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Martin P4M Mercator

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P4M  ThumbnailCameraVQ-1 P4M BUNO: 124364 "...VQ-1 (PR 4) P4M-1Q (BuNo 124364) at NAS Alameda, California, 20 August 1960. Photo from the TailHook Association http://www.tailhook.org/..." Contributed by Mahlon K. Miller mkwsmiller@cox.net [00AUG2003]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: VQ P4M ThumbnailCameraVQ-1 P4M BUNO: Unknown Contributed by John Lucas john.lucas@netzero.net [05DEC2002]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: VQ P4M ThumbnailCameraVQ-1 P4M BUNO: Unknown Contributed by KOONTS, AT2 Billy billkoonts@aol.com [07AUG2002]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: VQ P4M ThumbnailCameraVQ-1 P4M BUNO: Unknown "...The last VQ-1 (PR 3) P4M-1Q Mercator is retired in ceremonies held at NAF Atsugi, Japan on 23 July 1960. Photo from the TailHook Association http://www.tailhook.org/..." Contributed by Mahlon K. Miller mkwsmiller@cox.net [23OCT2001]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: VQ P4M ThumbnailCameraVQ-1 P4M BUNO: Unknown "...VQ-1 (PR 4) P4M-1Q Mercator in-flight near Iwakuni, Japan circa 1959. Aircraft was piloted by CDR James with LTjg Jack Taylor as the copilot. Photo from the TailHook Association http://www.tailhook.org/..." Contributed by Mahlon K. Miller mkwsmiller@cox.net [23OCT2001]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: VQ-1 P4M ThumbnailCameraVQ-1 P4M BUNO: Unknown "...Official U. S. Navy Photograph..." Contributed by John Lucas john.lucas@netzero.net [26DEC99]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: VQ-1 P4M ThumbnailCameraP4M BUNO: Unknown "...I found this picture hanging on the wall of my Senior Chiefs office at NAMTRAGRUDET NAS North Island, San Diego, California. No one knows where it came from, it always just been there as long as anyone can remember. Thought you might like to post it where it belongs on VQ-1's stuff. If any one knows anything about this bird I'd like to hear about it..." Contributed by AT1(AW/NAC) Jay Bachrach jrbachrach@yahoo.com [02JAN99]

UPDATE "...The Mercator shown in the last photo for this plane on the VQ-1 page was taken in 1956 at Shemya, AFB. This was apparently a forward operating base for VQ-1 during the time. The photo was provided to me by an ex-crew member of PR/6 who taught S-3 computer systems at NAMTGD 1036 at NAS North Island as a civilian. Unfortunately, his name escapes me at the moment..." Contributed by Scott Van Aken (Editor/Owner/Publisher) svanaken@aol.com WebSite: http://modelingmadness.com/ [22JUL2014]

UPDATE "...As one of the original 12 pilots assigned to the outfit that eventually became VQ-1, I flew the first P4M-1 built (BuNo 121451) after it was modified to the first P4M-1Q. After receiving our four planes from the Martin factory in Middle River, Maryland, and initial shakedown at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, we completed operational training at NAS Miramar, as VC-11 Special Project Unit. On 10/16/51 we became the Special Project Division of the Air Operations Department of NS Sangley Point, Philippines. The picture Jay posted to VPNavy is P4M-1Q Buno 124366. BuNo 124366 began production at the Glenn L. Martin Aircraft factory in Middle River, Maryland, in 01/50 and was accepted by the Navy 07/26/50. It was assigned to VP-21 07/31/50 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, and was given squadron markings as HC-5. VP-21s eight P4M-1s operated in the Mediterranean and in Europe between 08/51 and 01/52. Between 02/17/53 and 09/02/54, 124366 underwent conversion to a P4M-1Q (Version 2) at NARF Norfolk, Virginia. On 03/23/54 it was back on active duty assigned to VW-1 Det A at NS Sangley Point, Philippines (on 05/13/53 the Special Project Division mentioned above became VW-1 Det A). VW-1 Det A became VW-3 Det A on 06/01/54 and finally VQ-1 on 06/01/55. BuNo 124366 was given squadron markings as PR-6. On 09/01/55 VQ-1 moved to NAS Iwakuni, Japan. Approximately 01/01/60 VQ-1 moved to NAS Atsugi, Japan. BuNo 124366 was stricken from the list of Navy aircraft on approximately 05/15/60 and scrapped at NAS Atsugi, Japan. The aircraft had accumulated 4,626 hours of flight time in its career...LT Mel Davidow Retired meldavidow@earthlink.net..." [07JUL2001]


