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Circa 1969

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation October 1969 "...On Patrol - Naval Aviation News - October 1969..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1969/oct69.pdf [17SEP2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation July 1969 "...On Patrol - Page 24 to 25 - Naval Aviation News - July 1969..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1969/jul69.pdf [17SEP2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation March 1969 "...On Patrol - Page 30 - Naval Aviation News - March 1969..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1969/mar69.pdf [16SEP2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation February 1969 "...On Patrol - Page 31 - Naval Aviation News - February 1969..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1969/feb69.pdf [16SEP2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-56 Crew ThumbnailCamera "...Cdr. Meltzer as he took command of VP-56 from Cdr. McIntire 1969..." Contributed by GEORGE CROW AW-1 (AC) HortyCro@aol.com [30MAR99]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-56 Crew ThumbnailCamera "...COMASWATL at the change of command ceremony of CDR. McIntire to CDR Meltzer 1969..." Contributed by GEORGE CROW AW-1 (AC) HortyCro@aol.com [30MAR99]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "19SEP69: TO ARRIVE NEXT WEEK -- The U. S. Navy's new P-3C Orion antisubmarine patrol aircraft, will join the Navy's ASW patrol forces next week when VP-56 receives the first 'Charlie.' The P-3C will bring to the fleet the advanced A-NEW avionics system developed by the Naval Air Development Center, Johnsville, Pa. A fully integrated weapons system built around an airborne digital computer, the P-3C is equipped with the most advanced electronic sensors and armed witha variety of ASW weapons. Arrival of VP-56's first P-3C heralds the computer age in patrol aviation...TESTER Division of the Naval Air Test Center, Departms of the Naval Air Station and Units of the Fleet. Vol XXV, No 36, Friday, Sept 19, 1969..." Contributed by Dave Koon AMS2 dkoon2007@comcast.net


Circa 1967

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation August 1967 "...Fleet Air Wings On Patrol - Page 28 to 29 - Naval Aviation News - August 1967..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1967/aug67.pdf [11SEP2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation June 1967 "...Squadron Insignia - Naval Aviation News - June 1967..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1967/jun67.pdf [10SEP2004]

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Circa 1966

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation June 1966 "...Fleet Air Wings On Patrol - Page 36 - Naval Aviation News - June 1966..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1966/jun66.pdf [05SEP2004]

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Circa 1965

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Left to Right: Ground Crew Keeping Us In The Air Iceland 1965, Crows Nest NCO Club Iceland 1965, Crew 12 Rich (Bat) Batttaglia Iceland 1965, Crew 12 and Crew 5 Crows Nest NCO Club Iceland 1965, Crew 5 Bernie Packing to Go Home Iceland 1965, Crew 5 Iceland 1965, Crew 12 + Crew 5 Reviewing Our Exploits Iceland 1965 and Crew 12 and Crew 5 Crows Nest NCO Club Iceland 1965 ..." Contributed by ZAJACK, Richard (Zig (Dick) dickzz@snet.net [15MAR2005]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Left to Right: LQ-5 Coast of Boda, Norway 1965, Crew 3 Iceland 1965, Surtsey Volcano Off Iceland a 1965, Surtsey Volcano Off Iceland 1965 and LQ-5 Iceland 1965 - Last Two Right: Crew 3 Iceland 1965 and Crew 3..." Contributed by ZAJACK, Richard (Zig (Dick) dickzz@snet.net [14MAR2005]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Crew 5 Iceland..." Contributed by ZAJACK, Richard (Zig (Dick) dickzz@snet.net [14MAR2005]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Andoya, Norway..." Contributed by ZAJACK, Richard (Zig (Dick) dickzz@snet.net [14MAR2005]

Andoya, Norway is located in northern Norway very close to the Russian border. When the Russian fleet was conducting exercises our flying was very intense. However, we always found a way to play as hard as we worked. Bernie Sidley and I were had exchange flights with the 1st Tech and Plane Captain on Crew 3, which was my former crew before transferring to Crew 5. Russian fleet exercises began while we were on patrol with Crew 3. When this happened two planes would fly patrols out of Andoya. We were twelve on and twelve off. I believe a crew would remain in Andoya a week before returning to Iceland. Crew five was relieving us in the air. It took about three weeks before Bernie and I were able to rejoin our crew. We had a lot of spirit in more ways than one, as you can see in the pictures which include officers and enlisted. As Rich Battaglia says, "it was the best of times"

