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Old 10-19-2012, 07:14   #36
John43
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VAP-61. Based out of Agana, Guam we flew RA-3B's to Townsville,Australia; Japan, the Phillippines, Danang, Vietnam, and whatever carrier was in the Tonkin Gulf at the time. We also went to Bangkok, Thailand my favorite. We flew the largest aircraft to ever go aboard a carrier, they nicknamed it the whale. It was the last to trap and the first to launch. It first flew in 1950 and flew until the early eighties for the military. About five still fly today for Raytheon as missile test beds in California. Check out the website Vap61Vap62 or Vappers. We lost about five aircraft during my two and a half years there. One was shot down on takeoff at Danang, Vietnam.
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