Lockheed EC-121 Constellation

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: EC-121 ThumbnailCameraVQ-1 EC-121 BUNO: 131564 "...VQ-1 (PR 50) C-121 (BuNo 131564) on approach to NAS Agana, Guam, February 1974. Photo from the TailHook Association http://www.tailhook.org/..." Contributed by Mahlon K. Miller mkwsmiller@cox.net [16FEB2002]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: EC-121 ThumbnailCameraVQ-1 EC-121 BUNO: 143186 Contributed by John Lucas john.lucas@netzero.net [23NOV2003]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: EC-121 ThumbnailCameraVQ-1 EC-121 BUNO: 143209 Contributed by John Lucas john.lucas@netzero.net [23NOV2003]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: EC-121 ThumbnailCameraVQ-1 EC-121 BUNO: 145927 Contributed by John Lucas john.lucas@netzero.net [23NOV2003]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: EC-121 ThumbnailCameraVQ-1 EC-121 BUNO: 145936 "...EC-121M 145936 by Nick Williams..." Contributed by Stephen Miller f134kilmil@comcast.net [29APR2007]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: EC-121 ThumbnailCameraVQ-1 EC-121 BUNO: Unknown Contributed by John Lucas john.lucas@netzero.net [17FEB2002]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: EC-121 ThumbnailCameraVQ-1 EC-121 BUNO: Unknown Contributed by John Lucas john.lucas@netzero.net [17FEB2002]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: EC-121 ThumbnailCameraVQ-1 EC-121 BUNO: Unknown "...Danang, South Vietnam (from February-May 1968)..." Contributed by Aron E. Cook aron.cook@corp.bellsouth.net [03MAY2001]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: EC-121 ThumbnailCameraVQ-1 EC-121 BUNO: Unknown "...Danang, South Vietnam (from February-May 1968)..." Contributed by Aron E. Cook aron.cook@corp.bellsouth.net [03MAY2001]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: EC-121 ThumbnailCameraVQ-1 EC-121 BUNO: Unknown "...PR-27, a VQ-1 EC-121 (buno unknown) possibly taken at NS Sangley Point, Philippines circa 1967/68..." Contributed by William Miller (ADR1 retired) kana@c2i2.com [31MAR2000]


Douglas EA-3 Skywarrior

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: EA-3 Skywarrior ThumbnailCameraVQ-1 EA BUNO: 144849 "...EA-3B at NAS Atsugi, Japan on 21 March 1977 by Hideki Nagakubo..." Contributed by Stephen Miller f134kilmil@comcast.net [07MAR2007]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: EA-3 Skywarrior ThumbnailCameraVQ-1 EA BUNO: 144854 "...EA-3B at NAS Atsugi, Japan in August 1971 by Hideki Nagakubo..." Contributed by Stephen Miller f134kilmil@comcast.net [28FEB2007]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: EA-3 Skywarrior ThumbnailCameraVQ-1 EA BUNO: 144855 or 146450 "...This an A3D-2Q Circa 1960, VQ-1 NAS Iwakuni, Japan. BUNO 144855 or 146450, but I'm not sure which..." Contributed by Jay Henning jhenning1@kc.rr.com [12APR2004]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: EA-3 ThumbnailCameraVQ-2 EA BUNO: 146449 "...EA-3B in May 1971 by Toshiyuki Toda..." Contributed by Stephen Miller f134kilmil@comcast.net [25JAN2007]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: EA-3 Skywarrior ThumbnailCameraVQ-1 EA BUNO: 146452 "...EA-3B at NAF Andrews, Maryland in January 1974 by Joseph Handelman..." Contributed by Stephen Miller f134kilmil@comcast.net [10MAR2007]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: EA-3 Skywarrior ThumbnailCameraVQ-1 EA BUNO: Unknown "...A3D-1Q piloted by my father, LT J.C. Henning, VQ-1. Photos are Circa 1959 when the planes were just coming into the fleet. Photograph location: NAS Iwakuni, Japan..." Contributed by Jay Henning jhenning1@kc.rr.com [11APR2004]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: EA-3 Skywarrior ThumbnailCameraVQ-1 EA BUNO: Unknown "...A3D-1Q piloted by my father, LT J.C. Henning, VQ-1. Photos are Circa 1959 when the planes were just coming into the fleet. Photograph location: Shemya in the Aleutians..." Contributed by Jay Henning jhenning1@kc.rr.com [11APR2004]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: CameraVQ-1 EA BUNO: Unknown "...EA-3B Skywarrior from VQ-1 in flight circa 1987. Note: "NG" on the tail denotes the carrier air wing to which the VQ detachment was assigned and is not the squadron designator. 010 was attached to USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63) at the time of this photo. Photo from the Defense Visual Information Center http://www.dodmedia.osd.mil/dvic/..." Contributed by Mahlon K. Miller mkwsmiller@cox.net [19MAY2001]


