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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-3 History ThumbnailCameraVP-3 History Contributed by John Lucas john.lucas@netzero.net [21MAR2003]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...I remember from family stories that he had been with the opening crew at NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. He was stationed at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii during WW2. Our family lived in Philly during that time. I remember taking the long Santa Fe train ride to Seattle following the war. He was stationed at NAS Sand Point, Seattle, Washington there. I don't believe that station exists any longer. After that it was back East to NAS Norfolk, Virginia. At Oceana and we lived in VA Beach. Then transfered to NAS Coco Solo, Panama, Canal Zone. Finally to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. From there he retired. I remember VP-3 flew old PV2's that looked like WW2 Bombers. I distinctly remember delivery of the P2V2's with their huge tail assembly. My Dad used to tell us of an escapade of his while at NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. It seems that some Lieut. asked Dad if he wanted to go up while he practiced some acrobatics for Navy Day or something. Dad agreed. Oh, I forgot to mention, this was in an old open cockpit (N3N or something) 2 seater (one behind the other) plane. The story went that the pilot performed a quick barrel roll and Dad fell out of the plane over National Park, NJ. He said that coming down over the Delaware River, he decided to loosen his gear so he wouldn't be caught under the canopy when it collapsed over him in the water. The he looked to the side at the ground and realized he still was quite a ways up. Buckled the straps back up and landed in a farm field. Now, I tell you, I always thought this was an "old salt's" tale, but, 10 or 12 years ago, my cousin's husband, also a Navy man, produced an old Mimeographed Newsletter from NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania that retold the story. I still have it. It was a true story! Not an old salt's tale!..." Contributed by Richard Evans sumnerve@aol.com


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