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Circa 1961

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...VP-872 accepted their first P2V-5F Neptune on October 3, 1961 and would fly the first ASW barrier patrol from NAS Alameda, California 9 days later. By November 1, 1961, VP-872 was brought up to full strength, augmented by personnel from VP-701 and VP-703 of NAS Dallas, Texas and VP-875 of NARTU NAS Alameda, California, along with other reservists and TARS from NAS Dallas, Texas and NARTU NAS Alameda, California...." P2V Neptune WebSite: http://p2vneptune.com/index.shtml [31JUL2002]

Circa 1960

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...There were also reserve VP squadrons as Minneapolis ( NAS Twin Cities, Minnesota), NAS Olathe, Kansas, NAS Gross Isle, MI., NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island, NAS Norfolk, Virginia, NAS Memphis, Tennessee, NAS Denver, CO., NAS Los Alamitos, California, NAS Alameda, California, NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania and NAS New Orleans, Louisiana and NAS Glenview, Illinois. Each NAS probably had at least 2 or 3 squadrons. In the late 1960's they all had P2V-5's and upgraded to P2V-7's (SP2H) by the late '60s. Most of these squadrons were Disestablished as P3's became available to the reserves. Reserve aircraft were identified by their "tail numbers" which always had a "7" and an associated letter. Dallas VP's were "7D", New Orleans was "7X". I'll have to think about the others! Reserve P3's were limited to NAS Moffett Field, California, NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, NAS Jacksonville, Florida and NAS New Orleans, Louisiana, NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island, NAS Glenview, Illinois was Disestablished a couple of years ago and NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island was moved to NAS Brunswick, Maine..." Contributed by Fenelon A. Waters waters@worldnetla.net

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