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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-56 HistoryCameraVP-56 History "...Over NAS Brunswick, Maine. We dumped the center tank and return to the NAS. We were on the way to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. This happened twice. The second time we stayed overnight at the NAS..." BOOKHAMMER, AW2 Bernie bbookhammerjr@gmail.com [28MAR2006]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-56 HistoryCameraVP-56 History "...This is on the ground at NAS Keflavik, Iceland. Looking to the horizon, above the Orion's wing tip, the little domes are a "remote" radar site named "Rockville." In 1960 my father, an Air Force Sergeant was assigned duty there. He found out NAS Keflavik, Iceland was six miles away and three months later my Mother and three brothers were the only dependents supported by the radar site. We lived in Keflavik, Iceland for nine months. The Air Force base provided us with school and other things. In 1971 the Navy deployed VP-56 to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. It almost felt like home. Nothing had changed much in the ten year interval..." BOOKHAMMER, AW2 Bernie bbookhammerjr@gmail.com [28MAR2006]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP History ThumbnailCameraVP-56 History "...P2V-7 Neptune - Gone But Not Forgotten..." WebSite: EBAY http://cgi.ebay.com/ US-NAVY-AIRPLANE-PATCH-P2V-7-NEPTUNE-VP-56_W0QQitemZ6572021795QQcategoryZ135QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem [27OCT2005]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP History ThumbnailCameraVP-56 History "...P2V-7 Neptune - Gone But Not Forgotten..." WebSite: EBAY http://cgi.ebay.com/ US-NAVY-AIRPLANE-PATCH-P2V-7-NEPTUNE-VP-56_W0QQitemZ6572381600QQcategoryZ135QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem#ebayphotohosting [27OCT2005]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: P3 Orion ThumbnailCameraVP-56 P-3 BUNO: 156527 "... NAS Keflavik, Iceland..." Contributed by Baldur Sveinsson BALDUR@verslo.is WebSite: http://www.verslo.is/baldur/ [06APR2003]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: P3 Orion ThumbnailCameraVP-56 P-3 BUNO: 156527 "... NAS Keflavik, Iceland..." Contributed by Baldur Sveinsson BALDUR@verslo.is WebSite: http://www.verslo.is/baldur/ [06APR2003]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-56 History ThumbnailCameraVP-56 History "...I think the front P5M-2 is VP-56 9 Boat. Made the trip back to NAS Norfolk, Virginia piggyback on the USS Currituck II (AV-7). Very good closeup of P5M's, nice details. U.S. Navy Photo..." Contributed by KOONTS, AT2 Billy billkoonts@aol.com [19NOV2002]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...I think VP-56 was a reserve unit in the DC area. When I got there they were switch over from the old PBMs to the new P5M-1's. 56 ATAN's came in from "A" school at NAS Memphis, Tennessee in a six week period. Most of the officers were Reserves. Commander Miller was Captain. With all the new ATAN's the only thing I ever heard Chief Hayden, our Shop say for Months was "Koonts, You are going to school Monday". He had a friend over at FAETU that would make room in the classes for us on the different electronic equipment. When we had 1200 hours on the P5M-1's we got the P5M-2's ..." Contributed by KOONTS, AT2 Billy billkoonts@aol.com [17JUL2001]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-56 ThumbnailCameraVP-56 Moves To New Home "... NAS Norfolk, Virginia Newspaper..."DRAGON" Squadron Departs -- Last week members of VP-56 discovered that its a big job to move an entire aircraft squadron up to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (left). Not the least of the difficult moving was transferring this heavy squadron sign that ATR2 John J. Grey (I) and AX2 Anthony C. Hegge could hardly lift by themselves. (Center) Eventually everything was packed, although they really didn't go so far as to having AN A. R. Thompson pack AA G. W. Kevp for shipping. (Right) Finally, CDR Ralph J. Touch, VP-56 skipper, gives the high sign for the first plane to fly to its new home. (Photos by SN J. J. Kobus.." Contributed by THOMPSON, Roger rthomp@centurytel.net [21APR2001]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-56 P3/SUB Thumbnail "...This photo was taken while on deployment to NAS Sigonella, Sicily. There was another P-3 that had flown out to relieve us and they took the photo..." Contributed by Mitch Clemons mdclemons@peoplepc.com [30SEP98]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...SRU VP-5056 was a Reserve Composit Squadron with its members who are technically part of either VP-50 or VP-56. If necessary those squadrons could pull personnel from Reserve Units across the US to augment its normal crews. There were many such Reserve Composit Squadrons at the various VP Airfields. NAS Moffett Field, California, NAS New Orleans, Louisiana, NAS Memphis, Tennessee, NAS Jacksonville, Florida, etc. We flew VP-94 aircraft when we were on our weekends and cruises, and even went on cruises to Lajues with them...." Contributed by Richard Pettit repettit1269@msn.com [24JUN98]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-56 Crew Thumbnail"...P5M..." Contributed by John McKee mckeejohna@qwest.net [11APR2000]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-56 Crew Thumbnail"...P5M..." Contributed by John McKee mckeejohna@qwest.net [11APR2000]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-56 Crew Thumbnail"...P5M..." Contributed by John McKee mckeejohna@qwest.net [11APR2000]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-56 Crew Thumbnail"...EH-2 Crewman "Gib" In After Station Lookout Slot P5M..." Contributed by John McKee mckeejohna@qwest.net [11APR2000]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-56 Patch Thumbnail "...patch which was used during my tour with VP-56..." Contributed by FARERO, ADC(AW) Frank Retired flteng56@hotmail.com [09FEB2002]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-56 P2 ThumbnailCameraVP-56 P2 BUNO: Unknown Official U. S. Navy Photograph [08MAR99]


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