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MishapsMISHAPs: 30 MAR 38 A/C: PBY pby Location: Kaena Pt. Oahu Strike: Yes BUNO: 10142 CAUSE: Crashed and sank CAUSE: Unknown Contributed by Terry pb4y-2@sbcglobal.net [02APR98]

UPDATE History ThumbnailCameraCDR Grover B. Windham Jr. "...1955 Press Photo Lt. Cmdr. Grover B. Windham Jr., is reported aboard the missing..." WebSite: EBay http://www.ebay.com/ [30AUG2014]

UPDATE History ThumbnailCameraMishap Crew, etc. Official U. S. Navy Records (National Archives and Records Administration) via Fold3 http://www.fold3.com/ [28NOV2012]

UPDATE "...1938 Press Photo- 3 Men Missing in Crash of Navy Bomber..." EBay http://cgi.ebay.com/ 1938-Press-Photo-3-Men-Missing-in-Crash-of-Navy-Bomber_W0QQitemZ300053361370QQihZ020QQcategoryZ14279QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem [26NOV2006]

History ThumbnailCameraVP-4 Mishap Article ORIGINAL 1938, 7 x 9 inch, Acme, N.E.A. Press Photo. On an attached typewritten piece of paper on the back of the photo it reads... "Missing in Crash of Navy Bomber" -- "Five Navy flyers were missing and believed dead when their patrol bombing plane crashed into the Pacific just off the northwest tip of the Island of Oahu. Returning to its base in a heavy rainstorm after participating in scouting maneuvers, the twin-engined flying boat struck the sea and was partly submerged. Three of the missing men are shown above. Left to right they are; Lt. L.O. Crane, Pilot; Aviation Cadet W.H. Leer; and Naval Aviation pilot B.I. Windham. Acme 3-30-38".

UPDATE "...U. S. S. Avocet...The following morning she attempted the salvage of a crashed flying boat of VP-4, recovering the body of a radioman; she hoisted the wreckage of the plane on board..." WebSite: History Central http://www.historycentral.com/navy/Minelayer/Avocet.html [19NOV2006]

UPDATE "... Pilot LT(jg) L. O. Crane/Killed, AvCad W. H. Lear/Killed, AOM1 B. I. Windham/Killed, ARM3 C. J. Nilles/No inj, ARM2 V. A. Luciana/Seriously Inj, ACMM G. H. O'Neil/Killed, and AMM1 H. F. Barts/No inj..." Contributed by Terry pb4y-2@sbcglobal.net [03JAN2001]


MishapsMISHAPs: 16 JUN 42 A/C PBY-5A pby Location: NAS DUTCH HARBOR Strike: Yes BUNO: 7290 Cause: HIT MT/CARLISLE Contributed by Terry pb4y-2@sbcglobal.net [13MAR98]

UPDATE "...Pilot.Lt(jg). Jep C.Johnson/Killed Arm2c. Edward H.Scroggine/Killed, Ens. Albert D.Peterson (died 7 Aug 43), Ens James K.Morrill/Seriously inj, and 1/Minor, 2/No inj..." Contributed by Terry pb4y-2@sbcglobal.net [03JAN2001]

MishapsMISHAPs: 17 APR 45 A/C PB4Y-2 Privateer LOCATION: NAS Jacksonville, Florida Municipal #1 Airport Strike: Yes BUNO: 90196 Cause: Camera gunnery & Fighter affiliation. At sea three miles due east of Mayport,Fl. The pilot conducted exercise at 6000 to 7000-ft over Jacksonville Beach; with two FM-2 fighters attached to this unit. At about 0917 a fire of unknown origin occurred in the vicinity of the bow or cockpit. The plane was seen by two other FM-2 pilots, two SBDs, and men on St. Johns Lightship nearby, saw the plane go into a flat spin and crash into the ocean. Crew: Pilot Lt. Donald L. Jackson USN/Killed, Lt(jg) Travis L. Hagood USNR/Missing, Ens David F. Hayes USNR/Killed, AMM3c John L. Varney USNR/Missing, AMM3c Robert Luke Keagle USNR/Killed, ARM3c William C. Stough USNR/Missing, ARM3c James J. Burkes USNR/Killed, AOM3c Marion Edwin Peek USNR/Killed, AMM2c Arthur Loui Jones/Killed, AOM3c James L. Shaffer USNR/Killed, AMH1c James H. Mulkey (pass) USNR/Bailed out safely, AMM2c Nelson I. Andrews USNR/Killed, and Sea1c John Francis Colon USNR/Killed. Contributed by Terry pb4y-2@sbcglobal.net [Updated 04MAR2002 | Updated 03JAN2001 | 13MAR98]

