End of an era…

On Oct. 3, 2019, three P-3C Orions belonging to VP-40, coming from Souda Bay, Crete, landed at Lajes Field. The aircraft were the first P-3s belonging to the “Fighting Marlins” to perform a stopover in the Azores, on their way … Continue reading

Hehehe…

I know we did this once, back in the day, and got away with it… I got a call from my squadron’s operations office asking if I would mind terribly going to Fort Worth, Texas, for an airshow over the … Continue reading

Tribute to the P-3…

As the US Navy winds down to its last P-3 squadron, many of us look back on our time in the Orion and remember the good times, shipmates, and the many places we operated from… And we remember too, the … Continue reading

TBT…

Back in the day, we ‘occasionally’ got to do some fun flying against our ‘adversaries’… Many times those flights originated from Kef. This is obviously nice weather, and you can see a couple of P-3s parked on the ramp. The … Continue reading

A bit of history…

This is in tribute to yet another of my shipmates who died yesterday. We’d known each other since the 70s. He was another Mustang P-3 NFO, made LCDR, and did 30 years. Like me, he went back to work for … Continue reading

TBT…

ASW and ‘other’ missions have a long history, going back prior to WWII… These guys were the original lowriders… Not a lot of fun there, probably somewhere in the South Pacific, WWII era. I ‘believe’ there is a raft just … Continue reading

One of the ‘hidden’ penalties of sequestration…

When in doubt, follow the money… This is a long article, but well researched and with footnoted links. Pilot retention is an issue service wide, and becoming MORE of an issue in the Navy as deployments lengthen, with less time … Continue reading

The end of an era…

1937-2017… 80 years of maritime patrol squadrons is ending this week… In a way, it’s fitting that it’s ending what started at in 1937 with Fleet Air Wing 2 and ends with Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 2 as the bookends. … Continue reading

Navy “Stuff”…

Anybody recognize this ship??? Commissioned in 1913, she was the first turbo-electric ship in the Navy. Still not sure? More below the break… … Continue reading

Oopsie…

Apparently my post for today didn’t… In lieu of that, enjoy this! Fifteen minutes of Sailors having ‘fun’ on deployment! VFA-41 Black Aces! We used to make do with cruise books… sigh … Continue reading