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-56 History ThumbnailCameraVP-56 History "...Radio compartment of LQ-5 as we were approaching Yon Mayen for a mail drop in 1965 while we were deployed to Keflavic, Iceland. This was taken shortly before encountering severe turbulence that caused us to abort the mission..." Contributed by SIDLEY, Bernie (Bear) BernieBear00@aol.com [03JUL2003]

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Circa 1964

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...VP-56 Crew 3 New Orleans 1964..." Contributed by ZAJACK, Richard (Zig (Dick) dickzz@snet.net [25MAR2005]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...VP-56 Crew 3 Barbados 1964..." Contributed by ZAJACK, Richard (Zig (Dick) dickzz@snet.net [25MAR2005]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...VP-56 Squadron Beer Party Puerto Rico June 1964..." Contributed by ZAJACK, Richard (Zig (Dick) dickzz@snet.net [24MAR2005]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...VP-56 Flight Line Puerto Rico June 1964..." Contributed by ZAJACK, Richard (Zig (Dick) dickzz@snet.net [24MAR2005]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...VP-56 Crew 3 Puerto Rico June 1964..." Contributed by ZAJACK, Richard (Zig (Dick) dickzz@snet.net [24MAR2005]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...VP-56 Base Pics Puerto Rico June 1964..." Contributed by ZAJACK, Richard (Zig (Dick) dickzz@snet.net [24MAR2005]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Crew 3 NAS Breezy Point Norflok 1964..." Contributed by ZAJACK, Richard (Zig (Dick) dickzz@snet.net [16MAR2005]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Crew 3 backyard picnic at Charlie Eldridge's house in Norfolk 1964..." Contributed by ZAJACK, Richard (Zig (Dick) dickzz@snet.net [14MAR2005]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation February 1964 "...Unitas IV Tour Completed - Page 13 - Naval Aviation News - February 1964..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1964/feb64.pdf [28AUG2004]

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Circa 1963

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Left Picture: Crew 3 Dave Meadows CB Call Sign KCJ 8080 -1963. Right Picture: Crew 3 Dave, Roger, George, SP-29 Breezy Point, Norfolk 1963..." Contributed by ZAJACK, Richard (Zig (Dick) dickzz@snet.net [16MAR2005]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Crew 3 Nova Scotia 1963..." Contributed by ZAJACK, Richard (Zig (Dick) dickzz@snet.net [16MAR2005]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Crew 3 Miscellaneous Flying - Last two right pictures taken at NAS Boca Chica, Florida..." Contributed by ZAJACK, Richard (Zig (Dick) dickzz@snet.net [14MAR2005]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation October 1963 "...Glenview To Norfolk - Page 28 - Naval Aviation News - October 1963..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1963/oct63.pdf [27AUG2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation September 1963 "...Battle E For '63 Awarded - Page 3 - Naval Aviation News - September 1963..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1963/sep63.pdf [27AUG2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation September 1963 "...Double Honors For VP-56 - Page 18 - Naval Aviation News - September 1963..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1963/sep63.pdf [27AUG2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation May June 1963 "...New Yorkers Hosted By VP-56 - Page 27 - Naval Aviation News - June 1963..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1963/jun63.pdf [26AUG2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News February 1963 "...From Glenview To The Fleet - Page 25 - Naval Aviation News - February 1963..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1963/jan63.pdf [25AUG2004]

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Circa 1962

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraThe Pollysboy 11 Crew "...When the Missiles Left Cuba - A Navy aircrew got it on film by Paul F. Stiller - Air & Space magazine, November 2012..." WebSite: The Smithsonian Institution http://www.airspacemag.com/ [27SEP2012]

Photograph Caption: The Pollysboy 11 crew: Author Paul F. Stiller, standing, third from left; Bruce McCormick to his left; George Fabik, far right; Eric Neptune, front row, far right.