MishapsMISHAPs: 18 JUL 45 A/C: PB4Y-2 Privateer Location: NAS Miami Strike: No BUNO: 59642 Cause: Navigation training. Take-off was from Master Field, Nas Miami,Fl., at 0026, with an ETA of 1026 at Master Field. Routine position reports were received at Nas Miami from subject aircraft at 0110, 0210, and 0255; the last 0255 report giving planes position as 24-47N X 74-38W, this was the last message received by this station. Two Nas Miami PB4Y aircraft who were both on 10hr flights and were apparently in the same area stated that visibility and overall weather was good. Flight was base (Miami) to 25-55N X 76W to 21-09N X 69-50W to 22-04N X 69-10W to 25-50N X 76W to base. Extensive search was conducted with negative results. "Strike" Crew, passengers and plane missing: Pilot Lt. C. M. Bailey USNR, Ens P. E. Mattingly A-V(N) USNR, Ens F. W. Takkunrn A-V(N) USNR, Lt(jg) R. H. Bower A-V(N) USNR, AMM2c M. J. Meola USNR, ARM2c Carl Clifton Harlan USNR, AMM2c C. S. McGowan USNR, ARM3c D. G. McLaughlin USNR, AOM2c F. M. Carroza USNR, AOM3c D. R. Strong USNR, ARM3c P. Kreple USN, ARM1c D. Bradley USNR, and & 3/missing. Contributed by Terry pb4y-2@sbcglobal.net [02MAR2002]

MishapsMISHAPs: 20 JUL 45 A/C: PB2Y-3 Coronado Location: Vicinity of San Clemente Isl, Ca Strike: No BUNO: Unknown Cause: Fire in tail turret, plane landed ok & no damage; Arm2c W. F. Omen/Killed Contributed by Terry pb4y-2@sbcglobal.net [12JAN2001]

MishapsMISHAPs: 12 SEP 45 A/C: PB4Y-2 Privateer Location: NAS Miami Strike: No BUNO: 59618 Cause: Fighter affiliation;260deg 2mi, from Master Field. Subject aircraft Nas Miami cleared for take-off on runway #220 at Master Field; the pilot made a normal take-off and retracted gear immediately. While the plane was making a shallow turn to starboard in accordance with existing course rules, Control Tower personnel at Master Field observed a fire in the planes #3 engine, Control Tower personnel informed pilot of this condition and that all runways were clear for landing. Pilot did not acknowledge these transmissions. Observers saw the aircraft continue in a climbing turn and to approximately 700 to 800-ft, the right turn increasing, and the fire becoming more intense. The aircraft began to lose altitude with the starboard wing still low, at approximately 300-ft, one crew member was seen to bail out. Plane continued to lose altitude and struck the earth in a slight, nose-down attitude exploding on impact. "Strike" Crew & pass: Pilot Lt. J. G. William USNR/Killed, Ens R. Bradburn A-V(N) USNR/Killed, Ens L. L. Roof A-V(N) USNR/Killed, AMM3c N. D. Stockman USN/Killed, AMM3c A. A. Cassiol USNR/Killed, ARM3c J. D. Robinson USNR/Killed, AOM1c R. E. Schlenker USNR/Killed, AOM2c F. Fleischer USNR/Killed, AOM1c C. E. Volk USNR/Killed, AOM3c R. V. Peterman USNR/Killed, AOM3c E. W. Chapman USNR/Killed, AOM3c J. E. McInytre USNR/Killed, PHOM1c C. H. McClure USNR/Killed, AOM1c T. H. Oswald USNR/Killed, and AOM2c W. J. DeRoche USNR/Bailed out safely. Contributed by Terry pb4y-2@sbcglobal.net [02MAR2002]

UPDATE "...I served with VPB-114 in Edenton, NC. While training at Opa Locka Naval Air Station, Miami, Florida, I witnessed a devastating crash. One crewmember of a PB4Y-2 Privateer parachuted at low altitude, moments before the aircraft plummeted to earth. The Aviation Ordinance man was Wilfred De Roche, from Somerville, Massachusetts. De Roche was the only survivor of the 15 man crew. If De Roche continued with a charmed life, I would be interested in hearing from him. He would be close to 80 years old now...PETE, Rudolph J. rudolphpete@yahoo.com..." [09MAR2004]

