A BIT OF HISTORY: "...On June 13, 1999, three former VPers of the late 60's vintage got to tour P-3A BUNO 150520 at the Western Aerospace Museum at the Oakland (CA) airport. Ken Kriner WOCOWBOY1@aol.com and Peter Lindberg firstname.lastname@example.org, formerly of VP-28 and VP-22 (1967-70) and Dennis Reilly Plumber869@aol.com of VP-9 (1966-69) joined ADC (Ret) Don Drake (VP-47, VP-91), who overseas the restoration of the aircraft for the museum. Don now works for Alaska airlines and has the "keys" for what could be one of the finest "museum" pieces around. In fact 150520 was the last P-3 to come through overhaul at Alameda depot maintenance before it was shut down. The aircraft was surplused to the museum despite the fact that it will be fully flyable. No rotting on a museum ramp for this bird; she's in fine original configuration, less a sono rack and some sensor gear. She currently sports green primer but will get original Navy colors soon. 150520 is special to Ken and Pete because it was a VP-31 training aircraft at the time they came through VP-31, and was from the same block of aircraft they flew in VP-28 (150512-150519, 150521-150523). Anyone out there in VP Navy Land who was destined for PACFLT P-3As in the late 60's would have at least a couple flights in this aircraft. After 30 years, it was like seeing an old friend..." Contributed by Peter Lindberg email@example.com [23JUN99]Circa 1992
(forward/side view of a/c)
(head on view)
(Ken & Don in cockpit)
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...Patrol Aviation In The Pacific In WWII - Naval Aviation News - July-August 1992.." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1990s/1992/ja92.pdf [11NOV2004]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...Modernization Under Way - Page 8 to 9 - Naval Aviation News - March-April 1990..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1990s/1990/ma90.pdf [22OCT2004]
"VP-28 History Summary Page"