RA-3 Skywarrior

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: Aircraft ThumbnailCameraVQ-1 BUNO: 144840 "...RA-3B at NAS Agana, Guam in August 1971 by Kideki Nagakubo..." Contributed by Stephen Miller f134kilmil@comcast.net [30JAN2007]


Lockheed P-3 Orion

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P-3 ThumbnailCameraVQ-1 P-3 BUNO: 148887 "...EP-3E VQ-1 NAS Atsugi, Japan - February 3rd, 1976 - Photo by Masumi Wada..." Contributed by John Benton john.benton56@verizon.net [22FEB2014]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P-3 ThumbnailCameraVQ-1 P-3 BUNO: 148887 "...NAS Atsugi, Japan - April 15, 1976..." WebSite: GoNavy http://www.gonavy.jp/ [12SEP2009]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P-3 ThumbnailCameraVQ-1 P-3 BUNO: 148887 "...Yokota AB, Japan - Circa Unknown..." WebSite: GoNavy http://www.gonavy.jp/ [12SEP2009]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P3 Orion ThumbnailCameraVQ-1 P-3 BUNO: 149497/149570/149669 "...The group of three is over Guam..." Contributed by Capt Steven G. Venticinque, USAF sgal425s@swbell.net [01SEP98]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P-3 ThumbnailCameraVQ-1 P-3 BUNO: 149669 "...Circa 1975..." Contributed by Keith Snyder cougar_1967@verizon.net [29JUN2010]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: VP-46 P-3 ThumbnailCameraVQ-1 P-3 BUNO: 149669 "...EP-3B 149669 1967..." Contributed by Keith Snyder cougar_1967@verizon.net [16SEP2010]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P-3 ThumbnailCameraVQ-1 P-3 BUNO: 149669 "...EP-3B PR-32 at NAS Atsugi, Japan on 15 July 1973 by Hideki Nagakube..." Contributed by Stephen Miller f134kilmil@comcast.net [02FEB2007]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P-3 ThumbnailCameraVQ-1 P-3 BUNO: 149669 "...EP-3B PR-32 in June 1972 by Hideki Nagakubo..." Contributed by Stephen Miller f134kilmil@comcast.net [29JAN2007]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P-3 ThumbnailCameraVQ-1 P-3 BUNO: 149669 "...EP-3B PR-32 in June 1970 by Hideki Nagakubo..." Contributed by Stephen Miller f134kilmil@comcast.net [29JAN2007]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P3 Orion ThumbnailCameraVQ-1 P-3 BUNO: 149669 "...VQ-1's A/C, PR-32 (149669) after an engine Swap from VP-46 aircraft! Priority carries a lot of weight, I didn't get the engine back!..." Contributed by NETTLES, Bullet Bob bulletbob_1@email.msn.com [04JAN2003]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P3 Orion ThumbnailCameraVQ-1 P-3 BUNO: 149669 "...VQ-1's A/CEP-3B 149669 (PR-32), Taken 6-72 at Cubi Point, Philippines! The A/C was in for an Engine Change!..." Contributed by NETTLES, Bullet Bob bulletbob_1@email.msn.com [04JAN2003]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P3 Orion ThumbnailCameraVQ-1 P-3 BUNO: 149669 "...VQ-1 (PR 32) EP-3B (BuNo 149669) on approach to NAS Atsugi, Japan, 21 March 1974. Note the Playboy "Bunny" on the tail. Photo from the TailHook Association http://www.tailhook.org/..." Contributed by Mahlon K. Miller mkwsmiller@cox.net [24FEB2002]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P3 Orion ThumbnailCameraVQ-1 P-3 BUNO: 149669 "...This photo (EP-3B) was taken on October 5th, 1969 at NAS Atsugi, Japan by Masaaki Hayakawa mach3@yk.netlaputa.ne.jp WebSite: http://www.netlaputa.ne.jp/~mach3/ and he was very happy to let you post it or other shots from his collection. He has a very nice collection of photographs with many of his shots being from the late 60's and early 70's at NAS Atsugi, Japan..." Contributed by PHC Mahlon Miller mkwsmiller@cox.net [25MAR2000]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P3 Orion ThumbnailCameraVQ-1 P-3 BUNO: 149669 "...VQ-1 (PR 32) EP-3B (BuNo 149669) at NAS Agana, Guam, April 1972. Photo from the TailHook Association http://www.tailhook.org/..." Contributed by Mahlon K. Miller mkwsmiller@cox.net [24FEB2002]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P-3 ThumbnailCameraVQ-1 P-3 BUNO: 149678 "...Circa 1973..." Contributed by Keith Snyder cougar_1967@verizon.net [29JUN2010]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P-3 ThumbnailCameraVQ-1 P-3 BUNO: 149678 "...NAS Atsugi, Japan - June 1975..." WebSite: GoNavy http://www.gonavy.jp/ [12SEP2009]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P-3 ThumbnailCameraVQ-1 P-3 BUNO: 149678 "...BUNO: 149678 P-3A ddmmmyy VQ-1 PR-31 - Official U.S. Navy Photograph..." Contributed by Don Scott and forwarded by Gary Verver gverver@earthlink.net [11NOV2005]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P3 Orion ThumbnailCameraVQ-1 P-3 BUNO: 149678 "...VQ-1 (PR 31) EP-3B (BuNo 149678) in flight near NAS Agana, Guam, date unknown. Photo from the Naval Historical Center..." Contributed by Mahlon K. Miller mkwsmiller@cox.net [03SEP2001]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P-3 ThumbnailCameraVQ-1 P-3 BUNO: 150501 "...NAS Atsugi, Japan - October 31, 1992..." WebSite: GoNavy http://www.gonavy.jp/ [12SEP2009]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P-3 ThumbnailCameraVQ-1 P-3 BUNO: 150501 "...NAS Atsugi, Japan - February 8, 1975..." WebSite: GoNavy http://www.gonavy.jp/ [12SEP2009]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P-3 ThumbnailCameraVQ-1 P-3 BUNO: 150501 "...NAS Atsugi, Japan - August 20, 1977..." WebSite: GoNavy http://www.gonavy.jp/ [12SEP2009]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P-3 ThumbnailCameraVQ-1 P-3 BUNO: 150497 "...Yokota AB, Japan - December 16, 1979..." WebSite: GoNavy http://www.gonavy.jp/ [12SEP2009]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P-3 ThumbnailCameraVQ-1 P-3 BUNO: 150497 "...NAS Atsugi, Japan - April 2, 1983..." WebSite: GoNavy http://www.gonavy.jp/ [12SEP2009]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P-3 ThumbnailCameraVQ-1 P-3 BUNO: 150497 "...NAS Atsugi, Japan - March 22, 1984..." WebSite: GoNavy http://www.gonavy.jp/ [09SEP2009]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P-3 ThumbnailCameraVQ-1 P-3 BUNO: 150498 WebSite: GoNavy http://www.gonavy.jp/ [09SEP2009]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P3 Orion ThumbnailCameraVQ-1 P-3 BUNO: 150498 "...VQ-1 (PR 35) EP-3B (BuNo 150498) in-flight, 17 May 1983. Photographed by Hideki Nagakawa. Photo from the TailHook Association http://www.tailhook.org/..." Contributed by Mahlon K. Miller mkwsmiller@cox.net [10MAR2002]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P3 Orion ThumbnailCameraVQ-1 P-3 BUNO: 150501 Contributed by Baldur Sveinsson BALDUR@verslo.is WebSite: http://www.verslo.is/baldur/ [06APR2003]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P-3 ThumbnailCameraVQ-1 P-3 BUNO: 150504 "...P-3A PR-00 at NAS Atsugi, Japan on 11 May 1983 by Hideki Nagakube..." Contributed by Stephen Miller f134kilmil@comcast.net [02FEB2007]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P3 Orion ThumbnailCameraVQ-1 P-3 BUNO: 150504 "...VQ-1 (PR 00) P-3A (BuNo 150504) on approach to NAF Atsugi, 11 May 1983. Photographed by Hideki Nagakawa. Photo from the TailHook Association http://www.tailhook.org/..." Contributed by Mahlon K. Miller mkwsmiller@cox.net [10MAR2002]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P3 Orion ThumbnailCameraVQ-1 P-3 BUNO: 150504 "...VQ-1 (PR 00) UP-3A (BuNo 150504) "Double Nuts" on the ramp at NAS Agana, Guam, January 1984. Photographed by Bruce Trombecky. Photo from the TailHook Association http://www.tailhook.org/..." Contributed by Mahlon K. Miller mkwsmiller@cox.net [24FEB2002]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P-3 ThumbnailCameraVQ-1 P-3 BUNO: 150526 "...NAS Atsugi, Japan - March 3, 2001..." WebSite: GoNavy http://www.gonavy.jp/ [12SEP2009]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P3 Orion ThumbnailCameraVQ-1 P-3 BUNO: 150528 Contributed by John Lucas john.lucas@netzero.net [25MAR2000]

