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ANNOUNCEMENTS

VAH-123 reunion, July 30, - Aug. 2, 2018
for details contact Jim Crotty at jpcrotty2@gmail.com

 


It has been brought to our attention and we would like to extend our condolences to
the families and inform fellow shipmates of the following...
IN MEMORY
Lyle Franklin Bull (born April 8, 1938) was a rear admiral in the United States Navy. RADM Bull flew 237 Combat missions during 3 cruises to Vietnam. During a successful and harrowing single-ship mission into Hanoi, LT Bull was awarded the Navy Cross. He is an alumnus of Iowa State University. 

Years of service
1961–1998
Rank
Rear admiral (upper half)
Commands held
Commander, Carrier Strike Force Seventh Fleet / Carrier Group 5
Commander, Carrier Group 7
Commander, USS Constellation (CV 64)
Commander, USS San Jose (AFS 7)
Commander, Attack Squadron 128
Commander, Attack Squadron 196

His awards include the Navy Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross, Distinguished Service Medal, 19 Air Medals, several Navy Commendations, Unit Awards, Meritorious Service awards, and a medal from the Imperial Order of the Rising Sun from the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force.

RADM Bull passed away peacefully on 4 May 2018, at 20:17 in his Whidbey Island home, surrounded by his beloved wife, 4 sons, and 1 daughter in law. He is survived by his wife, Diana, his Brother Rich, and 4 sons: Ron, Vince, Bruce (Tacie) and Dell (Kari), along with 13 Grandchildren and 20 Great Grandchildren. His family was the most important thing to him on this earth, and trumped the truly outstanding legacy of service and leadership that he achieved in his 37 years of Naval Aviation service. The love for the men and women he served with and lead was a hallmark of this exceptional man. His love for country, the people he served, and most importantly his Family are the things that have now risen with him to reunite with his Savior, where Lyle looks down upon us all with love, and pride. Fair winds and following seas for your next set of adventures, Husband, Father, Grandfather and friend. We will always love you.

In lieu of flowers please send any donations to the Oak Harbor Lutheran Church, 1253 NW 2nd Ave, Oak Harbor, WA 98277 or Wounded Warriors Project at https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org.

Services will be held Saturday May 12th, 2:00 pm at the NAS Whidbey Base Chapel. All those attending are advised to enter through the Langley Gate. All guests must have Identification (Driver license, id, etc...).
 
Thank you Wanda for your donation to the A-3 Skywarrior Association
in memory of your husband, Steve Hunker.



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The A-3 Association is seeking more information about the incident.
We do not have a record of this crash and are unable to find any record of it.
If you know any details, the BuNo, the squadron, etc. please contact us immediately.
The decendents of LCDR Robert Ramey are seeking more information.
a3rankin@gmail.com

New Book


Available for immediate purchase is the book titled “Rota Naval Station 60th Anniversary halfway between anecdote and history” with new information in the form of a section titled "A personal view of Rota and Andalucia" as Captain Don C. East,USN Ret.; a former Commanding Officer of the acclaimed reconnaissance squadron VQ-2, highlights his times at the U.S. Naval Station  Rota, Spain and surrounding area.
The first run was authored by Agustin de la Poza, a resident of Rota, Spain, whose father was part of the Engineering crew involved in the construction of the base. While the latest run includes editorial revisions by Ed Smith who also served in VQ-2 in the 1960's.
The book contains 264 pages loaded with personal accounts and over 200 pictures; and is bilingual, written in English and Spanish.  It also talks about the cultural changes that transpired as a result of the opening of the base and the effect that the presence of the American military had on the town and people over the past 60 years. It is a must have for anyone that was stationed at the Rota base or who may have spent some time in Rota, Spain.  Order your copy now!
 
Available in print: $29.95 single copy  (price plus S&H)
$26.95 (Special–if purchased on-site at the reunion)
For discount pricing when ordering quantities of three (3) or more contact Ed Smith by email at califoned1@aol.com. or call 702-672-7819
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JUST RELEASED
by Osprey Books