October 23, 1962. It was one of those inky nights. The stars were brilliant, but there was no moon and the lights of mainland Cuba had long since disappeared over the horizon to the southwest. We were flying our Lockheed Neptune SP-2H patrol aircraft "dark"; wartime procedures dictated that external running and strobe lights be extinguished. The afternoon had been the mixture of boredom and exhilaration that defines air reconnaissance patrol at sea. For about a week, flying out of U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay on Cuba, our detachment of Neptunes had been making low-altitude flights three miles off the coast of Cuba to find, photograph, and report all aircraft, ship, and submarine traffic. We had already detected several submerged Soviet submarines.

Yesterday, all hands had gathered in the officers club mess hall to watch President John Kennedy announce on TV that Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev had ordered the deployment of short- and medium-range intercontinental ballistic missiles to Cuba, a mere 90 miles south of Key West, Florida. Some missiles were already in Cuba, along with surface-to-air anti-aircraft missiles and the technicians to launch them (see "Cuba During the Missile Crisis," p. 32). Kennedy was quarantining the island: The United States would deny any Soviet ship carrying missiles, missile equipment, or military personnel from continuing to Cuba.

In Pollysboy 11, our radio call sign, Bruce McCormick was commander and primary pilot; I was copilot. Our flight plan would take us around the eastern tip of the island, then northwest toward Havana harbor. About 40 miles east of Havana, George Fabik, the radar operator, spotted a large target in the harbor, heading north toward the open ocean. "Encrypt a message to Caveman," McCormick said.

I pulled the KAC-1 Red Book, a huge, metal-bound codebook, into my lap, and composed a report to the commander, Fleet Air Wing Five (radio name Caveman) at fleet headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia. "Break, break, Caveman, Caveman, this is Pollysboy 11. Prepare to copy, break, break." Everyone in the Western hemisphere listening to the tactical frequency would be scribbling down our message.

Caveman’s reply: "Wait for the ship."

McCormick throttled back the engines to conserve fuel. We spent the next three hours flying lazy circles at 1,500 feet. "Ordnance, fire up the galley and let’s see what they gave us for lunch." It was the duty of the ordnance man to cook the food. When he wasn’t dropping bombs, Dennis McEachran was a pretty darn good cook.

"It’s steak and fried potatoes, boss. Anybody need fresh coffee?" If we had been in Norfolk, we would also have had the two dozen cupcakes my wife usually made for our patrol flights.

Puffy cumulus dotted the sky, with an occasional rain shower. Often, toward the end of a flight, we would fly under one of these showers to rinse salt from the airplane. We flew so close to the water that we would pick up spray from the waves. After a flight, when I swiped the airplane’s skin and held my fingers to my lips, I could taste salt.

"The ship’s at the three-mile limit."

"Give me a heading."

"Roger, sir. Come to 193 degrees, contact five miles." At 6:03 p.m., the ship had arrived at the three-mile limit. We could legally take a look. Flying at 50 feet above the water, we readied our two bulky KB-10A 70-mm black-and-white cameras to photograph the details of the ship as we raced past it.

As we swept up the ship’s starboard side, we saw eight canvas-covered, cigar-shaped objects lashed on the deck. Was this a Soviet ship carrying the first load of missiles coming out of Cuba? Were the Soviets relenting?

The photo guys confirmed they each had taken the first of 70 photos. As we zoomed down the ship’s port side, the maintenance captain—appropriately named Eric Neptune—threw the Red Book into my lap. This time the message would be highest priority. "Break, break, Caveman, Caveman, this is Pollysboy 11. I have FLASH traffic. Stand by to copy."

Caveman commanded us to stay over the ship and report every half-hour until released, then fly to Naval Air Station Key West and get the photos developed.

Twilight settled in around 9 p.m., the azure waters slowly turning black. Without our external lights, we were invisible. The only thing an observer could see was the blue fire from the exhausts of our engines. The ship also showed no lights. The captain knew we were up there, but he wasn’t going to make finding his ship easy.

