2 ThumbnailCameraVP-21 P2 BUNO: 135556 Contributed by Steve Kaiser, CDR. USN (Ret.) Venture23@msn.com [05MAR99]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P2 ThumbnailCameraVP-21 P2 BUNO: 135556 "...VP-21 (LH 6) SP-2H (BuNo 135556) in-flight, circa 1967. Photo from the TailHook Association http://www.tailhook.org/..." Contributed by Mahlon K. Miller mkwsmiller@cox.net [17SEP2003]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P2 ThumbnailCameraVP-21 P2 BUNO: 135574 "...LH-12, Buno 135574, December 1959, on a snowy ramp at NAS Brunswick, Maine..." Contributed by Bob Nelson, Capt. USN (ret) sudabay@aol.com [28APR98]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P2 ThumbnailCameraVP-21 P2 BUNO: 140974 "...Line Drawing - P2..." Contributed by Mads Bangsø webmaster@aircraftprofiles.dk WebSite: Aircraftprofiles.dk http://www.aircraftprofiles.dk/ [16APR2006]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P2 ThumbnailCameraVP-21 P2 BUNO: 140974 "...SP2H NAS Brunswick..." Contributed by John Lucas john.lucas@netzero.net [26DEC99]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P2 ThumbnailCameraVP-21 P2 BUNO: 141242 "...Two P2V's from VP-21 (LH 3, BuNo 141242 nearest camera) sit on the ramp at NAS Sigonella, Sicily. Photo taken on 26 March 1963 by PH3 James Graver. Photo from the Naval Historical Center..." Contributed by Mahlon K. Miller mkwsmiller@cox.net [02AUG2001]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P2 ThumbnailCameraVP-21 P2 BUNO: 141242
VP-93 P2 Thumbnail "...The attached photo's are of LH-3 Buno 141242 at NAS Sigonella, Sicily in the Spring of 1968. Note the Ace/Jack squadron insignia, and the "E" on the nose. This particular crew (mine) was more adept at finding aircraft carriers in the Med than submarines, hence the three silhouettes...I made the longest flight of my 23 year naval aviation career in this aircraft: 18.2 hours. Someone wearing lots of gold braid decided that every patrol aircraft in the Med would go aloft on the same day at the same time (night, too!), cover an assigned area until PLE, and that would provide an operational snapshot (read: head count) from Gibralter to eastMED of Soviet activity. Debriefs being a lot more casual than what they eventually became, I have no idea whether the operation was a success, but I know that we packed 3710 gallons (bomb-bay tank) of 115/145 into that aircraft, and then leaned and reduced power so much you could damn near count the propeller blades....and you know, we didn't even place for endurance that night: at least one other crew landed at Sig after we did...NOTE: VP-21 had the tail markings "LH" for as long as it was in commission. VP-93 did not come into being until after VP-21 was decommissioned, and inherited the venerable tail markings. LH-3 in the photo was the inventoried property of VP-21 in 1968" Contributed by Roger A. Jurack CWO3 USN (Ret) out2pasture@iowatelecom.net [10AUG98]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P2 ThumbnailCameraVP-21 P2 BUNO: 143173 "...P2V BUNO: 143173 N173AM 726-7129 Hawkins & Powers Aviation 143173 stored Greybull, WY 8/95 http://www.totavia.com/hawkeye/p2.html...Served with VP-21, VP-30, VP-67, and "MASDC" (Military Aircraft Storage and Disposition Center) 22MAY73 "Lockheed P2V Neptune An Illustrated History" http://www.rollmodels.com/schiffer.html#miscus..." [03MAY98]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P2 Neptune TumbnailCameraVP-21 P2 BUNO: 144681 & 143172 "...Two P2V's (BuNo 144681 & 143172) from VP-21 (LH 6 & LH 1) in flight near NAS Argentia, New·oundland, Canada, August 1963. Photo from the Naval Historical Center..." Contributed by Mahlon K. Miller mkwsmiller@cox.net [02AUG2001]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P2 ThumbnailCameraVP-21 P2 BUNO: 147952 Contributed by Jeff Cultice