THE BOOK
The Douglas A-3 Skywarrior, though something of a cult favourite, remains a largely unremarked classic of Naval Aviation. Built for nuclear weapon delivery, the A-3 made its name in Vietnam as a conventional bomber, tanker and Electronic Warfare platform. It was the largest aircraft ever regularly operated from the decks of aircraft carriers, earning it the fleet-wide nickname ‘Whale'. It excelled in every mission area assigned to it and operated in the US Navy for more than four decades, from 1956 through to 1991. Fully illustrated to depict the incredible array of paint schemes and its awesome size, this volume focuses on the type's Vietnam service, which saw the aircraft briefly used as a bomber over both North and South Vietnam from March 1965, before the Skywarrior proved far more valuable as a multi-role tanker (KA-3B) and tanker/tactical jammer (EKA-3B). The title includes details on all of these operations as well as more clandestine reconnaissance missions, and provides information about the men that flew them.
THE AUTHOR
Rick Morgan is the author of two previous books on Naval Aviation history (including Intruder: The Operational History of Grumman’s A-6 for Schiffer in 2005) and more than 20 historical articles on the subject of Naval Aviation. Twice named ‘Contributor of the Year’ by the editorial staff of The Hook - The Journal of Carrier Aviation, Rick is a retired US Navy lieutenant commander with more than 2300 hours of flight time to his name, principally in EA-6B, A-4 and A-3 type aircraft. He also has more than 450 carrier-arrested landings to his name, and flew 41 combat missions during Operation Desert Storm in 1991. He currently works in the aviation industry.
 

 
New memoir captures grandfather’s legacy for future generations
‘Grandfather’s Journal’ opens author’s heart, mind for readers

Web site:  
www.captaintommaxwell.com
 
BOONVILLE, Mo. – Author Tom Maxwell takes readers back through time as he regales them with the most touching events of his life in his new book, “Grandfather’s Journal: A Grandson’s Journey into His Grandfather’s Life” (published by WestBow Press).
 
Written as a journal for Maxwell’s grandson, “Grandfather’s Journal” captures Maxwell’s most poignant memories, the ones that profoundly affected his character. As a child growing up in the Philippines Islands just after World War II, Maxwell offers readers a rare glimpse at life in an area so heavily affected by the war.
 
“Grandfather’s Journal” follows Maxwell through his27-year career as a naval aviator and his 30-year career in business. His most life-changing moment, he says, did not come until June 9, 1997, when he accepted Jesus Christ into his heart. His writings showcase the healing powers of faith and its effect on a broken family.
 
Heartfelt and honest, “Grandfather’s Journal” collects the wisdom and knowledge Maxwell discovered throughout his life. He hopes his book will serve as a legacy to future generations and encourage all readers to seek Jesus.
 
“Grandfather’s Journal”
By Tom Maxwell

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Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 140 pages | ISBN 9781490850863
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 140 pages | ISBN 9781490850856
E-Book | 140 pages | ISBN 9781490850849
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

For a signed discounted copy contact Tom Maxwell
tmaxwell3@sbcglobal.net

 
Whidbey Fly-In
144825 Arrives at NAS Whidbey Island, April 29, 2011.

Flight to Whidbey

Announcements


 
New A-3 videos
A video of the restoration of RA-3B 144843
 
A video of the dedication of RA-3B 144843

Item of interest

from June 25 'Stars and Stripes' and 'San Francisco Chronicle'.
 
The (former) Alameda Naval Air Station (where you were assigned) has been - formally - turned over by the Navy to the city of Alameda. Which plans to develop the 1300 acre NAS to 2,700 homes, offices, shops, restaurants (expected to bring in 6,000 new jobs) - and - 700 acres of parks and open land.
 
Alameda NAS closed down April 25, 1997, with the loss of 14,000 jobs, and the Navy has been in negotiations with Alameda ever since. The Navy originally wanted to sell the NAS property for $1.8M, but in 2011, agreed to give it to Alameda - FREE.
 
Alameda NAS is one of the Superfund sites, and the Navy is expected to continue ongoing 'cleanup' for years to come.
 
The famed USS Hornet WWII aircraft carrier (which I've been on) is now a museum ship (for now). Rumors are the Hornet could either stay in Alameda or possibly move to San Francisco. Or possibly join the USS Iowa in the Port of LA. The Iowa was recently 'un-mothballed' (part of the shrinking 'mothball fleet' here in the Bay Area) and relocated to the Port of LA as a museum ship.
 
Another 'hidden' factoid is Alameda NAS (one of the runways) is frequently used as a site for the cable TV show "Mythbusters" (which is also based here in the SF Bay Area

 

                          NEW

If you haven't see the fall 2012 issue of Tailhook magazine, you need to see this article. It was written and compiled by our own Gary Meyers, the A-3 Assoc. museum officer. It is a great article!