At night, the only way to see the ship was with the 70-million-candlepower searchlight 50 feet out on our starboard wingtip. If the searchlight was on longer than 30 seconds, heat from the burning carbon arc tips would melt the searchlight frame and possibly start a fire in the wing. Two aircraft in our detachment of five had experienced such melting, requiring new searchlight units to be flown in. The destroyed units had to be chopped out with a hammer and chisel.

The extreme brightness of the searchlight would ruin my night vision for at least 15 minutes, making me useless as a pilot. McCormick would protect his eyes by lowering his seat, flipping down his helmet-mounted sunglasses, and using duffel bags crammed into the dashboard windscreen to block the brilliant light. He would not look out of the cockpit, flying on instruments until I switched off the light.

At 11:45 came the message: "Make searchlight pass at midnight. Divert to Key West immediately thereafter."

At 11:59, we lined up to make a 30-second run up the ship’s stern. We set our altitude at 1,500 feet. Radar operator Fabik was counting down. I adjusted the pistol grip, tipping the searchlight down and slewing it left.

Five…four…three… A blue-white blaze exploded in my eyes. Excruciating pain. I couldn’t see anything.

I hadn’t pressed the trigger. I had not turned our searchlight on.

It had to be another patrol aircraft, at our altitude, flying directly at us. Perhaps it had just started a searchlight run. Its crew had no idea we were there. We were closing at 300 mph. In 30 seconds we would collide.

McCormick yanked the airplane into a 90-degree right bank. We both pulled hard on our yokes, trying to swerve out of the way. I tried blind-calling the other airplane, going from frequency to frequency. "Break off! Turn right! Turn right!" There was no answer.

Seconds later, we heard propellers thrash under the belly of our airplane. We later learned that another squadron’s airplane had wandered into our area to check out the ship, not realizing we were there. We had missed each other by feet.

We landed at Boca Chica air base, Naval Air Station Key West, around 1 a.m. on October 24. The airfield was darkened by the national emergency: a war that might begin at any minute. The crew tied down the airplane while I was driven across town to the photo lab. We passed the silhouettes of countless Marines in foxholes, rifle bayonets protruding, dug into boulevard medians.

After technicians made a print of each shot of the Soviet ship with missiles on its decks, I annotated the back of every one. Around 3 a.m. a courier appeared. "Give me your six best pictures for the president," he said. I made my selection and he scooped the photos into a briefcase, handcuffed the case to his wrist, and left to fly back to Washington. The photos would be at the Pentagon by dawn on the 24th.

We flew back to Guantanamo Bay, by then having logged 20 flight hours on two hours of sleep in the last 38 hours, with one inflight dinner the evening before. Thank God for coffee.

The official announcement and photos of Soviet ships with missile cargo first appeared on October 28. As far as I can tell, our images never became part of the official documentation of the Soviet pullout. But we knew that on October 23, we photographed the first Soviet missiles coming out of Cuba.

A 1958 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Paul Stiller received his Navy wings in 1959, and flew with Patrol Squadron 56 until 1963. Since then he has designed medical instruments, zoo and museum exhibits, and theater scenery.

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...The pictures of the Foxtrots were taken with a standard 50mm lens. I recall the PPC at one point saying we were down to 25 feet. I believe the pilot was LCDR (Big Daddy Cheese) Hart on Crew 3. LCDR Hart was the pilot on my first flight on a P2V. LCDR Hart was an outstanding pilot and a real gentlemen. I believe he had ten or more children. After our return from Iceland in 1962, LCDR Hart transferred to the Wing. Shortly after he was killed in the crash of a P3 during an ORI. LCDR Hart was the Wing Observer..." Contributed by ZAJACK, Richard (Zig (Dick) dickzz@snet.net [16MAR2005]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Left to Right: Crew 3 Hanger NAS Breezy Point Norfolk, Crew 3 Taken June 14 1962, Crew 6 Taken July 18, 1962, Crew 3 LCDR Hart Alborg, Denmark 1962 and Crew 2 Taken July 19, 1962..." Contributed by ZAJACK, Richard (Zig (Dick) dickzz@snet.net [16MAR2005]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Top Row - Left to Right: Hangar Iceland 1962, Duty Office Patrol Position Map 1962, Duty Office Iceland 1962, Barracks Iceland 1962, Alborg, Denmark 1962, Return Fr Iceland-Spain 1962 and Shipmates Iceland 1962. Bottom Row - Left to Right: Misc Iceland 1962, Misc Iceland 1962, Shipmates Iceland 1962, Barracks Cuba Sept-Oct 1962, Iceland 1962 International Terminal and Barracks and Misc Iceland 1962..." Contributed by ZAJACK, Richard (Zig (Dick) dickzz@snet.net [14MAR2005]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...The attached set of pictures was taken in Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis..." Contributed by ZAJACK, Richard (Zig (Dick) dickzz@snet.net [14MAR2005]