MishapsMISHAPs: 17 JAN 46 A/C: PB4Y-1 PB4Y-1 Location: NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida Strike: No BUNO: 38793 Cause: Area familiarization. PB4Y-1--38793, after take-off on NW course at North Whiting Field, it was found that the flaps would not raise above 20% down position. Pilot informed Plane Capt of this at the same time noticing wheels were coming down from the wells, stopping in an unlocked position. According to the pilot, he could read Tower only sporadically. As soon as wheel was locked down, pilot took control of the aircraft and on receipt of instructions from the Tower to land on course 360deg, mistook South Whiting Field for North Whiting Field and landed on course 180deg at South Field. While on his final approach, North Whiting Tower called aircraft and instructed not to land. Existing 12 knot wind which was down-wind caused aircraft to touch down at approximately 1/2 of he way down the runway. Aircraft dragged on tail-skid for first 2000-ft of roll, but seeing this maneuver would not stop aircraft in time to prevent running off end of runway, pilot placed nose wheel on runway and applied brakes with no appreciable effect. Aircraft continued straight ahead, the nose wheel oleo strut buckling and nosed down 130-ft ahead of runway. Pilot did not hear Tower tell him to land on runway #180. "Strike" Crew and pass OK: Pilot Lt(jg) D. W. Ballard USN VB-4, ATU-4, Ens R. H. Lorisch USN, ARM3c L. A. Carson USNR/Minor inj, AMM3c H. J. Vicknair USNR/Minor inj, AMM3c E. P. tersewicz USN, AMM1c J. W. Britton USNR, ARM3c J. T. Storey USNR, ARM3c J. D. Rippl USNR, AOM2c R. C. Milliron USN, Sea2c F. X. Corcoran USNR, and Sea1c T. F. Bowes USNR. Contributed by Terry pb4y-2@sbcglobal.net [04MAR2002]

MishapsMISHAPs: 00 XXX 00 A/C: P2V P Neptune Location: Unknown Strike: NO BUNO: 128338 Cause:YD-6 with a collapsed right landing gear

UPDATE VP-4CameraVP-4 P2 BUNO: 128338 "...YD-6 with a collapsed right landing gear..." Contributed by James E. Heffner c/o jsh@vnet.net

MishapsMISHAPs: 09 DEC 49 A/C: P2V P Neptune Location: NAS Kodiak, Alaska Strike: NO BUNO: 89351 Cause: OVERSHOT LNDG Contributed by Terry pb4y-2@sbcglobal.net [23MAR99]


MishapsMISHAPs: 24 MAY 50 A/C: P2V P Neptune Location: NAS Whidbey Island, Washington Strike: NO BUNO: 39334 Cause: GUNNERY; 100mi.SW, CAPE FLATTERY; 20mm. RICOCHED OFF WATER & HIT ENGINE NACELL Contributed by Terry pb4y-2@sbcglobal.net [23MAR99]

MishapsMISHAPs: 03 OCT 50 A/C: P2V P Neptune Location: NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii Strike: NO BUNO: 30341 Cause: AIR-TO-AIR GUNNERY; 20mi.NE, OAHU; COOK OFF ROUND HIT OWN TAIL Contributed by Terry pb4y-2@sbcglobal.net [23MAR99]

MishapsMISHAPs: 27 NOV 50 A/C: P2V-2 P Neptune Location: NAS Barbers Pt, Hi Strike: Yes Deaths: 5/killed BUNO: 39340 Cause: Right wing came off during rocket practice run Contributed by Terry pb4y-2@sbcglobal.net [03APR98]

UPDATE "...P2V-2: 39340; 21-33N 158-16W Crew killed; Pilot.Lt(jg). Sylvester J.Link,Jr., Ens. G.H.Irelan, AD1. F.Zitkovich, AL1. M.B.Parris, and AOAN. H.T.Neely..." Contributed by Terry pb4y-2@sbcglobal.net [03JAN2001]

UPDATE "...I'd like to add some information concerning the crash of VP-4 P2V 139340 on 27 Nov 50: On 27 November 2000, the Honolulu Advertiser printed an article on a memorial ceremony for the crew of the P2V that crashed on 27 November 1950. According to the article, the aircraft, equipped with 16 rockets, was conducting a rocket run two miles off Yokohama Bay, near Kaena Point, the western-most end of the island. The starboard wing separated from the aircraft, and it rolled and impacted the ocean. The VP-4 crew of five died. No identifiable remains were found, though some remains were buried together in one casket at the National Cemetery in Chattanooga, Tenn on 19 Jan 51. The crewmembers were (no ranks given): Jess Linn, pilot; George Irelan, copilot; Frank Zitkovitch, flight engineer; Malcom Farris, radioman; and Harold Neely, ordnance man. Newspaper accounts of the day indicate structural damage caused the wing to separate, but "many familiar with the crash believe one of the fired rockets malfunctioned, causing the right wing to tear loose.