UPDATE "...I was looking through the Unknown P-3 pictures. Thought I send in a little identity for some of them. AM1(AW) Jeff Frey p3superb@aol.com..." [08APR2004]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P-3 ThumbnailCameraVQ-1 P-3 BUNO: 152320 "...Circa 1994..." Contributed by Keith Snyder cougar_1967@verizon.net [29JUN2010]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P-3 ThumbnailCameraVQ-1 P-3 BUNO: 152727 "...NAS Atsugi, Japan - May 5, 1992..." WebSite: GoNavy http://www.gonavy.jp/ [12SEP2009]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P3 Orion ThumbnailCameraVQ-1 P-3 BUNO: 156507 "...BUNL of VQ-1 EP-3E is 156507. This aircraft was the first EP-3E ARIES II, this picture was taken on one of its initial test flights out of Lockheed's Donaldson Center in Greenville, SC..." Contributed by Bill Beard billkath@onslowonline.net [BUNO Updated 19NOV2000]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P-3 ThumbnailCameraVQ-1 P-3 BUNO: 156511 "...PR-32 - WINGS2000 - Circa Unknown..." WebSite: GoNavy http://www.gonavy.jp/ [12SEP2009]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P-3 ThumbnailCameraVQ-1 P-3 BUNO: 156514 "...EP-3E PR-33 2001 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland open house on 27 May 2001 by Stephen Miller..." Contributed by Stephen Miller f134kilmil@comcast.net [25MAR2007]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P-3 ThumbnailCameraVQ-1 P-3 BUNO: 156517 "...156517 EP-3E Orion - Dec 3 2008..." Contributed by Coronet and forwarded by John Lozon jbl14848@yahoo.com [22DEC2009]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P-3 ThumbnailCameraVQ-1 P-3 BUNO: 156528 "...156528 EP-3E - Nov 30 2009..." Contributed by Coronet and forwarded by John Lozon jbl14848@yahoo.com [22DEC2009]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P3 Orion ThumbnailCameraVQ-1 P-3 BUNO: 157318 "...Central Command Area of Operation (Oct. 24, 2002) -- Plane Captain, Aviation Electronics Technician 3rd Class Timothy Adams, gives a "reverse" command to a pilot as he guides his EP-3E "Aries II" assigned to the "World Watchers" of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron One (VQ-1). VQ-1 is based in Whidbey Island, Wash., and is on a regularly scheduled six-month deployment to the Middle East conducting missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Michael Sandberg. Photo from the US Navy News Stand http://www.news.navy.mil/..." Contributed by Mahlon K. Miller mkwsmiller@cox.net [23FEB2003]

