One more on P-3s and I swear I’ll get off them… LOL
This was done back in 2011, for the celebration of Naval aviation, one of a number of ‘throwback’ paint schemes. Now what makes this one interesting is that it was done by NIPPI Corporation’s Aircraft Maintenance Division in Atsugi, Japan.
For those that many not know the history, the “VP-44 Strawberry 5″ paint scheme replicates a scheme applied to the PBY-5A Catalina flying boat used by the VP-44 Golden Pelicans to locate the Japanese fleet shortly before the Battle of Midway fought June 4-7, 1942 in the Pacific Ocean.
(Standing, left to right): Aviation Machinist Mate 2nd Class R.J. Derouin; Chief Aviation Radioman Francis Musser; Ensign Hardeman (Copilot); Ensign J.H. Reid (Pilot) and R.A. Swan (Navigator).
(Kneeling, left to right): Aviation Machinist Mate 1st Class J.F. Gammell (NAP); Aviation Machinist Mate 3rd Class, J. Goovers and Aviation Machinist Mate 3rd Class P.A. Fitzpatrick.
Now jump forward 70 years, and they’re partners with us, along with Canada and Australia. Photo at MCAS Kaneohe, during RIMPAC 2012.