In Memory

Services for Ray E. Landrum, 71, of Lufkin, will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 9, 2014 in the Gipson Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Randy Brown officiating. Inurnment will be in the Sims/Rocky Hill Cemetery at a later date.
Mr. Landrum was born May 27, 1943 in Diboll, Texas, the son of the late Imogene (McGahee) and Earnest Edward Landrum. He passed away Tuesday, August 5, 2014 in a Houston hospital.
Mr. Landrum was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. He served our country with the United States Navy and retired as a Master Chief after 25 years of honorable service in 1985. While in the military, he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Air Medal (16), Vietnam Service Medal with 6 bronze stars, Vietnam Campaign Medal with device, Republic of Vietnam Unit Commendation (4), Good Conduct Medals (5), Meritorious Unit Commendation (2), Navy Achievement Medal, and Armed Forces Medal. He loved the Navy. The military was his life. He then went on to retire from Boeing in 1998. Ray was an example of a sailor, husband, father and friend for all to follow.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Landrum of Lufkin; son and daughter-in-law, David and Rachel Landrum of Winter Park, Florida; stepson, Scott Will Petit and wife Jennifer of Onalaska; stepdaughter, Angela B. Estenson and husband Mark of Morris, Minnesota; 6 grandchildren; sister, Janey E. Ramsey; and a number of nieces, nephews and friends.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Landrum was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Jean Lakey.
Honorary pallbearers will be Donald Landrum, Dave Thomas, Steve Hobbs, Mike Glenn, James Lakey, and Dawayne Walshak.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday evening at Gipson Funeral Home.
Condolences may be offered at
Services have been placed in the trust of Gipson Funeral Home.
We are sad to report the passing of Bill Laux on Nov. 20, 2013. Thanks you Capt. Young, for the follow words in memory of Bill Laux.

ADCS Bill Laux was a jet engine mechanic with VAQ-135 Detachment Three on board the USS CORAL SEA (CVA-43) during VietNam deployment to the Western Pacific in late 1971 thru July 1972, and again in 1973.  He kept us flying and took care of his men extremely well.  He attended the A-3 reunion at Whidbey Island on Thursday, August 8th where we met briefly at Flyers Restaurant for a barbecue.  The years of working around jet engines, specifically the loud J-57 engine on the A-3 Skywarrior, had taken its toll on his hearing and everyone was having a difficult time conversing in the loud collection of old friends and war heroes.  He was certainly one of them.  For one stretch, he operated a detachment we had at DaNang Air Base in South VietNam, to refuel and launch aircraft that had diverted from the ship.  Bill Laux was frequently sending out photos, historic perspectives and information related to the U.S. Navy and jet aircraft, especially around the aircraft carriers.  As a young lieutenant, I learned much from ADCS Bill Laux in a combat arena and considered him a very close friend.  He will be sorely missed.  Please extend our condolences to his daughter and/or family.  May God Bless.
Bill Young, CAPT, USN (Ret), Oak Harbor, WA

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

Flight to Whidbey


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



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 


Further details will be released when available.

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of the project objectives and goals
as put together by Bill Mego, the
executive director of the Fort Worth project.

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AUG. 8-11, 2013

Mission complete!

Reports are coming in that a good time was had by all. If you have photos you
would like to send in, please do. Send them to
We will start a page of photos from the 2013 A-3 Skywarrior Assn. reunion
at NAS Whidbey and we can add yours to the mix.


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.





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


For dedication photos