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A-3 Skywarrior: From The First Flight To The Last 

Attention Whalers

Well, you missed it. Last night, Sept. 29, 2011 the A-3 Skywarrior Assn. was on the radio. But we have a copy. See below and click on the play button to listen to the complete hour long show and hear interviews from Mark, Gary, and Mike. Several of our members even called in too. Enjoy.

Permission granted by Warbird Radio 


 

NEED HELP!
Anyone that can shed some light on logbook shorthand!
 
My name is David Grawrock, I’m the son of Thomas Grawrock who passed away a few years ago. Mom is downsizing and I’ve come into possession of my dad’s log books. I’m retired now and I’m going to try and create a web site for dad’s grandkids that shows where he flew and such by transcribing his log book into digital form. I’ll tie it to Google maps and they can explore the places he visited.
 
Most of the entries are self-explanatory. But I’ve got some questions, that hopefully some whale drivers can interpret. Dad was part of VAP 61 for these log entries.

On many of his combat (1V1 or the like) he also puts in the YT or RT. On this page especially he also added some numbers to the YT and RT designation. It’s obvious that he’s indicating Laos and NVN on a couple of those entries but I do not understand what he’s getting at.
 
Thank you in advance for any help you can provide. If you have any insights, contact me at cryptoref@gmail.com
 
David Grawrock



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Whidbey Memorial update....
 
Attached is a copy of the letter received from the Department of the Navy. They have accepted the gift of the Whidbey Memorial.
 
There are lots of thanks and congratulations that need to be passed around as this project was a huge effort on the part of many, many people. They include donors, volunteers, workers (retired and active duty), contractors who donated part or all of their time, the membership and board of the A-3 Assn., and the Whidbey Memorial Board and their staff and helpers, just to name a few.
 
I’m not sure how to make it known, but we also owe the command at NAS Whidbey a huge thanks for their part if making this happen and hope it adds to the heritage of NAS Whidbey.
 
It is indeed a proud and fitting memorial to those it honors, and the display should make a statement to those entering the base through that gate.
 
Personally, I just want to humbly say how exceptional this memorial is and again, acknowledge the tremendous effort it took to accomplish.
 
Well done, all!
President, A-3 Skywarrior Association
 



A-3 Skywarrior Whidbey Memorial

 
    
 
click here or on the picture

 

Sunset of the A-3 Skywarrior Program


"A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY"
OR 
HOW THE A-3 SKYWARRIOR PROGRAM WAS TERMINATED

Mike Glenn was digging through his footlocker the other day and found this...The rational by NavAir for shutting down the A-3 Skywarrior fleet.


The Department of the Navy, Naval Air Systems Command
A-3 Sunset Plan cover letter


This link is the full 24 page proposal.
Click on the below images to read the article.
Used with permission from Warbirds International.
Published, March, 2016

  

THE LAST A-3 WESTPAC

Dateline 7 February, 2012

TA-3B, 144867, began an historic journey today. As pictured, it was transferred to a crane barge from a pier at Naval Air Station North Island, CA. Due to high winds, loading aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) was postponed till the 8th. It is then scheduled for departure to Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, HI. on monday the 13th where is will be restored and put on display at the Pacific Aviation Museum. Our own plane captain, AFCM, Ret, Mike Glenn will be accompanying her to insure a safe arrival.

Stay tuned for updates


SAN DIEGO (Feb. 8, 2012) A barge crane lifts a Navy A3 to the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) at Naval Base San Diego.  The aircraft will be transported to the Pacific Aviation Museum at Pearl Harbor. (U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Joe Kane/Released)




Dateline Feb. 23, 2012

As the crew man the rails while the Bonnie Dick (LHD 6) passes by the USS Arizona Memorial, 144867 arrives at Pearl Harbor on Tues. Feb. 21, 2012. It was off loaded the following day. Mike Glenn and company will begin some preliminary restoration work while they are there to help some of the Pacific Aviation Museum crews get up to speed.

 

Edwards Project

 


 

 

Linked below are some first person comments by an early Douglas employee and his experiences with the first A3-D Skywarriors. Thank you Phillip Purpura.
CLICK HERE

 

 


 

MUST READ

From Eyesore to Airport Pride
by AOC Delbert Mitchel, USN (Ret.)

CLICK HERE

For dedication photos

CLICK HERE