The 27 Nov 00 memorial ceremony was held at Yokohama Bay with three dozen friends, relatives and military personnel present. At the end of the ceremony, a VP-4 P-3 flew over and dropped a marker on the exact location of the crash site. Richard Irelan, George Irelan's older brother, presented the Navy with the casket flag that was used in the joint services in Chattanooga. The flag will be displayed at the Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Headquarters in Kane'ohe, the current station for VP-4 ..." Contributed by Don Hinton, Maj, USAF DDHINTON@hq.pacom.mil [13DEC2000]

UPDATE "...I'm contemplating a little research project which involves the crash of a VP -4 P2V off Kaena Pt., Hawaii on 27 Nov. 1950. The pilot, a relative named Sylvester Jesse Linn, and his crew were all killed. His surviving siblings and possibly his children are considering a visit to Oahu to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the crash... Keith V. Johnson kvjo@worldnet.att.net..." [17JAN99]

UPDATE "...Commemorating the crew lost in VP-4šs P2V mishap 27 Nov 1950
3 March 2000

Dear Friends,

First let me thank all of you for helping me to get planning initiated for this event scheduled for 27 Nov 2000. It is now something that I will work to bring to fruition. The date is firm for 27 November, the exact time to be determined later, but will be mid-day of slightly thereafter.

VP-4 will be deployed from Hawaii at that time, but COMPATRECONFORPAC is lending a hand.

I am working with some success to locate the next of kin of crew members. Today I made contact with Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Harold T Neely's kinfolk in Denmark, TN. Also with Ensign George H. Irelan's surviving is a younger brother and a nephew named after George.

I've struck out in the cases of Aviation Machinist Mate 1st, Frank Zitkovitch of Hinsdale, Ill. and Aviation Electronics Technician 1st Malcolm B. Ferris of Smithfield, TX.

I have talked to Herb Rockoff, but have been unsuccessful in locating Russell G. Anderson, USAF, who piloted the accompanying P2V. His phone number, 303-278-0391, as indicated in the VP-4 data base has been assigned to a commercial party for about a year. Any leads to help find the above persons will be appreciated.

It appears that 2 daughters of Jess Linn will attend and possibly a couple of siblings.

Shortly I will be mailing some information to the list of 1950 era members. Once I have done that I may come to VPNAVY or whoever has control of the web page with a similar message to parallel the mailed info.

I am very grateful to all your guidance and assistance,

Keith V. Johnson kvjo@worldnet.att.net..." SEE: VP-4 Veterans Association WebSite[04MAR2000]

MishapsMISHAPs: 28 NOV 50 A/C: P2V P Neptune Location: 21-33-00N 158-16-00W NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii Strike: YES BUNO: 39340 Cause: Rocket and bomb practice, right wing failed during pull out, LTjg Sylvester Link and 4/Killed Contributed by Terry pb4y-2@sbcglobal.net [23MAR99]

MishapsMISHAPs: 07 JUN 52 A/C: P2V P Neptune Location: NAS Whidbey Island, Washington 47-50-00N 125-10-00W Strike: NO BUNO: 39359 Cause: Air-to-Air Gunnary, cooked round went off and hit tail Contributed by Terry pb4y-2@sbcglobal.net [23MAR99]


MishapsMISHAPs: 16 AUG 65 VP-4Camera LOCATION: MCAS Iwakuni, Japan TYPE: Crash Landing SRIKE: No DEATHS: 00 BUNO: 140969 (YD3 CW call sign--RU33) Unknown CAUSE: Mechanical failure Contributed by Jere Brinkley jerebrinks@hotmail.com [16JAN97]

UPDATE VP-4 MishapCameraMishap Photograph "...Mishap, U. S. Navy Patrol Squadron Four, Crew 3, MCAS Iwakuni, Japan 1965 - Photograph by G. Ray Hawkins, PH3, VP-17, USN..." Contributed by HAWKINS, PH3 G. Ray hawkins@artnet.net [10AUG2007]

UPDATE "...ELKLODGE 3, piloted by LCDR Paul Krienke, had a mechanical failure and the port main mount malfunctioned. Upon landing the port mount collapsed. Due to the outstanding skill and cool headed professionalism displayed by the crew, no one was injured and the plane received comparatively light damage..." Contributed by Jere Brinkley jerebrinks@hotmail.com [16JAN97]

MishapsMISHAPs: 28 APR 67 A/C: P3 P3 Orion LOCATION: Japan TYPE: Collision Water SRIKE: Yes DEATHS: 12 BUNO: 151365 CAUSE: Undetermined Flown by LT C. D. Burton off the coast of Tsushima Island, Japan.