The attached set of pictures was taken in Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis. VP-56 deployed three planes to Cuba in late August to early September, 1962. The attached pictures were taken at the very beginning of the crisis. We were there approximately three weeks before the Marines started landing and digging in to positions around the base at Leeward Point. Leeward Point was the jet strip and was located close to Cuban Territory across the bay from the main base. At the time, no one new what was going on. When the civilians were evacuated, we all suspected it was more than exercise. After the civilians were evacuated the word went out that picture taking was not allowed. Transport planes, (C-124, C-130 Boeing 707 etc.) were landing and taking off every three to four minutes. This went on for some time, unfortunately, I only have mental pictures of this phase of the crisis. During this time, the remainder of the VP-56 Squadron arrived at Leeward Point, a total of twelve planes, crews and ground support personnel. Patrols were scheduled around the clock. I recall someone saying that it was the first time the Squadron had all twelve planes in the air and on patrol at the same time. It was not until President Kennedy addressed the nation on TV and radio that we learned what was going on. We were listening to Key West Radio.

I recall being instructed that if the Cubans began to shell the base to get out of the barracks because the Cubans would target the barracks first. I recall one morning, about 9 A.M., after I had just gotten into the rack after night duty, a huge explosion going off. You could feel the concussion come through the louvered windows of the barracks. The strange thing was that nobody jumped out of the rack to run out. I recall someone yelling out that "they most of got the BOQ" which I believe was located closest to the fence line. Unfortunately, a Boeing 707 transport loaded with ammunition had just crashed about four to five hundred yards from our barracks. It crashed onto a tank mine field. One of the crash trucks hit a mine and was disabled. All aboard the 707, seven crewmember were killed. It took several days to detonate the mines before they could start recovery. The word went out that they suspected that the load on the 707 shifted moments before touch down and the port wing hit the ground. The end of the runway was very close to the fence line. To avoid going over Cuban Territory the landing pattern brought you in over the water, you had to bank hard to port to line up with the runway.

1st Row - Left to Right: Cuba Beer Hall Sept- Out, Cuba Sept-Oct 1962, Cuba - Boeing Transport Crash Sept-Oct 1962, Cuba - Boeing Transport Crash Sept-Oct 1962, Cuba - Boeing Transport Crash Sept-Oct 1962, Cuba Beginning Of Buildup During Tne Cuban Missile Crisis Sept-Oct 1962, Cuba Beginning Of Buildup During Tne Cuban Missile Crisis Sept-Oct 1962, Cuba Beginning Of Buildup During Tne Cuban Missile Crisis Sept-Oct 1962, Cuba Beginning Of Buildup During Tne Cuban Missile Crisis Sept-Oct 1962 and Cuba Beginning Of Buildup During Tne Cuban Missile Crisis Sept-Oct 1962. 2nd Row - Left to Right: Cuba Beginning Of Buildup During Tne Cuban Missile Crisis Sept-Oct 1962, Cuba Beginning Of Buildup During Tne Cuban Missile Crisis Sept-Oct 1962, Cuba Beginning Of Buildup During Tne Cuban Missile Crisis Sept-Oct 1962, Cuba Beginning Of Buildup During Tne Cuban Missile Crisis Sept-Oct 1962, Cuba Beginning Of Buildup During Tne Cuban Missile Crisis Sept-Oct 1962, Cuba Civilian Evacuation Sept-Oct 1962, Cuba Beginning Of Buildup During Tne Cuban Missile Crisis Sept-Oct 1962, Cuba Beginning Of Buildup During Tne Cuban Missile Crisis Sept-Oct 1962, Cuba Fence Line Sept-Oct 1962 and Cuba FlightLine Sept-Oct 1962 3rd Row - Left to Right: Cuba Hangar Leeward Point Sept-Oct 1962, Cuba Maintenance Shop Sept-Oct 1962, Cuba Sept-Oct 1962, Cuba Beginning Of Buildup During Tne Cuban Missile Crisis Sept-Oct 1962, Cuba Beginning Of Buildup During Tne Cuban Missile Crisis Sept-Oct 1962, Cuba Beginning Of Buildup During Tne Cuban Missile Crisis Sept-Oct 1962, Cuba Beginning Of Buildup During Tne Cuban Missile Crisis Sept-Oct 1962, Cuba Beer Hall Sept- Out 1962, and Cuba Beer Hall Sept- Out 1962. 4th Row - Left to Right: Cuba Beer Hall Sept- Out 1962

