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VP-50 BLUE DRAGONS - Aggressor Crew 8


Carrier Penetrators - We Set the Standards


Don't know what their beef was with CV-63 but they must have been a badasss Orion crew to sink the Kitty Hawk and take out their Tomcats too.....

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Nice USNR patch Bearmon,


There were two (2) VP-725 Squadrons. I wonder if there were two or more different patches for their squadron.


1st VP-725 Oct 1958 Jan 1961 NAS Glenview, Ill.
2nd VP-725 Jan 1963 Jan 1968 NAS Glenview, Ill.
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VA(HM)-10 HEAVY ATTACK MINING SQUADRON TEN - 1956 to 1959 (Previously and subsequently VP-17)
On 1 JUL 56, while deployed to NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan, Patrol Squadron Seventeen (VP-17) was redesignated Heavy Attack Mining Squadron Ten.
VA(HM)-10 was one of two such squadrons in the NAVY. One west coast - one east coast. Flying Lockheed P2V-6 Neptunes, VA(HM)-10 retained the tail letters-"BH".
In April of 1957 the squadron began to transition to the P2V-5F. The squadron's P2V-6M aircraft were transferred to the reserves in preparation for a WestPac deployment in the -5Fs. On 1 SEP 57, VA(HM)-10 deployed to MCAS Iwakuni, Japan and FAW-6 with their -5Fs. All NAVY patrol squadrons received new tail codes letters on 9 DEC 57. VA(HM)-10 dropped their old "BH" tail code and began using "ZE".
On 18 MAY 59 the squadron deployed with their -5Fs to NAS Kodiak, Alaska. On 1 JUL 59 Heavy Attack Mining Squadron Ten (VA(HM)-10) was redesignated back to PATROL SQUADRON SEVENTEEN (VP-17)



PATROL SQUADRON SEVENTEEN (VP-17) White Lightnings - VP-17 Redesignated: 01JUL59 Disestablished 31MAR95



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An interesting 1950's P-2 Neptune pair with the same King Neptune design.....


VP-67F1 & VP-742 - USNR Squadrons based at Jacksonville NAS later folded into the fourth VP-62.


1 Nov 1970: VP-62 was established at NAS Jacksonville, Fla., under the operational control of Commander Reserve Patrol Wings, Atlantic, with a detachment at NAS Atlanta, Ga. VP-62 was established from the personnel and assets of VPs 67F1 and 7F2 as a result of a major reorganization of the Naval Air Reserve that took place in 1970. DANAS Dictionary of American Naval Aviation Squadrons https://www.history.navy.mil/content/dam/nhhc/research/histories/naval-aviation/dictionary-of-american-naval-aviation-squadrons-volume-2/pdfs/chap3-11.pdf

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Throughout 1945 and 1946, units associated with Fleet Air Wing FIVE were decommissioned or demobilized to post war levels of men and equipment. In 1948, Commander Fleet Air Wings, Atlantic Fleet and Fleet Air Wing FIVE were again made a unified command when Patrol Squadrons transitioned to the P2V "Neptune" aircraft.
After the North Koreans crossed the 38th parallel in 1950, the American reduction-in-forces trend was reversed, and several of the subordinate commands belonging to COMFAIRWING FIVE were recommissioned. Although Fleet Air Wing FIVE was not directly involved in the Korean conflict, its squadrons contributed to the war effort by assuming many of the responsibilities of commands, which had gone to the Pacific. The P5M-1 and the P2V were the mainstays of America's Patrol Squadrons throughout the 1950s and into the 1960s. After the Korean conflict, Fleet Air Wing FIVE coordinated the cold war ASW missions of squadrons operating from more than a dozen different bases in Europe, Africa and North America.
The 1960s marked the beginning of a new era in Naval Patrol Aviation. In 1962, Wing FIVE began the transition to the P3A "Orion" maritime patrol aircraft. During the Cuban Missile Crisis, both the P2V and the P3A became internationally well known due to their surveillance of Soviet ships. Fleet Air Wing FIVE aircraft also played an important part in America's early manned space program, helping to locate Mercury and Gemini capsules after splashdown. In 1966, Wing FIVE began deployments in the Western Pacific. Based at Naval Station Sangley Point in the Philippines, squadrons flew patrol and combat missions in support of Seventh Fleet operations in Vietnam.
The present Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing FIVE structure was developed in the early 1970s. Fleet Air Wings Atlantic/Fleet Air Wing FIVE was relocated to Brunswick, Maine and assumed command of Patrol Squadrons TEN, ELEVEN, TWENTY-THREE, and TWENTY-SIX upon the disestablishment of Fleet Air Wing THREE. Patrol Squadrons FORTY-FOUR and EIGHT were transferredred to Brunswick in 1970 and 1971 respectively, completing the makeup of COMFAIRWINGSLANT/COMFAIRWING FIVE which returned to its former designation as COMPATWINGSLANT / COMPATWING FIVE. Three years after the move to Brunswick, Commander Patrol Wing FIVE was again established as a separate command.
With the end of the cold war, Maritime Patrol Squadron assets were reduced and relocated. COMPATWING FIVE disestablished Patrol Squadron FORTY-FOUR in May 1991, Patrol Squadron TWENTY-THREE in December 1994, and Patrol Squadron ELEVEN in August 1997.





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PATRON 60 COBRAS (VP-60) - USNR Patrol Squadron in service 1970 to 1994.

PI made patch


NAS Glenview, Illinois
Reserve Squadron
Tail Code: [LS]
Name: Cobras
VP-60 Established: 01NOV70 | Disestablished: 01SEP94


More from PATRON 60 (VP-60) COBRAS - Full size cut edge jacket patch


From the VP Navy website: "...I was on patch board that designed Squadron patch. We called ourselves the Snake Snappers. Still have my hat with the saying on it..." Contributed by M. L. Roberts ADC Ret. [11SEP99]

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Patches from the same USNR pilot who was stationed at NAS Glenview, NY. He served in both PATRON 60 (posted above) & PATRON 90


NAS Glenview, Illinois
Reserve Squadron
Tail Code: [LX]
Name: Lions
VP-90 Established: 01NOV70 | Disestablished: 30SEP94




From the VP Navy website: "...The very first VP-90 logo and was used during the SP-2H days..."

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VP-22 MATERIAL Ball cap patch from the material support section of the Blue Geese (note the blue goose in the Kangaroo's pouch as it bounds from Hawaii to Japan)


NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii
Tail Code: [WB/AE/CE/QA]
Name: Blue Geese Armchair

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PATRON 47 (VP-47) GOLDEN SWORDSMEN, 1989 Kadena Deployment. The Swordsmen patch is velcro backed for a flight suit.


The squadron maintained a split deployment to Kadena, Okinawa and Moffett Field from January 1989 to July 1989. Upon return, the squadron was awarded the 1988 Donald M. Neal Award for excellence in aircraft maintenance, marking the second time in three years the Golden Swordsmen earned the prestigious award.


Source: Command History VP-47

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