UPDATE "...My brother, AT1 John Stephen Harris, served with VP-4 on their deployment to NAS Iwakuni, Japan in 1967. Sadly, he was flying with Crew-10 and we lost him along with the rest of his crew. May they rest in peace. Although it's been 43 years, I would be interested in locating anyone who might remember him..." Contributed by Guy Heney pdxatct1@yahoo.com [30MAY2010]

UPDATE "...I knew a fellow from VP-31 who was in what may have been this accident and survived. In any case, here is the story. I am not sure if it is this crash but the timing seems right. His position was Jezebel (sp?) operator. He said he was operating his Jez equipment in an exercise with a submarine when he suddenly found himself floating in the water. He also said the co-pilot survived, and swam out of the cockpit as the PDC's started exploding, indicating a depth of 60 feet...MOORE, ATN3 John vpNOSPAM at tinyvital.com..." [29APR2004]

UPDATE "...The 28 April 1967 crash was a P-3, not a P2V2 as is mentioned. The BuNo was 151365, however. My father, C.W. White, Jr., was the Aft Observer for Crew 10 and was lost on this mission. I was very happy to find this site on the Web, as I have been able to correspond with several shipmates of my father via e-mail. This has been particularly important to me, as I was not quite 2 years old when his plane went down, and know him only through what few personal items I have of his and from my family. I am continually looking for others that might be able to tell me more about the missions that were flown, squadron life at Barber's Point and Iwakuni, etc. If you should happen to run across anyone from VP-4 in the '66-'67 era that might have known my father, please refer them to me...Sincerely, C.W. White, III (Bill) jnbwhite@bellsouth.net..." [14FEB99]

MishapsMISHAPs: 00 MAY 67 A/C: P3 P3 Orion LOCATION: South China Sea TYPE: Collision Water SRIKE: Yes DEATHS: 12 BUNO: Unknown CAUSE: Undetermined Contributed by ED CRANE ECRANE4980@AOL.COM [03MAR99]


MishapsMISHAPs: 12 DEC 71 A/C: P3 P3 Orion LOCATION: Midway TYPE: Mid-Air With C-130 No DEATHS: 00 BUNO: 153426 CAUSE: Mid Air Collision

UPDATE "...I am doing a story on P-3B BUNO: 153426. I am looking for pictures of this aircraft when it was in VP-62 (1979-1989) and VP-93 (1989-1992). This aircraft was involved in a VP-4 mid-air with a Coast Guard C-130 (December 12th, 1971) and VP-4 almost lost her (prop overspeed) again (ditched) in the South China (August 18th, 1975) as well as a couple of other interesting events. If anyone has interesting events with this aircraft - please contact me. Thanks..." Contributed by LARSON, LCDR John Retired oriondriver1975@yahoo.com [15JUL2013]

UPDATE "...I was a crewmember on the USCG C-130B that was involved in a midair collision VP-4. I am attempting to organize a Reunion for both crews. If anyone was a crewmember on the P-3 or knows of one - drop me a line..." Contributed by ATCS Roger M. Schmidt, USCG Retired rogngina@sbcglobal.net [06NOV2011]

UPDATENAS ThumbnailCameraVP-4 Mishap "...Wing Damage to VP-4's P-3B at Midway in 1971!..." Contributed by NETTLES, Bullet Bob bulletbob_1@email.msn.com [27FEB2003]

UPDATENAS ThumbnailCameraVP-4 Mishap "...VP-4's Damaged P-3B BUNO: 153426 at NAS Midway Island in 1971! This Aircraft was involved in a Midair collision with a Coast Guard C-130 while doing a search Northwest of Midway! The P3 lost over 8 feet of the Port wing and was later flown back to NAS Alemeda, Calif. for repair and went back into service later on! Both Planes landed safely at Midway after the collision with no Injuries to either Crew! Bet there was one hell of a Pucker Factor there!..." Contributed by NETTLES, Bullet Bob bulletbob_1@email.msn.com [15JAN2003]

