VP_Association Posted February 8, 2013 Author Share #26 Posted February 8, 2013 Here is a photo that somebody took showing me (in sunglasses standing next to ladder) and AW1 Rodney Watson (seated) tending a VP-92 static aircraft display at an airshow held somewhere (possibly Manchester, New Hampshire) during the 1991 - 1995 timeframe. The table in front of the line of people waiting to go on board the aircraft is filled with the various squadron-branded stuff that we used to sell at these events. If you look carefully you can see squadron t-shirts, water bottles, patches, and ball caps. We used to basically bring everything that we'd normally sell to squadron members out of the hangar "geedunk" to sell to the general public at these events to raise money for the squadron's coffee mess. As I said above, it was not unusual for us to see civilians walking around these airshows wearing squadron ball caps and t-shirts and on occasion we'd see them wearing jackets that had squadron patches on them. We'd always ask if they were former members of the squadron, just out of curiosity, but it never upset us when they told us that they weren't. I ended up becoming close friends with a civilian guy who I'd see at the NAS South Weymouth airshow year after year wearing a VP-92 ball cap and t-shirt. I'd never have any problem with somebody wearing a Navy flight jacket who was not actually in the Navy as long as they didn't lie about being in the Navy and I can't imagine my colleagues feeling any differently. So, don't worry too much about it. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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