UPDATE "...Your photo of 147952 is shown outside of hanger number 2 at NAS Moffett Field, California, on MY flight line (I was the Line Division Officer). My last flight in her was in April of 1968..." Contributed by Dan Dwyer DPDDelta@Worldnet.att.net OR DDwyer@MBCO.com [08MAY98]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P2 ThumbnailCameraVP-21 P2 BUNO: 147959 "...SP-2H at NAS Brunswick, Maine 30 July 1966 by Thomas Cuddy II..." Contributed by Stephen Miller f134kilmil@comcast.net [17DEC2006]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P2 ThumbnailCameraVP-21 P2 BUNO: 148340 "...The attached photo was from my husband's CAC-4 (affectionately called their plane "Harlow, Queen of the Atlantic" ). Pilot was Lt. Paul Lyon..." Contributed by Donna Maurillo DonnaRM@aol.com [24DEC2001]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P2 ThumbnailCameraVP-21 P2 BUNO: 148355 "...VP-21 (LH) SP-2H Neptune (BuNo 148355) at NAS North Island, December 1962. Photographed by Clay Jansson. Photo from the TailHook Association http://www.tailhook.org/..." Contributed by Mahlon K. Miller mkwsmiller@cox.net [25OCT2003]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P2 ThumbnailCameraVP-21 P2 BUNO: 148358 "...Served with VP-21/VP-23/VP-94/VP-67 served as a Fire Bomber with Neptune Inc....NTSB Identification: FTW98GA286 . The docket is stored in the (offline) NTSB Imaging System. Accident occurred Saturday, June 27, 1998 at RESERVE, NM. Aircraft:Lockheed SP-2H, registration: N14835. Injuries: 2 Fatal. The airplane had made a dry pass on the fire zone, then circled around to make a second pass and release its load of 2,450 gallons of retardant. According to witnesses, the airplane struck trees while in a nose low, right wing low attitude. Upon ground impact, the airplane exploded and burned. Investigation revealed no evidence of preimpact airframe, engine, propeller, or flight control failure/malfunction. The first officer, an initial attack trainee pilot, was in the left seat and the captain was in the right seat. Toxicology tests of the first officer indicated 0.031 ug/ml brompheniramine, 0.011 ug/ml chlorpheniramine in kidney fluid, and 0.142 brompheniramine, 0.072 chlorpheniramine in liver fluid. Both medications are over-the-counter antihistamines with sedative effects. The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident/incident as follows. Failure of the copilot to maintain both lateral and vertical clearance from the trees, and failure of the captain to provide adequate supervision of the flight. Full narative available on: http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief2.asp?ev_id=20001211X10298&ntsbno=FTW98GA286&akey=1..." WebSite: http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20001211X10298&key=1 [27MAY2002]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P2 ThumbnailCameraVP-10/VP-21 P2 BUNO: Unknown "...P2V-5F from VP-26 and VP-21 May 1956 - Photo taken in 1956-1957 while I was stationed at NAS Brunswick, Maine. I served as an AE with FASRON-108 and later with VP-7..." Contributed by Art Van Buskirk basshorn@nep.net [12MAR2005]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P2 ThumbnailCameraVP-21 P2 BUNO: Unknown Contributed by John Lucas JohnLucas@netzero.com [30NOV2003]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P2 ThumbnailCameraVP-21 P2 BUNO: Unknown Official U. S. Navy Photograph [08MAR99]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P2 ThumbnailCameraVP-21 P2 BUNO: Unknown "...Photo of the P-2 at the main Gate of NAS Brunswick, Maine. I took in 1970. This aircraft was one of the last ones VP-23 flew. As for the squadron markings, VP-21. I believe the NAS Base commander, at that time, was the skipper of VP-21 and this aircraft was transferred to VP-23 from VP-21 before it was taken out of service. Correct me if I am wrong ..." Shipmate Requested name removal. [Name Removed 06JUN2002 | 02APR2000]


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