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Top Row - Left to Right: Welcome Home NAS Norfolk form Spain 1962, Home from Iceland + Spain 1962, LQ-2 Iceland 1962, LQ-3 Iceland 1962, LQ-4 Iceland 1962, LQ-6 Iceland 1962 and LQ 1 Home NAS Norfolk form Spain 1962. Bottom Row - Left to Right: LQ 7 Iceland 1962, Return Fr Iceland + Spain NAS Norfolk 1962, Return Fr Iceland + Spain Nas Norfolk 1962, Return NAS Norfolk Fr Iceland and Spain, Russian Foxtrot Sub 746 off Norway 1962, Russian Foxtrot Sub 683 off Norway 1962, Russian Foxtrot Sub 654 off Norway 1962 and Russian Foxtrot Sub 654 off Norway 1962. I served with VP-56 from April 1962 - February 1966 at NAS Norfolk. I was a Crew Member on LQ-10, LQ3 and LQ-5..." Contributed by ZAJACK, Richard (Zig (Dick) dickzz@snet.net [13MAR2005]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News November 1962 "...Making Friends At Rota - Page 3 - Naval Aviation News - November 1962..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1962/nov62.pdf [24AUG2004]

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Circa 1961

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News October 1961 "...Battle E Squadrons Cited - Page 2 - Naval Aviation News - October 1961..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1961/oct61.pdf [20AUG2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News March 1961 "...Switch Over To Land Planes - Page 37 - Naval Aviation News - March 1961..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1961/mar61.pdf [19AUG2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News July 1961 "...VP-56 Host To Norwegians - Page 37 - Naval Aviation News - July 1961..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1961/jul61.pdf [20AUG2004]

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Circa 1960

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...(VP-5, VP-7, VP-8, VP-10, VP-11, VP-16, VP-18, VP-21, VP-23, VP-24, VP-26, VP-44, VP-45, VP-49 and VP-56) - Naval Aeronautical Organization OPNAV NOTICE 05400 for Fiscal Year 1960 dated 1 February 1960 is: DECLASSIFIED per Office of Chief of Naval Operations on 1 February 1965 by Op-501 - Atlantic Fleet Support Stations..." WebSite: Naval Historical Center http://www.history.navy.mil/a-record/nao53-68/fy1960-feb60.pdf [13MAR2007]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...(FAETU (PACific/AtLANtic), FASRON-3, FASRON-102, VP-8, VP-24, VP-44 and VP-56) - Naval Aeronautical Organization OPNAV NOTICE 05400 for Fiscal Year 1960 dated 1 February 1960 is: DECLASSIFIED per Office of Chief of Naval Operations on 1 February 1965 by Op-501 - Atlantic Fleet Support Stations..." WebSite: Naval Historical Center http://www.history.navy.mil/a-record/nao53-68/fy1960-feb60.pdf [11MAR2007]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...July 1960 thru July 1964. Photographs (Left to Right): Flight Line, LG6 PR-63 and LQ6 Cockpit..." Contributed by CREASY, Jim k3jjc@verizon.net [17MAY2006]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News August 1960 "...Double-Quick Plane Handling - Page 35 - Naval Aviation News - August 1960..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1960/aug60.pdf [18AUG2004]

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