MishapsMISHAPs: 18 AUG 75 A/C: P3 P3 Orion LOCATION: South China Sea Approx. 300 NM out from NAS Cubi Point, Philippines STRIKE: No DEATHS: 00 BUNO: 153426

UPDATE "...I am doing a story on P-3B BUNO: 153426. I am looking for pictures of this aircraft when it was in VP-62 (1979-1989) and VP-93 (1989-1992). This aircraft was involved in a VP-4 mid-air with a Coast Guard C-130 (December 12th, 1971) and VP-4 almost lost her (prop overspeed) again (ditched) in the South China (August 18th, 1975) as well as a couple of other interesting events. If anyone has interesting events with this aircraft - please contact me. Thanks..." Contributed by LARSON, LCDR John Retired oriondriver1975@yahoo.com [15JUL2013]

UPDATE History ThumbnailCameraVP-4 Mishap "...I recieved an E-mail from one of my shipmates in VP-4 which got me thinking and digging through my cruise book. I found this page which was my intro to Naval Aviation With three flights under my belt our crew had a prop overspeed. this scan is our attaboy for not losing our aircraft. thought it might be of interest to some of the guys..." Contributed by Tim Battaglia batman@telis.org [24JAN99]

1. Reported the successful conclusion of a P3 inflight emergency.

2. I extend my compliments to LT Gryde and his crew for their professional handling of a potentially tragic aircraft emerbency. An uncontrollable propeller is one of the most dangerous inflight emergencies confronting P3 crews. LT Gryde's timely execution of prop fail to feather procedures very likely averted the loss of the aircraft and subsequent personnel casualties. This incident highlights the requirement for an indepth knowledge of NATOPS Emergency Procedures among flight crewmembers.

3. LT Gryde's timely execution of NATOPS Procedures combined with his sound judgement and the ability to react positively in an extreme emergency are indicative of a professional approach to his responsibilities as an Aircraft Commander. The safe recovery of the aircraft in this incident is evidence that LT Gryde and his crew reacted to the emergency in truly outstanding manner.

4. Well done RADM Schuller sends.

MishapsMISHAPs: 00 XXX 74 A/C: P3 P3 Orion LOCATION: NAS Cubi Point, Philippines
VP-4CameraVP-4 P3 Mishap "...VP-4 YD-7 during the 1977 deployment to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines about 3 weeks before the end of deploment..." Contributed by FILLIPUCCI, AO1(AW) Ernie Retired afillipucci@bellsouth.net [21JUN2002]


MishapsMISHAPs: 00 MAR 2000 A/C: P3 P3 Orion LOCATION: Maui TYPE: Collision with bird SRIKE: No DEATHS: 00 BUNO: Unknown CAUSE: Collision with bird

UPDATE "...Pictures of a recent bird strike that crushed one of our bird's nose radome. I was the CDI called out to conditonally inspect this gripe when they landed. They were on a Pilot Trainer flight and had hit a Sea Gull on rotation on Maui. The Flight engineer told me that the bird had about a six foot wing span. This could end up being a class "c" mishap. We ended up having "borrowing" another radome from our Hangar Queen 293..." Contributed by Allen Bowman animallee@yahoo.com [18MAR2000]

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MishapsMISHAPs: 01 AUG 2008 A/C: P3 P3 Orion LOCATION: MCBH Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii TYPE: Mechanical SRIKE: No DEATHS: 00 BUNO: Unknown CAUSE: Cuff on the #2 prop flew off and hit the fuselage. [20FEB2009]

"...We were taking the runway for what was supposed to have been a Fleet NATOPS evaluation flight. As soon as the pilot called for take off power I advanced the power levers and heard a loud bang. The violent shuddering in the flight station so extreme that I couldn't see the the gauges clearly to get any indications from them. The only thing I could think to do to find out for sure what engine it was coming from was to check the E-handles for any vibrations. The number 2 E-handle was vibrating like I never seen before with a corresponding vibration in the power lever. I told the pilot that it was coming from number 2 and he then called for the E-handle. I got checked and pulled the E-handle and we completed the emergency shut down checklist as we were pulling off the runway. After the E-handle was pulled the shuddering stopped and all was calm. This whole event lasted maybe about 20 to 30 seconds from the bang to getting the E-handle out. After we parked and exited the aircraft it was then we saw that the prop boot/cuff assembly had departed the prop blade. And in the words of the great Paul Harvey, "Now you have the rest of the story."..." Contributed by AWF1 Les Fuqua lerxt72@yahoo.com [03APR2009]

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