UPDATE "...I was looking through the Unknown P-3 pictures. Thought I send in a little identity for some of them. AM1(AW) Jeff Frey p3superb@aol.com..." [08APR2004]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P-3 ThumbnailCameraVQ-1 P-3 BUNO: XXX514 "...Dutch Aviation Society - Scramble Message Board - P3 ORION TOPIC..." WebSite: http://forum.scramble.nl/ [14FEB2013]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P3 Orion ThumbnailCameraVQ-1 P-3 BUNO: Unknown "...Sea*Power 2003 Volume 46 - Number 1 Page 142 http://www.navyleague.org/sea_power/ - Lockheed Martin Photograph..." [10FEB2003]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT:  P3 ThumbnailCameraVQ-1 P-3 BUNO: Unknown Contributed by PHC Mahlon Miller mkwsmiller@cox.net [22MAR2000]

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P3 Orion ThumbnailCameraVQ-1 P-3 BUNO: Unknown "...EP-3E's together in the desert last year on on joint det when saddam was stiriing up stuff..." Contributed by AMHC JOHN D HERNDON herndonjohn@hotmail.com [E-Mail Updated 11DEC98 | 25OCT98]


Martin P4M Mercator

VP AircraftAIRCRAFT: P4M ThumbnailCameraVQ-1 P4M BUNO: Unknown "...I found this picture hanging on the wall of my Senior Chiefs office at NAMTRAGRUDET NAS North Island, San Diego, California. No one knows where it came from, it always just been there as long as anyone can remember. Thought you might like to post it where it belongs on VQ-1's stuff. If any one knows anything about this bird I'd like to hear about it..." Contributed by AT1(AW/NAC) Jay Bachrach jrbachrach@yahoo.com [02JAN99]

UPDATE "...As one of the original 12 pilots assigned to the outfit that eventually became VQ-1, I flew the first P4M-1 built (BuNo 121451) after it was modified to the first P4M-1Q. After receiving our four planes from the Martin factory in Middle River, Maryland, and initial shakedown at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, we completed operational training at NAS Miramar, as VC-11 Special Project Unit. On 10/16/51 we became the Special Project Division of the Air Operations Department of NS Sangley Point, Philippines. The picture Jay posted to VPNavy is P4M-1Q Buno 124366. BuNo 124366 began production at the Glenn L. Martin Aircraft factory in Middle River, Maryland, in 01/50 and was accepted by the Navy 07/26/50. It was assigned to VP-21 07/31/50 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, and was given squadron markings as HC-5. VP-21s eight P4M-1s operated in the Mediterranean and in Europe between 08/51 and 01/52. Between 02/17/53 and 09/02/54, 124366 underwent conversion to a P4M-1Q (Version 2) at NARF Norfolk, Virginia. On 03/23/54 it was back on active duty assigned to VW-1 Det A at NS Sangley Point, Philippines (on 05/13/53 the Special Project Division mentioned above became VW-1 Det A). VW-1 Det A became VW-3 Det A on 06/01/54 and finally VQ-1 on 06/01/55. BuNo 124366 was given squadron markings as PR-6. On 09/01/55 VQ-1 moved to NAS Iwakuni, Japan. Approximately 01/01/60 VQ-1 moved to NAS Atsugi, Japan. BuNo 124366 was stricken from the list of Navy aircraft on approximately 05/15/60 and scrapped at NAS Atsugi, Japan. The aircraft had accumulated 4,626 hours of flight time in its career...LT Mel Davidow Retired meldavidow@earthlink.net..." [07JUL2001]


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