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Circa 1999

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...00NOV99 - VP-64 - Submitted by AVCM(AW) Mike Gensch..." http://www.navres.navy.mil/navresfor/leaders/fmcmnov99.htm [10JUL2003]

VP-64 passed the 100,000 mishap-free flight hour mark on 3 Oct 99 during a tactical evolution in the Carribean theatre. The milestone flight was flown by Condor Crew 5.

The Condors recently deployed to the Carribean in support of Counter Narcotics operations, fully integrated with VP-26. At the end of this deployment, the squadron achieved the highest attainable readiness level. This level of readiness has been achieved despite the fiscal constraints placed upon the Reserve Force in recent years. This is another example of the total dedication of the men and women of VP-64 to the Reserve Force mission.


Circa 1997

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Today the last of the VP-64 Plank Owners retired after 30 years of service, CMC Tom McBride. It was great to see some of the old buzzards, past C.O.'s included!..." Contributed by Frank C. Scales, Jr., AMH1 fscales21@verizon.net [22NOV97]


Circa 1990

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-64 History ThumbnailCamera20th Anniversary "...Taken in October 1990 on the 20th anniversary of VP-64 with the eight plankowners still on duty with the squadron. Left to right: ADC Russ Arbuckle, AX1 Jake Kriebel, AOC Bob Gillardon, AVCM Tom McBride, AWCM Bill Hoff, CWO2 Dave Lachman, AW1 Chuck Eddleman, and ADCS Mike Hayes..." Contributed by ROBIDEAU, AWCS Larry Retired larobidoo@comcast.net [14JUN2007]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation January-February 1991 "...History - Naval Aviation News - January-February 1991..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1990s/1991/jf91.pdf [24OCT2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation July-August 1990 "...History - Change-Of-Command - Page 4, 6 and 34 - Naval Aviation News - July-August 1990..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1990s/1990/ja90.pdf [22OCT2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation March-April 1990 "...History - Change-Of-Command - Page 8, 28 and 30 - Naval Aviation News - March-April 1990..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1990s/1990/ma90.pdf [22OCT2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation March-April 1990 "...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]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...ASW Ends for P-3A..." Naval Aviation News July-August 1990 Page 5 [10JUL2001]

The last antisubmarine warfare (ASW) mission conducted by a Navy P-3A Orion was flown over the Atlantic March 22 by a crew from VP-64, a reserve squadron based at NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, ending an almost 28-year ASW career for the aircraft type.

P-3A BuNo 152158 flew the last mission from NS Rota, Spain where VP-64 was deployed for its annual active duty training. In recognition of the historic event, the aircraft was decorated in VP-64 tail markings with the approval of the Chief of Naval Air Reserve. Unit markings were removed from most patrol aircraft starting in 1986 for operational security.

VP-64 is transitioning to the P-3B along with VP-66 and VP-69, and by September all antisubmarine "Alpha's" will be retired.


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